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Inventor Lonnie Johnson is granted overdue royalties from toy brand giant, KFC introduces Beyond Meat chicken nuggets, and Snapchat reveals Q4 revenue, this and more on this week's on the Friday Five blog!


Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker, Nerf guns and founder of Johnson Research and Development Co, was awarded  $72.9 million on Wednesday from a royalty dispute with Hasbro toys that’s been ongoing since February 2019. Hasbro owes Johnson in underpaid royalties from the Nerf toy line from 2007 to 2012, according to King and Spalding and A. Leigh Baier P.C. law firm, who represented Johnson. (Black Culture News)


Research by EMarketer reveals that shopping via smart speaker has not grown as quickly as earlier projected. The research company cut its original forest of purchases through smart speakers from 23.6 million to 21.6 million. Consumers are resistant because of fear of privacy and payment security. With the adjustment, there will only be a 18% rise in smart speaker buys from 2019 and it only takes up 11% of the digital purchasing market. (Mobile Marketer)


Byte, the short form video sharing app, a direct competitor to TikTok and reboot of Vine, has shared details about its partnership program. Byte says that the long term plan is to have the majority of its ad revenue go to its creators and a small portion will go towards operation costs. Since the creation of Vine, short video content creators have been looking for ways to monetize their content outside of collecting fractions of pennies off of the ads that run on the app, similar to YouTube’s partner program. (The Verge)


The next fast food chain taking on Beyond Meat options is KFC. KFC is launching a pilot in the midwest of their Beyond Meat chicken nuggets, providing a meatless and boneless option. Beyond Meat supplied the chain with enough of the meat replacement to pilot in 66 stores and chief executive at Beyond Meat says that his company has the potential to meet the supply to meet demand of all KFC US locations. (Tech Crunch)


Advertisers spent heavy in Q4 on Snapchat, the company reveals that revenue 44% year over year and hit a record high of $561 million over the last holiday season. The image-messaging app went by 8 million daily users and average snap per user expanded 23% to $2.58 in Q4. (Mobile Marketer)

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