Friday Five: Stuck-at-home TV viewers stream to Netflix

1. Stuck-at-home TV viewers stream to Netflix

It will come as no surprise to learn that Netflix has done well from the pandemic. The streaming service now has more than 200 million paid members, up more than 30% from 2019, with more than 80% of the new sign-ups coming from outside the US and Canada, helping it make a profit of almost $2.8bn in the past year.

2. EU making plans for vaccination passports

The European Union is working on a common framework for vaccine passports that would “allow member states’ certificates to be rapidly useable in health systems across the EU and beyond”. Ultimately, a trusted EU-wide approach could allow vaccinated individuals to freely travel throughout the region (and possibly the UK…)

3. Google and Facebook accused of collusion

Google and Facebook have been accused of colluding to undermine competition in advertising, according to documents obtained by the New York Times. Filed as part of an antitrust lawsuit in Texas, the document lifts the lid on ‘Jedi Blue’ — a cloak and dagger ‘sweetheart’ deal between the two giants that monopolise online advertising.

4. Social media giants grilled on hate content

Social network executives have been grilled by MPs on the role their platforms played in facilitating the recent events in Washington which saw a mob break into Congress. All said they needed to do more to monitor extremist groups and content such as conspiracy theories, but none had any radical new policies to offer.

5. Apple’s first VR headset won’t be a big seller

If you’ve been thinking of dipping your toe in the VR pool, news that Apple is working on a VR headset may be exciting news. After all, Macs, iPhones and iPads are pretty great, right? Well, the VR headset might not be such a big seller, seeing as Apple is rumoured to be anticipating it will sell less than 200,000 units a year post launch.

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