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Recode Daily: The Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban; 17 states sue Trump

Plus, Uber wins a big battle in London; have cities learned from Uber as they confront a new wave of scooter companies?; the “positive death” movement comes to life.

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U.S. President Donald Trump attends a lunch meeting with Republican lawmakers in the Cabinet Room at the White House on June 26, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
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The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s travel ban in a 5-4 ruling that supported broad powers for the president to protect national security. The travel ban, which was challenged several times by courts around the country, restricts entry from seven countries to varying degrees: Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Venezuela. Five majority-Muslim countries are covered. Four aren’t. Guess where the president does business. Meanwhile, led by Democratic attorneys general, 17 states, including Washington, New York and California, sued the Trump administration in an effort to force officials to reunite migrant families who have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. [Ariane de Vogue and Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN]

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Uber has won the right to continue to operate in London — at least for 15 months. A judge overturned a ban initiated by the regulatory agency Transport for London, which accused Uber of showing a “lack of corporate responsibility” in relation to “public safety and security.” The relatively short-term license has some broad conditions, including requiring Uber to notify regulators about changes to company policy and provide the results of an independent review conducted every six months. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Scooter-sharing companies tried to barge into San Francisco and got kicked out. Now the companies — including Bird, Lime, Skip and even Uber and Lyft — are making big promises to get legal. Have cities learned from the new wave of transportation startups inspired by Uber that simply showed up and started operating without permission? Meanwhile, in Detroit, electric self-driving shuttles began operation in what is reportedly the first commercial use of such technology on U.S. public streets. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

San Francisco restaurants can’t afford waiters — so they’re putting diners to work. San Francisco is a case study of how high housing costs alter the economics of everything, including restaurant service. Commercial rents have gone up, labor costs have soared and restaurant workers, many of them priced out by the expense of housing, have been moving away. Short of workers, some fast-food restaurants are turning to robots to flip burgers and clean grills. Meanwhile, tabletop tablets in restaurants are proliferating, and along with serving up customer data to the owners, they’re increasing efficiency by allowing diners to order meals without talking to a server. But they’re not so great for waiters. [Emily Badger / The New York Times]

Fortnite: Battle Royale has brought in more revenue in a single month than any other game of its kind. Just eight months after launching, the free-to-play game hit a new revenue record of $318 million in May, putting Fortnite well ahead of other breakout games like Pokémon Go and Clash of Clans. The game has brought in more than $1.2 billion from in-app purchases. [Rani Molla / Recode]

It’s 2018, and Hank Green still believes the internet can make the world better. [Abby Ohlheiser / The Washington Post]

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