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4:40 PM ET, June 8, 2015


 Top News: 
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple News looks like Flipboard and replaces Newsstand on your iPhone or iPad  —  Rumors suggested Apple was planning to kill off Newsstand, and now the company is making it official: News will replace Newsstand.  News brings content from publishers across the world, and content owners can customize the way articles are displayed.
D.B. Hebbard / Talking New Media:
Publishers get 100% of ads they sell with Apple's News Publisher, 70% of ads sold by iAd; offers targeting and reporting  —  Apple releases News Publisher guidelines for including content in the upcoming News app  —  Apple's News app will launch in the fall with the release of iOS 9 …
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Apple announces Apple Music: music streaming, human-curated playlists, Beats 1 24/7 radio, Connect to allow artists to interact with fans  —  Apple Launches Apple Music Subscription Service  —  Apple officially introduced its new music streaming service, dubbed Apple Music …
Business Wire:
Apple Music launching June 30 on iOS, Mac, and PC with 3 months free, then $9.99 per month, coming to Apple TV and Android phones this fall  —  Introducing Apple Music — All The Ways You Love Music.  All in One Place.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Apple® today unveiled Apple Music™ …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Apple Revives Ping As “Connect”, Letting Artists Share A Feed Of Music, Videos, And Social Media  —  Apple wants to be the way you socially connect to musicians, not Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Spotify.  As a tab in its new Apple Music on-demand streaming service, Apple is launching Connect …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
One year after launch, Slate Plus has 9,000+ subscribers, generating around $500K a year  —  One year in, Slate draws 9,000 paying subscribers  —  For Slate, getting readers to pay for content was going back to the future.  Back in 1998, it was one of the first sites to try a paywall, which quickly failed.
Julia Turner / Slate:
Slate launches metered paywall for non-US readers, five free stories a month, cites inability to monetize international readership through domestic ads revenue  —  Hello, International Reader  —  We're launching a paywall for users abroad.  Here's how it will work.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Media Wire Daily
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
CNN launches Courageous, a new studio producing branded content for advertisers  —  CNN Unveils New Studio to Produce Content for Advertisers  —  CNN is creating an in-house studio that will produce news-like content on behalf of advertisers, a move that reflects marketers' growing desire …
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Clinton Donated $100K to New York Times Group the Same Year Paper Endorsed Her  —  A little-known private foundation controlled by Bill and Hillary Clinton donated $100,000 to the New York Times' charitable fund in 2008, the same year the newspaper's editorial page endorsed Clinton …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times spokesperson rejects Free Beacon report on Clinton donation, says it is preposterous  —  Clintons gave $100k to NYT fund in '08  —  Bill and Hillary Clinton's Family Foundation gave $100,000 to a New York Times' charitable fund in 2008, the same year that the paper endorsed Hillary Clinton …
Wall Street Journal:
Publishers Expect More Facebook Instant Articles Later This Month  —  Facebook had the media world buzzing last month when it debuted its Instant Articles product, which lets media companies publish content directly to the social network instead of driving iOS mobile users back to their own sites.
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Larry Kramer steps down as USA Today publisher, joins board of new Gannett  —  USA Today publisher Larry Kramer is leaving the newspaper to take a seat on the board of Gannett's new publishing company.  —  Kramer, who was named publisher and president of USA Today in 2012 …
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Jason Rezaian's mother says reporter is “very tired, very distressed”  —  US Reporter's Mother Speaks While Son Is in Iran Court  —  The mother of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian said Monday that Iran has charged her son for simply “reporting on a country that he loves …
Howard Sherman:
LA website Bitter Lemons charges theaters $150 to review a show, claims editorial independence is maintained  —  You'd Like Your Show Reviewed?  $150 Please  —  'You give us $150 dollars and we'll review your show.' It sounds like a bizarro-world version of 'You give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world.'
Discussion: @hesherman
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