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Full transcript: The cast and creators of ‘Silicon Valley’ on Recode Decode

Here’s a live interview Recode’s Kara Swisher conducted with Mike Judge, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani and more about season four of the HBO show.<p>On this special bonus episode of <b>Recode Decode</b>, the cast and creators of the HBO hit comedy “Silicon Valley” joined Kara Swisher onstage after the …

TV

One of China’s biggest online retailers is building a delivery drone that can carry 2,000 pounds of cargo

It will likely be used to bring food from farms and agricultural warehouses to cities.<p>JD.com, one of the largest online retailers in China, announced that it plans to develop a drone capable of carrying one ton of cargo for deliveries to and from remote parts of the country.<p>The company will test …

Drones

Twitter has hired a former Bloomberg executive to run its live video business

Todd Swidler is joining to run all of Twitter’s live video partnerships.<p>Twitter has hired a former media executive to run its growing live video business: Todd Swidler, former senior vice president of video and partnerships at Bloomberg. Swidler was most recently running the gaming company ESC …

Anthony Noto

Ford thinks it can solve its problems by putting a longtime furniture executive in charge

Ford replaced Mark Fields with former Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett.<p>Ford, facing challenges from both automotive and tech competitors, has a new boss, one with little experience in the automotive or tech industries.<p>New Ford CEO Jim Hackett has served on Ford’s board since 2013, and he spent the last …

Innovation

Twitter has ‘kicked around’ the idea of offering a premium subscription service

But CEO Jack Dorsey says it’s not something the company is ready to roll out.<p>Twitter has “kicked around” the idea of creating a special premium or subscription membership service, and isn’t taking that business model off the table.<p>That’s according to CEO Jack Dorsey, who spoke to Twitter investors …

Jack Dorsey

The man behind Spotify’s Discover Weekly feature is going to Instagram

Matthew Ogle leaves after two-plus years.<p>The man in charge of one of Spotify’s most distinctive features is heading to Instagram.<p>Matthew Ogle, a product director who worked on the music service’s personalization efforts, says he’s taking a job at Facebook’s photo-sharing service.<p>At Spotify, Ogle …

Instagram

Ford has a new CEO; Trump has a plan to talk to tech leaders

Plus, “the internet is broken,” says Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, and Facebook’s secret content guidelines are revealed.<p><b>Ford has a new CEO.</b> Jim Hackett, who once ran furniture giant Steelcase and had most recently run Ford's self-driving car unit, replaces Mark Fields. Ford shares were down 40 …

Evan Williams

What’s next for bots on Facebook Messenger? Maybe helping companies sell.

The social network’s David Marcus says the latest tools will drive more business.<p>As Facebook’s VP of messaging products, David Marcus says his team’s main purpose is to make Facebook Messenger do things “that you can’t do anywhere else.” Sometimes, though, new ideas don’t click into place right …

Chatbots

Facebook’s Zuckerberg is working on a way to connect you to people you “should” know

Relationships are important to how you make decisions, the famous CEO has learned in his not-running-for-president journey<p>Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO who is <i>totally</i> not a future presidential candidate, shared some of what he learned from his early trips around the country. (ICYMI: The …

Mark Zuckerberg

A more cuddly Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has returned to social media

The embattled leader seems to want to tell a happier story via photos of mom and math socks.<p>For most of 2016, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stopped tweeting. Save for an occasional update of what city he was in, the once vocal entrepreneur — who often used Twitter in the past to respond to consumers, …

Uber

Here are some pretty awful things you can (and cannot) say on Facebook

The Guardian obtained documents that reveal how Facebook polices content posted on the social giant network.<p>Facebook will have an increasingly hard time navigating the ever murky waters of being a major content distributor, if a quick read of the trove of documents published today by the Guardian …

Facebook

Netflix is hiring a new VP of global policy as part of its big expansion in Europe

It’s also losing its longtime, D.C.-based policy chief, Christopher Libertelli.<p>Europe is the next frontier for Netflix: The streaming giant is hiring hundreds of workers and spending billions of dollars on local content as it seeks new viewers across the Atlantic.<p>But such an expansion abroad could …

Net Neutrality

Uber is looking for a new general counsel amid increasingly dicey legal issues

Yoo will now be the company’s chief legal officer.<p>Uber has picked an interesting time to be without a general counsel.<p>The ride-hailing company — which is facing a federal Department of Justice probe, as well as a major lawsuit from Alphabet — has just moved its longtime general counsel, Salle Yoo, …

Uber

Ev Williams says Twitter's role in Trump's rise is ‘a very bad thing’

“I think the internet is broken,” he tells the New York Times.<p>“If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry,” Twitter co-founder Ev Williams tells the New York Times in a profile today.<p>The <i>he</i>, of course, being Donald Trump, who used Twitter flamboyantly …

Evan Williams

The big six tech companies grew by $18 billion in total revenue and $4.5 billion in profit last quarter

<i>FAMANA?</i><p>First-quarter results are in for the big six tech companies: Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Netflix all saw increases in their top and bottom lines compared to the same quarter the year before, according to data from FactSet.<p>Combined, the companies grew by $18 billion in …

Markets

Most people prefer friendly robots — but not in France and Japan

Japanese prefer formal robots, according to a survey.<p>As robots increasingly replace human jobs, thanks to record spending on automation, how should they behave? That preference depends on where you live.<p>LivePerson, a company that works in automated customer service, recently surveyed 5,000 people …

Robots

Facebook is delaying the launch of its original videos until the end of summer

One challenge is figuring out where these shows will live outside of Facebook’s video tab.<p>Facebook’s big push into original video is taking longer than expected.<p>The social network’s plans to release a slate of made-for-Facebook original video shows has been pushed back and may not arrive until the …

Social Media

The White House will meet with tech execs for advice on giving the government a digital upgrade

Government modernization, big data and high-skilled immigration are on the agenda, obtained by Recode.<p>The White House plans to huddle with top executives from Apple, Facebook, Google and other tech giants next month to brainstorm ways that the U.S. government can put more of its “citizen services” …

Silicon Valley

Google Lens is Google’s future

This feature gives you a view into the meaning of AI first.<p>If you want to know where Google is headed, look through Google Lens.<p>The artificially intelligent, augmented reality feature seemed to generate the most interest at Google’s developer conference that wrapped up Friday. Of all announcements, …

Google

Comcast shuffles its digital ad business

Freewheel CEO Doug Knopper, who sold his startup to Comcast two years ago, is leaving<p>Comcast is shuffling its digital advertising business: One exec is leaving, and the cable giant is looking to hire a new one.<p>Doug Knopper, the CEO and co-founder of Freewheel, the digital video ad company Comcast …

Startups

Twitter’s media boss, Ross Hoffman, is leaving the company

Hoffman was at Twitter for almost seven years.<p>Ross Hoffman, Twitter’s VP of global content partnerships who’s been running the company’s media team for the past year, is leaving, according to multiple sources.<p>Hoffman has been at Twitter for almost seven years in various media and brand roles, and …

Startups

Americans no longer have to register non-commercial drones with the FAA

Surprisingly, the drone industry isn’t thrilled.<p>If you buy a new drone in the U.S. to fly non-commercially, you no longer have to register your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a decision issued today by a federal court in Washington, D.C.<p>The court ruled that the FAA’s …

Drones

Target looked at buying the mattress startup Casper for $1 billion but will invest instead

The talks come as Target is trying to court young shoppers with new brands.<p>Target held serious acquisition discussions over the last few months with the mattress startup Casper Sleep, according to multiple sources, but plans to take a minority stake instead.<p>Multiple sources told <b>Recode</b> that Target …

Startups

Recode Daily: Uber for trucks is here, and MLB is coming to Facebook

Plus, Andy Rubin’s Playground has something to show, and Mark Zuckerberg finds out he got into Harvard.<p><b>Uber for trucks is here:</b> Uber launched Uber Freight, an iOS/Android app that matches long-haul truckers with companies that need cargo shipped across the country. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]<p><b>Andy</b> …

Recode

Full transcript: BuzzFeed writer and book author Doree Shafrir on Recode Media

She is also one half of the podcast duo behind “Matt and Doree’s Eggcellent Adventure.”<p>On this episode of <b>Recode Media with Peter Kafka</b>, BuzzFeed’s Doree Shafrir stopped by to promote her first novel, “Startup,” about the tech media scene in New York.<p>You can read some of the highlights from the …

Silicon Valley

Spotify has hired an M&A specialist to help it buy other companies

WPP veteran Sheila Spence joins next week<p>Spotify has hired an executive tasked with helping it buy other companies. The music streaming service is bringing on Sheila Spence, a longtime M&A specialist at ad giant WPP, as its vice president of corporate development.<p>Spence, who will report to Spotify …

Startups

Google parent company Alphabet has made the most AI acquisitions

It’s the new intelligence.<p>At Google’s developer conference this week, the company promoted its “AI first” future with a slew of artificial intelligence developments. These included a “Lens” feature for its voice-enabled Assistant app that identifies what’s in front of your camera and machine …

Artificial Intelligence

Uber is pressuring one of its top executives to comply with Alphabet's lawsuit

As part of a court order, Uber is asking Anthony Levandowski to waive his Fifth Amendment rights.<p>Uber has officially asked Anthony Levandowski — the former head of the company’s self-driving efforts and the executive at the center of the Alphabet lawsuit — to waive his Fifth Amendment rights and …

Uber

Why is Twitter betting big on live video?

Recode’s Senior Media Editor Peter Kafka explains on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.<p>Twitter is making a play to be more like a digital television, announcing new partnerships across sports, entertainment and news at an advertising event earlier this month.<p>(Disclosure: One of those partnerships …

Google Play Music

Andy Rubin’s design lab Playground is finally bringing products to market

Smart pool monitors, drone components, robotic arms and cameras you can talk to.<p>In the past twelve months, Playground Global, the hardware design lab and $300 million venture fund co-founded by Andy Rubin, the inventor of the Android operating system, has started to see a handful of the companies …

Innovation