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Information, inspiration & insight #042

everything between wonderful and weird from last week

Facebook’s desktop gaming platform

Facebook may try to compete with Steam, or at least win back revenue lost when casual gaming shifted to mobile. Facebook is building its own Steam-style desktop gaming platform with Unity.

WhatsApp update paves way for brands to message

WhatsApp has updated its terms of service to allow businesses and users to talk to each other on its platform but says it doesn’t want a “spammy” experience.

Inside Backstage: YouTube’s plan to bring photos, polls, and text to the video service

YouTube is developing a feature internally called Backstage where users can share photos, polls, links, text posts, and videos with their subscribers.

Facebook launches Lifestage app for school teens

Facebook has launched a new social media app aimed at school teenagers. Members of Lifestage, currently only available on Apple devices in the US, upload pictures and videos based around feelings, likes and dislikes. These are then turned into video profiles.

Giphy launched official live-events GIFs

When people search for event content on Giphy or its partner sites (Twitter, Facebook), these GIFs, created by Giphy Studios, will get first billing. It’s a smart quality-control measure. No word on pricing.

Spotify plans more original video series

Original video programming is a major area of focus for Spotify, so much so that in the past few months the company has elected not to renew some of the video licensing deals it signed with various networks and content partners last year, according to sources.

Sony Pictures tried Snapchat’s 360-degree ad format

Snapchat has debuted a new 360-video ad format, with Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) rushing to be the first brand out of the gate with a campaign for its forthcoming horror movie Don’t Breathe.

Domino’s UK make ordering easier with Facebook message bot

Domino’s has launched a new artificially intelligent chatbot called “Dom” on Facebook Messenger, that lets you order your favourite pizza with a single word.

P2P home cooking startup

Josephine is meal sharing company that distributes home cooking and is hoping to change this.