#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
Plus how rappers are embracing internet subcultures to attract huge crossover followings.
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.
Read more about Jensen’s comments on the use of Twitter in studies here.
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.
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.
- Facebook testing Instant Videos that download over Wi-Fi [via The Verge]
- Facebook is testing a feature for mentorships between users [via TechCrunch]
- Spain slaps Facebook with €1.2 million fine for breaking privacy laws [via The Next Web]
- Premier Daniel Andrews blows $280k of taxpayers’ money promoting himself on Facebook [via Herald Sun]
- Facebook is testing a private profile for your closest friends [via The Next Web]
- Twitter isn’t a super reliable way to gauge emotion [via Futurity]
- Rafael Nadal’s third US Open title win sparks ‘greatest ever’ Twitter debate [via Hindustan Times]
- Instagram verification: Users can buy verified badges on ‘black market’ [via The Independent UK]
- Here’s How to Mute Someone’s Instagram Story [via Adweek]
- Labor Senator Sam Dastyari Is Doing A DJ Set In Brisbane, If You’re Into That [via TheMusic]
- SoundCloud Won’t be Profitable Until 2020, Latest Filing Shows [via Digital Music News]
- Spotify For Artists Adds Multiple Logins, Access Levels For Team Members [via hypebot]
- Man arrested on suspicion of murder at Bestival [via FACT Magazine]
- BMI payouts top $1bn for first time – but digital growth slows down [via Music Business Worldwide]
- Does New York Streetwear Go With French Champagne? Moët & Chandon and Public School Think So [via Billboard]
- How Rappers Are Embracing Internet Subcultures to Attract Huge Crossover Followings [via Pigeons & Planes]
- Discogs launches new sites devoted to film, books, comics, and more [via Consequence of Sound]
- Apple backs marriage equality campaign in Australia [via Mashable]
- Your mobile phone rules advertising right now [via Quartz]
- Bedding company Koala comically replicates competitor’s OOH ad [via Mumbrella]
- Marmite Is Now Using Facial Recognition to Gauge Whether You Love or Hate It [via Adweek]
- Crunch Fitness is banking on the vanity of its members to generate real-time marketing [via Digiday]
- 5 Lies You Tell Yourself About Your Analytics (And How to Fix It) [via Kissmetrics Blog]
- Here’s What Happened To My To-Do List When I Embraced Procrastination [via Fast Company]
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