Tag: wider angles

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Former Musical·ly president invests in Gen-Z social app F3

What’s the next TikTok? It’s almost certainly not going to be an app hailed by lots of journalists as the next TikTok, judging by history: very few people saw Musical·ly (that app’s forerunner) coming....
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Fortnite now has an $11.99-a-month subscription option

Fortnite already has a multi-layered money-making model: players can buy its V-Bucks currency for individual item purchases, but also a season-long ‘Battle Pass’ enabling them to unlock more stuff. Now there’s...
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Spotlight is Snapchat’s equivalent of TikTok’s #ForYou feed

All the other social apps have copied Snapchat’s stories feature, so it’s about time it gave them a taste of their own medicine. And lo, Snapchat has a new feature called Spotlight which looks to us like its version...
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New features for Twitter and Instagram: Fleets and Guides

Has it really taken this long for Twitter to copy the ‘stories’ format from, well, every other social app? It has. The company’s test of ‘fleets’, which was announced earlier this year, is now becoming...
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ByteDance tipped to make $27bn of ad revenue in China this year

ByteDance may be waiting to find out what’s happening with its proposed divestment of TikTok in the US, but business is going pretty well back home in China. Reuters reported that the company is “on track to...
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TikTok generated $115m of user spending in October 2020

The latest estimates for the monthly smartphone apps are out from research firm Sensor Tower, and there’s no change at the top of the top-grossing non-game apps list for October. TikTok generated $115m of user spending...
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League of Legends World Championship kicks off with KDA in AR

Surprisingly, a whizzy augmented reality performance including a virtual star zooming onto the stage on a motorbike *wasn’t* the strangest sight for western viewers of the League of Legends World Championship opening...
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Deep Word is the latest startup creating synthetic video

The word ‘deepfake’ already has negative connotations: of people manipulating photos, audio and/or video for nefarious purposes. That’s why you’re going to hear the word ‘synthetic’ a lot in the coming months:...
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SignalFire report explores the growing ‘creator economy’

Is everyone an influencer in 2020? Well, not everyone, but according to investment firm SignalFire “more than 50 million people around the world consider themselves creators, despite the creator economy only being born...
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Charlamagne tha God launches Black Effect Podcast Network

Veteran radio host Charlamagne Tha God is launching a new podcast network, in partnership with radio/streaming firm iHeartMedia in the US. It’s called The Black Effect Podcast Network, and is promising to create shows...
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Bella Thorne OnlyFans controversy points to future funding model

Maybe you’ve noticed the niche social-media pile-on that followed ex-Disney actress Bella Thorne joining “premium” social media platform OnlyFans – a sort of paywalled, no-holds-barred Instagram, which can be...
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Facebook says it might stop users from sharing news items in Australia

Facebook has warned that it will stop users of Instagram and Facebook from sharing local and international news if a draft law drawn up by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is passed. The ACCC’s...