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Shopify Grows Subscription Revenue 67 Percent in Q4

Shopify (NYSE: SHOP) had a good Valentine’s Day, reporting its fourth quarter financials on February 15. The cloud-based e-commerce platform reported strong financials, including total revenue of $222.8 million, a 71 percent increase year-over-year. Of that total, Subscription Solutions revenue was $93.9 million, representing a 67 percent increase. The Ontario-based company credits rapid growth in monthly recurring revenue (MRR) for the big numbers. Merchant Solutions revenue was $128.9 million, a 74 percent increase, driven primarily by growth in the company’s Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV).

News Corp Reports Revenue Increase and $66 Million Net Loss in Q2 FY18

Earlier this month News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA) reported financials for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2018, for the period ended December 31, 2017. The company reported total revenue of $2.18 billion, a 3 percent increase over the same period last year. News Corp also reported an improvement in net loss, going from a net loss of $219 million the first quarter down to $66 million in the second quarter. Adjusted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.24, compared to $0.19 for the same period last year.

YouTube CEO Says The Video Platform Cares about Creators and Monetization

After a rocky 2017 and the so-called adpocalypse, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki promises creators the streaming video platform cares about creators. In a February 1 blog post to creators, Wojcicki shares the company’s top five priorities for 2018 with ‘a spirit of openness, transparency and enthusiasm.’ Here is a synopsis of those priorities, including one critical to retaining creators on YouTube – addressing demonetization concerns.

Weekly Subscription News: Music, Marvel and MoviePass

In this week’s subscription news, Wired launches a paywall and gears up for long-form journalism, Ford’s Canvas subscription service hits 600 subscribers, and a report says that Disney’s new streaming service will omit R-rated content and let Netflix keep Marvel content. Also this week, we’re reading about Cinemark’s war on MoviePass, how Viacom is suffering from the rise in cord cutting, and Jeff Bezos is building an army of Prime members as the membership program continues to grow.

Five on Friday: Ad Spending, Influencer Fraud and Blockchain

Need a break from winter weather or the Winter Olympics? We’ve got you covered with this week’s Five on Friday. In today’s edition, Matrix Solutions says media ad spending was flat last year, Ion Interactive shares interesting and important content marketing stats, TechCrunch tells us about Joymode, a subscription that is supposed to stop us from buying everything we want, Adweek offers tips for stopping influencer fraud, and Venture Beat explores the idea that blockchain could kill Netflix and streaming video as we know it. Wait, what? Read on for more Five on Friday.

GoARTful Lets Members Try Art Before They Buy It

In a new twist on art collection, Washington, D.C. startup GoARTful, a gallery for the 21st century, lets members try out pieces of art in their home via subscription for $15 to $50 per month. After signing up, members choose between limited prints or original art from an artist’s studio, based on the member’s budget. Members can try different pieces to see what best fits their tastes and space and exchange it for another piece when they’re ready. Members also get the opportunity to join their local artist community to meet the artists and get free admission to exclusive art events in their area.

WWE Reports Record Revenue of $801.0 Million in 2017

The only thing stronger than WWE’s host of celebrity wrestlers is its rock-solid financials, as evidenced by WWE’s fourth quarter and full-year 2017 financials, released last week. Among the highlights for the fourth quarter for WWE (NYSE: WWE) was record revenue of $211.6 million, an increase of 9 percent over the fourth quarter of 2016. The company reported net income of $4.8 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to $8.0 million, or $0.10 per share, for the same period last year.

Digital First Media to Buy Boston Herald for $11.9 Million

Yesterday the Boston Herald announced that Digital First Media will acquire the newspaper for $11.9 million. Offering more than double the amount of two other bidders, Digital First Media beat out GateHouse Media who bid $4.5 million and Revolution Capital who bid $5.75 million at a 5-hour bankruptcy auction conducted by the bankruptcy law firm Brown Rudnick in Boston. The winning bid is subject to approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, said the Herald. A hearing is set for Friday. The sale is expected to close by March 28.

New York Times Reports 19.2 Percent Growth in Subscriptions in Q4

While The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) reported a net loss of $57.8 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2017, the company also experienced some impressive growth. Total revenue for Q4 was $484.1 million, or 10.1 percent higher, than $439.7 million in revenue reported for Q4 2016. Subscription revenue grew 19.2 percent, other revenues increased 12.0 percent, and advertising revenue decreased 1.3 percent.

Amazon More Than Doubles Net Income in Q4 to $1.9 billion

The holiday season usually boosts Amazon’s bottom line, but 2017 was an exceptional year with Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) reporting net sales of $60.5 billion, a 38 percent increase over $43.7 billion in net sales in Q4 2016. The company also reported net income of $1.9 billion, or $3.75 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter alone, more than double net income of $749 million, or $1.54 per diluted share reported in the fourth quarter of 2016. Total outstanding shares at year end were 504 million, compared to 497 million at the end of 2016.