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Google leads the world in digital and mobile ad revenue

Advertising is the lifeblood of the internet. Ahead of Google’s second-quarter earnings today, here’s a look at the state of the company’s ad revenue and how it has grown over the years. Google parent company Alphabet makes more money from digital ads than any company on the planet — it’s expected to make $73.8 billion dollars in net digital ad sales in 2017 after subtracting for traffic acquisition costs, according to internet research fir...
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White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci to delete tweets the internet already recorded

Just one day into his job as White House, communications director Anthony Scaramucci announced on Twitter that he’d be deleting past tweets. Not only is this a highly counterintuitive move for the person charged with communicating between the Trump administration and the press — not to mention a weird understanding of the term "full transparency" — it’s also patently ineffective. His tweets have already been repeated, recorded, shared and d...
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Full transcript: Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO of Silicon Valley research company PARC, on Recode Decode

On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, PARC CEO Tolga Kurtoglu dropped by the studio to talk about what’s new and what’s next at the storied Silicon Valley research and development company. You can read some of the highlights from the interview at that link, or listen to it 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 R...
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Uber’s new head of leadership says former CEO Travis Kalanick can be redeemed

The new Uber executive tasked with repairing the company’s culture declined to say Wednesday whether ousted CEO Travis Kalanick should remain involved in Uber’s leadership. Frances Frei, Uber’s new vice president of leadership and strategy, said that Kalanick could be redeemed, even after cascading scandals forced him to resign in June. But Frei wouldn’t say whether Kalanick, who still sits on Uber’s board of directors, should stay involved...
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Soccer is the most popular sport on Instagram and it’s not even close

Instagrammers love soccer. That might be because soccer players love Instagram. Or because soccer is a global sport. Or because soccer is played year-round. But whatever the reason, soccer is the most popular sport on Instagram by a wide margin, according to Brandon Gayle, Instagram’s head of sports partnerships. Gayle says that 146 million of Instagram’s 700 million-plus users are “world football fans,” more than three times the number of ...
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Full transcript: Journalist and author Adam Lashinsky, live onstage for Recode Decode

This episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, was recorded live onstage for Inforum at the Commonwealth Club. Kara’s guest, Adam Lashinsky, is the author of “Inside Apple”; his new book is “Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination.” The two discussed Uber’s current round of scandals — sexual harassment allegations, frat culture, etc. — then turned the mic over to the audience for questions. You can read some of the highl...
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Elon Musk just told a group of America's governors that we need to regulate AI before it’s too late

Elon Musk doesn’t scare easily — he wants to send people to Mars and believes that all cars will be driving themselves in the next ten years. He’s excited about it! But there is something that really scares Musk: Artificial Intelligence, and the idea of software and machines taking over their human creators. He’s been warning people about AI for years , and today called it the “biggest risk we face as a civilization” when he spoke at the Na...
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Artificial intelligence can make America’s public sector great again

Senator Maria Cantwell , D-Wash., just drafted forward-looking legislation that aims to establish a select committee of experts to advise agencies across the government on the economic impact of federal artificial intelligence. AI meant for U.S. government use should be defined as a network of complementary technologies built with the ability to autonomously conduct, support or manage public sector activity across disciplines. The move is a...
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Alphabet doesn’t intend to settle its lawsuit against Uber just yet

Uber could settle its legal dispute with Alphabet, its frenemy turned foe that is suing the company for allegedly misappropriating self-driving trade secrets, now that the two companies are engaged in court-mandated settlement talks. Or at least that’s what the ride-hail company’s executives told investors during a call on Tuesday. But as of today, Alphabet still expects to take this case — in which the company alleges former executive Anth...
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Recode Daily: Amazon delivered big price reductions to its competitors’ stocks this month

Best Buy lost $1 billion in value after Recode broke the news that Amazon has stealth-launched a Geek Squad competitor. The internet retailer’s at-home gadget repair and installation service is now live in seven West Coast cities. Here’s a look at how Amazon has wreaked stock-price havoc to other competitors of all kinds in just the past month. [ Jason Del Rey ] The Trump administration has pushed back the start date for an Obama-era immigr...
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A $4 billion clothing company created an exclusive brand for Amazon Prime

In the latest signal that Amazon is being taken seriously as a challenger in apparel to big-box retailers and department stores, the Carter’s company has created a new kids’ clothing brand that it’s selling exclusively to Amazon and its Prime members. In the spring, Amazon quietly introduced Simple Joys by Carter’s , a line of baby and kid clothing sold in multi-piece bundles. Carter’s is one of the largest kids’ clothing companies in the U...
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Here’s how top tech companies will rally to support net neutrality next week

Some of the internet’s biggest brands — from web giants like Amazon and Google to dating apps, porn sites and streaming-video staples — will try to mobilize their users beginning Wednesday in a bid to stop the U.S. government from scrapping its net neutrality rules. The online protest next week is the latest attempt by Silicon Valley and its Democratic allies to thwart the Federal Communications Commission, which under its new Republican ch...
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The FAA is now refunding people who registered their drones

If you registered to fly your drone, but only fly for fun, you can now remove your name from the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone registration database and get your $5 back. The FAA now has a page on its website where hobbyist drone operators can apply for de-registration and a refund. Currently, if drone operators aren’t making money from flying their drone, and just flying for recreation, they don’t have to register with the FAA. I...
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Sephora will carry Tristan Walker’s new haircare line, Form

Form, the new haircare line for women from the Silicon Valley entrepreneur Tristan Walker, has found a retail partner right out of the gate with Sephora. The line of 10 shampoos, conditioners and other products will launch on Sephora.com today and show up in Sephora stores across the country in the fall. Form is the second brand launched by Walker & Company Brands, a health and beauty startup founded by the entrepreneur Tristan Walker i...
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Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman are launching a new group to rethink the Democratic Party

Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman want to hack the Democratic Party. Not literally. Not the likes of what befell the team behind Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, resulting in scores of private emails being published online — and countless news stories that helped seal her defeat. No, Pincus, the co-founder of Zynga, and Hoffman, the brains behind LinkedIn, want to force Democrats to rewire their philosophical core, from their agenda to the way t...
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On Sunday, SpaceX is launching its third rocket in 10 days

Tomorrow evening, Elon Musk’s interplanetary space travel company, SpaceX, will launch a Falcon 9 rocket, its third in a 10-day span. The rocket will be sending a communications satellite, the Intelsat 35e, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida into a geostationary orbit, some 23,000 miles above Earth. SpaceX will not attempt to land the Falcon 9’s rocket booster for reuse after this launch, the company said in a statement. This may be b...
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Drones may soon have to identify themselves electronically while in flight

It can be really hard to tell who is flying a drone, even if the aircraft is flying within a pilot’s line of sight. Just because you can see the drone doesn’t mean you can see the pilot, and when a drone is hundreds of feet in the air, the pilot could be anywhere. The difficulty of identifying who is flying a drone has sparked alarm among law enforcement, which is one reason why the Federal Aviation Administration has opened a new rulemakin...
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No single device will will have as much impact as the iPhone in the next 10 years

A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions , a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry. Today is the tenth anniversary of the iPhone going on sale, so there’s lots of navel-gazing about the impact the iPhone has had on the industry — and pretty much everything . I’d like to think about which products in the market today might have a comparable impact to the iPhone over the n...
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U.S. hospitals have been hit by the global ransomware attack

Major corporations across the world have been hit by a wave of ransomware attacks that encrypt computers and then demand that users pay $300 to a bitcoin address to restore access. While countries across Europe — the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Spain and France, to name a few — were hit hardest by the outbreak, the virus has now spread to the United States. Today, one of the largest drug makers in the U.S., Merck, reported being infected by th...
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How Avis helps Alphabet’s self-driving car efforts

Alphabet’s self-driving subsidiary Waymo is partnering with car rental company Avis to service Waymo’s fleet of self-driving cars in Phoenix, Ariz. The partnership will make it easier for Waymo to grow its current test ridership program . The relationship between the companies provides insight on an emerging ecosystem for self-driving cars. The deal is nonexclusive, according to a Waymo spokesperson. The company didn’t disclose deal terms. ...
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One of the women who accused VC Justin Caldbeck of sexual harassment doesn’t believe his apology

Niniane Wang, one of three women who spoke on the record about investor Justin Caldbeck’s alleged sexual harassment, said she fears people will actually believe his apology. Caldbeck, the founder of investment firm Binary Capital, announced he was taking a leave of absence in response to an article in The Information wherein six women accused him of sexual harassment. But Wang wrote today that she doesn’t buy it, especially since Caldbeck i...
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SpaceX successfully launched and landed its second recycled rocket

Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully landed a used rocket on an unmanned droneship parked in the Atlantic ocean on Friday, marking the second time the serial entrepreneur’s space transportation company has reached this milestone. This rocket, one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 spacecraft, was previously launched in January of this year, when it sent a group of 10 satellites into orbit. That mission was sent from and returned to Vandenberg Air Force Base i...
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Wisconsin is now the third state to allow delivery robots

Today the governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, signed a new law permitting the use of delivery robots on crosswalks and sidewalks across the state. In most places in the U.S., it’s not necessarily legal for a robot to roll around on a sidewalk. But now three states — Wisconsin, Idaho and Virginia — have passed statewide laws permitting the use of robots to deliver items to people’s doorsteps. Virginia was the first state in the country to p...
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These are all the Silicon Valley companies that attended Trump’s tech week

This is “tech week” at the White House, and that means that Silicon Valley’s tech giants — not to mention Recode — are all over Washington, D.C. On Monday, President Donald Trump called for a “sweeping transformation of the federal government’s technology,” and with the help of Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior advisor, he officially kicked off the White House’s new American Technology Council . We’re in town this week, covering the ...
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Twitter is running another TV commercial

Twitter is ready to try another TV commercial. The company unveiled a new TV spot today featuring Chance the Rapper, and says the 60-second commercial will run tonight on ABC against “The Bachelorette.” The commercial includes the tagline #SeeEverySide, and shows the musician asking his Twitter followers for suggestions of songs to play for a concert. Twitter explained the campaign in a blog post . “Twitter lets me see what’s happening from...
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Elon Musk thinks he can make getting to Mars cheaper than going to college

Sending people to live on Mars may sound outlandish, but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is adamant about his plan. And now, we know a little more about how he sees this all coming together. Space technology journal New Space published an article by Musk this week outlining his plans, and Musk tweeted Friday night that changes to the plan are coming. Here’s what the 16-page paper , available for free online from New Space until next month, tells us: G...
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NYU’s Scott Galloway predicted Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition on Recode Decode

You might have been surprised to learn Friday morning that Amazon is buying Whole Foods for nearly $14 billion . One person who was not surprised: Our latest Recode Decode podcast guest Scott Galloway , who predicted this deal in an interview we taped on May 11: “Everyone looks to Amazon for leadership and I’ve been predicting they were going to go into stores for five years,” Galloway said on the podcast. “I can’t even really legitimately ...
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Security at the Warriors’ NBA championship parade tomorrow can detect rogue drones

Tomorrow’s parade celebrating the Golden State Warriors’ championship win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals will include a security system that can detect rogue drones. Up to two million people are expected to join the festivities in Oakland, Calif, where the police department confirmed that it is working with federal and state law enforcement to secure the event. The drone detection system in place at the Warriors’ parade is m...
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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence from the company

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will be taking some time away from the company to grieve his mother, according to a company-wide email he just sent out. “Recent events have brought home for me that people are more important than work, and that I need to take some time off of the day-to-day to grieve my mother, whom I buried on Friday, to reflect, to work on myself, and to focus on building out a world-class leadership team,” he wrote. Kalanick did...
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Podcast: The creators of 2017 Tony Award Best Musical winner ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Curious about “Dear Evan Hansen,” the Broadway musical that just scooped up six Tony Awards, including Best Musical ? Our podcast Recode Decode has you covered. In April, Recode’s Kara Swisher spoke with “Dear Evan Hansen” producer Stacey Mindich and book writer Steven Levenson about making musicals in the age of VR and Instagram. The hit show centers on a socially anxious teenager played by Ben Platt — who also won a Tony — and Mindich and...
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