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Last Week Online #18 – Disney strikes back

Anna Loverus
Anna Loverus
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Disney strikes back, Zuckerberg is considered bad for business, and K-pop bands are the big winners online.

Facebook investors propose to replace Zuckerberg with an independent voice

Several of Facebook's investors have teamed up to replace Mark Zuckerberg as the companies CEO and board chairman with an independent voice. With heavy critique against the 34-year-old founder, the plan was put forward in an April 12 SEC filing.

Last year, after several privacy scandals, the US government was doubting Zuckerberg's ability to run one of the worlds most influential media platform and called him to the Senate for a questioning. Now the call to oust Mark Zuckerberg is coming from inside the house.

Facebook investors think Zuckerberg is terrible for the business. Also, in case that wasn't clear enough, the proposal lay out a few examples demonstrating, from the investors' perspective, how miserably he's screwed things up. "We believe this lack of independent board Chair and oversight has contributed to Facebook missing, or mishandling, a number of severe controversies, increasing risk exposure and costs to shareholders," the proposal reads.

New YouTube records suggest there's still plenty of growth potential for the platform

There's been a stream of new YouTube-records failing to stand the test of time. Just a mere week after K-pop group Blackpink secured the one-day viewing record with 56.7 million for "Kill This Love the rivalling mega group BTS stole the throne – and it wasn't even close. BTS got 78 million views within the first 24 hours when the music video for their new single "Boy With Luv" hit the video site.

Also, the BTS video also collected more than 2 million comments over that initial 24 hour period. The "Boy With Luv" music video is also on track to surpass Blackpink's three-day viewing record of 100 million.

These achievements are no surprise. "Boy With Luv" is a hot new single from a wildly popular band, and they've tactically added guest vocals to reach an even larger audience than usual. Even so, these results also reveal that YouTube still has plenty of room to grow – they might even pick up the pace long after it appeared to plateau.

Click here to take a look at the record breaking video.

Disney strikes back with subscription video service Disney Plus

For two years there's been talk about the Walt Disney Company planning to start a Netflix-style streaming service. This Thursday came the big reveal. “We are all-in,” commented Disney CEO Bob Iger.

The suspected counterattack on the tech giants that have moved into the entertainment business, also known as Day-D, will go under the name Disney Plus – a new subscription video service dedicated to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, the “Star Wars” franchise, National Geographic and Marvel.

Disney Plus will cost $7 a month and arrive on November 12th. For comparison, Netflix’s cheapest plan is $9, and its standard plan is $13. Beginning next year, Disney intended to roll out the streaming service in Europe and Asia, and they expect subscribers to total 60 million to 90 million by 2024.

Tool of the week: Zapier

Tools don't have to be new to be useful. Zapier provides a solution to automate the use of web applications and connect different tools. It's a bit like an API translator, and they currently have more than 1000 services you can use to build automated events.

It's quick and easy to set up -  and you don't need any coding skills to use it. You choose the services you want to connect and decide what event should trigger the "zap" and what should happen when it does. Do you want to save all your Instagram images in a Dropbox folder or automatically save Trello-cards to Todoist or Wunderlist? It's all up to you. Enjoy!

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