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Nearly half the time spent on Facebook is now video-related

Facebook published its latest financial results yesterday, posting strong numbers across the board. But the most interesting number was more anecdotal...
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Label Sahel Sounds uses WhatsApp to source music from Africa

US independent label Sahel Sounds is releasing a series of compilations of music from African artists, called ‘Music from Saharan WhatsApp’. The title is the clue to the digital twist: musicians are sending their tracks...
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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp under intense scrutiny in Ireland

This time last year, the EU’s new data protection regulations came into effect and the BBC is reporting that the Irish government has been the most rigorous EU Member State to avail of these new powers and controls...
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Facebook tipped to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger

Why DID Instagram’s co-founders and the remaining co-founder of WhatsApp leave Facebook in 2018? More fuel for the gossip was provided by a New York Times report this weekend reporting that CEO Mark Zuckerberg “plans...
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WhatsApp co-founder joins the fray over Facebook culture

This week’s news that Instagram’s two co-founders are leaving the company sparked several reports on the tensions between them and parent company Facebook. Now the co-founder of another prominent Facebook acquisition,...
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WhatsApp adds new broadcast-only mode for groups

Messaging app WhatsApp was designed for peer-to-peer(s) communication rather than for marketing, so it’s always been a slightly awkward tool for the latter use. Labels and managers have run WhatsApp mailing lists, which...
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Facebook signs licensing deal with processing-hub ICE

The music agreements keep coming for Facebook, which now has a deal with online licensing and processing hub ICE – the joint venture between European collecting societies PRS for Music, STIM and GEMA. “The licence...
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Sandbox Issue 180 – WhatsApp Doc?

Lead: WhatsApp has 1.2bn monthly users. Amazing. But the music industry is barely using it as a marketing platform. Not amazing. So why not? There are (still) pragmatic issues such as as a cap on the number of users in a...
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Sandbox Issue 180: WhatsApp Doc? Marketing with Messaging Apps

Lead: WhatsApp has 1.2bn monthly users. Amazing. But the music industry is barely using it as a marketing platform. Not amazing. So why not? There are (still) pragmatic issues such as as a cap on the number of users in a...
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There are 149m messaging-app users in western Europe

Research firm eMarketer has published its latest analysis of the mobile messaging market, claiming that in 2016, messaging apps will be used by 149 million people in western Europe. It claims almost a fifth (so just under...
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With 1.7bn users Facebook aims for ‘video first’ future

The year-on-year growth of Facebook continues to impress, across pretty much every metric. The social network’s stock was up 6% last night – it’s now valued at more than $376bn – in the wake of strong quarterly...
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2016 tipped to be the year of ‘conversational commerce’

Music Ally has been reporting on the rise of messaging apps – and the potential for music – for some time. The latest evidence comes in an opinion post by Uber’s Chris Messina, which claims that “2016 will be the...