Disney Plus hits 94.9 million subscribers, beating its four-year goal in 14 months
Disney Plus reached a new high of 94.9 million subscribers around the world, the company announced in its Q1 2021 earnings report. Hulu now has 39.4 million subscribers, while ESPN Plus has 12.1 million subscribers.
The strong numbers for Disney Plus show a noticeable jump from the 86 million subscribers Disney announced it had reached at its investor day in December 2020. The surge in subscribers likely came from holiday streaming releases of major titles like Pixar’s Soul and the final episodes of The Mandalorian’s second season in December.
Mastercard to allow some crypto in digital asset boom
Mastercard will begin allowing cardholders to transact in certain cryptocurrencies on its network, becoming the latest company to embrace digital assets.
The firm is also “actively engaging” with central banks around the world on their plans to launch new digital currencies.
Not all cryptocurrencies will be included in the new policy. Mastercard singled out so-called “stablecoins,” which often peg their value to that of another asset, such as the U.S. dollar.
TikTok sale to Oracle, Walmart is shelved as Biden reviews security
U.S. plan to force the sale of TikTok’s American operations to a group including Oracle Corp. and Walmart Inc. has been shelved indefinitely, people familiar with the situation said, as President Biden undertakes a broad review of his predecessor’s efforts to address potential security risks from Chinese tech companies.
The TikTok deal — which had been driven by then-President Donald Trump — has languished since last fall in the midst of successful legal challenges to the U.S. government’s effort by TikTok’s owner, China’s ByteDance Ltd.
Unconfirmed Google Search ranking algorithm update February 8th
There are some early signs from both the SEO community and the tracker tools that there is a big Google search ranking algorithm update going on.
This has not been confirmed by Google, but that is not uncommon.
This update may have touched down as early as Sunday night, February 7th and has grown on Monday and Tuesday.
Walmart acquires Thunder ad tech as it preps self-serve display portal
Walmart acquired the technology and IP behind Thunder, an ad-tech solution focused on creative automation, a company blog post announced. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Thunder's ad tech is a key part of a new self-serve display advertising platform that Walmart plans to roll out later this year, the retailer said. Its automation capabilities aim to make launching and adjusting campaigns seamless and more accessible to a wider range of advertisers, including smaller suppliers.
Telegram tops the chart of most downloaded apps worldwide for January 2021
Sensor Tower has released its download numbers for January 2021, with Telegram leading the pack as it was the most downloaded non-gaming app worldwide with more than 63 million installs, which was about 4 times its downloads one year ago. India accounted for 24% of Telegram downloads within the past month with more than 15 million installs. The second-highest number of Telegram downloads came from Indonesia with over 6 million.
TikTok takes on Facebook with US e-commerce push, says report
TikTok is planning an aggressive expansion into e-commerce in the US, the Financial Times reported, citing people who have seen the social media app’s plans for new features it will introduce this year.
Among those features is a tool that allows TikTok’s most popular users to share links to products and automatically earn commissions on sales.