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Why membership businesses fail

64 reasons why a membership-based business will fail

Over the course of the past couple of decades I have built start-ups and/or managed a number of established businesses operating within what we now call the membership economy. Ove...

Facebook is Meta

Facebook tests paid subgroups in subscription push

Facebook is testing ways for creators to make money through Facebook Groups, such as users paying fees for exclusive access to content or conversations within subgroups, the compan...

Platform News: Apple retail store

Apple’s App Store concessions fail to address top concerns

In the space of a week, Apple Inc made two sets of changes to its App Store rules, which are the subject of lawsuits, regulatory probes and legislation around the world, but the tw...

AT&T

AT&T’s DirecTV to become standalone video business

AT&T Inc’s satellite television provider, DirecTV, will become a standalone video business as part of a deal between the wireless service provider and buyout firm TPG Cap...

Platform Industry: Netflix streaming service

Wall Street: Netflix’s gaming foray will cost time and money

Wall Street analysts have welcomed Netflix’s planned plunge into mobile gaming, calling it a sensible move to keep users’ eyes on screens while worrying it would take s...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Facebook launches ‘Bulletin’, its Substack newsletter rival

Facebook Inc launched its newsletter product “Bulletin”, a standalone platform for free and paid articles and podcasts that will aim to rival Substack.

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter opens applications to test new content subscription features

Twitter Inc has said it will seek applications from users who want to be the first to test new content subscription and ticketing features, as the social platform works to build mo...

Platform Industry: Google search engine

Google dangles paid upgrade to businesses using Gmail addresses

Google has unveiled an option for small businesses to upgrade their Gmail accounts for greater calendaring, video chat and email newsletter functionalities.

Microsoft XBox Pass

Spotlight on Xbox Game Pass as Microsoft showcases upcoming games

Microsoft on Sunday showcased 30 upcoming games and said most of those titles will be available on its monthly subscription service, Xbox Game Pass.

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter begins rolling out subscription product to undo tweets

Twitter has said it will roll out a new subscription product initially in Australia and Canada called Twitter Blue, which will let paying users edit their tweets before posting and...

Platform News: Video streaming services and VOD

With superheroes and sci-fi, Disney+ outlook bright

Slow subscriber growth at Walt Disney Co’s streaming service in the last quarter was a speed bump as a slate of Marvel superhero films and sci-fi thrillers from the Hollywood...

Platform News: Twitter App

Twitter admits its exploring an ‘undo send’ feature for paying users

Twitter has long been rumoured to be testing an “undo send” function that would give users a short time to withdraw a tweet before it is posted. On Friday, the company ...

Slack

Slack’s quarterly billing growth slows due to COVID-19 concessions

Slack’s billing-growth, which is seen as a key indicator of future earnings, slowed in the second quarter and the workplace messaging app owner stated it required only a $11 ...

Platform News: Spotify music streaming app based out of Sweden

Spotify’s sees its subscriber numbers and usage surge amid COVID-19 lockdown

Subscriptions to Spotify’s paid music offering surged to 130 million in the first quarter, driving shares in the Swedish music streaming company higher as its business model ...

Platform Industry: Netflix streaming service

Netflix could lose four million US subscribers in 2020

Reuters – Needham and Company was the fourth Wall Street brokerage in the last two months to cut its rating for Netflix Inc on Tuesday, arguing competition from new streaming...

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