Facebook is bringing Ad Breaks (the ads you see in the middle of videos on the platform) to 21 more countries, with support for five more languages. Alongside the global rollout of Facebook Watch, Ad Breaks expanded beyond the US last month to the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Users in the following countries will see the ads soon: Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Thailand. In addition to English, Ad Breaks now supports French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai. Facebook plans to add more countries and languages to the ad platform in the coming weeks.
The company is beginning to test a new web-based version of its service that allows people to access Tinder from a browser, rather than its mobile app. Called Tinder Online, the service is being tested in a handful of countries outside the U.S. but the company plans to make it available to everyone in the future. That may sound like a minor change but it's a significant shift for the company, which has been mobile-only up until now. With Tinder Online, which is being tested in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, Italy, and Sweden, users can browse profiles, check out matches and send messages all from within a browser. Tinder says the change is meant to help the dating service expand its presence in international markets, especially those where LTE and unlimited data plans aren't readily available.
The Oculus Go- and Samsung VR-compatible platform Venues was introduced the back in May as an immersive VR experience placing viewers within a simulated stadium for sports games and events. What better way to kick it off than with the World Cup? Select games will be livestreamed for free in Venues courtesy of Fox Sports, starting with Germany and Mexico's game at 8AM PT on June 17th. Three other games will be broadcasted for free in virtual reality via Oculus Venues: Portugal vs. Morocco at 5AM PT on June 20th, Brazil vs. Costa Rica at 5AM PT on June 22nd and England vs. Panama at 5am PT on June 24th. Other select World Cup events are available in certain countries within the Venues platform: UK can see BBC Sport VR programming, while US viewers can watch Fox Sports. There's a selection that's only available to Gear VR owners, though: Viewers in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela can watch DIRECTV Sports VR; Those in Greece can watch ERT VR; In France, MYTF1 VR: Coupe du Monde de la FIFA; Australians can enjoy SBS } Optus FIFA; and Telemundo Deportes VR programming is available in the US.
With over 200 million people now using Instagram Stories every day, the social media site now has more active users than one of its biggest rivals – Snapchat. In celebration of its success, Instagram has introduced several new tools to its Stories feature. Among the updates are custom geostickers in four more cities – London, Tokyo, Madrid and Chicago, and a hands-free timer. In celebration of its success, Instagram has introduced several new tools to its Stories feature. Instagram first brought custom geostickers to New York, Jakarta, and Sao Paulo last month.
OxyContin is a dying business in America. With the country dealing with an opioid epidemic, the medical establishment is turning away from painkillers. So the company's owners, the Sackler family, pursued a new strategy: Get the painkiller that is widely blamed for setting off the U.S. opioid crisis into medicine cabinets around the world. A network of family-owned companies are pouring money into operations in the developing world and other countries less familiar with opioids: Brazil; China; Colombia; Spain; South Korea. They're using some of the same techniques that made OxyContin a pharmaceutical blockbuster in the U.S. Training seminars that tell doctors to overcome "opiophobia."