Plus how Twitter’s new update is giving power back to users.
Facebook has secured the right to stream professional CrossFit events and shows. Up until this point, CrossFit would stream events from it’s own site, but the move sees both YouTube and Facebook Live have rights. “We’re splitting our audience to a certain extent, but we also feel like we’re getting new lift and new engagement by having it on multiple platforms,” CrossFit Games General Manager Justin Bergh said in a statement.
Read more about this story here.
Twitter has unveiled a new set of privacy and data controls today that allow users to see and control how advertisers target them on the platform. The company explains in a blog post that it’s expanding individual access “to give you the most transparent access to your Twitter information to date, including demographic and interest data, and advertisers that have included you in their tailored audiences on Twitter”.
Read how to navigate the complicated process of opting-out of interests here.
TechCrunch is reporting that Instagram is testing a new Location Stories feature that compiles publicly shared Instagram Stories posts tagged with a location sticker. While is seems suspiciously similar to Snapchat’s “Our Story” functionality, the added advantage is that users can then visit that business, landmark or place’s Instagram page and watch a slideshow Story of posts from there shared by strangers they don’t follow.
Read more about this test here.
Apple Music is cutting back on one of its defining characteristics: album exclusives. In a recent interview with Music Business Worldwide, Apple exec Jimmy Iovine said that the streaming service plans to be less aggressive about obtaining exclusives in the future. “We tried it,” he said. “We’ll still do some stuff with the occasional artist. The labels don’t seem to like it and ultimately it’s their content.”
Read more about this story here.
Step aside Siri, Google Assistant is about to takeover the iPhone. In a host of product announcements made by Google at its I/O developer conference, VP of engineering assistant Scott Huffman unveiled the app, which is now available via the App Store.
Read more about this new iPhone addition here.
- Facebook Live will now stream professional CrossFit [via The Next Web]
- News Feed FYI: New Updates to Reduce Clickbait Headlines [via FB Newsroom]
- Facebook is determined to completely kill clickbait [via The Verge]
- Which Facebook metrics flub are you? Ad buyers rate Facebook’s 10 measurement errors [via Digiday]
- Twitter’s new tool lets you change how advertisers target you — here’s how to use it [via The Verge]
- Twitter’s latest update tells me I like antiperspirants and feminine care [via Mashable]
- Twitter to take on Facebook Messenger as it focuses on its direct messaging platform [via Mumbrella]
- Avril Lavigne tweets photo, gets instantly trolled by conspiracy theorists [via Mashable]
- Instagram tests Location Stories [via TechCrunch]
- Instagram’s Kevin Weil says Instagram Stories are just one part of the product [via TechCrunch]
- How Instagram Selfie Filters Could Ding Snap’s Ad Business [via AdAge]
- Apple Music is moving away from album exclusives [via The Verge]
- Sound City founder: ‘Dare I say it, no major label can offer what we can at the moment‘ [via Music Business Worldwide]
- 5 reasons nobody cares about your album [via The Industry Observer]
- Australia Council funds 61 music projects as part of $7.2M in grants [via The Music Network]
- How Artists Gamify Their Fanbases [via Hypebot]
- There’s a good reason Shazam started forgetting song titles in April [via The Verge]
- Google launches Google Assistant on the iPhone [via TechCrunch]
- Google quietly debuts Chatbase, a chatbot analytics platform [via TechCrunch]
- Pinterest now letting brands use visual search tools to draw users to their wares [via Digital Trends]
- Nespresso Australia appoints Atomic 212° to spearhead its first ever virtual reality project [via Campaign Brief]
- Domino’s is crushing it online so a startup got $15 million to help pizzerias fight back [via Recode]
- 360-degree ‘Doctor Who’ game lets you fly the TARDIS with your phone [via Mashable]
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