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3:05 PM ET, June 8, 2015


 Top News: 
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Apple Launches Apple Music Subscription Service  —  Apple officially introduced its new music streaming service, dubbed Apple Music, at its WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco Monday.  —  The impending launch of Apple's music service had been widely reported over the last couple of weeks.
Discussion: CNET and The Verge
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 …
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: Media Wire Daily and FishbowlNY
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times spokesperson rejects Free Beacon report on Clinton donation, says it is preposterous  —  Clintons gave $100k to NYT fund in '08  —  Bill and Hillary Clinton's Family Foundation gave $100,000 to a New York Times' charitable fund in 2008, the same year that the paper endorsed Hillary 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Publishers Expect More Facebook Instant Articles Later This Month  —  Facebook had the media world buzzing last month when it debuted its Instant Articles product, which lets media companies publish content directly to the social network instead of driving iOS mobile users back to their own sites.
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
Publishers haven't shared any Instant Articles on Facebook since the initial launch  —  Facebook's experiment to publish news articles has gotten awfully quiet — three weeks after everyone was freaking out about it  —  On May 12, Facebook launched its much discussed publishing product designed …
Discussion: Nieman Lab and @torystarr3, Thanks:@atechmemefan
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 …
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 …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple News looks like Flipboard and replaces Newsstand on your iPhone or iPad  —  Rumors suggested Apple was planning to kill off Newsstand, and now the company is making it official: News will replace Newsstand.  News brings content from publishers across the world, and content owners can customize the way articles are displayed.
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