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Tesla's new super car will cost at least $200,000

Vroom vroom! Tesla unveiled its new electric semi-truck late Thursday, which is pretty cool if you care about the future of trucking, but less cool since there’s a good chance you’ll never actually drive one. But in a surprise twist at the end of the event, Tesla did its best Apple impression and unveiled one more thing. That thing: A revamped, electric Tesla Roadster with four seats and the ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 1.9 second...
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Full transcript: Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on Recode Decode

On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, talks about how the century-old nonprofit is evolving to fight antisemitism and other forms of extremism in the digital age. 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,...
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Evan Spiegel has made great products at Snapchat. Growing them has been harder.

Snapchat suddenly has a product problem. CEO Evan Spiegel announced last week that Snapchat is getting a redesign because it’s “difficult to understand or hard to use.” His decision to rebuild the app just nine months into Snap’s life as a public company has led some to question whether or not Spiegel is truly the product savant he’s been made out to be. When I profiled Spiegel last spring , those close to him likened him to a Picasso — an ...
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Philo streams pay TV — without sports or broadcast channels — for $16 a month

Do you like paying to watch cable TV over the internet? Do you hate watching sports? Then this might be an option for you: Meet Philo , the newest and long-promised “over the top” web TV service. Philo shows programming from some three dozen cable TV networks — none of which offer sports — and delivers them to your phone, laptop or connected TV. The fact that none of the programmers contributing channels, along with $25 million in new ventu...
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Uber’s “Peace Deal” is ready for signing, allowing SoftBank tender offer to proceed

A “Peace Deal” to settle an ugly boardroom war at Uber is expected to be signed today or tomorrow. If all goes well — and this is a big if still since, well, Uber — it should clear the way for a multi-billion-dollar tender offer by SoftBank and other investors that would allow employees to sell up to half their stock in the car-hailing giant. Bloomberg first reported on the wide-ranging agreement that was struck this weekend to bring to an ...
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Trump said he “didn’t make that decision” to potentially force AT&T and Time Warner to sell CNN

President Donald Trump appeared to stress on Saturday that he had not intervened in AT&T’s bid to buy Time Warner — or sought to require that the companies sell CNN in order to obtain the U.S. government’s approval of the deal. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump said he “didn’t make that decision – it was made by a man who’s a very respected person, a very, very respected person.” The “decision” appears to refer to reports th...
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Amazon faces fines following the death of a second warehouse worker in as many months

Amazon could face $28,000 in potential fines after an inspection by the state of Indiana found potential workplace safety violations at a warehouse where a 59-year-old worker was killed in late September. The Associated Press reported that the victim, Phillip Terry of Indianapolis, “was fatally crushed when a forklift's lift fell on him while he was doing maintenance work on it.” Terry was killed on Sept. 24, at an Amazon facility in the In...
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It’s not just a Trump problem — we all have to take responsibility for Twitter

Millions of Americans would rejoice if Donald J. Trump announced that he was shutting down his Twitter account tomorrow to focus on other aspects of his presidency. Yet news that a Twitter employee had the power to singlehandedly shut down the handle of the president should not fill us with joy. Quite the opposite. The ability to silence the president, even for 11 minutes , is a matter of national concern and should be addressed immediately...
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Lyft COO Rex Tibbens is stepping down after more than two years

Lyft’s chief operating officer Rex Tibbens will be stepping down from his role by the end of the year, CEO Logan Green told staffers in an email on Monday. Tibbens had been at the now-$11 billion company for more than two years. Before joining Lyft, he was at Amazon, where he worked on parts of the company’s Prime Now service, as well as its Global Kindle Services. Axios first reported his departure. Tibbens’s departure comes as Lyft is see...
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Yuri Milner's big investments in Twitter and Facebook have now been tied to the Russian government

Facebook and Twitter received major investments from a firm with ties to Kremlin-owned corporations, a new trove of confidential documents revealed . That cache of confidential documents called the Paradise Papers was obtained by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. The documents were reviewed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and a series of news outlets. The documents reveal for the first time that Kremlin-owne...
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After the fall of DNAinfo, it’s time to stop hoping local news will scale

Now that Joe Ricketts has shut down DNAinfo — the neighborhood news operation he had launched and owned for eight years — the site’s readers are shocked . Media folks are wondering: Is there any way that a digital news org in 2017 can pay for the “unparalleled skill” that DNAinfo brought to its coverage of New York and Chicago? It’s a question I’ve spent a few months thinking about: I was editor in chief at DNAinfo for two years, up until R...
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iPhone X order status: Apple is predicting a record holiday quarter and Wall Street is loving it

Apple’s most important number in its fourth-quarter financial results, just published : Its forecast for the current fiscal first quarter, which is both the launch period for the new iPhone X and the busy holiday shopping season. And Apple says to expect record sales, between $84 billion and $87 billion, representing roughly 9 percent year-over-year growth at the midpoint. That’s in line with what Wall Street was expecting, and suggests App...
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Live updates: Facebook, Google and Twitter testified before Congress again

Take two. Facebook, Google and Twitter executives are back in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to take questions from Congress on how Russian sources used their respective platforms to try and influence last year’s presidential election. All three companies answered questions from another congressional committee on Tuesday — a Senate Judiciary subcommittee focused on crime and terrorism. The key takeaways : These tech companies, Facebook in p...
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Why did Apple let a few YouTubers scoop the first iPhone X reviews?

Apple’s iPhone X — its most anticipated new phone in a very long time — goes on sale this Friday, Nov. 3. So sometime this week, as usual, you’ll be able to read and watch a bunch of serious-sounding reviews, as Professional Gadget Reviewers critique everything from bezels to battery life. But Apple did something different this year. It invited a handful of YouTubers you probably haven’t heard of to its fancy penthouse in New York, gave the...
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Full transcript: ‘Full Frontal’ host Samantha Bee and Turner exec Kevin Reilly onstage on Recode Media

On a special episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, the podcast team took to the stage with Samantha Bee and the Turner executive responsible for her show, “Full Frontal,” on TBS. They discussed Bee’s plans for more “pro-social” activities and strategies for hiring a diverse writer’s room, then took questions from the audience. You can read some of the highlights from the interview here , or listen to it in the audio player above. Below,...
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Michael Barbaro explains why you love the New York Times’ podcast, ‘The Daily’

For many decades, people read the New York Times because they wanted an authoritative, definitive take of the news that was “fit to print.” But what people want is changing, so the NYT is changing too, as reflected in its hit podcast “The Daily.” “Your relationship with the New York Times was, for the most part, predicated on tablets being handed down to you every morning,” said the host of “The Daily,” Michael Barbaro, on the latest episod...
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YouTube is taking on TV on its home turf, and it’s starting to win

YouTube has been trying to position itself as a TV competitor for years. Now it can say it is making real headway: The video service says viewers are watching 100 million hours of its clips a day on actual television sets. And it says that number has shot up 70 percent in the last year. Those stats come from Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who announced them as part of his prepared remarks during Google parent Alphabet’s earnings call Thursday. F...
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Apple’s new TV shows will be nipple-free

Apple wants to spend $1 billion or more on TV shows, but it still doesn’t really know what it wants to do with those shows. One thing Apple does know, though: It doesn’t want them to feature sex. Or violence. Or any of the mature stuff you can find in hit TV shows like “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad” or “The Walking Dead.” That directive has been made clear to Hollywood talent as they pitch Apple’s new TV team, per Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw ...
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It’s easier to pivot to video if you get computers to do the work

Pivot to video? Easy to say. Harder to do. Enter Wibbitz , which wants to make making videos easy — by getting computers to make videos, or at least help make them. Wibbitz makes software that lets publishers including Reuters, Time Inc. and Hearst churn out as many videos as they’d like, as fast as they’d like. Wibbitz, whose Israeli founders started the company six years ago, says its 400 clients now generate 20,000 clips a month. You can...
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How to quit Facebook (if the time suck, Russian ads or political noise has become too much)

There are many valid reasons you might want to quit Facebook. Maybe you spend too much time there. Maybe you’re tired of its cluttered app. Maybe you’re unnerved by all the Russia stuff . I was an avid Facebook user for more than a decade. But due to a combination of the reasons above, I’ve almost completely quit Facebook over the past three weeks. No surprise, I have been much happier for it. Whatever your reasons, if you want to quit Face...
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Recode Daily: The Stitch Fix IPO is on — here’s who is likely to win big

Stitch Fix filed its long-awaited IPO on Nasdaq, looking to raise $100 million. The 6-year-old personal styling service and online retailer has 2.2 million active customers; it is seeking a valuation of up to $4 billion. Only a few investors held concentrated ownership positions in the company, so just three VC firms are poised to share any big returns from the IPO : Baseline Ventures, Benchmark Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners. [ Ja...
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Here are the big winners from Stitch Fix's IPO

Three venture capital firms are poised to take home a huge payday off of Stitch Fix’s decision to go public , the company’s IPO filing shows. The online retailer disclosed on Thursday that only a few investors held concentrated ownership positions in the company. That’s in part because Stitch Fix, despite seeking a valuation at $2 billion, has raised just under than $50 million in equity since it was founded six years ago. Baseline Ventures...
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‘WTF?’ author Tim O’Reilly says tech and business elites are setting the world up for ‘war and revolution’

O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly says he’s trying to prevent a “disaster.” On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, O’Reilly explained how the title of his new book, “ WTF? What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us ,” can be read in two ways. “‘WTF’ is an expression, either of amazement or dismay,” he said. “And technology can give us both; in fact, it often is. I’m saying, ‘What’s the future? It can be the WTF of am...
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$100 billion is not enough — SoftBank is in talks to raise a second giant tech fund

SoftBank — the Japanese conglomerate that is already upending Silicon Valley finance with its existing $93 billion Vision Fund — is in early planning discussions to raise a second and possibly larger fund, multiple sources tell Recode. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son wants to raise a supplemental technology investing pool that would compliment the massive Vision Fund, according to these sources, which has made bold and sometimes controversial in...
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Alphabet is training law enforcement on how to handle self-driving car crashes

What happens when self-driving cars gets into an accident? Alphabet’s self driving car division Waymo has been testing its fleet of robot cars in four states across the country — Washington, California, Arizona, and Texas — and it has started to work with local law enforcement agencies and first responders to figure out what to do after a collision and create new protocols. That includes what a fully driverless car should do when it hears a...
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Complex is the latest media company to lay off staff amid a pivot to video

Complex Networks laid off much of its product team on Friday as the media company rejiggers its personnel a year after being bought by Verizon and Hearst. Once home to a website and a magazine, the media organization appeals to young male audience. Mark Ecko, the fashion designer, started Complex in 2002, 14 years before it was sold in a deal that reportedly valued it at more than $250 million . The print magazine shuttered at the start of ...
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HuffPost's Lydia Polgreen and Time Inc.'s Rich Battista are coming to Code Media 2018

Quick: How do you turn a giant print publisher into a nimble digital company? Tough, right? Here’s another: How do you transform a web site best known for a single, larger than life personality into a mainstream news site for the Trump age? Not easy, either. But here’s the thing: In a few months, we’re going to talk to the two people whose job depends on answering those questions. Want to hear what they have to say? So do we. That’s why we’...
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People are spending more time in top shopping apps like Amazon’s

People may be downloading fewer apps , but they’re spending more time in the apps they do use — especially when it comes to shopping. In the U.S., time spent on the Top 5 digital-first shopping apps — Amazon, Amazon Shopping, Wish, Etsy and Zulily this year — grew 44 percent in the first half of 2017 compared with the first half of 2016, according to new data from app measurement company App Annie . Amazon Shopping replaced the regular Amaz...
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ESPN’s Jemele Hill has been suspended for tweeting that fans should boycott NFL advertisers

ESPN has suspended journalist and TV personality Jemele Hill for suggesting on Twitter that NFL fans should boycott some of the league’s advertisers. Hill, who got into trouble at ESPN earlier this fall for calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter, was responding Monday to comments made by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who threatened to bench any player who “disrespects” the American flag. You’ll remember that hundreds o...
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Equifax rival TransUnion has hired cybersecurity lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

Credit-reporting agency TransUnion quietly hired a full slate of new cybersecurity-focused lobbyists in the nation’s capital roughly a month after one of its rivals, Equifax, reported a major data breach affecting 145 million Americans. In its filing, TransUnion’s revealed little about its political agenda. It merely disclosed that its new Washington, D.C.-based lobbyists — all of whom have ties to senior Republicans in Congress — would foc...
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