Facebook tipped to launch ‘Portal’ video-chat device in 2018
This week’s CES show in Las Vegas has seen a horde of new smart speakers and ‘smart displays’ (speakers with screens) announced, but the biggest launch of 2018 may be unveiled a little later in the year. News site...
January 10, 2018
Facebook signs licensing deal with publisher Sony/ATV
Slowly but surely, Facebook’s music-licensing strategy is coming in to focus. Having announced a deal with Universal Music Group before Christmas – which included its recorded-music and publishing divisions – now the...
January 9, 2018
Facebook hires more music executives for biz-dev and licensing
Fresh from the pre-Christmas news of its first licensing deal, with Universal Music, Facebook has continued to build out its music team, with former Googlers looming large. Among Facebook’s latest hires: Joe Bognanno,...
January 3, 2018
Facebook signs Universal Music licensing deal for music, video and more
Music labels and publishers have spent much of 2017 wondering what Facebook’s plans were for licensing music. Today the social network announced its first major-label licensing deal, with Universal Music Group. The companies...
December 21, 2017
Facebook hires former WMG exec Jeremy Sirota for labels role
Facebook has taken its latest step forward in its path towards music-licensing. the social network has appointed Jeremy Sirota as its label music business development manager, operating out of New York. Sirota joined the...
November 22, 2017
Sandbox Issue 191: Ad ons
Lead: With so much music now being ostensibly free at the point of consumption, advertising is expected to do a lot of the heavy lifting for the digital content industries. As such, the nature and forms of advertising have...
November 15, 2017
Big Shaq gets an augmented-reality Facebook Camera effect
In our recent report on augmented reality technology, we suggested that rather than launching standalone AR apps for artists, labels would do better exploring some of the AR features in the big social apps. Now Island...
November 8, 2017
Facebook revenues up 47% while net profit grows by 79%
Facebook has announced another strong set of quarterly financials, with the company’s revenues growing by 47% year-on-year to $10.33bn in the third quarter of 2017. The social network reported a net profit of $4.71bn...
November 2, 2017
Facebook tests relegating page posts to secondary news feed
In recent years, we’ve regularly covered claims by digital marketers that posts from their pages are seeing their ‘organic’ (i.e. not paid for) reach decline. Less of their fans are seeing their posts unless they pay...
October 24, 2017
A new Silicon Valley trend: disconnecting from social media
What does it say about the culture we’re currently living in that several of the key people who created the ‘like’ button for Facebook are now disengaging from social media? The Guardian published a thought-provoking...
October 9, 2017
Video publishers say Facebook mid-roll ads off to slow start
There are high expectations for Facebook’s plans to license music and share advertising revenues from streams of videos including it. But it’s important not to forget the question about how lucrative those revenues will...
October 3, 2017
iHeartRadio launches entertainment show on Facebook
The latest music brand looking to make use of video on Facebook is iHeartRadio. The US streaming service has launched a TV-style chat-show called ‘iHeartNow with Elvis Duran’, fronted by one of its most popular DJs. The...
October 2, 2017