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Five on Friday February 19, 2021

Five on Friday: Subscription Apps, Retention Tips and Bookazines

The top-grossing subscription apps of 2021, 4 retention tips from Mather Economics and the growing popularity of bookazines.
Cloud services fuel Microsoft's revenue growth in FY21 Q2.

Microsoft Supports Australian Proposal to Pay Publishers for News

Microsoft supports a proposal by the Australian Parliament to pay publishers for news. Facebook and Google actively oppose the measure.
A Pair of Billionaires Outbids Alden Global Capital for Tribune Publishing

Alden to Buy Tribune Publishing in $630M Cash Deal

After years of chasing after Tribune Publishing, Alden Global Capital has finally grasped the golden goose in a $630M cash deal.
Weekly Subscription News: Podcasts, Payments and Premium Memberships

Weekly Subscription News: Podcasts, Payments and Premium Memberships

Sports Illustrated launches premium memberships, Ordslip & DoorDash partner for on-demand delivery and Spotify considers a la carte payments.
Bloomberg Media Reports Record Traffic and 135% Revenue Growth in 2020

Bloomberg Media Reports Record Traffic and 135% Revenue Growth in 2020

Bloomberg Media reports record traffic and 135% revenue growth in 2020. As a result, CEO Justin Smith has set ambitious goals for 2021.
Digital-Only Subscription Revenue Outpaces Print in 2020

The New York Times’ Digital-Only Subscription Revenue Outpaces Print Revenue in 2020

The New York Times' Digital-Only Subscription Revenue outpaces print subscription revenue in the fourth quarter and full year 2020.
Weekly Subscription News: Podcasts, Payments and Premium Memberships

Weekly Subscription News: Bundles, Business Models and Barbs

Disney+ will launch ad-free bundle, Apple & Facebook trade barbs over business models, & Sports Illustrated will put up paywall for premium content.
Five on Friday: Media, Movies and Millions

Five on Friday: Media, Movies and Millions

HD Media sues Facebook & Google for ad dominance, AMC Theatres raises $917 million to keep going, and Vimeo is valued at over $5 billion.
14 New Jersey Weekly Newspapers Seek Nonprofit Status

14 New Jersey Weekly Newspapers Seek Nonprofit Status

New Jersey Hills Media Group, home to 14 weekly newspapers, has signed an agreement with Corporation for New Jersey Local Media to become a nonprofit.
Twitter acquires Revue to help publishers, writers and creators monetize content through paid newsletters.

Twitter Acquires Revue to Help Creators Monetize Content Through Paid Newsletters

Yesterday Twitter announced their acquisition of Revue, a tool that helps writers and creators monetize content through paid newsletters.

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