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June 22, 2015, 4:05 AM

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Taylor Swift:
Taylor Swift will withhold her latest album “1989” from Apple Music, says lack of royalties during three month free trial hurts smaller artists  —  To Apple, Love Taylor  —  I write this to explain why I'll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Eddy Cue: Apple will pay rights holders on a per-stream basis during trial period  —  Apple Says It Will Pay Taylor Swift For Free Streams, After All  —  Taylor Swift isn't just the biggest pop star in the world.  She's also the world's most effective Apple lobbyist.
Peter Wayner / The Atlantic:
Amazon to pay authors of self-published Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners' Lending Library e-books based on pages read, not downloads, from July 1st  —  What If Authors Were Paid Every Time Someone Turned a Page?  —  When I recently learned of Amazon's new plan to pay some authors …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Subreddit moderators far removed from recent bannings say they're concerned with Reddit's leadership and strategy  —  Reddit Is A Shrine To The Internet We Wanted And That's A Problem  —  Reddit has a problem.  It's a well-documented problem, which, oddly, is a big part of the problem.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @mat
Joel Hruska / ExtremeTech:
AMD denies rumor that it's mulling breakup or spinoff  —  Rumors about AMD's breakup or acquisition by various companies are common, but they don't often come from the likes of Reuters.  According to the news agency, AMD is once-again mulling a breakup or spinoff.
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Amazon starts weighting product ratings to favor reviews that are newer, helpful, and verified  —  Amazon updates customer reviews with new machine-learning platform  —  The e-commerce giant created a new in-house model to show off more up-to-date and helpful reviews for buyers.
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Idea for a new “dependent contractor” class of workers gains momentum as on-demand companies face lawsuits from contract workers  —  What A New Class Of Worker Could Mean For The Future Of Labor  —  Faced with lawsuits that could threaten their business models …
More: Forbes
Ethan Zuckerman / The Atlantic:
As commonplace objects like toys become cloud-connected recording devices, policymakers should confront the implications  —  Beware the Listening Machines  —  One of my great pleasures in life is attending conferences on fields I'm intrigued by, but know nothing about.
Justin Pritchard / Associated Press:
CA DMV releases incident reports for self driving car prototypes: 6 accidents, most in self-driving mode, caused by other drivers, no serious injuries  —  California reveals details of self-driving car accidents  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — California state officials released reports Thursday …
Leena Rao / Fortune:
Alipay's US chief talks expansion, Uber China partnership and more  —  Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba is looking west.  Central to that plan is Alipay, the payments company that Alibaba BABA created and later spun off.  —  Alipay is a digital wallet that shoppers — most of them in China …
Jennifer Parker / Bloomberg Business:
Travel industry tests using virtual reality experiences to advertise travel destinations  —  How Oculus and Cardboard Are Going to Rock the Travel Industry  —  As advertisers jump on VR, it may just be a matter of time before you can rack up air miles, virtually  —  Holy cow.

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