Weekly Subscription News: ProRata, Pearl Jam and Political Ads

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Weekly Subscription News: ProRata

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We may be just days into the new year, but the subscription economy is going strong with headlines around the globe. Here are a few we thought were interesting: Instagram releases a test update en masse, causing serious frustration among users, and Chargify acquires revenue recognition software ProRata. Also this week, Pearl Jam is canceling its subscription service, Facebook may be developing cryptocurrency for WhatsApp transfers, and Google and Facebook settle complaints over its political ads.

Amazon Is Building More Whole Foods Stores to Expand Prime Now
TechSpot

Pearl Jam to Discontinue Ten Club Single Subscription Series in 2019
SPIN

Disney and Verizon Dispute Could Blackout ESPN, Other Channels for Fios TV Subscribers
USA Today

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Sources Say Facebook Is Developing a Cryptocurrency for WhatsApp Transfers
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Instagram Accidently Releases ‘Test’ Update – and Freaks Out the Internet
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Chargify Acquires Subscription-Focused Revenue Recognition Software ProRata
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Google and Facebook Settle Complaints Over Political Ads
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