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12:30 AM ET, June 11, 2015


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A blow for mobile advertising: The next version of Safari will let users block ads on iPhones and iPads  —  It didn't get a mention in Apple's big keynote announcements Monday — which already had plenty of interest to publishers — but deep within Apple's developer documentation lies perhaps …
Spotify Blog:
Spotify hits 20M paid subscribers, 75M total active users, has paid $3B in artist royalties  —  20 Million Reasons to Say Thanks  —  What a difference a year makes!  At the end of May 2014, we reached 10 million paying subscribers and 40 million active users.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify raises $526M at a $8.53B valuation, plans new forms of content to challenge rivals including Apple Music  —  Spotify Raises $526 Million Amid Battle With Apple  —  Spotify has closed a massive new round of funding from a wide range of global investors who are betting it can fend off a new threat from Apple.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Wall Street Journal to roll out beta of paid, digest-style news app What's News next month  —  Journal to roll out paid mobile app  —  The Wall Street Journal is set to roll out its first mobile-only product, Capital has learned—a paid, digest-style news app that's said to be an ambitious project …
Discussion: The Next Web, FishbowlNY and @s_m_i
Madalina Ciobanu /
How the FT used wearables to open up the reporting process  —  The newspaper's employment correspondent spent four days being tracked with devices in order to report on a story  —  Credit: Screengrab from the FT Wearables Facebook page  —  When you consider wearable technology …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Public radio is seeing a shift in digital listening: Live streaming is slowing, on-demand is growing  —  There are early indications that the digital listenership habits of the public radio audience are changing, as fewer people listen to live streaming audio and a growing number choose to tune in on demand.
Peggy McGlone / Washington Post:
Librarian of Congress James Billington to retire in January  —  James H. Billington, the brilliant but mercurial head of the Library of Congress, will retire after 28 years at the helm of an institution that has expanded its reach across the country but struggled to stay ahead in a rapidly changing digital world.
Julia Greenberg / Wired:
When Tech Giants Deliver the News, They Decide What News Is  —  So Apple's got its very own newsreader app, aptly called News.  It will come natively installed on its iOS 9 mobile operating system this fall.  This adds to the list of third parties that publishers have come to rely upon to distribute their stories.
Discussion: The Awl
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Jim Romenesko confirms partial retirement, will no longer take job ads and sponsored posts at his site  —  Romenesko Confirms His Semi-Retirement  —  For those of us in the media-watch trenches, it amounts to a momentous bit of summer redaction:  —  But... what does it mean?
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Journalists Meet With Clinton Campaign Officials Over Access Concerns  —  NEW YORK — Two top communications officials with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign met Monday in Washington with representatives from the traveling press corps to discuss journalists' frustrations over access.
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Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Interview with Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine on Apple Music, Connect, and the importance of a “human touch” in curating playlists
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Shawn W. Crispin / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Jailed Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan on hunger strike over mistreatment
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Kevin Donovan / Toronto Star:
CBC host Evan Solomon fired after Star investigation finds he took secret cut of art deals
New York Times:
Attorneys general in NY and Conn. investigating whether Apple, music labels violated antitrust laws in talking about competing freemium services like Spotify