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YouTube and Universal Music Group have struck a "global, multi-year agreement," the CEO's of YouTube and Universal announced Tuesday. The tech giant has also struck a deal with Sony Music, per Bloomberg. Universal says the agreement gives artists better deals. The music group will have better leverage over what appears on advertising-supported channels and what doesn't.

Why it matters: YouTube, which announced this month that it will launch its own subscription music service, now has licenses from three of the biggest record labels: Universal, Warner, and Sony. While roughly 25% of all music streamed globally comes from YouTube, it's struggled to get consumers to pay for it. It' also struggled to strike deals with labels in the past due to its lack of strict copyright protections. The deals should give YouTube more access to content to sell subscriptions.

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Last week's revelation of a new cyberattack on thousands of small businesses and organizations, on top of last year's SolarWinds hack, shows we've entered a new era of mass-scale cyber war.

Why it matters: In a world that's dependent on interlocking digital systems, there's no escaping today's cyber conflicts. We're all potential victims even if we're not participants.

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Wealthy private citizens are increasingly becoming the arbiters of who can go to space — and some of them want to bring the average person along for the ride.

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A year after the coronavirus abruptly shut down much of the country, Americans are watching for a clear signal of when the pandemic will be over — and most won't be ready to ditch the masks and social distancing until they get it, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

The big picture: The poll found that more Americans are expecting the outbreak to be over sooner rather than later, as vaccinations ramp up throughout the country — but that very few are ready to end the precautions that have upended their lives.

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