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1:30 PM ET, June 8, 2015


 Top News: 
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Josh Kalven / Medium:
Publishers create captioned videos for Facebook, where auto-play videos are muted by default  —  How Facebook Is Bringing Back The Silent Newsreel  —  In 2013, the developers and designers at Facebook made a significant change to their user experience.  —  Frustrated with the level …
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
Publishers haven't shared any Instant Articles on Facebook since the initial launch
Discussion: @torystarr3, Thanks:@atechmemefan
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 …
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Sony Music CEO confirms launch of Apple's music streaming service tomorrow  —  Sony Music CEO Doug Morris said in an interview on stage today that Apple will announce its new music streaming service tomorrow at its World Wide Developers Conference.  While observers have long-expected …
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
In extensive profile, Chris Hughes discusses his fall from grace after buying The New Republic  —  The Complex Power Coupledom of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge  —  Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and political activist Sean Eldridge were once the ultimate team, but Hughes's controversial purchase …
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.'
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Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:
Bustle Revamps Its iOS App With A Personalized News Feed
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Vox Media's beauty and fashion site Racked is experimenting with messaging app Kik and finding success on Tumblr and Instagram
Discussion: @elanazak