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May 14, 2019

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS LAWSUIT OVER IPHONE APPS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing consumers to pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps.

New Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the court’s four liberals Monday in rejecting a plea from Cupertino, California-based Apple to end the lawsuit over the 30% commission the company charges software developers whose apps are sold through the App Store.

The lawsuit was filed by iPhone users who must purchase software for their smartphones exclusively through Apple’s App Store.

Four conservative justices dissented.

APPLE REVAMPS TV APP FOR DIRECT SUBSCRIPTIONS TO CHANNELS

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple users will be able to subscribe to HBO, Showtime and a handful of other channels directly through Apple’s new TV app, bypassing the need to download or launch a separate app.

The new capabilities available Monday come ahead of Apple’s plan to offer its own original shows, including ones from Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. Those shows will be part of an Apple TV Plus subscription coming later this year for a yet-to-be disclosed price.

Hulu and Amazon already offer premium channels as add-ons to their regular subscriptions, and both have original shows. Apple is trying to catch up on streaming video to make up for a slowdown in iPhone sales.

FACEBOOK TO PAY US CONTENT REVIEWERS MORE AMID CRITICISM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is raising how much it pays U.S. contractors who do some of its most taxing work, including watching violent and other objectionable material for possible removal from the service.

Facebook will pay at least $18 an hour for these jobs. Those in New York City, Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Bay Area will get $22 per hour. Facebook didn’t immediately respond to inquiries on what it was paying them before.

The content review jobs are psychologically taxing. Facebook has been criticized for not paying the workers enough and not providing enough support.

Facebook said Monday it’s adding tools for content moderators to have graphic images blurred out or shown in black and white before they see it.

The company says it’s looking into “similar standards” outside the U.S.