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Instagram could soon let you add link in captions, but you’ll have to pay

Facebook has the craziest ideas

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Instagram is one of the most popular social networking apps today and it’s used by hundreds of millions of users across the globe. The state-of-the-art platform lacks one feature though — you can’t put a link in a post or caption.

The highly-demanded feature can be a game-changer for influencers, brands, and pretty much every user. But there’s a twist. Protocol has discovered a patent application that shows Facebook has already thought about the feature but isn’t ready to release it yet.

The patent suggests a user can insert a link in the post caption but will be prompted to pay US$ 2. Yes, you’ll have to pay to add a link.

Currently, users have only one way to share a link and that’s via the bio section. You can only enter one URL at a time and brands as well as influencers use a host of tools to make sure the landing page is up to mark.

Usually, a social media post allows the addition of a link. It makes sharing links a very simple task and the viewer just needs to tap it once to view. With Instagram’s setup, the company is trying to monetize the app fully.

The patent is from 2016 and we haven’t seen or heard of any such feature in the public domain. So, it’s safe to assume we won’t be seeing it live anytime soon. However, the application shows that Facebook has analyzed every possible way to monetize the platform.

Facebook and its subsidiaries rely on ads for revenue. Many brands often skip Facebook’s native advertising tools and directly engage with influencers and creators. This means that Facebook isn’t able to leverage its platform fully and advertisers always have an option to go behind its back. The patent is one of many ways Instagram can fully utilize its reach and maximize income.

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Apple Music launches ‘Rihanna’s Road to Halftime’

In anticipation of Super Bowl 2023

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After succeeding Pepsi as NFL’s official Super Bowl Halftime Show partner, Apple Music is pulling all the stops as it braces for its first ever show in the sports event, which features music icon Rihanna.

In anticipation of her upcoming Super Bowl LVII halftime performance in Glendale, Arizona on February 13, Apple Music has launched Rihanna’s Road to Halftime”, letting streamers experience the superstar’s music catalogue in deeply-enriched multidimensional sound.

Apple Music Radio will also be holding a Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show press conference on February 10, with Nadeska Alexis interviewing Rihanna herself ahead of her highly-awaited performance in United States’ annual sports spectacle.

An 8-episode “Rihanna Revisited Radio” will also keep fans engaged as the countdown to Super Bowl LVII continues ticking.

Even after the performance itself, Apple Music will have people covered with its Halftime Recap Radio” to wrap everything up.

Meanwhile, the new Apple Music Sing feature will also allow subscribers to take the mic and reenact Rhianna’s hits on compatible iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV 4K models.

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Controversial Netflix policy might ban users for sharing passwords

Company says plans are still unconfirmed

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Likely eclipsed only by Twitter, Netflix has gone through a ton of changes since last year. Underlying most of the new changes is a desire to curb password sharing. Now that 2023 is alive and kicking, the platform is readying its grand strategy to eliminate the phenomenon once and for all. Before the company can reveal their plans, a new report has leaked what’s coming for subscribers.

According to The Streamable, Netflix has changed its Netflix Help Center to reflect the new strategy. Based on the changes, the platform will require all profiles using a single account to be from the same primary location. If the platform detects that someone is using the account in another location, Netflix can reportedly block that user automatically.

To remain in the fold of an account, devices must sign into their home Wi-Fi every 31 days to check in. Any device who can’t do so might get blocked. Incorrect blockings can only be resolved with a call to Netflix’s support.

Now, the biggest controversy revolves around those who travel regularly. Users can reportedly request for a temporary code from Netflix to use the service in another location for seven consecutive days.

Though the changes were spotted on Netflix’s official pages, none of them have been officially announced yet. The page has been reverted to a vaguer version which only asks users in other households to have their own account. In a separate statement issued to The Verge, the company has stated that plans for subscribers (in the United States, at least) are still unconfirmed.

Still, the changed website is viewable via archiving sites like Way Back Machine. A change in the official support page might have come from a premature announcement, rejected plans, or an error.

SEE ALSO: Netflix confirms One Piece adaptation coming this year

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Twitter cancels CoTweets

Less than a year after launch

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Last year, Twitter unleashed CoTweets, a unique way to collaborate with other users to create tweets. With the new feature, two users can co-author a post. Among all the new features that the platform introduced as of late, CoTweets seemed like a no-brainer in today’s content landscape. However, the feature is unfortunately short-lived. Twitter has abruptly cancelled CoTweets.

As of today, Twitter has ended the CoTweets feature through a small notice in the feature’s support page. Users will no longer be able to create new ones starting today. Plus, already existing posts will be viewable only for another month.

Though the feature is gone for now, Twitter is not giving up on the ability to co-author tweets. Even after today, the company is still looking for other ways to introduce the feature in the future.

For the past few months, Twitter has gone through a lot of changes. Since Elon Musk acquired the platform, the billionaire implemented his unique vision as to how Twitter evolves in the long run. Of note, CoTweets was one of the last features implemented before the acquisition. Whether or not the cancellation stems from Musk’s vision is an open question. Regardless, Twitter is changing once again.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is teasing an ad-free subscription tier

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