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Instagram's Video Ads Are Finally Live, and Here Are 4 From Major Brands Disney, Activision and Banana Republic among early buyers

After six months of testing, Instagram's video ads are officially here. Instagram, owned by Facebook, has deals to show 15-second autoplay spots from Disney, Activision, Lancome, Banana Republic and CW. The…

October 30, 2014, 3:00 AM EDT

7 Big Stats From Facebook's Q3 Earnings Report Ad sales continue to drive growth

Facebook's advertising sales jumped 64 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period year, as the company maintained momentum from earnings reports earlier this year. Here are 6 other…

October 28, 2014, 5:08 PM EDT

How HP Turned 6-Second Vines Into a 30-Second TV Ad Brands are repurposing social media, memes into multi-platform campaigns

Brands are constantly seeking creative methods to make their pricey campaigns pay off in more ways than one. But computer giant HP hit the jackpot by turning its Vine campaign…

October 27, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT

Facebook Departs From Real-Name Policy to Allow Privacy in Rooms New app reminiscent of old Web

Facebook’s new app Rooms is a nod to the desire for anonymity online and represents a throwback to the old-school Internet. Facebook launched its anticipated privacy-centric app this week to…

October 24, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

New Facebook Tool Lets Marketers Host Real-Time Chats With Celebs But will organic reach issues force more spend?

Twitter has long had a reputation as a real-time marketing platform, making it a go-to site for brands to host Q&A sessions with celebrities and personalities. But Twitter may be…

October 20, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT

Snapchat Says Ads Are Coming This Weekend: 'We Need the Money' Reveals new details of its business plans

Snapchat—ready to actually bring in revenue—will start showing ads this weekend, and the messaging app gave a better understanding of how marketing will arrive in users' inboxes with a blog…

October 17, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

Whisper App Accused of Not Being Anonymous After All Company denies Guardian's reports of tracking users

Dark social just got darker. Indirect Snapchat leaks were only the beginning. Now, our trusted anonymous apps like Whisper aren’t so trusted after The Guardian found that the company tracks…

October 17, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

2014 Hot List Finalists: Digital Here are the finalists for the hottest digital brands

Hottest Digital Brand of the Year Amazon Apple GoPro Netflix Snapchat Vice Hottest Startup Imgur Snapchat Whisper Hottest Digital Obsession Netflix Reddit Twitch YouTube Hottest Digital Publication Jezebel TMZ Vice Hottest Sports Brand Deadspin ESPN Grantland Yahoo Sports Hottest Digital Marketer Dunkin’ Donuts Newcastle Brown Ale Oreo Starbucks Taco Bell Hottest in Native Advertising BuzzFeed Vice Vox The New York Times Hottest Gear, Gadgets and…

October 13, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

Yik Yak Is Hot With the Cool Kids, and Now It's in Facebook's Crosshairs Anonymous, location-based app surges in popularity

Any attention is good attention, even if it's from Facebook looking to crush your fledgling startup. That's kind of how the founders of Yik Yak look at recent double-edged praise…

October 8, 2014, 4:42 PM EDT

Facebook Reportedly Launching an App Designed to Hide Your True Identity A shift toward anonymity?

Facebook wants you to be just as comfortable sharing sensitive information as you are broadcasting mundane details, so the social network is planning a new, anonymous sharing app, according to…

October 7, 2014, 5:09 PM EDT

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