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Facebook hires new music head

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Facebook has been looking personnel to join its music efforts and now the social network has a leader. Tamara Hrivnak has joined Facebook to lead its global music strategy and business development. She most recently worked as director of music partnerships at YouTube and Google Play, and before that rose through the ranks at Warner Music Group.

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The Download on Podcasts: Facebook sees the light of audio — but must dive deeper

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One year ago this column complained about Facebook's lack of native audio -- a feature for users to post an audio file directly to Facebook, rather than linking out to it. Facebook's slight has been the world's biggest example of how audio takes a back seat to video. This week, Facebook abruptly turned its face toward the light (well, the sound).

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Whooshkaa podcasting platform getting Facebook audio

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Australia-based Whooshkaa announced that it will be using new audio sharing technology from Facebook, so its shows can be played directly from the social network’s main feed. “After months working with Facebook, we’re delighted to be the world’s first podcasting platform to take advantage of this new audio sharing technology, joining the likes of Spotify and the United States’ National Public Radio,” founder Rob Loewenthal said.

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