No More Happily Ever Afters
Disney just announced a breakup with Netflix. The company will be launching its own standalone video streaming service sometime in 2019, which will be home to future theater releases including Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4 — plus Disney’s vault of animated classics and new original content. In the meantime, Netflix will continue to offer Disney movies from now until the end of 2019. That includes any new releases for the remainder of this year and all of 2018. So on the bright side, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will eventually come to Netflix. Of course we predicted this in our #1 Bestseller Socialnomics (Source: The Verge)
Taking Twitter Matters Into His Own Hands
A German satirist who claims Twitter is failing to delete hate speech has captured the firm’s attention offline – by stenciling the offending messages outside its Hamburg office.
Shahak Shapira, who is Jewish, said he had reported 300 incidents of hate speech in six months, but Twitter had responded to just nine. A YouTube video has emerged showing Mr Shapira stencilling 30 tweets. They include statements that are homophobic, xenophobic, or involve holocaust denial. Shapira noted that, ”If Twitter forces me to see these things, then they’ll have to see them too.” He described the comments as “not just plain insults or jokes, but absolutely serious threats of violence.” (Source: BBC News)
Startup Delivering Food Across the Pond
Jinn, the U.K.-based same-hour ‘shop on your behalf’ delivery app that operates quite similarly to Postmates in the U.S., claims they are now profitable after adjusting their business model and hyper-focusing their operations to service the London area only. Although the restructuring lead to several rounds of mass-layoffs and an “indefinite pause” on operations outside of the U.K. capital city, seems like the move was a step in the right direction. In other words — contrary to a lot of speculation — there is life in Jinn yet.
Jinn founder Mario Navarro also says the startup has managed to raise $10 million in funding as well as automate the entire platform, meaning that it can handle both partner and non-partner orders is a much less labour intensive fashion, which in turn has helped to bring down costs. And just in time for Erik Qualman being in London today! (Source: Tech Crunch)