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Uber’s CEO promises an ‘urgent investigation’ into a former employee’s sexual harassment claims

Travis Kalanick states the obvious: That sexual harassment is a fireable offense.<p>A former Uber employee on Sunday wrote a blog post claiming that she was sexually harassed during her time working for the company, and that Uber’s human resources department pretty much ignored her complaints.<p>Now Uber …

Uber

These University of Washington professors are teaching a course on bullshit

Watch out, Big Data.<p>Normally it would be considered rude to call a class “bullshit,” but here’s one time you can get away with it.<p>Two University of Washington professors are teaching a course to help students “think critically about the data and models that constitute evidence in the social and …

University of Washington

People love GIFs — but turning GIFs into ad dollars is taking some time

Tenor wants to become the Google Search for emotions.<p>About 15 months ago, Tenor was trying to get its GIF search engine onto as many phones as possible. So it did the logical thing — it partnered with businesses that were already on a lot of phones.<p>The startup, which offers a universal GIF keyboard …

GIF Animations

An Intel drone got the assist for a vicious dunk at the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest

Orlando’s Aaron Gordon used a drone to pass him the ball, and it worked out okay.<p>And the assist goes to ... Intel?<p>A remote-controlled drone made an appearance at the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday when it assisted on a dunk by the Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon.<p>The drone, which was “powered by …

NBA

One of Snap’s top ad execs is leaving right before the IPO

Sriram Krishnan, who joined a year ago from Facebook, was in charge of ad tech<p>Sriram Krishnan, one of Snap’s top ad executives, has left the company less than a month before Snap’s expected IPO.<p>Krishnan joined Snap from Facebook a year ago to help the company build out its ad tech offerings, …

Snapchat

Apple released the first trailer for its new ‘Carpool Karaoke’ show this week

It’s pretty much exactly what you would have expected.<p>“Carpool Karaoke” is coming to Apple Music — and it looks like the same “Carpool Karaoke” we all know and love from CBS’s “The Late Late Show With James Corden.”<p>Apple struck a deal with CBS to acquire “Carpool Karaoke” last summer, and this week …

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Watch Mister Rogers defend public television to the U.S. Senate in 1969

Trump is the latest president to consider de-funding it.<p>Donald Trump is reportedly considering eliminating the U.S. Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of his budget.<p>This is hardly the first time that the future of public television has been at risk. Indeed, in 1969 — shortly after its …

Government

We read that Elon Musk tunnel-boring story so you don’t have to

How Elon wants to beat flying cars.<p>Elon Musk is actually digging a tunnel. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO thinks the future of transportation is not in the sky with flying cars, but deep underground, according to a recent Bloomberg Businessweek cover story by Max Chafkin.<p>Flying cars will create noise and …

Elon Musk

Bill Gates says robots that steal human jobs should pay taxes

Someone, or something, has to make up the difference.<p>If robots are going to take over human jobs, that means fewer people will be working, which in turn means fewer people will be paying taxes.<p>And that’s a problem, since taxes fund things that are important, like schools and roads and fire …

Robots

HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ just released its first season four teaser trailer

The show returns April 23.<p>The goons from Pied Piper are back.<p>HBO’s “Silicon Valley” is returning for a fourth season on April 23, and the studio just released its first teaser trailer on YouTube. The trailer focuses on Pied Piper CEO Richard Hendricks, who appears to be going through some kind of …

Full transcript: Veteran tech reporter John Markoff on Recode Decode

The recently retired New York Times journalist talks about covering Silicon Valley at the start of the personal computer revolution.<p>On this episode of <b>Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher</b>, John Markoff, the longtime New York Times tech reporter, talks about the culture and personalities of Silicon …

Snap created a “How to Use Snapchat” video for Wall Street

Maybe it will help you, too<p>There are 158 million people who use Snapchat every day. But there are also many people who don’t use Snapchat, because they can’t figure out how the darn thing works.<p>Up until now, that virtual velvet rope been just fine with Evan Spiegel and the rest of the folks at …

Snapchat

Recode Daily: Mark Zuckerberg wants his social network to be a social force

An ambitious mission to make the world a better place.<p>I<b>n a 6,000-word</b> <b>mission statement</b> <b>,</b> Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out an idealistic vision of an interconnected global community and Facebook's role in promoting civility and civic engagement and fighting fake news and terrorism. — [ Kara …

Is ‘unlimited' phone data a ripoff?

The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern says it’s not really “unlimited.”<p>If your wireless carrier’s data plan confuses you, blame T-Mobile.<p>“T-Mobile basically said, ‘Screw two-year contracts. We want people to be able to pay for their phones separately from the data and cell service that they get,” …

Silicon Valley

Mark Zuckerberg wrote a manifesto to help save the world

The tech leader wants the social network to help fix everything from polarization to terrorist attacks to how we live together.<p>Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has connected friends and families across the globe — now he wants to connect, well, <i>everything</i> in a bid to make the world a …

Facebook

Read Mark Zuckerberg’s full 6,000-word letter on Facebook’s global ambitions

Grab a cup of coffee and take a seat.<p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks Facebook can help save the world, and he wrote 6,000 words on Thursday explaining how. His letter, which we’ve dubbed The Mark Manifesto, offers a glimpse into Zuckerberg’s global aspirations. Here it is in full.<p>Building …

Facebook

I talked to Mark Zuckerberg about his world-saving manifesto

"The question is do we come together more or reverse course and separate."<p>It was pretty clear once I got on the phone last night with Mark Zuckerberg that he has become of late very, how shall we put it, <i>woke</i>.<p>“No one single event triggered this,” said the Facebook CEO and co-founder in an interview, …

Facebook

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg wrote a 6,000-word manifesto addressing fake news and saving the world

The tech leader wants the social network to fix everything from polarization to terrorist attacks to how we live together.<p>Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has connected friends and families across the globe — now he wants to connect, well, <i>everything</i> in a bid to make the world a better …

Facebook

The Facebook products Mark Zuckerberg thinks could help save the world

The Zuckerberg manifesto, explained.<p>Mark Zuckerberg posted nearly 6,000 words today outlining his vision for Facebook’s future, which includes a lot of ways he thinks Facebook can help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.<p>The post is much more general than it is specific. Zuckerberg …

Facebook

President Trump asked his supporters (again) to support his campaign against the media

Questions include: “On which issues does the mainstream media do the worst job of representing Republicans?”<p>After a combative press conference during which Donald Trump said, “many of our nation’s reporters and folks will not tell you the truth,” the president sent out an email survey with leading …

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A breakthrough in Alphabet’s balloon-based internet project means it might actually work

The Loon project says these advancements shorten their timeline for deployment.<p>Loon, the balloon project that aims to deliver internet to parts of the world that lack reliable connectivity, announced today that due to advancements in the machine learning software, it can now deploy fewer balloons …

Google

Here are three ways that immigrants make a tech company stronger

Individuals who immigrate often embody qualities that are highly sought after by employers — bravery and adaptability, for starters.<p>Worldwide, the topic of immigration seems to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. From our perspective, immigration has not only had a positive impact on our …

Innovation

Trump’s FCC chief wants it to be easier to listen to free FM radio on your smartphone

But he doesn’t think the government should mandate it.<p>Your smartphone has an FM radio in it, only it’s unlikely that you’re able to use it.<p>That’s because in the U.S., less than half of phones actually have the FM tuner turned on. But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who just recently assumed the top position …

Net Neutrality

Now you can buy things from Costco, Whole Foods and other stores via Google Home

"Okay Google, order paper towels."<p>You can now shop from a Google Home device. (That’s Google’s internet-connected speaker, similar to Amazon’s Echo.)<p>Google announced today that Home users can now order products from Google Express retailers, which include Costco, Whole Foods Market, Walgreens, …

CEO Evan Spiegel will likely be worth more than $4 billion once Snap IPOs

So who else is getting rich?<p>Snapchat co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy are about to become billionaires.<p>Spiegel, 26, and Murphy, 28, were already <i>paper</i> billionaires, but Snap has publicly filed paperwork for an IPO, and an amended S-1 document filed Thursday with the Securities and Exchange …

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Verizon just acquired a drone company

The telecom giant announced last year that it would start providing data plans for drones, too.<p>Verizon announced this morning that it has acquired a drone services company, Skyward, based out of Portland, Oregon.<p>Skyward makes a drone management platform to help industries that use drones to plan …

Drones

Recode Daily: The Yahoo-Verizon deal is happening, but at a slight discount

Yahoo’s data-breach issues will trim up to $350 million from the $4.8 billion price.<p>Y<b>ahoo's series of data breaches</b> didn't torpedo the sale of its core assets to Verizon, but they'll trim the $4.8 billion price tag by up to $350 million. Altaba, the stub company left after the deal, will assume …

Yahoo

The New York Times wants to save itself by becoming like Netflix

Wired contributor Gabriel Snyder says it’s all about one big subscription now.<p>You probably know someone who makes sniping remarks like: Old media is dying! They were too stupid to notice the internet! They’re snobs and stuck in the past!<p>The real story is much more complicated, journalist Gabriel …

Journalism

Alphabet is sending hundreds of staff from its internet access unit to Google

The subsidiary, called Access, also has a new CEO.<p>Alphabet has shifted hundreds of staff from its internet access unit — which is called Access, and includes Google Fiber — over to Google, and hired former broadband executive Gregory McCray to head the unit, the company has confirmed.<p>McCray, …

Google

Full transcript: ‘Hit Makers’ author Derek Thompson on Recode Media

The science of popularity.<p>In his new book “Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in the Age of Distraction,” Derek Thompson takes issue with some common perceptions about how ideas, products and cultural offerings achieve widespread popularity — particularly the concept of virality. Rather than …

Malcolm Gladwell