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9:05 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 …
Daniella Byck / Washingtonian:
Hunter Walker, formerly Yahoo News' White House correspondent, becomes the first solo writer using Substack to get a “hard pass” to cover the White House  —  A former White House reporter wants to cover politics in a different way.  Is the briefing room the place for that?
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
To find confidential sources, the government has stomped on the First Amendment again by seeking reporters' phone and email records; DOJ's IG should investigate  —  The New York Times reporter Adam Goldman might have been exaggerating a bit when he said Sunday that for more than a decade …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Book excerpt: how Fox News became the Trump White House in exile post-election, as Fox moved to the right and gave viewers false hope to fix falling ratings  —  This article is adapted from the new edition of “Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth,” which was published in paperback on Tuesday.
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
NewsGuild files an NLRB complaint saying NYT management illegally discouraged support for the Times Tech Guild, including stopping the use of pro-union avatars  —  - Complaint filed with NLRB says publisher violated labor law  —  A New York Times Co. employee union is accusing …
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
Leonie Chao-Fong / The Independent:
After tweeting a racist comment about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter, Daily Telegraph columnist Julie Burchill says she was fired by the newspaper  —  'It's been a lovely five years' the columnist posted on Facebook  —  Newspaper columnist Julie Burchill says he has been “sacked” …
Haaretz:
Israel's US ambassador met with AP execs and said Israel is willing to help AP rebuild offices in Gaza, after an Israeli airstrike destroyed AP's offices in May  —  Gilad Erdan met with top officials at the news agency ‘to restore the relations’ following a strike that destroyed a Gaza tower used by media organizations.
Jeff Tracy / Axios:
MLB and sports betting media company Action Network enter a multi-platform partnership, incorporating betting content and analysis into the MLB landscape  —  MLB and the Action Network, a sports betting data and analysis site, have entered into a multi-platform content partnership, Axios has learned.
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 Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Music debuts Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio and adds Spatial Audio playlists, says Spatial Audio support is “coming soon” for Android devices  —  Last month, Apple announced it would soon add lossless audio streaming and Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos to its Apple Music subscription at no extra charge.
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
 
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Tim Peterson / Digiday:
PwC survey: of time spent watching streaming video in 2020, people in the US spent 62% of their time on subscription-based and 32% on ad-supported services
Discussion: The Wrap
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
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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
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