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Now you can use all that startup stock to get a bank to loan you money

If you’re an executive or employee at a valuable startup, you could be sitting on millions of theoretical dollars but have trouble with the very untheoretical tasks of paying off a college education or buying a fancy home. Ask a bank for a personal loan? Not so easy when your net worth is in the form of shares of a private company that a bank can’t easily value. Now, though, the secondary market SharesPost is creating a program that will ro...
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To understand 2018, you first have to understand the 1990s, Vanity Fair’s David Friend says

It would be easy to say that our self-obsessed culture, rampant cynicism in politics and the decline of traditional dating are all recent trends. But to understand how we get selfies, President Trump and Tinder, you have to look back to the 1990s, Vanity Fair’s David Friend says. Friend joined Recode’s Kara Swisher on the latest episode of Recode Decode to talk about his new book, “The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido.” ...
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Yes, that was Fred Armisen and Bill Murray you saw on ‘SNL’

You weren’t daydreaming: Two old “Saturday Night Live” favorites returned to the set this weekend in a surprise reincarnation. Bill Murray, the iconic SNL comedian, and Fred Armisen, who defined the show during the 2000s, came back as guests in the show’s cold open on Saturday evening — playing the roles of a source and a journalist, respectively. (Murray left the show in 1980; Armisen departed in 2013.) Murray offers himself as Steve Banno...
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The coolest thing I saw at CES: Forpheus, the Ping-Pong-playing robot

CES, the giant, annual Consumer Electronics Show that’s wrapping up in Las Vegas, is full of bizarre technology. From customer-service robots and gesture-controlled drones to massage chairs that cost more than a car, CES is a smorgasbord of stuff that will make you feel a little gross inside (or, alternatively, super pumped to get your hands on a pair of new headphones!). As a first-time attendee, I spent a few hours on the showroom floor l...
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Recode Daily: The day the lights went out in Vegas

The power went out at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas yesterday, leaving the cavernous main showrooms and hallways in the dark for nearly two hours and disrupting planned demos and meetings. Some of the thousands of technorati gathered for the most plugged-in trade show were reduced to using light from phones and windows. Next year’s big thing — batteries and generators. [ Dami Lee / The Verge ] YouTube has punished video star Lo...
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Google is trying its hardest to keep Alexa from ‘winning’ CES for the second year in a row

Amazon’s Alexa assistant was crowned “winner” of CES the Computer Electronics Show, last year . While Amazon didn’t have a splashy presence at the show — though there was a bizarrely large Echo speaker in one hallway — the fact that so many gadget makers were pledging to bake Alexa into their products became the dominant story of CES. This year, Google, which has a rival assistant product called Google Assistant, is making sure no one leave...
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How to fix your company’s culture, according to former Netflix exec Patty McCord

How to fix your company’s culture, according to former Netflix exec Patty McCord - Recode more-arrownoyes McCord authored the famous “Netflix culture deck” that was downloaded more than 15 million times online. By Eric Johnson Jan 8, 2018, 6:30am EST “Powerful” author and former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCordCourtesy Patty McCord In 2017, Uber underwent a major executive shake-up, a Google engineer was fired for writing a controv...
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Why Amazon’s master plan for Alexa includes things like voice-controlled Bose headphones

One might think Amazon would be satisfied with the surprise success of its Echo speakers, the voice-controlled gadgets that have become hit holiday gifts and more in the three years since they were invented. But as usual, Amazon wants more — a lot more — for Alexa, the voice assistant technology that powers the Echo family of devices. That ambition leads us to a pair of Bose headphones currently in development that will allow you to summon ...
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Travis Kalanick is now a real-life billionaire

Travis Kalanick is selling almost a third of his shares in Uber as part of the tender offer planned by SoftBank. Kalanick, the founder of Uber and its CEO until this summer, tried to sell about half of his shares in Uber, according to people with knowledge of the matter, but like all other shareholders, is only able to sell about 58% of what he sought because too many sellers tried to rid of their shares. That means he’ll part with about 29...
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Full transcript: The Too Embarrassed to Ask team counts down the Top 10 stories of 2017

This week on Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode count down the 10 most important tech stories of 2017. Hint: No. 1 rhymes with “goober.” You can read some of the highlights from the discussion here or listen to it in the audio player above. Below, we’ve posted a lightly edited complete transcript of their conversation. If you like this, be sure to subscribe to Too Embarrassed to Ask on Apple Podcasts ...
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Full transcript: Grindr editors Zach Stafford and Trish Bendix on Recode Decode

On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Kara and The Verge’s Casey Newton talk with Zach Stafford and Trish Bendix, the editor in chief and managing editor of Into — a queer lifestyle magazine published by the dating app Grindr. Stafford says Into has been able to tap into Grindr's killer feature, knowing the location of its users, to push out regionally-specific stories to the people who will be most affected by them. You...
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Full transcript: Former Attorney General Eric Holder and Uber General Counsel Tony West on Recode Decode

On this special edition of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Tony West and Eric Holder joined Kara onstage at the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign event in San Francisco to talk about the current spate of sexual harassment allegations and the subsequent fallout, plus the ongoing legal challenges that still exist for Uber. West is Uber’s new general counsel, and Holder is the attorney general who investigated Uber’s company dysfunction....
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The SoFi CEO who was ousted amid sexual harassment allegations is already back with a new startup

Just three months after Mike Cagney’s board ousted him amid allegations of sexual harassment, the founder of SoFi is already plotting his comeback. Cagney has been approaching investors in recent weeks about a new fintech startup with a plan to raise about $25 million, according to multiple people familiar with his outreach. He has pitched investors such as Peter Thiel along with several others who were backers of SoFi, a company that Cagne...
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Snapchat’s new year-in-review feature is a reminder of how much the app has evolved

Snapchat’s new year-in-review feature is a reminder of how much the app has evolved - Recode more-arrownoyes Theo Wargo / Getty Snapchat is doing something new this year: It’s compiling users’ old videos and photos into an end-of-year highlight video , giving users a chance to look back on some of the snaps they sent during the year. There are a few nuances here. Snap will only use photos and videos you saved inside Memories , Snapchat’s ar...
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Full transcript: Spark Capital partner Megan Quinn on Recode Decode

On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Spark Capital General Partner Megan Quinn talks about the evolving balance between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. You can read some of the highlights here , or listen to the entire interview in the audio player below. We’ve also provided a lightly edited complete transcript of their conversation. If you like this, be sure to subscribe to Recode Decode on Apple Podcasts , Spot...
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Dockless bike-sharing startup LimeBike is working on creating virtual parking spots

For consumers, the benefits of dockless bike-sharing are obvious : You can take a bike and park it anywhere. For cities, it’s a little more complicated. Left unmanaged, bikes can stack up and create more congested pedestrian walkways. It’s a big part of why many cities across the U.S. are taking a measured approach to allowing these new dockless companies to enter their markets. That’s why one company, LimeBike, is beginning to explore deve...
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Elon Musk’s final SpaceX launch of 2017 put on an amazing holiday light show

Elon Musk’s final SpaceX launch of 2017 put on an amazing holiday light show - Recode more-arrownoyes thekevingreene via Instagram People used to pay attention when Elon Musk sent one of his rockets into space. Now it’s totally routine — up until Friday night, his SpaceX had flown 17 missions in 2017 , and chances are you weren’t aware of any of them. SpaceX’s 18th launch of the year was different. Last night, some combination of the Falcon...
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Recode Daily: Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet chairman after driving Google from grad-student research project to global tech conglomerate

Eric Schmidt is stepping down as executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet. Schmidt, who was Google’s CEO for a decade before taking over the chairman role and helping oversee Google’s transition into Alphabet, will remain on the company’s board, but in a “technical advisor” role focused on science and tech projects. Alphabet says it expects to appoint a "non-executive chairman.” [ Kurt Wagner / Recode ] Facebook has taken its fi...
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Walmart is developing a personal-shopper service for rich moms — and a store with no cashiers

When Walmart paid $3 billion for Jet.com and its founder Marc Lore, the promise was that the entrepreneur would help the retailer appeal to new types of customers. Here’s the next step in that evolution. A new Walmart subsidiary, called Code Eight, has recently started testing a personal shopping service for “busy NYC moms,” according to multiple sources, with the goal of letting them get product recommendations and make purchases simply th...
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Meeting with potential funders shouldn't be an opportunity for sexual harassment

This is a contributed article from Tanya Loh, who is an independent consultant in the tech industry. We’ve had a tough year of sexism, discrimination and abusive behavior by men in power. Tech, media, entertainment, politics, music — it seems no industry is safe. Rarely a day goes by without a harassment claim or a takedown of yet another male mogul filling up my newsfeed. I’ve worked in Hollywood and in Silicon Valley — with a bout of busi...
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Twitter’s new rules could result in a major purge of alt-right accounts

Twitter will begin enforcing new rules tomorrow that will suspend accounts affiliated with hate groups “on and off the platform” — a policy that could lead to a crack down on some alt-right users. Initially announced in November , Twitter will also start penalizing accounts that include “hateful imagery and display names,” presumably including Nazi insignia, or those who “use [a] username, display name, or profile bio to engage in abusive b...
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Here’s the letter alleging Uber spied on individuals for competitive intelligence

A 37-page letter that details allegations of unethical competitive surveillance practices at Uber has just been made public as part of Alphabet’s ongoing trade secret litigation against Uber. The letter, written by the attorney of a former Uber security employee Richard Jacobs, was sent to the company’s general counsel Angela Padilla after he left the company. In it, Jacobs claimed Uber’s security team advised staffers to use ephemeral mess...
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Shervin Pishevar is officially leaving Sherpa Capital

Shervin Pishevar is officially resigning from his post at venture firm Sherpa Capital to focus on battling sexual harassment accusations. Pishevar, who co-founded Sherpa Capital along with Scott Stanford, announced he would take a temporary leave of absence both from Sherpa and Hyperloop One on Dec. 5 after initial accusations of sexual misconduct by multiple women surfaced. Two days later, another female entrepreneur came forward with clai...
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Building a restaurant business on the shoulders of the delivery industry is a recipe for failure

Americans will spend $260 billion on takeout this year — and most savvy restaurant owners understand that, as so many consumers place orders via mobile, offering digital ordering is a must for a successful run. That’s why giants like Grubhub, Seamless and UberEats have popped up, promising to work with restaurants to deliver their food to hungry paying customers. But the thorn in the side of this burgeoning market is the business model — be...
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Apple has bought Shazam, the music recognition app

That Apple-Shazam deal we told you about Friday? It’s official now. Apple says so. Here is the standard language Apple uses to acknowledge that yes, it has bought a company: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” Note this language doesn’t even include the name of the company Apple is sort of acknowledging that it has bought. But for whatever reason, Apple is gettin...
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Full transcript: European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Recode Decode

On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, the show goes to Lisbon, Portugal, for a live taping with European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. The two discuss Vestager’s stand on American companies in Europe — especially Google and Facebook — and how U.S. and European regulations differ. You can read some of the highlights here , or listen to the entire interview in the audio player below. We’ve also provide...
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Recode Daily: How the Chinese and Philippine governments are weaponizing social media against their citizens

Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte used Facebook — used by 97 percent of Filipino internet users — to spread his message before weaponizing it to target dissent. Since his election in May 2016, Duterte has created an often-vicious army of Facebook personalities and bloggers worldwide, who are methodically taking down opponents, including a prominent senator and human-rights activist. [ Lauren Etter / Bloomberg ] Chinese authorities are moni...
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Full transcript: The Verge transportation editor Tamara Warren talks Tesla on Too Embarrassed to Ask

On this episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Tamara Warren joins Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Lauren Goode to answer questions about Tesla. As the Verge’s transportation editor, Warren covered Elon Musk’s unveiling of Tesla’s latest project, the Semi truck, as well as the sexy new Roadster. The three answer listener questions about Tesla’s ambitions and whether it can live up to its promises. You can read some of the highlights from ...
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Under fire for alleged sexual harassment, Shervin Pishevar temporarily leaves Hyperloop One and his venture capital firm

Prominent tech investor Shervin Pishevar will temporarily leave his venture capital firm and his transportation company as he battles accusations of sexual harassment. Pishevar, one of Silicon Valley’s most battle-scarred investors, said Tuesday that he would take an “immediate leave of absence” from both Sherpa Capital and Hyperloop One, the company built on well-known entrepreneur Elon Musk’s vision for fast and efficient freight and pass...
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‘Saturday Night Live’ sexual harassment song showcases women’s daily nightmare

In a new skit, “Saturday Night Live” takes on the recent confluence of sexual harassment claims across the media, tech and movie industries that have often resulted in the termination of many alleged perpetrators. In “Welcome to Hell,” the women of SNL attempt to debunk the preconception that this is a novel issue that women face. “And it’s like, dang, is this the world now? But here’s a little secret that every girl knows — oh this been th...
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