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Microsoft’s latest iPhone app is taking on Apple’s camera

Born in the company’s research labs, Microsoft Pix focuses on taking better pictures of people.<p>Don’t look now, but Microsoft is becoming a serious player in the world of iPhone apps.<p>It has already brought over Office and subsumed well-regarded email app Acompli and calendar app Sunrise into a …

iPhone Apps

Apple's business is getting smaller and smaller | Recode Daily: July 27, 2016

Expectations are pretty low.<p>Read Now<p>Apple's business has shrunk for the second consecutive quarter, driven by declines in its iPhone business. But because Apple still plans to do between $45.5 billion and $47.5 billion in sales this quarter powered by a new iPhone release — compared with $51.5 …

Alex Gibney

Cannabis startups and the ghost of Nancy Reagan

The cannabis industry could reach $100 billion by 2029 in the U.S. alone. But the path to expansion isn't without obstacles for entrepreneurs struggling to build companies.<p>Over my career, I've helped build and deploy weapon systems, music videos, mainstream movies, pornography, firearms and sex …

Marijuana

Here are three questions we hope Facebook answers about its livestreaming video push

Earnings would be a great time to answer these, by the way.<p>Facebook reports its Q2 earnings on Wednesday, and some of the big questions around its business — at least the most immediately relevant questions — have to do with video. More specifically, live video, and how the company plans to turn …

Facebook

Twitter is having revenue problems because its ads are too expensive

Twitter’s revenue issue isn’t going away. It’s only getting worse.<p>We told you back in April that Twitter’s growth problem had expanded into an advertiser problem. On Twitter’s Q2 earnings call Tuesday afternoon, it became clear that that advertiser problem isn’t going away any time soon.<p>Twitter …

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Gibney’s newest film, “Zero Days,” tackles the Stuxnet virus that sabotaged Iranian nuclear facilities.<p>On a recent episode of <b>Recode Media with Peter Kafka</b>, documentary director Alex Gibney spoke with Peter about his newest film, "Zero Days."<p>You can read some of the highlights from their discussion …

Alex Gibney

Qualcomm has agreed to pay nearly $20 million to settle sex discrimination claims

The deal, which still needs court approval, requires changes to the company’s policies and procedures.<p>Chipmaker Qualcomm is set to pay more than $19 million to settle claims that the company discriminated against female employees.<p>The proposed settlement, which was reached before a suit was filed, …

Qualcomm

Apple is still shrinking

iPhone, China, Mac — all down again.<p>Here’s a good sense of where Apple is right now: Its only two growing businesses are the iPad — where unit shipments fell year over year but revenue grew — and its Services business — mostly iTunes and the App Store.<p>And expectations are now low enough that a …

iPhone

Twitter still has revenue problems, and its stock is down big

Twitter missed Wall Street’s revenue estimates. Again.<p>Twitter reported Q2 earnings on Tuesday and investors aren’t happy.<p>The key issue is likely Twitter’s Q3 guidance. The company says it is targeting $590 million to $610 million in revenue next quarter. Early analyst estimates pegged that number …

Revenue

James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ series is coming exclusively to Apple Music

It’s more video ammo for the battle against Spotify.<p>As Apple and Spotify continue to jockey for position in the Great Music Streaming War, they’re investing in video content to augment their music offerings in order to attract new subscribers.<p>That’s why Apple Music is working on a video series …

James Corden

Here’s how you can watch former President Clinton’s DNC speech on Tuesday night

But first, you can rewatch Michelle Obama’s excellent Monday night kickoff.<p>Before we get to Tuesday’s Democratic National Convention speakers, let’s just take a moment to talk about what happened on Monday night.<p>Michelle. Obama.<p>The First Lady stole the show at the first night of the DNC Monday, …

U.S. Presidency

In the wake of a fatal crash, Tesla will quit using Mobileye's chips for Autopilot vision

The car company will likely work on its own image recognition technology.<p>Weeks after a fatal Tesla accident involving the company’s semi-autonomous tech sparked probes from federal agencies, Tesla parted ways with Mobileye, the startup that supplies the chips that enable Teslas to recognize images …

Tesla

For only $30,000 you can build Facebook’s new camera to film 360-degree videos

The blueprints are now available online.<p>Facebook needs more video content, especially video content that looks cool in virtual reality. The future success of its VR headset, the Oculus Rift, depends on it. Why would you pay for VR technology if there weren’t a lot of good games or video to enjoy, …

Facebook

Apple is about to reveal its confidence in the next iPhone launch

Investors have “extremely low” expectations.<p>When Apple reports its June quarter results today, it’s expected to post its second straight quarterly revenue decline.<p>Specifically, analysts project Apple will report about $42 billion in revenue — down about 15 percent year over year — on about 40 …

iPhone

Airbnb’s plan to win over the DNC crowd is all about why Airbnb is good for the middle class

Starring Airbnb policy guy Chris Lehane and Uber adviser David Plouffe.<p>Michael Nutter, the former Democratic mayor of Philadelphia, has a 4.8 customer rating on Uber and says he’s a “heavy, heavy” user of sharing economy services.<p>In many ways, this is the perfect representation of how the …

Airbnb

Verizon CEO explains that Yahoo purchase as its quarterly revenue dips

The company’s wireless business remains under pressure from intense competition.<p>Verizon, which has suffered through a weeklong strike and is in the process of buying Yahoo’s core business, reported a mixed set of quarterly financial results on Tuesday.<p>The company reported per-share earnings that …

Yahoo

Making it: The hands-on movement that impacts our economy, education and culture

Learning about technology is not limited to just coding.<p>Sasha Jaffarove started "Making" — the art of do-it-yourself creating, crafting, hacking or tinkering — as a fifth grader. Creatively combining her love of robotics and cave exploration helped her discover that she could effectively learn on …

Education

Google wants to improve artificial intelligence to prevent robot screw-ups

Five ways your future robot might go awry.<p>More and more artificial intelligence will soon enter our lives. And Google would very much like its AI systems to be front and center.<p>That’s why the company is putting resources into making sure AI systems don’t go off the rails.<p>Last month, Google …

Intelligence

What you should expect from today's Apple, Verizon and Twitter earnings reports | Recode Daily: July 26, 2016

More answers about Yahoo, for one thing.<p>Read Now<p>Ahead of Apple's earnings report today, the big news out of Cupertino was that longtime exec Bob Mansfield is returning to the company to oversee its still-top secret electric car project. What analysts are especially curious about today is if Apple …

Verizon

Twitter gets a chance to pitch its new video strategy to Wall Street today

Becoming TV is hard!<p>Twitter has a new business strategy — become TV — and on Tuesday, when the company reports Q2 earnings, it will have a chance to pitch that new business strategy to its most vocal and important critic: Wall Street.<p>For the past month or so, Twitter has been scooping up digital …

Wall Street

Apple's proposal could transform how streaming services pay songwriters and music publishers ... but beware the fine print

It's time for a transparent rate structure.<p>There is plenty of evidence that on-demand streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music are disrupting the way people listen to music. Between them, the two companies have almost 50 million paying subscribers, and are generating annual revenue in …

Apple News

Amazon is conducting new drone-delivery tests in the U.K., and wants the U.S. to know about it

“The U.K. is a leader in enabling drone innovation,” Amazon crowed.<p>Amazon has said it would pioneer package delivery by drone overseas if the U.S. continues to block its methods stateside. Now it’s taking another step down that path.<p>The online retail giant announced Monday evening that it had …

Drones

Creating a vision for the future of industry (video)

Business execs are enamored with emerging tech these days. They're quick to jump on the bandwagon, asking their tech folks what the company is doing about artificial intelligence, virtual reality, blockchain.

Virtual Reality

Six ways drones are revolutionizing agriculture

Applications for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), used commercially since the beginning of the 1980s, have exploded in a variety of industry sectors, thanks in part to robust investment support and loosening regulations.

Agriculture

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“The people of Rio and Brazil have never wavered from their commitment to delivering a successful Olympics.”<p>On a recent episode of <b>Recode Decode</b>, NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel spoke with <b>Recode</b>’sIna Fried about the upcoming Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.<p>You can read some of the …

Snapchat

Business Insider and Gilt founder Kevin Ryan wants to fix health care next

Nomad Health hopes to play matchmaker between doctors and hospitals.<p>Kevin Ryan sold two big companies in media and e-commerce in the last year. Now he’s trying to help build a new one from scratch in a new field for him: Health care.<p>The founder of Business Insider and Gilt Groupe has co-founded …

Startups

Twitter’s new video ad actually explains what Twitter is for

That’s a big improvement over the last one.<p>Twitter unveiled a new video ad Monday morning, and it does something that its previous TV commercial never did: It explains why you might want to use Twitter.<p>Here’s a look at the a new ad, which Twitter is running on its own properties for now and will …

Donald Trump

Sprint's CEO says deals like Verizon's Yahoo purchase never work out

Marcelo Claure says his video strategy is smarter: Offering unlimited data, not buying content.<p>Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said Monday that Verizon’s purchase of Yahoo is just the latest in a long history of deals by telecom firms trying to get into the content business, none of which have panned out.<p>…

Yahoo

AOL’s Tim Armstrong says ‘scale is imperative’ in the Verizon-Yahoo deal

The new majordomo of combined unit says new structure to come<p>Today, in an interview after the deal that everyone knew was coming was finally announced, AOL head Tim Armstrong said that “scale is imperative” in a world dominated by Facebook and Google.<p>“I think this is true across global media that …

AOL

Here comes 5G — but first, a reality check

With last week’s 5G-related announcements, the U.S. is again poised to be a leader in the development and deployment of next-generation wireless technology.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech</i> …

Wireless