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12:25 PM ET, June 8, 2021

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TechCrunch:
Many large websites went down Tuesday, including Amazon, Twitch, BBC, NYT, Spotify, Reddit, and FT, due to an issue at the Fastly CDN, which has now been fixed  —  Countless popular websites including Reddit, Spotify, Twitch, Stack Overflow, GitHub, gov.uk, Hulu, HBO Max, Quora, PayPal …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple debuts iCloud+ as part of iCloud plans, featuring Hide My Email, Private Relay for encrypting device traffic and bouncing it through relays, and more  —  During its WWDC keynote today, Apple unveiled a new iCloud+ service with new features alongside iCloud storage. iCloud+ includes three new features …
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Sara Morrison / Vox:
Apple's iOS 15 to add Mail Privacy Protection to Mail app, which will hide info, like when an email is opened, from senders, impacting newsletters and marketers  —  The next iOS will make it harder for newsletters, marketers, and websites to track you.  —  Apple announced on Monday …
Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces updates to tvOS: SharePlay, “Hey Siri” support through HomePod mini, support for Spatial Audio with AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, and more
Discussion: Fast Company and TechCrunch
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Facebook says it will show creators who are using its new tools how much Apple, Google, and others take as a cut of their earnings, through a payout interface  —  The company will launch a new interface showing how fees affect earnings  —  Less than two hours before Apple's big Worldwide …
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Mark Zuckerberg:
Zuckerberg says Facebook will keep paid online events, fan subscriptions, and upcoming independent news products free for creators until 2023
Thomas Grove / Wall Street Journal:
Russia has been pressuring social media platforms like YouTube and Twitter to remove anti-government content and police its critics, and it seems to be working  —  Kremlin uses Twitter and other platforms to advance its goals overseas, but is now trying to prevent its opponents from using the same tools
Discussion: @mattnavarra
FiveThirtyEight:
FiveThirtyEight launches an interactive tool to evaluate its major forecasts in politics and sports from 2008 onwards and plans to update forecasts as evaluated  —  Forecasts have always been a core part of FiveThirtyEight's mission.  They force us (and you) to think about the world probabilistically, rather than in absolutes.
Discussion: @mattgrossmann
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with GM of Axios Local Ted Williams about his plans to replicate the success he had with acquiring The Charlotte Agenda, publishing opinion content, more  —  “As time goes on, even when you're financially successful in media, the tendency is to do more and more stuff.
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
PwC survey: of time spent watching streaming services in 2020, people in the US spent 62% of their time on subscription-based and 32% on ad-supported services  —  Ad-supported streaming services have some catching up to do.  Subscription-based streaming services, which are largely ad-free …
Discussion: The Wrap
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish says Pluto TV ad revenue is expected to cross $1B in Q4 2021  —  “Everyone thought we were nuts” when his team first mentioned that figure, Bob Bakish tells an Evercore ISI investor conference.  He also forecast an ad-supported version of Paramount+ would end …
Justin Kroll / Deadline:
Sources: Universal is developing She Said, a movie based on Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, the NYT reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal story  —  EXCLUSIVE: Nearly four years after New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor broke the bombshell Harvey Weinstein sex scandal report …
 
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Psaki won't commit to Biden increasing frequency of formal news conferences, after holding just one since Jan., saying “he takes questions several times a week”
New York Magazine:
Choire Sicha, most recently the editor of the NYT Styles section, is joining New York Magazine as an editor-at-large
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Staff at The Atlantic announce an intent to unionize; EIC appears to agree to voluntarily recognize the union, announcing intention to work with its organizers
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Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Researcher: Twitter Super Follow to be limited to users over 18, with 25+ tweets posted in the last 30 days and 10K+ followers; categories include adult content
New York Times:
Analysis of Trump's social media engagement before and after bans shows a significant drop but some posts still receive equal engagement due to amplification
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
France's competition authority says Google agreed to pay a fine of nearly $270M and promised to make it easier for competitors to use its ad tools