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Take a closer look at Instagram Reels, Facebook's TikTok rival launching today in the US (FB)

Instagram Reels, Facebook's competitor to TikTok, launched Wednesday to users in the US. Reels is a new content format for Instagram that allows users to create and share short-form video content to followers in a new dedicated Feed and on the Explore page. The launch of Reels comes as TikTok's future in the US remains uncertain, as the Trump administration weighs a potential ban on the app. Here's everything you need to know about Reels' launch and how it works. Visit Business Insider's homep...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, France, China, Germany, India, US, Trends, United States, Brazil, Donald Trump, Shah, Trump, France Germany, Lasso


Instagram Reels launches globally in over 50 countries, including US

Instagram Reels, the company’s significant effort in challenging TikTok on short-form creative content, is launching globally, starting today. The feature is being made available across 50 countries, including the U.S., as TechCrunch had previously reported. The expansion means Reels will now be available in key international markets, such as India, Brazil, France, Germany, the U.K., Japan, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Argentina and several others. The timing is fortuitous, given TikTok’s uncertain...
Tags: Social, Startups, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Video, Instagram, India, US, Brazil, TechCrunch, Trump, Lasso, Vishal Shah, Video Apps, Instagram Stories


Facebook's TikTok clone, Instagram Reels, launches today in the US as TikTok's future hangs in the balance (FB)

Instagram Reels, Facebook's TikTok rival, is launching in the US Wednesday. It provides users with another way to share content with their followers — in the form of super-short, spliced-together, soundtrack-based videos. Instagram Reels launched first in Brazil in late 2019, and has since been rolling out to countries like Germany, France, and India. Wednesday's launch will extend Reels' presence to the US, UK, and more than 50 other countries. The launch comes as TikTok's 100 million America...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, China, India, US, Trends, Brazil, Donald Trump, Shah, US UK, France Germany, Facebook Google, Germany France


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #502

Facebook reports growth in revenue and users in Q2 During its Q2 earnings call last week, Facebook reported revenue of $18.7 billion, up 11 per cent year-on-year, and said it is expecting revenue growth for the third quarter of about 10 per cent. The platform also shared that monthly users across all apps (Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram) also increased by 0.15 billion in Q2, now standing at 3.14 billion. The figures represent a 12 per cent annual growth in both DAU and MAU. Microsof...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, India, US, Seo, NHL, Mashup, National Hockey League, Trump, US Australia New Zealand, Apple Google Facebook, Facebook Messenger WhatsApp


How to Get Your Brand Ready for the Launch of Instagram Reels

Instagram Reels, the New TikTok? TikTok has had a myriad of security concerns since launching, and the announcement of Instagram Reels has many marketers wondering if it will be enough to replace the viral video app. The majority of concerns around TikTok came to light as major issues surfaced, such as hackers’ ability to control TikTok accounts, manipulate content, upload and delete videos, and reveal personal information because of a vulnerability in the web domain. It’s now bee...
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Facebook signs deals with labels for music videos: Report

In a significant development for Facebook’s music business, the company has just signed music video deals with Warner, Sony and Universal, the three largest labels in the world, Bloomberg reports. Earlier this month, the company wrote to artists saying that their music videos would be automatically added to their pages, and if they chose not to do so, the company would set a page for those videos on its own. The deal with the big three labels seems to pave the way for the social media company to...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Spotify, Music, News, Instagram, India, Bloomberg, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Saregama, Facebook Watch, In India Facebook, Zee Music, Warner Sony


Short-form video app Triller has hired 18-year-old TikTok star Josh Richards as its chief strategy officer and an investor says it's looking to raise $250 million in new funding

Social-media platforms like Triller and Instagram are taking steps to lure creators away from TikTok as they aim to become more competitive in the short-form video category. Triller announced on Tuesday that it's bringing on three TikTok creators — Josh Richards, 18; Griffin Johnson, 21; and Noah Beck, 19 — as investors, with Richards earning the title of chief strategy officer at the startup. While Richards will hold an executive title, he's not planning to take on a traditional nine-to-five ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, La, China, India, US, Beck, Trends, Washington Dc, Pitbull, Johnson, Wall Street Journal, Snoop Dogg, Dubsmash, Fox Business, Trump


Sundar Pichai will tell Congress that Google's search and advertising business faces plenty of competition, and that its free products benefit the 'average American.' Read his prepared remarks in full (GOOG, GOOGL)

On Wednesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify before Congress alongside the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, and Facebook in a grilling on antitrust. In his opening remarks, Pichai will argue that Google operates in a "highly competitive market" and make the point that users have access to search tools outside of Google's own. He'll also argue that competition in ads from the likes of Twitter has driven down costs that benefit consumers. He'll also say that free Google services like Search, Gmail,...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Texas, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, India, New York City, America, Trends, Google Analytics, Austin, Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, Committee, Alexa


Daily Crunch: Apple commits to carbon neutrality

Apple says it’s going fully carbon neutral by 2030, Spotify adds video to its podcast strategy and the U.S. charges two alleged Chinese spies in what it describes as a global hacking campaign. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 21, 2020. The big story: Apple commits to carbon neutrality Apple announced today that it plans to make its entire business — including its supply chain and resulting products — carbon neutral by 2030. This strategy includes reducing emissions from the production proces...
Tags: Apple, TC, Spotify, UK, Instagram, France, India, Disney, US, Tech, Gett, Carlos Diaz, Lisa Jackson, Human Ventures, Heather Hartnett, Quibi


More than half of the people on Earth now use social media

Our new Digital 2020 July Global Statshot report, created in partnership with Hootsuite, reveals that – for the first time – more than half of the world’s total population now uses social media. DataReportal analysis shows that 3.96 billion people use social media today, accounting for roughly 51 percent of the global population. Put simply, this means that more people now use social media than do not. This milestone is all the more impressive when we consider that most social media companies r...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, China, India, Africa, Seo, Earth, Philippines, Hootsuite, Sina Weibo, GlobalWebIndex, Southern Asia, Digital News


Pakistan bans Bigo, issues ‘final warning’ to TikTok over vulgar content

Pakistan on Monday banned Chinese live-streaming app Bigo and issued “final warning” to short video app TikTok over “obscene” and “immoral” content on these platforms. The “final warning” means that the Bytedance-owned app will have to put in place a “comprehensive mechanism to control obscenity, vulgarity and immorality” on its platform. We have reached out to Bigo and TikTok for comment. Press Release: Number of complaints had been received from different segments of the society against immor...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Facebook, News, Instagram, China, India, Pakistan, Reddit, Helo, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Madras High Court, PUBG, Bigo, Tiktok


19 media startups that top VCs say are poised to take off in 2020, as the pandemic reshapes the industry

Business Insider asked 11 top venture-capital investors which media startups they thought would thrive in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic — and why. We asked each VC to pick two companies, including one they weren't invested in. VC firms are eyeing startups that work on a variety of hot topics in media including livestreaming, short-form video, podcasting, and esports.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 2020 has been a whirlwind of a year for media companies. The shutteri...
Tags: Spotify, Hollywood, Instagram, Youtube, China, Germany, India, US, Trends, Netflix, Comcast, Eminem, Michael Brown, Jesus, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kevin Hart


Copyright society IPRS announces licensing deal with Facebook

The Indian Performing Rights Society, which represents many Indian musicians, has signed a licensing deal with Facebook to allow its members’ content to be used by users on Facebook and Instagram, the social media company on Monday. “People will now be able to choose music from the IPRS repertoire with hundreds and thousands of songs, to add in their own videos they share on Facebook and Instagram, as well as other social features like Music Stickers on Stories,” Facebook said in its statement...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Music, News, Instagram, India, Royalty, Instagram Instagram, Stories Facebook, Indian Performing Rights Society, Instagram Reels, Iprs


Take a closer look at Instagram Reels, Facebook's TikTok rival coming to the US next month (FB)

Instagram Reels, Facebook's competitor to TikTok, is expected to roll out in early August to users in the US and several other countries. It's already being tested in India, Brazil, France, and Germany. Reels is a new format for Instagram Stories that allows users to create and share short-form video content on the Explore page and with followers. Here's everything you need to know about Reels' launch and how it works. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook's attempt to ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, France, China, Germany, India, US, Trends, Brazil, Kanye, Trump, Lasso, Bytedance, IGTV, Tiktok, Business Insider India


The Trump campaign is running several anti-TikTok ads on Facebook and Instagram accusing the Chinese app of 'spying on you'

The Trump campaign is now running political ads on Facebook and Instagram that accuse TikTok of "spying" on users. The ads, launched Friday, encourage users to sign a petition banning TikTok, the viral app that's raising national security concerns due to its ties to China through its parent company ByteDance. In recent weeks, the president and government officials have said they're considering banning TikTok in the US, where the app has an estimated userbase as high as 80 million. Visit Busine...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, White House, China, India, US, Trends, Linkedin, New York Times, Donald Trump, Trump, State, Tulsa Oklahoma, Tulsa, Pompeo, Larry Kudlow


This Week in Apps: US tops China on downloads, EU regulates app stores, Instagram takes on TikTok

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series* that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuatio...
Tags: Apple, Firefox, Google, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hong Kong, Cook, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Germany, Berlin, India, US


Instagram's TikTok-Style 'Reels' Feature to Launch in US Next Month

Instagram's new "Reels" feature is coming to the U.S. in early August, Facebook has confirmed (via Business Insider). The TikTok-style short-form video feature made its debut in Brazil late last year, and allows Instagram users to record and edit 15-second video clips with audio and music soundtracks. Instagram users will be able to create and share Reels to their Stories, and can access their short-form videos in a new, dedicated tab on their profiles. Public accounts will have their videos ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, China, India, Nbc News, US, Brazil


Instagram Reels to release in over 50 countries, including US, Mexico: Report

Instagram Reels, Facebook’s TikTok-like short video platform, is releasing in over fifty markets after testing in a few countries, NBC reported Thursday. Reels was released in India days after the government banned TikTok, along with 58 other Chinese apps. Facebook confirmed that Reels was coming to the US. In a statement, the company told us, “We’re excited to bring Reels to more countries, including the US, in early August. The community in our test countries has shown so much creativity in sh...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Nbc, Mexico, Germany, India, US, Inmobi, Roposo, Brazil France, Tiktok, Instagram Reels, Instagram Reels Facebook, Instagram Reels in India Facebook


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. The FBI is leading an inquiry into the colossal Twitter hack that impacted high-profile accounts on Wednesday. The hackers posted tweets through the hijacked accounts asking people to donate Bitcoin to cryptocurrency addresses.  Cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs thinks the hack may have been carried out by a 21-year-old SIM-swapper who has ties to the hacking group that...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Usa, UK, Instagram, Microsoft, India, US, Trends, Fbi, Pwc, Michelle Obama, Brian Krebs, Kremlin, Jack Dorsey, Anthony Fauci


Instagram's New Reels Feature Is Pretty Obviously Facebook's Attempt to Take Down TikTok

TikTok is facing a widespread crackdown due to security concerns, which has left Facebook an opening to take down the rival social network. The company will use Instagram to do it, just like it did with Instagram Stories to keep Snapchat at bay. Instagram launched a new TikTok-esque feature, Reels, in India earlier…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, India, Social Media, Snapchat, Instagram Stories, Tiktok


Instagram's rival to TikTok will come to the US in early August (FB)

Facebook is planning to bring its competitor to TikTok — called Reels — to Instagram users in the US in early August, an Instagram spokesperson told Business Insider. Reels, which has already debuted in India and other select countries, will live inside of Instagram Stories as an option for sharing short-form video content similar to that on TikTok. Beijing-based TikTok first came to the US in 2018 and has grown into an overwhelmingly dominant social platform,  that have attracted younger aud...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, France, China, Germany, India, Nbc News, US, Trends, Beijing, United Kingdom, Brazil, Kanye, Dubsmash, Trump, Reuters


Instagram confirms its TikTok rival, Reels, will launch in the US in early August

Instagram confirmed it’s preparing to soon launch its TikTok competitor, known as Reels, in the U.S. The company expects to bring the new video feature — which is designed specifically for short-form, creative content — to its platform in early August, according to a spokesperson. The U.S. launch comes shortly after Reels’ arrival in India this month, following a ban of TikTok in that market. Reels has also been tested in Brazil, France, and Germany. NBC News reported this morning Instagram woul...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Germany, India, Nbc News, US, Tech, Dubsmash, Trump, China India, Brazil France, Triller, Tiktok


Silicon Valley and Trump are united against TikTok — for different reasons

Hello and welcome to the post-Bastille day edition of Trending, Business Insider's weekly look at the world of tech. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast Bureau Chief and Global Tech Editor. If you want to get Trending in your email inbox every Wednesday, just click here. This week: TikTok, the disruption Silicon Valley never saw coming After the coronavirus, TikTok has emerged as the great transnational obsession of 2020, captivating teens, business chiefs, pundits, politica...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Microsoft, La, China, India, Disney, US, Trends, Palo Alto, Ben Thompson, Netflix, Beijing


TikTok's under pressure from the US government, and competitors like Snapchat, YouTube, and Instagram are capitalizing on the app's uncertain future (FB, GOOGL, SNAP)

The Trump administration recently said it's considering placing a ban on TikTok, the viral app with ties to China through its parent company, ByteDance. In the wake of the threatened ban, competing short-video apps — like Dubsmash, Byte, and Triller — have seen an uptick in their download numbers as TikTok users prepare to migrate to other platforms. The situation has also opened a window for tech companies, including YouTube and Instagram, to roll out new formats and features reminiscent of T...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, China, India, US, Trends, Dubsmash, Trump, Reuters, Triller, Snapchat YouTube, Bytedance, Tiktok, Sensor Tower Data


Facebook to launch officially licensed music videos in the US next month

Facebook is preparing to launch officially licensed music videos on its social network in the U.S. next month, in a direct challenge to YouTube. In materials reviewed by TechCrunch, Facebook informed Page owners linked to artists they’ll need to toggle on a new setting to add their music videos to their page ahead of an August 1st deadline, at which point Facebook will automatically create a page of their videos if no action had been taken. Artists will not have to manually upload their videos o...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Video, Music, Instagram, Youtube, China, Music Videos, India, US, Tech, Bloomberg, Thailand, Artists, Warner Music Group, Facebook Page


Facebook to launch officially licensed music videos in the U.S. next month

Facebook is preparing to launch officially licensed music videos on its social network in the U.S. next month, in a direct challenge to YouTube. In materials reviewed by TechCrunch, Facebook informed Page owners linked to artists they’ll need to toggle on a new setting to add their music videos to their page ahead of an August 1st deadline, at which point Facebook will automatically create a page of their videos if no action had been taken. Artists will not have to manually upload their videos o...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Video, Music, Instagram, Youtube, China, Music Videos, India, Tech, Bloomberg, Thailand, Artists, Warner Music Group, Facebook Page, Lasso


Google announces partnerships with CBSE, Prasar Bharati

Google on Monday announced partnerships with the Central Board of Secondary Education’s Skill & Education wing and Prasar Bharati, the government’s public broadcasting wing that runs Doordarshan. “By the end of 2020, we will enable over 1 million teachers in 22,000 schools across India to deliver blended learning that combines the classroom approach with online learning, using free tools like G Suite for Education, Google Classroom, YouTube and more,” Sapna Chadha, Google’s Senior Country Market...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, News, Instagram, India, US, New Delhi, CBSE, Prasar Bharati, Doordarshan, Kaivalya Education Foundation, COVID, Google for India, CBSE Prasar Bharati, G Suite for Education Google Classroom YouTube


This Week in Apps: US ponders TikTok ban, apps see a record Q2, iOS 14 public beta arrives

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuati...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Mobile, Apps, Instagram, Developer, Entertainment, India, US, Siri, Tech, Pokemon, Market Analysis, Extra Crunch


Top 10 stories of the week: July 6th to July 12th 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 12th July 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: , for their support. Week after ‘Chinese’ app ban, Indian govt launches ‘Atmanirbhar’ app innovation challenge Within a week of banning 59 ‘Chinese’ apps, the Indian government on July 4 launched an ‘app innovation challenge’, involving cash rewards and other incentives, to promote existing Indian apps, and help in the development of new apps. Read it here Fac...
Tags: Travel, Home, Facebook, Hong Kong, UK, News, Instagram, Australia, China, India, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ministry, UK Australia, ClearView, CBSE


How Will Brands Invest Social Ad Budgets Pulled from the Facebook Boycott?

Facebook is in the midst of a boycott by some large advertisers during this month of July 2020. While Facebook’s stock price hit an all-time high on July 7th, one of the key boycott dates, all is not sunny in Menlo Park. A meeting that same day between Mark Zuckerberg and his team, with key civil rights organizations did not go particularly well. Facebook shared an audit they commissioned, from which The New York Times pulled the line: “With less than five months before a presidential electio...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Pinterest, Instagram, Microsoft, Washington Post, India, Seo, United States, New York Times, Gizmodo, Forrester, Social Advertising, Social Media Advertising, Media Buying, Menlo Park



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