• From The Gothamist:
"New York City's food delivery workers are slated to make a minimum wage for the first time ever under new regulations announced by Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday.
"Tens of thousands of delivery workers are slated to make at least $17.96 per hour plus tips by July 12, and at least $19.96 an hour by 2025, city officials said.
"That's a sharp increase from what delivery workers make now. Many take home less than the city's minimum wage of $15 an hour … The $19.96 hourly rate is less than the $23.82 the Department of Consumer and Worker Protections originally proposed last November – but is still almost three times more than what delivery workers currently make, according to the city agency.
"Sunday’s announcement comes after months of back-and-forth between delivery workers, elected officials and app companies over the minimum wage rates. City officials blew past a Jan. 1 deadline set by City Council legislation to establish the new wage rules.
"Delivery companies, like Uber and DoorDash, argued that the new legislation will force a raise in prices and less schedule flexibility, while some advocates claim these companies are manipulating employees into testifying against the measure."
• From the Washington Post:
"Netflix’s crackdown on password sharing in the United States has paid off with a major spike in new subscriptions.
"According to an analysis released Friday by the television analytics company Antenna, the streaming giant posted four of its best days of U.S. acquisition ever with nearly 100,000 daily sign-ups on May 26 and May 27, a few days after it started to curb password sharing. It netted 73,000 new daily sign-ups on average after the crackdown, marking a 102 percent increase over the prior 60-day average. The ratio of sign-ups to cancels also increased, Antenna found, indicating that new subscriptions outpaced cancellations.
"The password-sharing crackdown began May 23, when Netflix started sending emails to members who were known to be sharing accounts outside their household."
• From Quartz:
"A federal judge in Seattle rejected the proposed dismissal of a lawsuit targeting Apple and Amazon for inflating the prices of iPhones and iPads … Originally filed in November, the lawsuit targets a 2019 agreement between the two companies in which Amazon agreed to restrict the number of Apple resellers on its platform, in exchange for Apple giving Amazon a discount of up to 10% on its products."
According to the story, "In a motion to dismiss, lawyers for Apple argued that the agreement was meant to prevent the sale of counterfeit knockoffs of its products on Amazon.
"The plaintiffs in the case are all US customers who purchased Apple products on Amazon after 2019.
"There were as many as 600 Apple resellers on the site before the 2019 agreement, according to the initial complaint. Afterward, prices rose more than 10% on the Amazon marketplace, and discounts, which had been offered frequently, were discontinued.
"Apple and Amazon were fined for a similar agreement by Italy’s antitrust authority in 2021, although the fine was overturned on appeal.
"The two companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the judge’s decision."