Instagram will remind you to buy

Instagram will remind you to buy Eaters Collective
Instagram is announcing new features on a weekly basis at the moment. This one is about setting reminders for product launches, so the hordes can buy your products as soon as they are available on Instagram. What will happen is that the product launch sticker in IG Stories and product launch tag in the IG feed will allow people to set up such a lau...
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Culture sector marches to protest against climate change

Culture sector marches to protest against climate change Marcus Spiske
Our climate is fucked, and we're not going to spend time either reminding you of the present and future fragility that our planet is in, or arguing that it isn't. We have done it through emitting far too much CO2. That's it. There is a rally this afternoon in Trafalgar Square, London, to lobby Arts Council England to adopt a much more pro-acti...
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Facebook wants social media to be truly virtual

Facebook wants social media to be truly virtual Sebastian Voortman
​We’re back with Facebook developments again, with these coming off the company’s annual event, Oculus Connect. The big announcement is that the company wants social interactions to “feel physical”, through the use of ultra-realistic avatars. Here’s how the company describes it... We call this "social presence." It's the 3D-enabled feeling tha...
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Facebook increases interactivity in its display ads

Facebook increases interactivity in its display ads
Across FB, Instagram, and WhatsApp, Facebook is extending interactivity in areas such as video gaming and advertising. As mentioned in a recent post to the Facebook Blog , the company is taking the interactive video poll idea from Instagram and applying it to Facebook. It means that users would be able to conduct simple reactive tasks such as vote,...
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Sinners: your opportunity to repent at leisure

Sinners: your opportunity to repent at leisure
New from Rob Manuel is a place where you can tell the Internet, anonymously, what you haven't told anyone before. The beautifully-named Fesshole allows anyone to add their confessions to a Google Form which in turn are individually published to a Twitter account of the same name . We assume that the Google Form and underlying Google Sheet does...
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Does Facebook really care about privacy?

Does Facebook really care about privacy? Prateek Katyal
The Zuckopticon is on a charm offensive at the moment, with ad campaigns running across Europe and the US In both print and TV to remind people both how Facebook’s settings work and that it is, as a business, ​very ​ concerned about privacy. Yes, really. Such is the company’s commitment to privacy that it is continuing to launch new devices in...
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The Ars that keeps on giving: new residency opportunities

The Ars that keeps on giving: new residency opportunities
Another day, another opportunity by way of the lovely folks from Linz. Ars Electronica has launched a new residency programme for artists working with new technologies. The programme is called EMAP, which British readers might remember as the name of a once-mighty publisher. In this case, however, it stands for European Media Art Platform, and...
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Lawsuit knocks Adland off the Internet

Lawsuit knocks Adland off the Internet
​Popular... no, HIGHLY popular advertising archive Adland has been taken offline through a DMCA takedown notice issued to the site's host, Vultr, by lawyers representing tyre manufacturer Bridgestone. The background is this. Holland & Hart LLP, a law firm representing Bridgestone, issued Adland with a takedown notice for an ad from BBDO. Called...
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Classical music that you may have never heard before

Max Richter Wikipedia
​Where one might have spent their earlier years in a fug listening to The Orb or Future Sound of London, where do these more-grown-up music tastes go now? Ambient has certainly moved on but so has classical. ​The Guardian ​ lists a set of classical tracks that might not have serenaded your earlobes before. They range from composers that you might h...
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Greta Thunberg: the trigger

Greta Thunberg: the trigger Wikipedia
​There is clearly no doubt that Greta Thunberg is a brave, courageous, and strong young woman. If you haven't seen her speech to world leaders at this year's UN Climate Change conference yet, then you should absolutely do so. One can only imagine how many leaders looked down at the carpet in faux shame when she was in full flow. Just look at the st...
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Burberry launches God Tier messaging

Burberry launches God Tier messaging George Morina
R World, the strangely-named app for key Burberry customers, now offers a way for big spenders of the label to talk with store assistants directly. Basically, if you spend enough money with Burberry, you're invited into being an R World user. From there, if your thirst for the yellow-and-red-check still needs quenching, you can use the R Messa...
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Lily‘s Garden: jarring and enthralling

Lily‘s Garden: jarring and enthralling
We can't think of any garden-based games, except for a somewhat esoteric memory of Ned's Garden , released in 1983 for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum . Fast-forward 36 (!!!) years and there's a new garden with a new owner.  ​Lily's Garden ​ is a mobile game which combines RPG-style plot with a  ​Tetris ​-esque puzzle game. However, the she...
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Not... Not the Turner Prize

Not... Not the Turner Prize Gretchen Andrew
The first time I ever discussed the idea of NOT NOT was on Imperica in 2015 saying When Magritte wrote, "This is not a pipe" under his painting of a pipe he was playing with the relationship between an object and its representation...This liminal state is more easily understood in terms of performance. Consider an actor playing Hamlet. We acknowled...
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Facebook changes policy on diet products

Facebook changes policy on diet products
Facebook has announced that it will stop pushing ads about slimming and diet products across its eponymous platform and subsidiary Instagram to users under 18. Of course, while this is absolutely right and The Proper Thing To Do, it assumes that you have filled in the age field honestly in the first place. For 10 points, try to remem...
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Ars Electronica wants AI artists

Ars Electronica wants AI artists Wikipedia
Austrian digital art behemoth Ars Electronica has opened a new scheme for artists working in AI to gain a residency in Edinburgh. The winner will receive  €10,000 comprising of a €3k artist fee, a €5k production budget, €2k extra costs budget, and €5k for travel - including to Ars in Linz for 4-6 weeks, and the University of Edi...
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Byker Grove: the zombie apocalypse

Byker Grove: the zombie apocalypse
Many UK grown-ups will remember  ​Byker Grove ​, the BBC's Newcastle-based teen drama which launched the careers of Ant & Dec (now famous TV presenters in their own right); Jill Halfpenny (a highly successful actor); and Donna Air (er... us neither). If you're in your 40s, then you probably remember the first few series or so. In fact...
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Who's a good boy: new ambient music from Alex May

Who's a good boy: new ambient music from Alex May
Friend of Imperica  ​Alex May ​ is releasing a new ambient album,  ​Innocuous Sporran Fury ​​, of which the title track is charmingly entitled E very puppy has a gun and will own you in the end. As ambient fans ourselves (the new Max Würden is AWESOME by the way), Alex is a composer in the style that we could probably call Modern Cla...
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The village London forgot

The village London forgot Peter Marshall
In a recent Web Curios ( 24 May ), we included a link to an ongoing project from Bow Arts which looks at the history of the Lea Valley - the area surrounding the River Lea in east London from the River Thames up to Hertford. Peter Marshall has been capturing London life for more than 40 years, and has published his archive across a variet...
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Plan for comms planning excellence

Plan for comms planning excellence Slon DotPics
Comms planner and author of  ​Planning Dirty ​, Julian Cole, has launched a suite of courses and materials called  ​Planning Dirty Academy ​. Offered as a paid service, PDA will contain materials, resources, and plenty of other stuff for comms planners - including monthly webinars with some of the best senior planners from around the worl...
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Is sustainability just lip service?

Is sustainability just lip service?
​Media analysis company Commetric has posted a piece on how public attitudes to Palm Oil have been shifted by specific interventions - with some brands acting much more quickly than others. The author, Dimitar Ganev, singles out Iceland as being a winner in this debate. Its ad with Rang-Tan the chimpanzee, lifted from an earlier ad for Greenpeace a...
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