Instagram co-founders resign ‘to explore our curiosity and creativity again’

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Instagram co-founders resign ‘to explore our curiosity and creativity again’Insta Cofounders

Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger announced earlier this week that they’d be resigning from the company to “to explore our curiosity and creativity again.”

Chief executive Systrom and chief technical officer Krieger gave little explanation for their decision and plan to leave the company within the next few weeks and take time off.

“Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team,” Systrom said. “We’ve grown from 13 people to over a thousand with offices around the world, all while building products used and loved by a community of over one billion. We’re now ready for our next chapter.”

Parent company Facebook‘s founder Mark Zuckerberg called the duo “extraordinary product leaders and Instagram reflects their combined creative talents. I’ve learned a lot working with them for the past six years and have really enjoyed it. I wish them all the best and I’m looking forward to seeing what they build next.”

Systrom and Krieger founded the company in 2010. Facebook purchased the photo-sharing app in 2012.

H/T: PBS

Photo credit: Stephen Chernin/Reuters

Instagram looking to take a bite out of YouTube with new 1-hour uploads feature

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Instagram announced they will allow users to upload videos up to an hour long, a significant increase from previous one-minute limit. The Facebook-owned social media platform looks to compete with the media megalodon, YouTube, owned by Google.

These videos will be housed on IGTV, currently accessible in the top-right hand corner of the Instagram homescreen on mobile. IGTV is also available as a stand-along app on iOS and Android, featuring the most popular videos from internet celebrities.

CEO Kevin Systrom mentioned that it’s time for video to evolve and move forward. On the new platform, anyone can be a curator, not just celebrities. Currently, new and smaller accounts will not be able to upload hour-long videos. Users have the option to scroll through recommended videos, popular videos, curators they’re following, and continue watching previously started videos. Curators also have the option to add links in the descriptions of their videos to drive traffic elsewhere.

There are no ads on IGTV…yet. Instagram also isn’t paying it’s curators, unlike its parent company’s failed Facebook Watch video hub. With over 1 billion users on Instagram, IGTV certainly has leg to stand on. eMarketer predicted Instagram will earn $5.48 billion in U.S. ad revenue, without IGTV.

As younger generations are cutting the chord and looking towards various mediums to consume content, Instagram now has an opportunity to take over TV on mobile.

H/T: Tech Crunch

Photo Credit: @igtv.official/Instagram

New Facebook Live feature allows users to lip sync their favorite songs

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Facebook Live will now offer a lip sync feature that will allow users to choose from a variety of songs when starting their live lip sync broadcast. Live streamers will also have the ability to form duets via Facebook Live’s co-stream function.

To try the new feature, Facebook Live visitors need only to select “broadcast live” and then “Lip Sync live.” Doing so will then permit the given user to select one tune out of a library of hundreds. Lip syncers can also add filters and effects to their live solos and duets.

H/T: TechCrunch

Aussie police to combat illicit drugs via presence of drug dogs at A&B Sydney show

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New South Wales (NSW) police will implement a tight admission policy to combat illict drug use at Above & Beyond’s Common Ground show, scheduled for June 9 at Sydney Olympic Park’s Exhibition Halls at Sydney Showground.

In a post recently published to the force’s official Facebook page, NSW police notified attendees that drug detection dogs will be present at the venue to patrol the grounds for traces of prohibited drugs. The message warns ticket holders that the drug dogs will be able to smell drugs carried on an intended user, as well as the illicit remnants on “someone who has recently had drugs on them.” The post proclaims that “If a dog makes an indication,” the given attendee “will be denied entry.”

“These dance parties can be a dangerous environment, particularly when alcohol and illegal drugs are involved. We all know there is no quality control in the production of illicit drugs and you are putting your life at risk,” South West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said of the safety measure.

The Gaslamp Killer issues new statement pleading innocence in light of defamation lawsuit

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Last October, electronic music producer The Gaslamp Killer, real name William Bensussen, was accused of allegedly drugging and raping two women in 2013. News first arose when one of the alleged victims, Chelsea Tadros, first shared her account via Twitter, stating that the Los Angeles artist drugged her and a friend, RaeAn Medina, at a hotel party, where he then proceeded to allegedly have non-consensual sex with them both.

This subsequently led to Bensussen’s labels, Low End Theory and Brainfeeder, severing ties with the producer and sparked massive public outrage in the era of  #MeToo. In a new statement posted to The Gaslamp Killer’s Facebook page, Bensussen breaks his silence of seven months with details as to why he believes he is innocent and has filed for defamation.

Read his full statement below:

“Last October, Chelsea Tadros made false claims on Twitter about a consensual sexual encounter that I shared with her and her friend RaeAn Medina 5 years ago. Tadros claimed that I drugged her and Medina at The Standard Hotel during a daytime pool party, then took their incapacitated bodies to my home and raped them. Not only is this untrue, it is logistically impossible.

Despite having numerous witnesses dispute her story, I had to remain silent for legal reasons. I so badly wanted to defend myself right away and share the facts with details from my witnesses. Because the case is now public record, I am finally able to come forward.

I am 100% innocent of these accusations.

My only recourse was to bring a suit for defamation to prove my innocence. In suing Tadros, I am not trying to silence her. In fact, I am hoping to open a dialogue in which to examine this event in front of a judge and jury, rather than trial by social media.

It is important to note that no criminal charges were brought against me, and that I am the only person accused of this type of assault during the me too movement to bring a defamation suit against my accuser and be granted a trial. Furthermore, Medina has not affirmed nor corroborated Tadros’ accusations. In fact, in my 15-plus years of touring the world as a musician, no other woman has come out against me

Because the actual trial might be more than a year away, I feel it’s necessary to share these important facts from my case with you:

1. Judge Joanne O’Donnell has identified many inconsistencies in Tadros’ claim, and ruled that “Tadros’ statement contains a provably false assertion of fact that [I] drugged and raped Tadros…”

2. A toxicology expert specializing in date rape cases stated “It is in my opinion, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty that Tadros’ account of what happened on July 5, 2013 is virtually impossible.”

3. The sworn statement of eye witness #1, a friend of Medina’s, who directly contradicts Tadros’ claims about the events of that day. This witness reached out to me in support on the day of Tadros’ twitter accusation, even though I had only met him on the day in question 5 years ago and had not seen nor heard from him since.

4. The sworn statement of eye witness #2, my former roommate, who directly observed Tadros and Medina enter and exit my home in their own power.

Excerpts from these statements can be found in the following screenshots. If you‘d like to see more, there is also a dropbox link. After reading the above declarations by the judge and witnesses it is clear that Tadros’ claims are blatantly false.

I urge you to look at the facts objectively, as this false claim has changed my life forever. Within the first 24 hours of Tadros’ post, I received hundreds of death threats. I have subsequently lost everything that I have worked for; a career which took me 20 years to build. The damage done to my life, my friendships, my reputation, and my career is irreversible.

My life dissolved before my very eyes because of a single tweet. This type of reckless accusation undermines real sexual assault victims in their pursuit of justice. Therefore, it is with great care and awareness that I share my story. All I ask is that you take a moment to examine the facts.”

See the referenced court documents here.

 

Instagram and Spotify introduce new story feature to simplify music sharing

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The days of screenshotting that track that you’ve been digging in order to share it on your Instagram story are over.

Instagram and Spotify introduced a new music sharing feature that allows Spotify listeners to share the song that they’re currently streaming with their Instagram followers. Spotify users need only to select the ‘Share to Instagram Story’ option from the ‘share’ dropdown menu to do so. Sharing a song unlocks exclusive art stickers specific to each song, album, artist, and playlist. Instagram users can then add the stickers to their music post to further customize the story addition.

The new ‘Share to Instagram Story’ button streamlines the music sharing process, one that is key to many Instagram account holders’ interaction with the app. “The music world lives on in Instagram–three out of the top five most-followed accounts belong to music artists,” Instagram said in a statement. “Music fans come to Instagram to express themselves and discover new content from their favorite artists and we’re making that easier with the ability to share directly from Spotify.”

When followers view a given song story, they will be presented with the ability to listen to the tune on their own Spotify app, via a ‘play’ button visible in the upper lefthand corner. “It adds a whole new level to music discovery since friends will be able to get a glimpse of what you’ve been listening to–and you can do the same with them,” Spotify said of the feature.

Spotify intends to extend the function to Facebook Stories at a later point.

H/T: NME

Facebook’s value plunges yet again, down $60 billion

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A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone in Zenica, in this photo illustration

If bad things truly come “in threes,” then the worst is not over for Facebook just yet.

The social networking service’s shares have plummeted for the second day in a row, resting at a trading value of $164.07. The shares have fallen 4.9 percent since March 19, when shares closed at a price of $172.56.

Facebook shares sat at $184.09 on Friday, March 16, worth a whopping $537.69 billion; fast forward to March 20, and Facebook’s market capitalization weighs in at $476.83 billon, a total plunge of 11.4 percent since Friday and a loss of $60 billion in market cap.

H/T: Tech Crunch

Find your dream festival using your Spotify habits on this new site

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As festivals around the world begin to release their lineups ahead of 2018’s festival season, national and international music lovers will comb the fine text for their favorite artists. Festival goers can now simplify the festival selection process with just one-click, thanks to a new online application that analyzes listeners’ musical preferences in order to recommend the festivals best suited to streamers’ music tastes.

Find Your Best Festival 2018 examines the artists that Spotify users follow on the music streaming platform and Soundkick, as well as those that users like on Facebook to generate the festival that will most favorably align with the visitor’s listening trends.

Find Your Best Festival 2018 users can choose whether the website will evaluate data from all three sources, or can alternatively select one or two of the platforms. The website will then generate an event that takes into account the selected information, thereby streamlining listeners’ searches for the lineup most reflective of their listening patterns.

 

Drum ‘n’ bass producer Mistabishi makes several racist comments on social media

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English drum ‘n’ bass producer Mistabishi has sparked controversy after recently voicing a series of racist comments on Facebook and Twitter. Mistabishi first targeted London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, after Khan expressed pleasure once Donald Trump’s visit to London was cancelled.

“Khan is from a migrant family,” the artist wrote, “He’s not English and London is not his capital city. He is a Muslim and his capital is Mecca.” Mistabishi meanwhile asserted his status as a “real Londoner,” remarking that his family “can be traced back over a thousand years.”

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Mistabishi’s response to the Mayor elicited retaliation from a Facebook user who wrote “Britain doesn’t want you, either” on the producer’s page. Mistabishi fired back “Feel free to beat your child cousin bride and throw gay people off buildings because ‘it’s your culture,’ Muzzy.”

UK artist, Chimpo screenshotted and tweeted the Facebook thread containing the comments, captioning the photo “Wow Mistabishi! How u gonna hate immigrants and make d’n’b and techno? Racists aren’t welcome here mate.”

Mistabishi extended his deragatoy comments to Twitter, where he called a Twitter user a chimp, informing the tweeter that he didn’t “want a braindead semi-literate dj chimp” playing his music.

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Photo Credit: Mixmag

While Mistabishi has since deleted the defamatory Facebook remarks, a post that the producer published on a forum in August has surfaced.

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Photo Credit: Mixmag

The image of the summer forum post shows the artist state that black culture is “destructive to social integration.” Mistabishi uses several racial slurs to articulate his point therein.

 

H/T: Mixmag

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Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival will see worldwide expansion, new stage designs, logos & more [DETAILS]

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It’s a big year for Insomniac.

The electronic events enterprise looks not only to its 25th anniversary this year, but to international expansion which will see Insomniac’s flagship Electric Daisy Carnival event migrate to Japan and China in 2018. “We’re planning on announcing a few more international stops,” writes Insomniac CEO, Pasquale Rotella, in a recent Facebook post.

Rotella’s post broaches the festival’s international expansion, but additionally offers further details about this year’s edition of EDC Las Vegas. Committed to continue bringing fans “all new experiences” in what Rotella calls the “Insomniac tradition,” EDC’s Vegas iteration will feature brand new stage designs for kineticFIELD, circuitGROUNDS, neonGARDEN, bassPOD, and quantumVALLEY.

“In addition to the new websites and the new looks, 2018 will continue our tradition to bring about all new experiences. EDC Las Vegas is going to feature COMPLETELY new stage designs for kineticFIELD, circuitGROUNDS, neonGARDEN, bassPOD, and quantumVALLEY, which is getting an open air style production this year. If you’re staying with us at our first-ever Camp EDC — or if you’re thinking about it — stay tuned because we’re about to drop details on more activities and amenities, including a full map.”

Electric Daisy Carnival events hosted in various locations will also see a resurgence of the “interactive art and design” additions characteristic of EDC editions in the “early days.”

While massive alterations to the structure of EDC Las Vegas and the event’s international growth are sure to keep Rotella busy, Insomniac continues to channel momentum via the opening of ACADEMY, a new “warehouse style club” now open in Los Angeles.

Rotella’s Facebook post furthermore serves to exhibit Insomniac’s revamped logo, the change made in honor of Insomniac’s 25th anniversary.

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