Edition #85

Netflix looks to international for growth, a big report on digital in China and the launch of HuffPost J-school


1. Netflix is increasingly looking to the international market to fuel its subscriber growth. It’s been successful in Japan, but needs to get a win in India. (Axios)

2. Spotify released a lite version of its app on Android in 36 emerging markets. (Bloomberg)

3. The New York Timesrecent job ad for its Nairobi bureau chief was, um, not free of colonial cliches. (Global Voices)

4. Axel Springer’s European news aggregator app, Upday, is reportedly profitable and looking to expand its reach — it comes pre-installed on Samsung phones but is eyeing connected devices like fridges and cars. (Digiday)

5. Mozilla looks to be joining with Scroll to offer a $5-a-month, ad-free subscription news service, but hasn’t released any real details. Mysterious! (The Verge)

6. Here’s an odd, slightly inscrutable look at Verizon’s media business strategy, which is I guess focused on diversifying revenue and aligning its various media properties? (Reuters)

7. The U.K. edition of the HuffPost is launching the HuffPost School of Journalism in collaboration with Birmingham City University. (HuffPost)

8. Spending on digital advertising will surpass 50% of the total global ad spend in for the first time in 2021. (FIPP)

9. A number of car-sharing services in Japan have discovered people are using their cars for things besides driving, like sleeping or eating lunch. One service even conducted a study and discovered people “also rented vehicles to watch TV in, get dressed up for Halloween, practice singing, rapping and English conversation, and even do facial stretches said to reduce the size of their face.” (Asahi)


  1. The Ericsson Mobility Report 2019 — tl; dr “5G cometh”

  2. The China Internet Report (South China Morning Post) — tl; dr “5G, AI and Tik Tok cometh”


The languages the U.S. speaks: This map from Business Insider shows the most common language (besides Spanish or English) spoken at home or at work in each U.S. state. German is the most common by state (with nine states), while Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) is the most common overall, with 2.1m speakers.