Plus how teenage fangirls predict the future of culture.
Facebook has been quietly testing a new standalone group video chat app, called Bonfire, which allows up to eight friends to engage in conversation as well as use special effects, similar to those you’d find in apps like Instagram and Snapchat. According to TechCrunch, Bonfire also lets users join chats straight from Messenger without downloading Bonfire itself. While the Bonfire app is currently only available in Denmark, users with it can invite people from all over the world to join their chats via Messenger.
Read more about this new feature here.
Read more about this new option for Australian marketers here.
Instagram has announced some new ad options as it looks to help brands capitalise on the rising popularity of Stories. Brands will now have the ability to use Facebook’s immersive Canvas format within Instagram Stories ads, as well as be able to use content they’ve created within Stories for ads.
Read more about these new options here.
Spotify’s war with music publishers just got 100 times worse, thanks to the 100 notable musicians – including Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers and the Black Keys – who are filing legal paperwork to force Spotify to pay them more. The basis of the fight lies in the recently-drafted, $43 million settlement over unpaid mechanicals – a near-100% discount on the amount the musicians believe they are actually owed.
Read more about this breaking story here.
- Facebook tests Bonfire group video chat as app and in Messenger [via TechCrunch]
- Facebook Attacks One of YouTube’s Biggest Weaknesses: Portability [via Digital Music News]
- Facebook is now free to share government search warrants with users [via Engadget]
- ‘Marketers told me they are feeling uneasy’: Facebook to boost advertising transparency [via Mumbrella]
- Everyone’s favorite PlayStation parody account on Twitter is shutting down [via Mashable]
- Twitter launches new pre-roll ad service and content deals [via Mumbrella]
- Sir Martin Grills Twitter’s Jack Dorsey on Stagnant Growth, Potential for Marketers [via AdAge]
- Instagram ‘influencers’ to hand over deals [via News Limited]
- Instagram Announces New Ad Options for Stories, Including Canvas Ads [via Social Media Today]
- Instagram’s Adding the Ability to Share Stories via Direct Messages [via Social Media Today]
- Breaking: Hundreds of Musicians & Publishers Just Filed Legal Paperwork Against Spotify [via Digital Music News]
- Apple just helped this British indie singer reach global fame in a matter of minutes [via Mashable]
- Women Are Making the Best Rock Music Today: Listen Now [via The New York Times]
- The Aussie BBQ Hits Nashville [via Noise11]
- Arctic Monkeys fans react to UK’s next storm being called Brian [via NME]
- Common Becomes The First Rapper To Win An Emmy, Grammy, And Oscar [via Stereogum]
- Chance The Rapper sued for copyright infringement over ’10 Day’ sample [via NME]
- Looking Back At The Internet’s First Major Digital Single 20 Years Later [via Billboard]
- The Business of Fandom: How Teenage Girls Predict the Future of Culture [via Billboard]
- Kelly Clarkson Says She Gave Up ‘Millions’ in Songwriting Royalties to Show How Much She Dislikes Dr. Luke [via Billboard]
- Another new player: Whooshkaa and ARN to create a radio podcast network [via Mediaweek]
- The inside story of how Netflix transitioned to digital video after seeing the power of YouTube [via Recode]
- Domain hints at content ambitions beyond property as it pushes ahead with Fairfax separation [via Mumbrella]
- Youtuber pokes fun at Apple’s brand new expensive ‘$1,000 Emoji Machine’ [via Mashable]
- The future of retail is tiny stores everywhere that sell exactly what you need [via Quartz]
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