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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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A global cyberattack on hospitals and other organizations so far hasn’t crippled the U.S., an official says

The Department of Homeland Security has received no confirmed reports from U.S.-based hospitals, power plants, water systems or other entities considered to be critical infrastructure that they’ve been affected by a massive cyberattack that disrupted Britain’s health system and other computers worldwide, an agency official told Recode. By Friday night, as many as 99 countries had been hit by hackers who exploited a known vulnerability in Mi...
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A ‘fake news’ crackdown could follow Macron’s election win in France

Some in Silicon Valley breathed a sigh of relief as French voters overwhelmingly backed Emmanuel Macron as their next president over the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen. Whether that’s short-lived, however, depends on what Macron meant when he pledged to “regulate the internet” this month. In the final days of a blistering campaign, Macron found himself on the defensive against the elusive, conspiring forces of “f...
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Hyperloop One’s chief marketing officer has left to join a robotics startup

Hyperloop One, the company trying to bring Elon Musk’s idea for a tube-based, high-speed transport system to fruition, has lost its chief marketing officer, Kimberly Salzer. Salzer left Hyperloop One in mid-March after spending a year with the company, she told Recode in an interview. The executive has now taken a job at Ozobot as its chief marketing officer. Ozobot is a robotics company that makes small robots that can help teach kids how ...
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Google, which gets most of its money from ads, might build an ad blocker

Google is reportedly working on an ad blocker. Sources tell The Wall Street Journal the company is working on a feature for its Chrome browser on desktop and mobile that would either filter certain types of ads, or filter ads entirely from sites that run what it seems as “bad ads.” Filtering would be based on standards created by an organization called the Coalition for Better Ads , which happens to count Google and Facebook as members. (It...
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PetSmart is acquiring Chewy.com for $3.35 billion in the largest e-commerce acquisition ever

PetSmart has agreed to make the biggest e-commerce acquisition in history, putting a deal in place to snatch up fast-growing pet food and product site Chewy.com for $3.35 billion, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal. The deal is a huge one by any standard — bigger than Walmart’s $3.3 billion deal for Jet.com last year — and especially for a retail company like PetSmart, which was itself valued at only $8.7 billion when priv...
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Watch this university lecture on calling bullshit

Are you frustrated with the volume of unreliable information on the internet? You're in luck. You can now watch two University of Washington professors complain about bullshit and teach students how to identify it. Lectures from a course called “Calling Bullshit” are being uploaded to the internet and the first class session is already available on YouTube . The lecture is broken into five separate segments between about three and 10 minute...
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The apps to use if you want to keep your messages private

How secure are your private messages? At a time when data breaches are at an all-time high , that’s a question worth thinking about. Hackers, particularly state-sponsored hackers, have shown a willingness to go after big, established tech companies like Yahoo and Google . These big platforms often hold users’ personal information — or in some cases, users’ private correspondence — on their servers. But there are ways to protect your private...
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Full transcript: Kim Scott and her book ‘Radical Candor’ live onstage for Recode Decode

On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, “Radical Candor” author, CEO coach and entrepreneur Kim Scott matches Kara candor-for-candor onstage at the Optimizely office in San Francisco. The two talk about management miscues in Silicon Valley, where Scott worked at multiple startups, as well as Google and Apple. Later in the show, they take questions from the audience. You can read some of the highlights from the interview at...
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How to watch Recode’s live SXSW interview with the cast of HBO’s ‘Veep’ today

Recode Executive Editor Kara Swisher will be live from SXSW today at 1 pm ET/ 12 pm CT/ 10 am PT with a special edition of her Recode Decode podcast. Joining her will be special guests David Mandel, Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh from HBO’s “Veep.” If you’re in Austin, you can join us at the Nat Geo Further Base Camp at the Vulcan Gas Company (418 E 6th St). The show is free and open to the public. Not in Austin? Don’t worry. We’ll be livest...
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For the U.S. to stay on top, we can’t just keep funding innovation in Silicon Valley and New York

The digital boom has helped the United States maintain its status — for now — as the world’s political and economic leader. But it has also increasingly created a divide within the U.S. — one of the themes that led to Donald Trump’s election as president. “This issue of people feeling left behind — it’s not just a feeling,” says Steve Case, the internet pioneer who was AOL’s long-time CEO and now runs investment firm Revolution. “They have ...
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eBay is doubling down on its advertising business, just like Amazon

For years, eBay’s advertising business was something of an afterthought compared to its core commerce operation — so much so that eBay had another company selling ads on its behalf. Company executives say that is all changing. eBay is in the process of building up its own internal advertising sales team, cutting ties with the outside sales firm along the way. eBay is also eliminating product ads that link to other websites, and replacing th...
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Live now: Recode’s interview with Mary Lou Jepsen from SXSW

Recode executive editor Kara Swisher and The Verge senior editor Lauren Goode are interviewing Mary Lou Jepsen, one of the most interesting people in tech, live from SXSW today at 12:30 pm CT / 1:30pm ET in a special edition of our Too Embarrassed to Ask podcast. Jepsen, whose jam-packed resume includes One Laptop Per Child — which she co-founded — Facebook and Google, is also the co-founder of Openwater . We’re hosting her live interview o...
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