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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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