Facebook and Instagram to launch ad-free subscription plans

Meta parent company to Facebook and Instagram said it will introduce ad-free paid subscriptions plans for users of both social media platforms across markets in the EU, EEA and Switzerland by November.   The plans were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, to meet European regulations who have been seeking to curb the use […]

Meta reportedly mulling ad-free Facebook and Instagram subscriptions for EU

Following the accelerating trend to charge users for ad-free versions of digital services, Meta is reportedly preparing to charge users in the European Union a US$14 a month fee if they do not agree to allow the tech giant to use their data to deliver targeted advertising. In plans first reported by the Wall Street […]

MFE and Meta join forces to fight piracy

MediaForEurope’s Italian broadcaster arm Reti Televisive Italiane (RTI) has forged an antipiracy partnership with Meta to fight online piracy. RTI/Mediaset and Facebook-owner Meta will collaborate on implementing tools to protect RTI’s copyrighted content, including live broadcasts. Meta will also provide RTI/Mediaset staff with dedicated training and support to use tools suh as Meta’s Rights Manager […]

EC faces criticism over ‘who pays for broadband’ consultation

The European Commission has drawn a storm of criticism over its launch of a consultation on potentially making content companies and big tech players contribute to the upgrade of the continent’s telecom networks. Telecom companies have long lobbied for big tech companies such as Facebook and Netflix to pay a ‘fair share’ of upgrade costs […]

Big Tech quartet seek to balance innovation with efficiency in 2023

The global markets are busy navigating their way through a flurry of big tech corporate results released on this week. Apple, Amazon and Alphabet (the owner of Google & YouTube) were looking at share price drops of 3-5% after disappointing investors. But Meta experienced a surprise bounce, with share price currently up more than 20% […]

Big Tech Q3 results rattle markets and raise fears for wider TMT sector

After a week of generally lacklustre results from TMT firms, Q3, 2022 reports from Alphabet, Meta and Microsoft confirmed that the global economy is on a rocky road. Microsoft reported revenues of $50.1bn for the quarter. Although this was up 11% year on year, the financial markets reacted badly because it is Microsoft’s slowest level […]

Meta to ‘co-create experiences’ with NBCU’s Dreamworks, Blumhouse & more

A year ago, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg used his annual Connect event to rename Facebook as Meta and go all-in on the metaverse. Since then, the wider entertainment industry has spent many hours debating what the metaverse really is, when it will arrive and what it all means for gamers and content creators. Roll forward […]

Mark Zuckerburg confirms Meta’s next VR headset will launch in October

Facebook owner Meta will launch its next VR headset in October. The company has seen huge success with the Quest 2 (formerly Oculus Quest 2) standalone VR headset which combined aggressive pricing, low technical requirements and a wide platform of apps and games to sell more than 14.8 million units since launching in late 2020. […]

Facebook Watch app discontinued on Apple TV

Facebook Watch has reportedly been discontinued on Apple’s TV OS. According to 9to5Mac, Apple TV users no longer have access to Facebook’s dedicated video platform with the app being shut down by Facebook with its most recent update. The report notes that the app is still available on the App Store, but users are encountered […]

Meta takes Portal to the board room and scraps consumer product line

Meta’s Portal brand is set to be discontinued as a consumer product brand. According to The Information and confirmed by The Verge, the Facebook-owner plans to move the focus of the brand away from video calling tech to a more corporate-oriented business with a focus on conference calling. The Portal product line debuted in 2018 […]

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