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Netflix subscriber count in the US and Canada dropped by 1.3 million over the last three months

Netflix is working toward finding an “easy-to-use paid sharing offering” that it aims to launch in 2023 An ad-supported tier is just one of the avenues Netflix is exploring to counteract a dip in subscribers; it’s also part of the company’s efforts to hang onto the ones it already has.After Netflix reported losing subscribers for the first time in over a decade last quarter, the company’s Q2 earnings report revealed the number of worldwide subscribers dipped by 1 million, including a drop of 1.28 million in the US and Canada alone between the end of March and the end of June.Netflix execs remain optimistic about the prospect of an ad-supported tier, noting that “over the long run, we think advertising can enable substantial incremental membership (through lower prices) and profit growth (through ad revenues).”Last quarter, Paramount Plus’ subscriber count grew to almost 40 million, HBO and HBO Max added an additional 13 million subscribers, and Disney Plus also gained 8 million new users. Netflix execs state that they’re working toward finding an “easy-to-use paid sharing offering” that it aims to launch in 2023.During an earnings call, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer stated that the company “will clear some content, but certainly not all of it” by the time the new tier launches.Netflix expanded its efforts to crack down on password sharing this week and began letting users in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic buy an additional “home” located outside the primary household where they can use Netflix on all devices. This comes nearly a week after Netflix announced a partnership with Microsoft on its cheaper ad-supported tier that it expects to launch by early next year.Disney Plus already has plans in place to launch an ad-supported tier later this year and will also utilize livestreaming for certain series like Dancing With the Stars — something Netflix is currently in the middle of testing. Revenue increased 9 percent year over year from $7.3 billion in 2021 to $7.97 billion this quarter.Netflix now reports it has 73.28 million paid subscribers in the US and Canada and 220.67 million worldwide.But Netflix wants to lock in unpaying subscribers as well, and it partially blamed password sharing for its initial decline in subscribers last quarter.The Netflix executives write, “Our hope is to create a better-than-linear-TV advertisement model that’s more seamless and relevant for consumers, and more effective for our advertising partners.”

How popular is Drupal, really?

Removing the SimilarTech data from the equation for reasons stated above, let's look at a summary of we've found: Metric W3Techs Built With All sites (CMS + non CMS) - 0.97% All sites (CMS) - - Top 10m sites (CMS + non CMS) 1.5% - Top 10m sites (CMS) 2.4% - Top 1m sites (CMS) - 3.28% Top 100k sites (CMS) - 7.73% Top 10k sites (CMS) - 12.56% Their data for the top 1 million sites has Drupal with a 3.28% content management system market share (3rd place), 7.73% in the top 100,000 sites (2nd place), and 12.56% in the top 10,000 sites (2nd place).Their methodology seems sound (they monitor the top 10 million web sites), but as their disclaimer states, "This information may be incomplete and inaccurate due to the vastness and complexity of the matter in hand" As of January, 2021, they report that about 1.5% of all websites they monitor are Drupal-based. They currently report that ~618,000 sites are using Drupal, which equates to 0.97% of all web sites. In their list of the top 1 million sites, they report that "Drupal" is used on 2.55% and "Drupal 8" on 0.81% (they only provide the top 8 positions). SimilarTech reports that after the United States, Russian sites account for the most Drupal sites with ~32,000.If you make the assumption that higher ranked sites have greater complexity and budget, along with the fact that Drupal 8 tends to be focused more on enterprise solutions, then it makes sense that Drupal has a higher percentage of usage among more popular sites. W3Techs does provide a breakdown of usage among the top 1 million, 100,000, etc… sites, but only as part of one of their products (999 €). W3Techs To answer this question, in the past we have relied on the W3Techs (Web Technology Surveys) - a subsidiary of Q-Success, an Austria-based organization." For Drupal, they report that ~236,000 unique domains run Drupal, which equates to ~337,000 sites (I'm assuming that subdomains account for the significant difference in these numbers). Built With Built With is an Australian company that provides lead generation lists in addition to web development trends among a plethora of technologies. While they report that Drupal is used on 0.483% of all sites, it is not clear if this refers to just their "Drupal" category or includes their "Drupal", "Drupal 7", and "Drupal 8" categories. Built With also reports that of the ~618k site running Drupal, the United States is responsible for ~250k, with Russia next on the list with ~41k sites. As anyone who has tried to find reliable numbers to answer the "how popular is Drupal?" question knows, finding reliable data is often a difficult process.Based on these sources, we're going to extrapolate, and go with Drupal runs about 3% of the top 1 million sites using a content management system as this seems well supported by two independent sources. SimilarTech SimilarTech appears to be primarily a lead-generation company with offices in Israel and the United States. Analysis So, which data can we trust? One potential major problem with their reports is that they often separate Drupal into multiple categories, including "Drupal", "Drupal 7", and "Drupal 8".

Netflix lost nearly 1 million subscribers last quarter

The company is still pinning its hopes on a lower-priced ad-supported tier due in early 2023, and expects to launch it in a "handful of markets" where there's already strong ad spending.The company still turned a $1.44 billion net profit despite the shrinking customer base and unfavorable foreign exchange values for the US dollar.The streaming service said it lost nearly 1 million subscribers (970,000 to be exact) in Q2. The company attributed the slightly rosier outcome to "better-than-expected" subscriber growth, particularly in areas like Asia-Pacific.Netflix warned it might lose more subscribers in the second quarter of this year than it did in the first, and that prediction has come true — though it wasn't as bad as feared.Unfriendly exchange rates are a particularly difficult problem when nearly 60 percent of revenue comes from outside the country, Netflix said.The strong start for Stranger Things 4 could help — the nostalgic show is now Netflix's most watched season of English TV to date with over 1.3 billion hours of viewing.

Apple’s Butterfly Keyboard Fiasco Leads to a $50M Settlement

The move to butterfly keys was a design decision that came at the height of the former Apple chief design officer Jony Ive’s tenure, when the company’s design philosophy held slim and sleek beauty above all else.Apple has settled a class action over the controversial butterfly keyboards found in some MacBook models, agreeing to shell out $50 million to customers affected by the unreliable typing surface. Typo Positive Apple’s butterfly keyboards utilized a superthin switch, the mechanism beneath each key that registers a key press.The settlement has not yet been approved by a judge, but once it is, customers who purchased MacBooks with butterfly keyboards in seven US states between 2015 and 2019 would be eligible for payouts between $50 and $395. Finally, after nearly five years of expensive repairs, technical tweaks, and presumably countless enraged hurlings of MacBooks across rooms, Apple ditched its infuriating butterfly keyboards.In 2020, Apple agreed to a $500 million settlement in a class action after it admitted it had been purposefully slowing down older iPhones, and another $113 million settlement later that year for the same issue.Not willing to just give up on the design, the company modified the keyboards of its 2018 MacBook models to include a membrane below the keys that would prevent some of the dust from getting through.The estimated maximums are $50 if you replaced keycaps, $125 if you had one keyboard replaced, or $395 if you had multiple keyboards replaced. Whether it’s shelling out $50 million or $500 million, Apple hasn’t acknowledged any wrongdoing. Butterfly keys were almost flush with the laptop body and had very little travel when you pressed them. Still, it was the butterfly keyboards that drew the most ire. The suit claimed that Apple knew about potential problems with its keyboards but sold devices that utilize them anyway.When the money for the butterfly suit is doled out, each person involved in the class action stands to receive a payout. Owners of eligible MacBooks who bought their computers in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, or Washington, DC will be able to collect their compensation once the settlement is approved.The company debuted the butterfly keyboard in 2015 on the fourth-generation MacBook. But $50 million is chump change for Apple.Eventually, Apple offered extended free repairs for MacBooks with damaged butterfly keys.

Apple settles lawsuit over its reviled 'butterfly' keyboard for $50 million

Reuters reports Apple has agreed to pay $50 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that it knew about and concealed the unreliable designs of keyboards on MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models released between 2015 and 2019.The company took steps to mitigate the problem (such as membranes) and eventually began reverting to more conventional keyboards starting with the 16-inch MacBook Pro from late 2019.The lawyers may also claim up to $15 million of the $50 million settlement in legal fees, which could limit the money available for MacBook owners.Attorneys said they expected a $395 payout if you've had to replace multiple keyboards, $125 for one full replacement and $50 if you only replaced key caps. Apple introduced the butterfly keyboard in 2015 with the 12-inch MacBook.It was meant to enable ever-slimmer laptops without compromising stability, but the design quickly developed a reputation for extreme sensitivity to debris.Apple could soon compensate MacBook owners for their troubles with faulty "butterfly" keyboards.

Faze Clan goes public in $725 million SPAC deal

It not only has 11 competitive esports teams in games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, PUBG, and Valorant but is also associated with some big personalities, including streamers and content creators like NickMercs, rapper Lil Yachty, and even Snoop Dogg, who is on the company’s board of directors. Faze is a huge esports and gaming lifestyle brand, and it’s extremely popular with younger audiences — Faze claims that about 80 percent of its audience is between the ages of 13 and 34.And Faze has expanded beyond gaming with an expansive merch shop where you can buy all sorts of gear adorned with the company’s logo and a studio for original film and TV projects.CEO Lee Trink told The Washington Post that Faze is exploring ideas like gambling, ghost kitchens, and fan clubs and possible partnerships with Web3 companies.Faze Clan, one of the biggest esports companies in the world, has officially gone public via a SPAC merger with B. Riley Principal 150 Merger Corp.

A million people on DALL-E’s waitlist will get access to the AI image generator

A bowl of soup that is a portal to another dimension as digital art pic.twitter.com/vDbUpJoRWz — Critter (@BecomingCritter) April 6, 2022 As of last month, the tool was only available to a few thousand as other users waited to be granted access.Many people without access to DALL-E learned about the tool in June when images created using DALL-E Mini — a less powerful AI image generator inspired by OpenAI’s tool but not associated with it — went viral. For waitlisted users who get access, here’s how it will work: each prompt entered into DALL-E will cost one credit, and users will get 50 free credits during their first month.The powerful AI tool that generates images based on provided text will open in beta to one million users on the waitlist, OpenAI, the company that created DALL-E, announced today. Users enter a phrase or string of words into DALL-E, and the tool returns its own interpretation in the form of four images, ranging from whimsical to hyperreal.The company says it’s taking steps like blocking uploads of realistic faces to reduce the creation of deceptive content and prohibiting users from generating “violent, adult, or political content, among other categories .” Interestingly, users will get usage rights to the images they generate, including for commercial uses.

Netflix loses 970,000 subscribers, says ads and new fees are key to recovery

" Slowing revenue growth Netflix's year-over-year revenue growth was over 24 percent as recently as Q1 2021, but it's only 8.6 percent in Q2 2022. "While it will take some time to grow our member base for the ad tier and the associated ad revenues, over the long run, we think advertising can enable substantial incremental membership (through lower prices) and profit growth (through ad revenues)," Netflix said.Netflix said the plans for account-sharing fees and ads are key parts of its strategy to improve revenue growth: In the near term, a key priority to re-accelerate revenue growth is to evolve and improve our monetization. Advertisement Netflix says it will continue offering ad-free plans and that the ad-supported tier will be cheaper than the ad-free options. Netflix plans ads and account-sharing fees in 2023 The earnings report came one day after Netflix unveiled an "extra home" fee rolling out in Argentina, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.Saying it needs to "better monetize our big audience," Netflix told shareholders that it is "in a position of strength given our $30 billion-plus in revenue, $6 billion in operating profit last year, growing free cash flow, and a strong balance sheet." Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings said in a call with analysts yesterday that "losing 1 million and calling it a success" is "tough," but he added that Netflix is "set up very well for the next year," according to a Seeking Alpha transcript. Netflix's latest forecast is that it will add 1 million paid subscribers in Q3, bringing the total up to 221.67 million.The company's worldwide paid memberships decreased from 221.64 million to 220.67 million in Q2, and revenue growth has slowed dramatically.Netflix forecasts revenue of $7.84 billion in Q3 2022, which would be year-over-year growth of 4.7 percent.Paid subscribers hit a peak of 221.84 million in Q4 2021 after 15 years of consistent growth following the company's transition from DVDs to online streaming. Netflix said it hopes to create an advertisement model "that's more seamless and relevant for consumers" than the model used with linear TV and that the new system will be "more effective for our advertising partners.Going forward, we will focus on better monetizing usage through both continued optimization of our pricing and tiering structures as well as the addition of a new, lower-priced ad-supported tier. Net income was $1.44 billion in Q2 2022 and is projected to be $961 million in Q3. Netflix also provided an update on its plan for an ad-supported tier.

Netflix lost 970,000 subscribers in Q2, but it could have been much worse

In related news, Netflix said its ad-supported tier will launch sometime in early 2023 as a lower-cost alternative to existing ad-free plans. When Netflix reported Q1 results back in April, the company said it expected to lose as many as two million additional subscribers in the second quarter. Netflix also provided an update on the password sharing front, noting that it is in the early stages of monetizing the 100 million+ households that enjoy the service without directly paying for it.In context: Netflix disclosed in its latest earnings report that it lost subscribers for the second straight quarter after more than a decade of sustained growth. Looking ahead to the third quarter, Netflix expects to add around a million subscribers. It's been a rough year for Netflix as the company's stock has lost more than 65 percent of its value since early January.That's nowhere near the 4.4 million additions in the same quarter of the previous year, but any growth is better than further losses. The second quarter was headlined by season four of Stranger Things.

Samsung says folding phone shipments reached nearly 10 million last year

Samsung says that nearly 10 million foldable smartphones shipped worldwide in 2021 In the post, Roh says that the industry shipped almost 10 million foldable smartphones worldwide in 2021, a figure that was up 300 percent from 2020.Samsung could be overstating the market a little bit — Ross Young, CEO of DSCC and a widely-cited display tech analyst, shared data with The Verge that says there were 7.9 million foldables shipped, while IDC says there were 7.1 million foldables shipped.Samsung is gearing up the hype machine for the release of its next foldables once again, and ahead of the next Unpacked event on August 10th, mobile president TM Roh has published another blog post making the case that the time for foldables is now — and that more people are picking up foldable phones. This is all to say that it makes sense why Samsung is beginning to roll out the red carpet for its next Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip models, even if they aren’t expected to look much different from last year’s: the company practically is the foldable market right now, and it wants to take that lead even further.Apple is reportedly exploring foldable concepts, but with any sort of release apparently at least a year away — or maybe more — Samsung’s upcoming Unpacked event is yet another opportunity for the company to keep its foot on the gas.Samsung led by a mile in 2021 with 87.8 percent of phones shipped, according to DSCC, while Huawei came in a distant second at 9.3 percent.

Samsung shares foldable sales information, Flip vs Fold numbers are surprising

The official Samsung foldable sales 2021 numbers also state that 2021 saw a 300% increase in shipments compared to 2020. Interestingly, Samsung did elaborate on how many of those 10 million phones were “flip” style and how many were “fold” style. The company shipped 10 million foldable last year, 70% of which were the Flip style.Samsung says 70% of the foldables shipped in 2021 were in the style of the Galaxy Z Flip 3, leaving just 30% in the style of the Galaxy Z Fold 3.Samsung president TM Roh announced today that Samsung shipped a whopping 10 million foldable phones in 2021.Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 make up the majority of that 10 million figure, but it probably includes at least some older foldables too.Eric Zeman / Android Authority TL;DR Official Samsung foldable sales 2021 numbers just landed from Samsung itself. This represents a 300% increase in foldable sales compared to 2020.In other words, the vast majority of people buying foldable phones want a flip-style device. Today, no one can compete with Samsung when it comes to foldable smartphones.Thanks to a public announcement of Samsung foldable sales in 2021, we now know for certain.

FBI warns of fake crypto investment apps that have stolen $42 million in a few months

Between October 4, 2021, and May 13, the cybercriminals used the company name YiBit—a real crypto exchange that closed down in 2018—to convince investors to download the app. The FBI advises people to be wary of downloading investment applications and verify their legitimacy with the companies offering the apps, assuming the firms exist. The FBI cyber division's alert states that cybercriminals have been contacting US investors and claiming to offer legitimate crypto investment services.The FBI is warning to be wary of fake cryptocurrency investment apps that have been used to defraud hundreds of people, with losses over the last few months estimated to be around $42.7 million. The millions of dollars stolen using these fake investment apps illustrate just how effective high-tech scams have become. Many of the 244 people who downloaded the apps and made deposits received emails claiming they had to pay taxes on the investments before being allowed to make withdrawals. The apps use the names, logos, and other identifying features of real financial institutions to make them appear more legitimate.The scam involves convincing someone to download a fraudulent mobile investment app that's used to steal victims' crypto.

Samsung says it shipped almost 10 million foldable phones in 2021

He also said Samsung made advancements to enhance users' experiences with the upcoming devices: "I am excited to see people to discover new ways to do more of the things they love with the new foldable....In a report by the International Data Corporation in February, it said it "witnessed worldwide shipments of foldable phones, inclusive of both flip and fold form factors, reach a total of 7.1 million units in 2021." The 10 million units Roh claims Samsung shipped last year is considerably larger than the shipment numbers IDC previously published, though.Just a couple of short weeks before its next Unpacked event, Samsung has revealed that it shipped "almost 10 million foldable smartphones" worldwide. In addition to giving an update on how Samsung's devices are doing, Roh has also confirmed that the company is introducing its next Flip and Fold models at its next Unpacked event.In a post on the Samsung Newsroom, the company's chief of Mobile Experience (MX) Business, Dr. TM Roh, said that's a 300 percent increase from 2020 and that he expects what he calls "fast-paced growth" to continue.Whichever figure is true, Samsung's MX division posted an increase in revenue last year, mostly due to the strong sales of its foldables and its latest Galaxy S devices.

Samsung says it shipped almost 10 million foldable phones in 2021

He also said Samsung made advancements to enhance users' experiences with the upcoming devices: "I am excited to see people to discover new ways to do more of the things they love with the new foldable....In a report by the International Data Corporation in February, it said it "witnessed worldwide shipments of foldable phones, inclusive of both flip and fold form factors, reach a total of 7.1 million units in 2021." The 10 million units Roh claims Samsung shipped last year is considerably larger than the shipment numbers IDC previously published, though.Just a couple of short weeks before its next Unpacked event, Samsung has revealed that it shipped "almost 10 million foldable smartphones" worldwide. In addition to giving an update on how Samsung's devices are doing, Roh has also confirmed that the company is introducing its next Flip and Fold models at its next Unpacked event.In a post on the Samsung Newsroom, the company's chief of Mobile Experience (MX) Business, Dr. TM Roh, said that's a 300 percent increase from 2020 and that he expects what he calls "fast-paced growth" to continue.Whichever figure is true, Samsung's MX division posted an increase in revenue last year, mostly due to the strong sales of its foldables and its latest Galaxy S devices.

Russia hits Google with $373 million fine for not removing "prohibited" YouTube videos

" Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor said the Tagansky District Court handed down the fine as Google repeatedly failed to restrict access to banned content, with YouTube singled out as a prime offender. A report in May revealed YouTube had removed more than 70,000 videos and 9,000 channels over content relating to the Ukraine war, often due to the invasion being referred to as a "liberation mission." Even before the invasion of Ukraine, Russia and Google regularly clashed over issues ranging from where the company stored its data to not removing certain websites from search results.The firm's Russian subsidiary filed for bankruptcy recently after authorities seized its bank account, leaving it unable to meet financial obligations, including paying staff, suppliers, and vendors.The latest incident saw Moscow slap the US giant with a 21.1 billion-rouble (~$373 million) penalty on Monday over videos that, among other things, promote "extremism and terrorism.A Russian court slapped a $98 million fine on Google in December for failing to remove what it called illegal content.Russia continues to slam Google with fines for failing to remove what it deems "prohibited content" from YouTube, most of which relates to the war in Ukraine.

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