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May 13, 2019, 2:00 PM

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Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
US Supreme Court rules against Apple, allowing iPhone users to sue the company for alleged App Store monopolization; Apple stock is down 5%+  —  KEY POINTS  — The Supreme Court, ruling 5-4, allows iPhone users to pursue their antitrust lawsuit against Apple in a case involving its signature electronic marketplace, the App Store.
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Sources: Amazon has added machines that automate boxing up customer orders at a handful of warehouses; they pack ~700 boxes per hour, 4-5x the rate of a human  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers: boxing up customer orders.
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
Leigh Cuen / CoinDesk:
Microsoft launches Ion, an open source decentralized identity tool on bitcoin blockchain; source: Ion to shift from bitcoin's testnet to mainnet later this year  —  Microsoft is launching the first decentralized infrastructure implementation by a major tech company that is built directly on the bitcoin blockchain.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
MailChimp to launch a marketing platform for SMBs and introduce four tiered pricing, says it now has 11M customers and is on track for $700M in revenue in 2019  —  Mailchimp, a bootstrapped startup out of Atlanta, Georgia, is known best as a popular tool for organizations to manage …
More: Fast CompanyTweets: @sameerpatel
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Uber pilots a new PIN feature at the Portland Airport that gives riders a one-time 6-digit PIN in an effort to speed up pickup times and reduce congestion  —  Uber is piloting a new PIN feature at the Portland International Airport that will give riders a one-time six-digit numeric code …
More: Engadget, CNET, and Mashable
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Chat app Discord says it now has 250M registered users and 56M MAU  —  You may never have heard of Discord, but you might soon.  —  The chat app built initially for gamers has been steadily expanding outside that world as it's increasingly used by YouTube personalities, podcasters, hackers and more.
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