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June 22, 2015, 12:15 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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Apple Says “We Hear You Taylor Swift”, Will Pay Musicians During Free Trial  —  Apple's Eddy Cue has just announced that Apple Music will change its plan and pay royalties to artists even during its three month free trial for users, following Taylor Swift's public complaint about the policy.
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.
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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 …
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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.
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 …
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 …
Sebastian Anthony / Ars Technica:
How lithium-ion batteries, industrial design and Moore's law created modern laptops  —  The creation of the modern laptop  —  An in-depth look at lithium-ion batteries, industrial design, Moore's law, and more.  —  The world's first commercial laptop—though that is certainly stretching the term—was the Osborne 1.
Tweets: @core77
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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