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TikTok parent looking into music streaming

Published on 05/21/2019 @ 10 AM EST
It’s rumored that ByteDance, owner of TikTok, will be producing a paid music streaming service that will rival Spotify. The brand has already secured music rights in India, from labels including Times Music and T-Series.

Grumpy Cat passed away

Published on 05/18/2019 @ 10 AM EST
The feline famous for her frowning face has died at age seven. She encountered complications from a urinary tract infection that turned fatal. Famous for the memes she inspired, Grumpy Cat will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Instagram includes Stories in Explore

Published on 05/17/2019 @ 11 AM EST
The app allows Stories to be included in its Explore tab. Users can now be discovered through impromptu stories rather than only stiff Instagram posts. Instagram will show users Stories similar to accounts they like and follow.

Instagram will shut down standalone Direct app

Published on 05/16/2019 @ 10 AM EST
Sometime this month, Instagram will close its Direct app. The company didn’t announce an exact date or reason for its death. All messages from Direct will be transferred to the Instagram app.

Facebook cracks down on live streaming

Published on 05/15/2019 @ 9 AM EST
New rules for Facebook Live include a one-strike rule. Users who break its rules just once will be banned from using the service. This comes after a user live-streamed the mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Google announces new smartphone ad types

Published on 05/15/2019 @ 9 AM EST
After testing revealed 25% more interaction, Google will be displaying new ads in their discover feed, their app, and the mobile homepage. These will only appear on mobile use of Google, and not on the desktop.