Five on Friday April 2 2021

Five on Friday: Fake News, Twitter Conversations and Top Subscription Jobs

Google contributes $29M to EU fund to fight fake news, Axios and The Athletic might merge, and LinkedIn shares top subscription jobs.
A Pair of Billionaires Outbids Alden Global Capital for Tribune Publishing

Alden Global Capital Has Competition for Purchase of Tribune Publishing

Alden Global Capital has competition in its bid to buy Tribune Publishing. Two businessman and philanthropists have beat their bid by $20 million.
News Corp to buy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $349 in cash.

News Corp to Buy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media for $349M

News Corp announced this week that it will be Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Books & Media division for $349 million in cash.
New Corp to Buy Investor's Business Daily for $275 Million

News Corp to Buy Investor’s Business Daily for $275 Million

News Corp announced last week that it will acquire Investor's Business Daily for $275 million. The company will operate as a stand-alone brand under Dow Jones.
Medium pivots its business model yet again.

Medium Pivots Business Model Again

In a move reminiscent of MoviePass, publishing platform Medium pivots its business model again, resulting in layoffs and leadership changes.
Weekly Subscription News: Podcasts, Payments and Premium Memberships

Weekly Subscription News: Royalties, Vending Machines and E-Scooters

13K Spotify artists made $50K in 2020, MoviePass could make a comeback, Coca-Cola launches vending machine subscriptions in Japan.
Five on Friday: Targeted Ads A/B Testing and Article Popularity

Five on Friday: Targeted Ads A/B Testing and Article Popularity

The New York Times A/B tests 29% of its headlines, the U.S. box office lost 80% of revenue last year while streaming soared, and TikTok users must accept targeted ads.
Roku acquires 'This Old House' Brand and Content

Roku Acquires ‘This Old House’ Brand and Content

Roku has purchased 'This Old House," its TV programs, the shows' content library, digital assets and TV production studio.
Verizon Media Group bets big on Yahoo Plus.

Verizon Media Group Bets Big on Yahoo Plus Subscriptions

Verizon Media bets big on Yahoo Plus premium subscriptions including Mail, Finance, Protect and Fantasy.
YouTube is launching a TikTok rival, YouTube Shorts, in the U.S. in beta.

YouTube to Launch TikTok Rival ‘YouTube Shorts’ in the U.S.

Over the next few weeks, YouTube is launching a TikTok rival, YouTube Shorts, in the U.S. in beta.

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