Covering everything from the latest social media news and digital trends to tech reviews, The Digital Bakery team works hard each week to bring our readers a range of fresh, exciting and engaging content. So, whether they’ve been getting the most love on social, caught our eye in the email, or are #trending online, we’ve rounded up the top stories from the past week, in case you missed any…
1) European Competition Watchdog Fines Google €2.42bn
The European Commission has fined Google €2.42bn for breaching EU competition rules.
The Commission says Google abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.
The commission has ordered Google to end the alleged practice within 90 days or face penalty payments of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.
Read The Full Story Here #Google #EUCompetitionRules #Fine
2) Facebook Will Produce Own TV Shows, Executives Reveal
Facebook will soon begin to produce its own television shows and series, a senior executive has confirmed.
The social media giant is reportedly in talks with Hollywood studios and could be showing the first episodes of its TV shows within months.
It may be budgeting up to $3m per episode, a relatively high amount in the industry, according to the Wall Street Journal.
And two likely series have already been named: a relationship drama Strangers and game show Last State Standing will likely be among the first to be shown on the platform.
Nick Grudin, vice president for partnerships, confirmed reports that partners had been working with Facebook and aimed to broadcast shows by the end of the summer.
Read The Full Story Here #Facebook #TV #OnDemand #Streaming
3) Snapchat’s New Feature: Why Everyone’s Freakin’ Out
Snapchat is hugely popular with Irish teenagers but the most recent feature is causing concern among parents. In 2017, Omnicore reported that Ireland was the top country for Snapchat Usage based on percentage usage by adults in each market.
Last week, Snapchat released a statement on their website to launch their new Snap Map feature and its causing concern amongst parents. With the Snap Map, you can view snapshots of your friends activities along with their location. If two users follow each other, they can share their locations and see where the other is and what they are doing. The idea being that users can stay up to date with their friend’s lives and meet up easily.
Read The Full Story Here #SnapChat #SnapMaps #Apps
4) No One Could’ve Guessed Just How Important The iPhone Would Be
Ten years ago, thousands of regular people around the world listened to a stern man in a mock turtleneck talk about a phone and decided to wait outside for hours on end to buy one.
That phone, along with its successors and competitors, eventually upended how we communicate. There are now billions of people that use smartphones as their main method of connecting with the world and accessing its information. The iPhone’s impact has been clear: It simplified the way we look at the web and put the internet into the pockets of billions around the world. The iPhone spurred countless competitors, effectively creating the Android operating system that Google bought (and which is now the most popular operating system in the world) and the ever-growing market of me-too devices, as well as a design language that’s made it truly difficult to innovate in the smartphone world.
Read The Full Story Here #iPhone #SmartPhones #Google
5) Making Your Social Media Summer Ready
We hear getting your body “Summer Ready” but what about your Social Media? We all need to disengage at times and many business owners would like to ramp down (a little at least) if they can and enjoy some time off. How is this possible though if you still have an audience to reach?
Read The Full Story Here #SocialMedia #SummerReady #Plan #Scheduling #Respond
6) Spider-Man Pranks Starbucks Customers Looking For A Coffee Hit In New Viral Video
Some unsuspecting Starbucks customers were in for a Spidey surprise when Spider-Man dropped from the ceiling to claim his grande cold brew.
The agency Thinkmodo — also behind the telekinetic coffee shop trick for “Carrie” — rigged the promotional prank for “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” In the video Spider-Man-suited stuntman Chris Silcox drops from the ceiling on wires while customers wait to pick up their orders, giving several of them quite the scare.
The video also features a cameo from Stan Lee, in keeping with Marvel’s inclusion of the comic book originator in all its films. Spider-Man snaps a few selfies with the customers before heading out the door — after all, he can’t be late for school.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” premieres July 7.
#Spiderman #Starbucks #SpideyBucks #StanLee #HomeComing
This Week’s Top 5 Hashtags