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How Facebook stole the news business

How Facebook stole the news business

Big news outlets stupidly sold their soul to Facebook. Desperate for the referral traffic Facebook dangled, they spent the past few years jumping through its hoops only to be cut out of the equation. Instead of developing an owned audience of homepage visitors and newsletter subscribers, they let Facebook brainwash readers into thinking it was […]

Instagram’s Carousel ad format is coming to Instagram Stories

Instagram’s Carousel ad format is coming to Instagram Stories

It’s been less than a year since Instagram brought advertising to Instagram Stories — a format that its owner Facebook said in November has more than 300 million daily users. Since then, it’s been working to expand those capabilities, like incorporating ad formats that were already established elsewhere. Today, Instagram is announcing plans to bring […]

German antitrust office starts asking questions about online ad platform giants

German antitrust office starts asking questions about online ad platform giants

Germany’s national competition regulator has announced it’s looking into market conditions in the online advertising sector, responding to concerns that a lack of transparency could be skewing market conditions. It could open up a full sector enquiry depending on results of its initial probe. The antitrust office says it will start by looking into the effects of […]

Instagram now allows businesses to schedule their posts

Instagram now allows businesses to schedule their posts

Instagram today made a long overdue change to its product that social media managers have wanted for some time – it will allow businesses on Instagram to schedule their posts. Before, there were unofficial means to aid with this – like tools that would send out a push notification to remind you to publish a […]

Facebook starts polishing its privacy messaging ahead of GDPR

Facebook starts polishing its privacy messaging ahead of GDPR

As the May 25 deadline for compliance with the EU’s updated privacy framework fast approaches Facebook is continuing to PR the changes it’s making to try to meet the new data protection standard — and steer away from the specter of fines that can scale as high as 4% of a company’s global turnover. Today it’s […]

Facebook staff reportedly interviewed in Mueller investigation

Facebook staff reportedly interviewed in Mueller investigation

At least one Facebook employee has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into potential Russian interference with the 2016 election, reports Wired. But don’t put on your conspiracy hats just yet. Wired’s source indicated that the Facebook staffer was associated with the Trump campaign, which could mean just about […]

Social media is giving us trypophobia

Social media is giving us trypophobia

Something is rotten in the state of technology. But amid all the hand-wringing over fake news, the cries of election deforming Kremlin disinformation plots, the calls from political podia for tech giants to locate a social conscience, a knottier realization is taking shape. Fake news and disinformation are just a few of the symptoms of what’s […]

Facebook lets you tip game livestreamers $3+

Facebook lets you tip game livestreamers $3+

Facebook Live is launching monetization for video gameplay streamers, allowing users to tip creators a minimum of $3 via the desktop site. Right now, the contributor of the tips doesn’t get any special call-out or privileges, though Facebook tells me it’s considering different options for creators and gamers. For instance, it could have a special […]

Airbnb brings on American Express CEO to board of directors

Airbnb brings on American Express CEO to board of directors

Airbnb has appointed Kenneth I. Chenault, the outgoing CEO of American Express, to its board of directors. The announcement comes one week after Facebook appointed Chenault to its board of directors. “As the CEO of American Express, Ken has built one of the most successful trust-based companies in the world,” Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky wrote […]