Facebook launches Connectivity to get the whole world online (and on Facebook)
In recent months, Facebook’s seeming invincible hull has been badly damaged. There was the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, its role in the rumbling “fake news” debate and then, at the end of last month, the slowdown...
August 13, 2018
What is Social Music in the Streaming Age?
Music IS social, and it always has been. We talk (and argue!) about it; we watch concerts together; go clubbing together; experience it as a communal soundtrack for birthday parties and religious worship and much, much more… Any...
August 10, 2018
Facebook and Instagram get new time-management tools
‘Time well spent’ is the new mantra doing the rounds in Silicon Valley, as technology companies take action (or at least strive to be *seen* to be taking action) to help people look up from their smartphones every once...
August 2, 2018
Researcher suggests Facebook is working on ‘Talent Show’ feature
Could the world’s biggest social network have plans to park its tanks on the X Factor and The Voice’s lawns? Researcher Jane Manchun Wong has uncovered what may be plans for a new Facebook feature called ‘Talent Show’...
August 1, 2018
UK MPs weigh in over ‘platform or publisher?’ debate
The UK’s House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published an interim report exploring the threats to democracy posed by ‘fake news’ and hyper-targeted advertising designed to swing election...
July 30, 2018
Facebook value plummets after user growth slowdown
Last night for Facebook can be summarised in this tweet from Fox News tech correspondent Chris Ciaccia: “Facebook has lost $130B in market cap since it reported earnings tonight,” he wrote. “Put another way, it's...
July 26, 2018
Facebook opens China ‘innovation hub’ despite being blocked
“There are three reasons I decided to learn Chinese,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a Chinese audience (in Mandarin) back in October 2014. “The first, my wife is Chinese. Her grandmother can only speak Chinese....
July 25, 2018
TuneCore adds Facebook and Instagram monetisation feature
TuneCore has become the latest distributor to help its clients make money from usage of their music on Facebook and Instagram. “Facebook Monetisation is 100% free for TuneCore Artists – simply head to your dashboard,...
July 20, 2018
BTS characters BT21 get exclusive on Facebook Messenger
Have you heard of BT21? They’re the animated characters created by K-Pop megastars BTS, who’ve become a popular merchandising line in their own right. Now they’re enjoying a new extension on Facebook Messenger, as well...
July 17, 2018
Sandbox Issue 208: Making Micro Waves
Lead: In an age of constant digital distractions, sometimes it is better to play the short game. We trace the rise of the micro ad and how it is being tailored to stand out when users are rapidly hopping and grazing across...
July 11, 2018
Top-10 social profiles have thousands of impersonators
Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are among the musicians with the largest followings on social networks – but also those with the greatest number of impersonators. That’s according to the New York Times, which...
July 9, 2018
Facebook’s latest patent could support karaoke features
Can you make firm predictions about a technology company’s future products from its patents? It’s a speculative business, but one of Facebook’s latest patents does hold out some interesting possibilities for music. The...
July 6, 2018