Facebook Continues To Take On Snapchat With Introduction Of Stickers + Filters


It is so on

If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, well, then Snapchat should be blushing. A week ago, Instagram—which is owned by Facebook—introduced its "stories" feature, a similarly ephemeral feature that helped make Snapchat the coolest social media app in all the land.

It seems Facebook feels threatened by Snapchat's ascendance because, despite a wave of online criticism for their blatant unoriginality, they've has once again borrowed from their Snapchat’s playbook. Starting this week, a new version of the Facebook app will open directly on a camera, allowing users to use Olympic-themed stickers and filters. When it comes to lifting ideas from their competitors, Facebook really has no shame. But these are the app wars, and as we’re quickly learning, there are no rules of engagement.

The technology comes courtesy of the video effects company MSQRD, which was acquired by Facebook earlier this year. Clearly, Facebook's attack on Snapchat has been a long time in the making.

For now, Facebook's stickers and filters are only available in Brazil and Canada but don't expect that to remain the case for long. "We're starting small," said Facebook product manager Sachin Monga. "But the hope is eventually we can bring this really cool experience to people around the world—most of whom have never had the ability to experience the delight of opening up their phone and having it transform into this magical AR experience."

Your move, Snapchat.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.