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9:00 AM ET, June 10, 2015


 Top News: 
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.
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  —  Apple Music and Labels Investigated in 2 States  —  While Apple was preparing a splashy introduction for a new service …
Kevin Donovan / Toronto Star:
CBC host Evan Solomon fired after Star investigation finds he took secret cut of art deals  —  CBC journalist facilitated sales of art to wealthy Canadians he dealt with in his job — including one buyer who had no idea Solomon was collecting a commission.  —  CBC
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Obituary for Vincent Musetto, the New York Post editor who wrote the famous “Headless Body in Topless Bar” headline  —  Vincent Musetto, 74, Author of ‘Headless’ Headline of Ageless Fame  —  Vincent Musetto, a retired editor at The New York Post who wrote the most anatomically evocative headline …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Wall Street Journal to roll out beta of paid, digest-style news app What's News next month  —  Journal's digital ‘realignment’ includes paid news digest 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 …
Jeré Longman / New York Times:
Publishers of only daily newspaper in Cayman Islands flee country after accusations of treason for FIFA-related editorial criticizing government  —  Critical of FIFA, Publishers Flee  —  Fallout from the FIFA soccer scandal has begun to affect journalism in the Cayman Islands.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
To increase online reach, Reuters will offer free content to web publishers on a metered basis  —  Reuters to offer free content to Web publishers  —  Reuters announced Tuesday a plan to offer free content — including pictures, video and text — to online publishers en masse for the first time in the news agency's 160-year history.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Interview with Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine on Apple Music, Connect, and the importance of a “human touch” in curating playlists  —  Apple Music interview: 'Algorithms can't do it alone - you need a human touch'  —  Jimmy Iovine and Eddy Cue train their sights on Spotify …
Netflix investors approve share increase, company to pursue stock split  —  Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) shareholders on Tuesday approved a massive increase in the number of shares the company is authorized to issue, the first step toward a possible stock split.  —  Chief Executive Reed Hastings …
Shawn W. Crispin / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Jailed Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan on hunger strike over mistreatment  —  Incarcerated blogger Ta Phong Tan has been on hunger strike since May 13 to protest the mistreatment of political prisoners at the prison where she is being held in Vietnam's central Thanh Hoa province, according to news reports.
Discussion: RFA
James Warren / Poynter:
A Q-and-A with Hamilton Nolan on Gawker Media's union vote  —  Organized labor scored a notable win last week as editorial staffers at Gawker Media voted to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East.  Could this be a potentially influential inroad by organized labor into the world …
Discussion: Capital New York
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Brady Dale / The New York Observer:
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Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
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