#Newsfeed: Facebook tests a GIF maker on iOS; Instagram is handing advertisers free trials and credits; Songkick and TuneCore have new record label owners
Plus LinkedIn jumps on video sharing bandwagon.
Facebook confirmed it has begun testing a new GIF maker in the camera feature of the main Facebook mobile application. The feature, which is available with the tap of a button at the top of the screen, lets you shoot footage that you can then save in GIF format to your device’s photo gallery, post to your Facebook profile, or add to your Facebook Story.
Read more about this new feature here.
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According to Business Insider, Instagram is luring advertisers onto its platform by giving them free trials and credits for sponsored lenses in a bid to get one-up on Snapchat. The ad agency executives told Business Insider that the Instagram trials and credits are mostly provided when it is rolling out new ad units or tools and wants brands to test them. “We’ve received a few discounts and credits from Facebook and Instagram for a specific client that I work with,” said a media buyer at global media agency told the news outlet. “Because our client is very much about testing and learning, we’ve been given credits for the opportunity to test a couple of new products and see how well they work for the client.”
Read more about this sneaky move here.
Big news on the purchasing front this morning, with both Warner Music and Sony Music Entertainment making significant technology buys. Reports indicate that Sony is preparing to purchase independent music distribution and label services provider Believe Digital, as well as its DIY subsidiary TuneCore for more than $400 million. Warner has also acquired selected assets from concert discovery service Songkick, in a move that sees all of the benefits while sidesteping Songkick’s current legal trouble.
- Facebook celebrates World Emoji Day by showing how many are shared each day [via Digital Trends]
- Facebook tests a GIF maker on iOS [via TechCrunch]
- Facebook is putting ads everywhere in hopes of finding the next News Feed [via Recode]
- The real reason you can’t quit Facebook is because you love hating everyone there [via The Next Web]
- Reebok subtweets Donald Trump, internet goes wild [via Mashable]
- Twitter Has Some Advice for Avoiding Game of Thrones Spoilers [via Gizmodo]
- Instagram is turning the screws on Snapchat by handing advertisers free trials and credits [via Business Insider]
- Beyoncé and the Instagram that gained 5m likes (and counting) [via The Guardian]
- Chance The Rapper Declares “SoundCloud is here to stay,” Debuts Track With Young Thug Exclusively On Streamer [via hypebot]
- In February of 2016, KPMG Issued an Urgent Warning About SoundCloud’s Finances. It Was Ignored. [via Digital Music News]
- Rinse FM archive disappears from SoundCloud [via FACT Magazine]
- JAY-Z Scores 14th No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘4:44’ [via Billboard]
- Spotify to launch ‘playlist feedback’ system for labels this year [via Music Ally]
- Warner Music has acquired Songkick’s concert recommendation app [via The Verge]
- Sony To Purchase Believe Digital, TuneCore For $400M+ [REPORT] [via hypebot]
- David Guetta Says “128bpm EDM” Makes Him “Tired” [via VICE]
- TLC Joins De La Soul & More Artists With Crowdfunded Albums on the Billboard 200 [via Billboard]
- Queen confirm details of Freddie Mercury biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ [via NME]
- Did Justin Trudeau just Google ‘Canada music’ to make his summer playlist? [via Mashable]
- YouTube thumbnails now look like GIFs [via The Verge]
- Snapchat’s Foursquare and Factual partnerships double geofilter usage [via TechCrunch]
- LinkedIn jumps on video sharing bandwagon [via The Next Web]
- Is Amazon working on a new messaging app called Anytime? [via TechCrunch]
- Em Rusciano and Harley Breen to go national on SCA, replacing Rove & Sam’s axed evening show [via Mumbrella]
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