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May 14, 2019, 7:40 AM

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Mehul Srivastava / Financial Times:
WhatsApp says flaw let attackers install NSO Group surveillance software on phones via the app's call function, issued server fix Friday and a patch on Monday  —  A vulnerability in the messaging app WhatsApp has allowed attackers to inject commercial Israeli spyware on to phones, the company and a spyware technology dealer said.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Lenovo demos a prototype folding ThinkPad with a 13.3" 4:3 2K OLED display, plans to launch a finished device in H1 2020 as part of its ThinkPad X1 brand  —  Hands-on with Lenovo's PC prototype with folding screen  —  Folding phones are already being pitched as the next big wave of tech …
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
US Supreme Court rules against Apple, allowing iPhone users to sue the company for alleged App Store monopolization; Apple stock closes down 5.8%  —  KEY POINTS  — The Supreme Court, ruling 5-4, allows iPhone users to pursue their antitrust lawsuit against Apple in a case involving …
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
VP of Apple Pay debuts a new iPhone NFC feature: tags that trigger Apple Pay purchases when tapped without needing a special app; Bird is a launch partner  —  Apple's VP of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey today announced a new NFC feature for iPhone: special tags that trigger Apple Pay purchases when tapped …
Bloomberg:
Uber's CEO, in email to staff Monday, acknowledged the rocky trading debut, noting Facebook and Amazon's initial post-IPO difficulties; stock ends day down 10%+  —  Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, in an email to staff Monday, acknowledged Uber's rocky trading debut, while at the same time saying …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook raises pay for content moderation contractors to $22/hr in SF, NYC, DC; $20/hr in Seattle; and $18/hr in other metros; says minimum wage is not enough  —  Social-media giant says current minimum wage isn't enough in expensive areas such as Silicon Valley
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:
Walmart announces next-day delivery on 200K+ items for orders over $35, first in Phoenix and Las Vegas, and expanding to 75% of the US population by year-end  —  KEY POINTS  — The retailer's rollout of next-day delivery will begin in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Southern California …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Flexa launches Spedn app to let users pay for goods in physical stores with cryptocurrencies including bitcoin, ether, bitcoin cash, and the gemini dollar  —  Accepted at GameStop, Nordstrom, Whole Foods, and more  —  A new payment network called Flexa is launching today that'll let you spend cryptocurrencies in physical stores.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Researcher finds unprotected Elasticsearch cluster exposing ~3.5M records of Panama citizens, including full names, dates of birth, and national ID numbers  —  An unprotected Elasticsearch cluster exposed 3,427,396 records containing sensitive personal information on Panama citizens with …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Elad Gil / Elad Blog:
As online markets have grown 10X in the last two decades, more $1B-$10B+ software startups will exist, and startups can grow faster than ever  —  Over the last few years the number of people and businesses online has ballooned.  Spend on the Internet has grown rapidly as you can now reach billions …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
WekaIO, which develops file systems optimized for AI and technical workloads, raises $31.7M Series C led by HPE, bringing total raised to about $73.7M  —  No matter the domain, data-intensive apps share one requirement in common: a reliable file system that ensures data is available to them on demand.

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