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11:25 AM ET, June 8, 2021


 Top News: 
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,, 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 …
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 …
Mark Zuckerberg:
Zuckerberg says Facebook will keep paid online events, fan subscriptions, and upcoming independent news products free for creators until 2023
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
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
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
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 (CNN Business)In a 1916 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, John D. Rockefeller Jr. wrote about workers' right to organize.
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.
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 …
New York Magazine:
Choire Sicha, most recently the editor of the NYT Styles section, is joining New York Magazine as an editor-at-large  —  New York Magazine editor-in-chief David Haskell announced today that Choire Sicha is joining as an editor-at-large.  He will regularly write short-form pieces for Intelligencer …
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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
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”
Sam Shead / CNBC:
75 artists, including Rolling Stones, urge UK government to amend 1988 Copyright Act so that streaming services pay artists roughly as much as radio stations
 Earlier Picks: 
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