Here are five things you need to know this morning:

Mixed numbers at Netflix despite strong subscriber growth: Netflix earnings came out after the bell on Thursday, and the numbers for the streaming giant were mixed. First, the good: the company added more than 9 million new paying customers during the quarter, more than twice what analysts were expecting and the strongest start to a year since 2020. But outside that topline growth, the numbers look a lot weaker, as the company is advising it doesn’t expect that growth to last. Subscriber numbers have been the main metric that investors have judged the company on, but that may not be the case for much longer as starting next year, the company says it won’t even announce those numbers regularly anymore, hoping to focus more on conventional metrics like sales and profit. Investors don’t seem to like that plan as the shares lost about six per cent in aftermarket trading on Thursday, and are showing more weakness this morning.

Bitcoin halving event on track for Friday: Bitcoin is in focus today as the latest so-called halving event is slated to happen on Friday. It’s hard to pin down an exact time for it since it’s scheduled in Bitcoin’s code to happen every 210,000 blocks of transactions, but at some point Friday, or Saturday at the latest, there will be a planned reduction in the rewards that miners get for validating transactions. It’s currently at 6.25 tokens, where it has been since 2020, but once the halving happens that will fall to 3.125 per block. Functionally, it makes it harder to obtain new bitcoins which theoretically pushes up the value of the ones already in existence, as the cryptocurrency nears its end game of 21 million total tokens in circulation. We’ll have many experts on air and online today to explain what it all means for investors, including Geoff Kendrick at Standard Chartered, Matthew Hougan at Bitwise Asset Management and Lucas Matheson, the Canada country director at Coinbase, so be sure to check out our coverage throughout the day.

Taylor Swift broke Spotify – sort of: Taylor Swift dropped a new album on Thursday night (a double album depending on your perspective) and while that may not seem like a major economic event, so great is her influence that it can’t be ignored even on the business beat. Spotify had previously announced that the album had obliterated the company’s record for the most pre-saved album in its history, so perhaps it’s no surprise to discover users reported outages on the service around the time the album was released:

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Everything seems to be working fine as of this morning, but the massive impact of Swift never ceases to amaze. Her ongoing worldwide tour has generated billions of dollars of economic impact, but the mad dash to get tickets has caused chaos everywhere the tour goes, including crashing Ticketmaster’s network at various points. Whether you enjoy her music or not, she’s an economic and cultural force that can’t be ignored.

More pipelines needed even beyond TMX, oil patch says: The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion isn’t even officially open for business yet, but one Canadian energy company says Canada will need even more export capacity to keep up with demand in the coming years. Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd. CEO Brian Schmidt sees a need for even more export capacity in the long run as drillers ramp up output. The Trans Mountain, which is expected to double capacity to almost 1 million barrels starting next month, is “a good stopgap, but I also think that we need more capacity in the future to satisfy the growth,” Schmidt told Bloomberg on the sidelines of the Bank of Montreal and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Energy Symposium in Toronto.

Israel retaliates: Markets are on edge on Friday after Israel retaliated overnight for a series of drone and missile strikes last week by hitting a barrage of targets in Iran. It’s a ratcheting-up of tensions in the region that has been on tenterhooks since the attack by Hamas in October. While Iran seems to be downplaying the extent of damage, Bloomberg reports an explosion was heard early Friday in Iran’s central city of Isfahan. Flights were suspended in Isfahan and in the Iranian cities of Tehran and Shiraz as well as airports across the country’s western borders. Brent crude jumped above US$90 a barrel before paring gains, and gold surged past $2,400 an ounce.