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NEWS / 12 Sep 2017 /

#Newsfeed: Facebook testing Instant Videos that download over Wi-Fi; Instagram users buying verified badges on ‘black market’; SoundCloud Won’t be Profitable Until 2020

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Plus how rappers are embracing internet subcultures to attract huge crossover followings.

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Facebook is testing a new feature that makes sure you’ll always have videos ready to watch — and you won’t have to waste your data plan downloading them. The feature – dubbed Instant Videos – appears to download various Facebook videos while you’re connected to Wi-Fi so that they’ll be able to start playing immediately on your phone when you’re inside the app.

Read more about this new feature here.

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Read more about Jensen’s comments on the use of Twitter in studies here.

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A recent investigation by Mashable has proven just how easy it is to purchase Instagram verification on the black market. Company insiders and “middlemen” are being paid anything from a bottle of wine right up to thousands of dollars in cash in exchange for the profile badge – which is becoming increasingly a status symbol. Instagram is said to be aware of the practice, which is described as an “open secret in the influencer community”, but appears to be struggling to shut it down completely.

Read more about this story here.

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Internet-savvy artists are finding new ways to build diverse fan bases outside of rap, according to music discovery website Pigeons & Planes. Writer Eric Skelton argues that from YouTube vloggers to video games, rappers are embracing internet subcultures to attract huge crossover followings – made all the easier by the increased accessibility to music thanks to streaming services such as SoundCloud and Spotify.

You can read the in-depth article in full here.

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