Facebook rolls out code to nullify Adblock Plus’ workaround: Adblock Plus launched a workaround to Facebook’s ad block bypass today that ham-handedly removes posts from friends and Pages, not just ads, according to a statement provided by Facebook to TechCrunch.
Twitter responds to BuzzFeed harassment story by covering its ears: Twitter says it’s working on it. The social network, loved for empowering millions and hated for enabling abusers, “will have updates to share soon.” Because it’s working on it. The network’s cohort of petulant trolls, seeming endless in supply, have nearly hijacked Twitter’s entire narrative, with a string of high-profile cases culminating to a blow-by-blow chronicle of the company’s chronic fuck-ups published today by BuzzFeed.
Facebook is changing News Feed to make stories ‘more personally informative’: Another week, another News Feed change. Facebook announced a new change to the algorithm that powers its News Feed. This time, the change is meant to make the stories you see “more personally informative.”
Facebook feed change that predicts what’s informative could reprioritize news: News outlets may get back some of their mojo stolen by a June Facebook feed algorithm change that preferred friends over publishers. Today Facebook will start predicting stories that are informative and highlighting them to people if they’re “related to their interests, if they engage people in broader discussions, and if they contain news”.
How the Times of London taps into Instagram’s food scene: Last September, The Times of London felt it wasn’t giving its readers enough food content to chew on. So it increased its output from just a few pages each week to a monthly food magazine, The Dish.
Myer Give Registry with Salvation Army: Myer and Salvation Army Australia have launched the Give Registry, a collection of essential items for survivors of family violence. Awareness of family violence being a pervasive national problem is growing, but practical solutions to help victims of abuse remain limited. A rarely discussed reality of family violence is that most women who suffer at the hands of their partners end up having to flee their homes, often leaving with nothing but their lives.
Pinterest adds impression-based buys to its ad auction: If Pinterest wants more brand advertisers to buy its ads — and it appears that it does — then it needs to make it easier for them to buy its ads the way they like to. So it is. Pinterest is going to start letting marketers in the US and the UK buy ads through its auction based on how much they’re willing to pay for each impression. These ads will be eligible to appear in the same places as Pinterest’s other auction-based ads, such as within search results, in people’s home feeds and within category feeds.
How Business Insider plans to expand its subscription-based research unit overseas: It’s been nearly two years since Business Insider burst into the U.K. and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Now BI is plotting the expansion of its paid research service, BI Intelligence. This started with its first London-first financial technology, or fintech, vertical, launched in April. Next year that vertical will be exported to its Ignition conferences, with the first U.K. Fintech Ignition.
Arianna Huffington Is Leaving The Huffington Post: Arianna Huffington is leaving The Huffington Post, a site she co-founded 11 years ago. Her new venture will take her right back to where it all started.
Instagram’s direct-response ads haven’t totally clicked with advertisers: Instagram’s ad business has not yet totally clicked with direct-response advertisers, based on interviews with several agency execs. There are natural growing pains, like convincing marketers who are very comfortable spending their money on Google’s search ads and Facebook’s ads to try something new.