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TikTok copycat? Ads launched on popular instagram feature

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Social media giant Facebook is launching ads on its TikTok clone.. Instagram Reels.

Facebook is going global in a bid to make money from its short-form video feature, the company confirmed on Thursday.

The test on ads via Instagram Reels began in India, Brazil, Germany and Australia back in April.

The tests ran with high-end brands including BMW, Louis Vuitton, Netflix and Uber.

“We see Reels as a great way for people to discover new content on Instagram, and so ads are a natural fit,” said Instagram’s Chief Operating Officer Justin Osofsky.

“Brands of all sizes can take advantage of this new creative format in an environment where people are already being entertained.”

CHINESE APP TIKTOK IS INSTAGRAM REELS RIVAL SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM.

Reel ads will loop and can be up to 30 seconds long, they will appear between user content in a similar layout to rival app TikTok.

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Ed Sheeran tests positive to COVID

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British pop sensation Ed Sheeran has revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19

The 30 year-old revealed his positive result in a statement to fans, and stated that he will do interviews and performances from his house while he self-isolates.

“Quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for COVID, so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines,”

Sheeran wrote on Instagram.


The news come ahead of his highly anticipated fourth studio album “EQUALS” which will be unveiled this coming Friday.

Representatives of Sheeran did not immediately say which performances he was cancelling and which he would carry out from home.

Sheeran’s official website lists no performances before April.

It is also currently unclear if the singer is vaccinated against coronavirus.

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Friends actor dies, aged 59

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A much-loved actor, best known for his role as Gunther in the hit sit-com series, Friends, has died on Sunday from cancer, at just 59 years old

James Michael Tyler was first diagnosed with an advanced form of prostate cancer in September 2018 which inspired him to become an advocate for the disease.

His manager says he “loved live music” and “if you met him once you made a friend for life”.

In his role on Friends, he played a barista at the Central Perk cafe where he had an unfulfilled crush on one of the main characters, Rachel.

He also had roles in Sabrina the Teenage Witch and other TV movies and shows.

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New details – ‘super unsafe’ conditions on Baldwin film set

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Following the fatal shooting on the film set of Alec Baldwin’s “Rust”, new details are emerging about complaints previously made about an assistant director

The complaints made against the individual, Dave Halls date back to two movies in 2019 and include disregard for safety protocols for weapons and inappropriate sexual behaviour.

In a statement to CNN, a propmaker who worked with Halls back in 20-19 says that while working on Hulu’s “Into the Dark” the assistant director neglected to hold safety meetings and consistently failed to announce the presence of a firearm on set.

These new details follow the court identifying that Halls was in fact the assistant director who handed Baldwin the loaded gun on set.

The loaded gun was fired and struck the film’s cinematographer, who was later pronounced dead at a New Mexico hospital.

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