Facebook’s ad transparency measures to launch next month

Facebook's ad transparency measures to launch next month

Facebook announced that its new ad transparency features will go live in November. When viewing a Facebook Page, users will be able to click a “view ads” tab, which will bring up all of the ads that the Page is currently running. Facebook first announced the new transparency features early this month. Among other things, […]

BuzzFeed parts ways with top entertainment writers in new shakeup

BuzzFeed parts ways with top entertainment writers in new shakeup

BuzzFeed is changing up the way it covers Hollywood. The company has parted ways with three top members of its editorial staff: Entertainment Editor Jamie Etkin, who’d been with BuzzFeed News for four years; Deputy Entertainment Editor Katie Hasty; and Senior Entertainment Editor Jarrett Wieselman. In a memo to staff explaining the changes, Head of […]

Twitter bands ads from Russian government-affiliated news sources

Twitter bands ads from two Russian government-affiliated news sources

Twitter, like Facebook and Google, is still grappling with revelations that Russian-bought ads, designed to influence the 2016 election, ran on its platform last year. Now the company is taking an extraordinary step: Effective immediately, Russia Today (Russia’s state-funded broadcaster) and Sputnik (a government-controlled news agency) will be banned from advertising on Twitter. “We did […]

Amazon has smashing Q3 – but downplays Amazon Studios

Amazon to sell devices and promote services at Whole Foods

Amazon, too, beat Wall Street’s expectations in Q3, posting sales of $43.7 billion. Wall Street had projected $41.6 billion in sales. Total sales saw a 34% increase over last year’s third quarter. (Some of that had to do with the $1.3 billion that Amazon took in from the recently-acquired Whole Foods Market.) All told, net […]

Patreon expands transacation capabilities to new platforms

Patreon expands transacation capabilities to new platforms

Patreon wants to be more than just an individual crowd-funding site. The service, which artists and creators use to generate funding directly from fans, is adding support for new plugins: Creators will now be able to perform basic Patreon transactions outside of the company’s main website. For instance, patrons will now able to sign up […]

Report: Roku plans to host content on competitors’ mobile platforms

Report: Roku plans to host content on competitors' mobile platforms

Roku may be best known for its own hardware, but according to Variety, the company plans to expand its horizons. The trade pub, which spoke to three sources with knowledge of the plans, reports that Roku intends to integrate video playback directly into its mobile app for iOS and Android devices. (At the moment, the […]

Study: “Walking Dead” piracy down by over 40%

Study: "Walking Dead" piracy down by over 40%

From the department of mixed blessings: Global online piracy of Sunday’s The Walking Dead premiere was down 42% from last season’s premiere. That’s according to piracy-tracking firm Tecxipio, which compared the one-day periods following the two premieres’ initial airings on AMC. While reduced piracy may sound like a good thing, it may also indicate that […]

Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins to depart for Sony TV

Hulu cancels Difficult People

Mike Hopkins is leaving Hulu. Hopkins, who’s been Hulu’s CEO since 2013, is headed to Sony Pictures Television, where he’ll serve as Chairman. The Chairman role was previously held by Steve Mosko, who left Sony last year. Randy Freer, a Hulu board-member who’s served as President and COO of Fox Networks Group since 2013, will […]

Report: Snapchat has hundreds of thousands of unsold Spectacles

Report: Snap Inc. requires ad tech company Metamarkets

Snapchat parent Snap Inc. may have grossly overestimated the demand for Spectacles, the video-recording glasses the company introduced last year. The Information reports that hundreds of thousands of unsold Spectacles are currently sitting in a Chinese warehouse. According to the report, Snap ordered an overabundance of units due to a deceptively strong surge of early […]

Facebook experiments with taking publishers off the News Feed

Facebook's ad transparency measures to launch next month

This could wind up amounting to nothing – or it could be big, big deal. Facebook has been undertaking a new test in six countries: Instead of placing publishers’ content in users’ main News Feeds, the platform is shunting those stories off to the harder-to-find Explore Feed. The upshot: Users have to head to the […]