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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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SoundCloud needs more money, or it may sell at a firesale price

SoundCloud needs more money, or it needs a buyer. Sources say the streaming music service has been trying to raise more than $100 million since last summer, without success. It has also talked to potential acquirers, including Spotify, without closing a deal. The upshot, according to people familiar with the company: SoundCloud is now at a point where it may sell for less than the $700 million investors thought it was worth a few years ago....
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Recode Daily: Amazon’s brick-and-mortar bookstore strategy is a real thing

Amazon is planning to open its tenth brick-and-mortar bookstore, a shopping-center location outside of Seattle. If it wasn’t clear before, it is now: This isn’t just an experiment anymore. Amazon really likes the traction it has seen in the four stores that have opened so far and is committed to becoming a physical retailer at scale — in part because it can use the stores to sell its other devices, including the Echo and Kindle. — [ Jason D...
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Weeping Angel, Brutal Kangaroo and other secret CIA code names from the WikiLeaks surveillance leak

WikiLeaks shared nearly 9,000 pages of leaked documents from the Central Intelligence Agency today. The new cache details covert mass surveillance programs that appear to undermine encryption in iPhones, Android smartphones, Samsung smart TVs and other internet-connected devices. The documents also describe a number of malware attacks used by the CIA to survey users on Windows, Mac OS and Linux operating systems. Similar to the disclosures ...
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Full transcript: Your questions about cloud services, answered on Too Embarrassed to Ask

On this episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Lauren Goode bring on Chris Bourdon, CEO of cloud service Upthere , to help answer reader and listener questions about the cloud. You can read some of the highlights from their discussion at that link, 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...
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Facebook has started to flag fake news stories

That bogus story about Donald Trump your uncle posted on Facebook? It’s still staying on Facebook. But now it’s going to get a warning label. Eventually. Sometimes. Facebook has started pinning a “disputed” tag on fake news, as it promised it would back in December , as part of its “ we’re going to fight fake news but there’s only so much we can do ” campaign. Here’s an example we can see in the wild, spotted by Gizmodo and others yesterday...
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Trump’s possible pick for FTC chair might have to recuse himself in cases involving Google, Facebook or Microsoft

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, considered one of the leading candidates for chairman of the Federal Trade Commission , has over the course of his campaigns received more than $60,000 in contributions from tech companies such as Facebook, Microsoft and Google. That means if President Donald Trump appoints Reyes to the FTC, there’s a chance Reyes would have to recuse himself from cases involving those companies, according to a source close...
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This AI startup wants to help robot assistants ask people the questions

Artificial intelligence startup Ozlo thinks it has a solution for situations where virtual assistants fail in their responses: Getting the bots to ask questions back. Ozlo is launching a trio of software packages for other companies to enhance the virtual assistants they build. They’re aimed at making those assistants more sophisticated, including getting them to ask clarifying questions when they don’t understand a user request. Current vi...
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Full transcript: The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern talks wireless data plans on Too Embarrassed to Ask

On this episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, The Verge’s Lauren Goode and the Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern discuss the finer points of wireless phone plan s. You can read some of the highlights from their discussion at that link, 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 iTunes , Google Pla...
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Uber’s SVP of engineering is out after he did not disclose he left Google in a dispute over a sexual harassment allegation

Amit Singhal has left his job at Uber as its SVP of engineering because he did not disclose to the car-hailing company that he left Google a year earlier after top executives there informed him of an allegation of sexual harassment from an employee that an internal investigation had found “credible.” Singhal was asked to resign by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick this morning. Uber execs found out about the situation after Recode informed them of t...
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A series of U.S. state laws could prevent Uber or Google from operating self-driving cars

A series of bills introduced in at least four U.S. states — Georgia, Maryland, Illinois and Tennessee — would restrict the deployment of autonomous car technology on public roads to automakers — that is, companies that make cars. As written, the bills — modeled after the SAVE Act, Michigan’s pioneering self-driving car regulations — would only allow a network of self-driving cars to operate on public roads if the cars are owned by an automa...
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Alphabet’s Waymo is suing Otto and Uber for allegedly stealing the design of a key self-driving system

Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving car unit, is suing Otto — the self-driving trucking company co-founded by former Waymo employee Anthony Levandowski and quickly acquired by Uber — for allegedly stealing the company’s proprietary design for its laser-based radar system. According to Waymo, before Levandowski left what was then a part of Google’s moonshot labs, he downloaded 14,000 “highly confidential” files to an external hard drive, i...
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Full transcript: The Too Embarrassed to Ask team answers listener questions about Apple’s AirPods

On this episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, The Verge’s Lauren Goode and Recode’s Kara Swisher discuss the finer points of Apple’s wireless headphones, the AirPods . How do they work? Why did Apple delay their release? Do they fall out of your ears? Are they a pain to sync up with other Apple products? In short, is it a must-have purchase? You can read some of the highlights from their discussion at that link, or listen to it in the audio pl...
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Mossberg: TV is changing, but not fast enough

Welcome to Mossberg, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Recode by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, executive editor at The Verge and editor at large of Recode. In August of 2011, Steve Jobs, the tech icon who disrupted a string of traditional industries, called me and told me he thought he’d figured out a way to revolutionize TV. He invited me to come see it at Apple in a few months, but he died just six weeks lat...
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