Big Tech and Big News continue their uneasy frenemyship
We’ve followed the music deals and clashes of Facebook, Google and other big tech companies with diligence, but we keep a watching eye on how these firms are interacting with other creative and media industries. Two stories...
February 18, 2021
Facebook reported to be developing a Clubhouse clone
Apparently tech mogul Elon Musk has just agreed to do Clubhouse with Kanye West, which is either the latest proof of the audio-debating-club’s amazing disruptive potential, or the latest proof that it’s a hellhole...
February 11, 2021
Facebook and Apple revenues booming despite Covid-19 pandemic
Facebook and Apple both announced their latest quarterly financial results yesterday, with strong growth in revenues despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Facebook’s Q4 revenues were up by 33% year-on-year to $28.07bn, helping...
January 28, 2021
Tools. Crowdtangle: Follow, analyze, and report on what’s happening with public content on social media
CrowdTangle, which was bought by Facebook in 2017, is a tool for media publishers and content creators to track how content spreads online, and to see what content their target audience engages with. CrowdTangle is free to...
January 26, 2021
Facebook redesigns pages with focus on followers over likes
How many likes does your top artist’s or company’s Facebook page have? Who cares?! At least, that’s one of the messages coming from Facebook’s latest redesign of how its pages look and work. “We...
January 7, 2021
Facebook wades in to battle with Apple over privacy
Tech giants at loggerheads is nothing new, but Facebook and Apple’s simmering tensions have burst out again, and it’s relating to Apple’s changes to its iOS software’s privacy workings – and specifically...
December 17, 2020
FTC steps up investigation into tech firms and privacy
December work slowdown? Not for the Federal Trade Commission in the US there isn’t. Having sued Facebook for ‘illegal monopolisation’ earlier this month, now the FTC is stepping up its investigation into...
December 15, 2020
FTC sues Facebook in the US for ‘illegal monopolisation’
After months of speculation about whether the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would go after Facebook, the hammer dropped last night. The FTC has sued Facebook “alleging that the company is illegally maintaining its...
December 10, 2020
Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency could launch in January
In mid-2019, Facebook announced plans to launch its own cryptocurrency: Libra. It’s had a bumpy ride towards launch since, including some of the payment companies who were partners backing out before the end of that...
November 30, 2020
Q3 financials overload: Facebook, Amazon, Twitter…
It wasn't just Alphabet, Spotify and Apple publishing their latest financial results yesterday: Facebook, Amazon and Twitter were at it too. Here's a precis of the key figures. Facebook's revenues grew by 22% year-on-year...
October 30, 2020
It’s 2020 so of course there are now fake artist livestreams
There was good news for fans of musician Zoe Keating in late August: one of her cancelled gigs was being replaced by a ticketed livestream. The only downside: Keating knew nothing about it. It had been created as an event...
October 28, 2020
Tools: Feed. Automate Instagram and Facebook advertising
Nick Edwards and Joshua Jankowski built Feed as a tool that automates the advertising of organic content on Facebook and Instagram to build an artist’s audience, having artists with smaller budgets and no dedicated digital...
October 28, 2020