#Newsfeed: Spotify reportedly signs deal with Sony; Facebook Messenger globally tests display ads in inbox; Prince posthumously returns to YouTube via Vevo channel
Plus how music streaming creates new fans for classic artists.
Just when you thought Facebook couldn’t pack any more ads into the platform, Messenger ads look like they’re here to stay. After seeing “promising results from Australia and Thailand,” Facebook Messenger is expanding its display ad beta test that lets businesses buy space between your chat threads. Facebook told TechCrunch that where these ads appear in the inbox “depends on how many threads a user has, the size of their phone’s physical screen and the pixel density of the display.”
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The perfect Instagram of your lunch is a challenge, but one London restaurant is now offering “foodie Instagram packs” so diners can up their #foodporn game. The free kits contain a portable LED camera light, a multi-device charger, a clip-on wide angle camera lens and a tripod selfie stick for overhead table shots. “People love to share what they’re eating on social media, so we wanted to put together something that made it easier to get that perfect shot regardless of the lighting or time of day,” a spokesperson for Dirty Bones explained.
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This could be the news Spotify needs to help distract people from the “fake artists” controversy. According to Billboard, the streaming platform has locked down another major licensing deal – this time with Sony Music Entertainment. While it already has secured deals with Universal Music Group (UMG) and the Merlin Network, the addition of Sony to the books would almost make Spotify’s IPO bid certain in the near future.
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- Facebook Messenger globally tests injecting display ads into inbox [via TechCrunch]
- Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platforms [via Music Business Worldwide]
- Twitter to show off Periscope with a live cross to the Great Barrier Reef [via Mumbrella]
- Twitter hires a former Goldman Sachs banker to serve as CFO [via Mashable]
- A group of Twitter users is suing Trump for blocking them [via TechCrunch]
- Restaurant brings in Instagram kits so you can nail your #foodporn shots [via Mashable]
- How Instagram Learns From Your Likes To Keep You Hooked [via Fast Company]
- This Is What It’s Like To Be A Regular Person With 405K Instagram Followers [via Refinery29]
- Spotify Just Got the Deal It Needed to Go Public [via Digital Music News]
- Spotify for Brands launches Spotify.me tastes site [via Music Ally]
- Welcome to the future: Spotify poaches AI music expert from Sony [via Music Business Worldwide]
- How Music Streaming Creates New Fans for Classic Artists [via hypebot]
- Prince posthumously returns to YouTube via a Vevo channel [via Music Ally]
- Katy Perry Still Holds Record, as The Chainsmokers Fall From Hot 100’s Top 10 After 61 Consecutive Weeks [via Billboard]
- ‘Russian Google’ Restricts Music Service Content Amidst Piracy Concerns [via Billboard]
- Sounds Of The Suburbs moves location, drops kick-ass 2017 line-up [via triple j]
- Wiz Khalifa’s ‘See You Again’ Beats ‘Gangnam Style’ For Most-Viewed Video On YouTube [via HuffPost]
- LinkedIn Is Testing A New Feature That Matches You With A Mentor [via Fast Company]
- How to Use Social Media Ads for Brand Loyalty [via Social Media Today]
- How Dr. Brandt Skincare transformed its social strategy [via Digiday]
- Volvo Curated a Whole Photography Exhibit of Images Shot by the Camera in Its XC60 [via Adweek]
- Microsoft commits to bringing broadband internet to rural America [via Mashable]
- 2017’s social media landscape in one stunning infographic [via Mashable]
- Urban List launches branded content studio [via Mumbrella]
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