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Full transcript: Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes on Recode Decode

On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook and former owner of The New Republic, talks about his new book, “Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn.” In it, Hughes argues that working people should receive a guaranteed income, paid for by the top 1 percent of earners in the U.S. You can read a write-up of the interview here or listen to the whole thing in the audio player abov...
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Twitter stock is up on a bunch of news we already knew about

Twitter stock had a great day: Shares were up more than 7 percent on Wednesday, and the stock is higher than it’s been in more than two years. Why is Twitter having a great day? It’s not entirely clear, though Twitter generated some headlines. In fact, there were three separate stories about Twitter products published in the last 24 hours, which is a lot for a company that isn’t known for launching new products with that kind of cadence. Tu...
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Recode Daily: Trump stops the Broadcom-Qualcomm deal

President Trump killed Broadcom’s proposed hostile takeover of rival chipmaker Qualcomm yesterday, citing national security concerns. Both companies were ordered to immediately abandon the proposed deal; Trump’s order also prohibits Singapore-based Broadcom’s proposed candidates for Qualcomm’s board from standing for election. Broadcom says it “strongly disagrees that its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm raises any national security concern...
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Watch Kara Swisher’s full SXSW interview with former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett

We’re live from SXSW! Join us all weekend at The Belmont for live interviews . Can’t make it? You can still tune in live. This Sunday, March 11, at 5 pm CT / 6 pm ET, Kara Swisher will be interviewing attorney, businesswoman and civic leader Valerie Jarrett. She’s also the former senior adviser to President Barack Obama. Swisher and Jarrett will discuss diversity and inclusion in the tech industry, how to lead in the #MeToo era and what tec...
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Alphabet’s Waymo is entering the self-driving trucks race with its first test in Atlanta

Alphabet’s self-driving arm is expanding beyond passenger vehicles into autonomous freight trucks. The company, called Waymo, is testing its driverless trucks in Atlanta, Ga., by shipping cargo for its sister company, Google. But Waymo — a pioneer of the self-driving industry — is entering a space already crowded by competitors, including Uber, with the same challenges facing the passenger vehicle space: How does it plan to commercialize th...
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How to watch Kara Swisher interview chef José Andrés live at SXSW

Recode is live all week from SXSW! And here’s one interview you don’t want to miss. Join us on Sunday, March 11, at 2:15 pm / 3:15 pm ET, for a livestream of Kara Swisher’s interview with Michelin-starred chef José Andrés. They’ll discuss his humanitarian venture, World Central Kitchen, and the roles that social media and food can play in post-disaster community building. Original link
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Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is taking the tech backlash seriously — and it’s doing something about it

Facebook is increasingly under scrutiny from politicians, regular users and everyone in between — one of several tech companies facing a “techlash” for its perceived role in today’s economic and political disruptions. On the latest episode of Recode Decode, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said the company understands the “legitimate” fears people have about Facebook and is “serious about the issues facing our country.” Speaking with Recode’s K...
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Reddit says Russian propaganda was shared by ‘thousands’ ahead of the 2016 election

It’s widely known that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were used by Russian sources during the 2016 U.S. presidential election to try and sway public opinion. Now we know for certain that Reddit was also part of Russia’s disinformation strategy. Reddit CEO Steve Huffman posted Monday that the company is in the middle of an “ongoing investigation” into how Russian sources may have used the platform in the run-up to the 2016 election and that R...
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Index has hired CapitalG VC Sarah Cannon

Index Ventures has hired Sarah Cannon, who has been a principal at Alphabet’s growth equity fund CapitalG. She is the venture firm’s first woman partner in the U.S. and will start in mid-May. In an interview, Cannon said that she would aim at a wider range of investments in areas from consumer to cloud to enterprise after having focused on largely late-stage investments. Along with cloud productivity tech, she also said she was interested i...
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Facebook is not getting any bigger in the United States

It’s starting to feel official: Facebook’s U.S. audience is as big as it’s going to get. Facebook is massive in this country. More than two-thirds of Americans, specifically 68 percent, use the service, according to new research from Pew Research Center. The troubling news: If you’re a Facebook investor, that number hasn’t increased over the past two years. Roughly 68 percent of U.S. adults used Facebook in 2016, too. This shouldn’t come as...
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