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Happy Independence Day From Re/code: Here Are Some Patriotic GIFs!

Hello, and to all our American readers, happy 4th of July!

To all our British readers — sorry and it probably no sense in reading past this line.

We’re trying to take the day off and spend time with our families and/or favorite alcoholic beverages and meat products. So nobody do anything interesting, …

July 4th

Will You Be Paying for That With Cash or Selfie?

Apple and Google may be trying to convince users to pay for things with their phones and watches — but MasterCard’s more interested in your face.

The credit and debit card company will soon be testing a mobile app that would have users pay for online goods by taking a selfie, according to CNN. The …

Selfies

Is Android the New Windows?

A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.

For most of my career as a PC analyst, I have followed and chronicled the evolution of the PC. My first project when I came to Creative Strategies …

Microsoft Windows

VR and Venice — Coming to a Gondola Near You if the Tourism Industry Has Its Way

It’s long been contended that virtual reality would open new doors for marketing. Find people with VR headsets, the line of thinking goes, and you can make them believe they’re in the ad, rather than just passively observing it.

The hitch: Very few people actually own VR headsets right now. Oculus …

Virtual Reality

Reddit’s Latest Controversy Perfectly Captures Reddit’s Biggest Problem

Startups like Uber have an independent contractor problem. Companies like Facebook have a user privacy problem. Twitter has a growth problem.

And Reddit — no surprise — has a moderator problem. And it’s very loud and noisy one.

The social news service has thousands of loyal, unpaid moderators who …

Woody Harrelson

Uber Wrecked Uber! (Comic)

Comics

Hollywood VR Darling Kite & Lightning Is Moving to Paris

Kite & Lightning, the cinematic virtual reality studio that developed well-liked VR experiences based on NBC’s “The Voice” and Lionsgate’s “The Divergent Series,” is relocating from Hollywood to Paris for nine months to work on a big-idea project.

Just what the big idea is is, for now, unknown — …

Virtual Reality

Yelp No Longer For Sale, Wall Street Displeased

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The co-founder and CEO of Yelp has decided not to put the company up for sale, reversing a move first reported in May. The beleaguered company's stock slid 10 percent on the news.
[Alex Sherman | Bloomberg Business]

After a series of violent protests in France, Uber has suspended it's UberPop …

Wall Street

Americans Stream 135 Billion Songs in First Half of Year

Americans streamed a staggering 135 billion songs and music videos in the first half of 2015, nearly double this time a year ago, according to the latest data from Nielsen.

Growing demand for songs delivered on demand via Internet services such as Spotify, YouTube, Slacker and others helped fuel …

Apple Music

Elon Musk-Backed Group Attempts to Avert Judgment Day With AI Rules

The Terminator is back, and with him, the running quips (usually tongue-halfway-in-cheek) that the machines are getting closer and closer to taking over.

A consortium of artificial intelligence researchers is trying to wrest that narrative away, while laying the foundation for technical and ethical …

Elon Musk

Internet of Things Momentum Is Starting to Build

A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.

Sometimes the signs of change are more obvious than others.

When a spokesperson for the Linux Foundation calls to talk about an open-source …

Internet of Things

In Battle of Streaming Music Services, Simplicity Is the Killer Feature

Now that we can all finally acknowledge that streaming music is a “thing,” I keep wondering why the companies that offer streaming music services are making things more complicated for consumers as they compete for our ears.

That was my first thought when I tried Apple Music earlier this week. My …

Apple Music

Coming Out as Transgender to Two Million Teens — With a Text

More than two million teens have signed up with DoSomething.org to receive text messages suggesting ways to do social good. Once or twice a month, they get a note from someone named “Alysha” with tips like a new way to recycle clothes or how to convince friends not to text and drive.

On Thursday, …

LGBT

Zirx and Luxe Are Also Considering Reclassifying Workers as Employees

Shyp and Instacart might not be the only startups that could end up reclassifying their workers as employees rather than contractors.

Luxe and Zirx, two on-demand valet parking apps, are considering doing the same. The companies are researching the benefits and drawbacks of hiring their drivers as …

Silicon Valley

Apple Music’s Beats 1 Is Like Radio Before It Sucked

Zane Lowe’s debut on Apple’s Beats 1 radio reminded me of what has been missing from my iTunes music collection: Personality.

The former BBC Radio 1 DJ played to my anticipation, spending a long radio minute talking about how he selected the first song to be played on Beats 1 — a release from the …

Apple Music

Hulk Hogan Sex Trial Postponed

Hulk Hogan’s $100 million invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media has been postponed. The original date for the trial was Jul. 6, but it appears Gawker won an appeal on technical grounds, requiring more time for the defense, according to a source. A new date hasn’t been set.

Hulk Hogan

Still Fighting AT&T and Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile CEOs Fight Each Other on Twitter

At times, the heads of Sprint and T-Mobile are united by their competition against two larger rivals with way more market share and resources.

Then sometimes, Marcelo Claure and John Legere really just get on each other’s nerves.

“I am so tired of your Uncarrier bullshit when you are worse than the …

T-Mobile

Intel President Renée James Stepping Down

Renée James, the second most senior executive at chip giant Intel is stepping down to look for a CEO job elsewhere, the company said.

James will stay on during a transition period until January, the company said. She was named president in May of 2013 alongside CEO Brian Krzanich after the pair made …

How Facebook Plans to Take On YouTube

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Facebook announced that it's going to share 55 percent of video ad revenue with content creators, a direct attack on digital video king YouTube. What is Facebook up to exactly? Tinkering with the ads themselves, pushing for greater revenue from bigger audiences and partnering with big-name …

YouTube

How Facebook’s New Video Business Stacks Up Against YouTube

Facebook is stepping on YouTube’s turf.

On Wednesday the social network announced it’ll start sharing ad revenue with some of its most popular video creators. YouTube has used a revenue split to entice content creators for years, and Facebook even set the same terms — 55 percent of ad revenue to …

YouTube

Xiaomi’s First Half Sales Put it Only a Third of the Way Toward 100 Million Phone Goal

Xiaomi said late Wednesday that it sold 34.7 million smartphones in the first half of the year, a lofty number but one that could make it tough for the company to reach its goal of selling 100 million smartphones this year.

A Xiaomi representative was not immediately available for comment on whether …

Tencent

Mark Zuckerberg’s Tip for Keeping Your Job at Twitter: Control Your Company

Even though yesterday was his last day on the job, outgoing Twitter CEO Dick Costolo may have an ally in Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

Well-known tech pundit Om Malik posed a question to Zuckerberg on Facebook Wednesday, asking how he thinks founder-CEOs are judged differently from non-founder CEOs. …

Mark Zuckerberg

Hewlett-Packard Formally Files Plan to Split Up

It’s official. Hewlett-Packard laid out its most detailed plan yet on how the $110 billion company will split into two companies, each with about $55 billion in annual revenue, and reiterated that it remains on track to complete the separation on Nov. 1.

HP’s Whitman Looks Ahead to Post-Split Future

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Hewlett-Packard

The Many Moods of Apple Music (Comic)

Apple Music

Hulk Hogan Trial Judge Says Press Can Stay in Court, But Still Can’t See the Sex Tape (But They’ll Hear It)

What’s a sex tape with no images? The press will find out.

A Florida judge ruled the press should be allowed to stay in the courtroom during Hulk Hogan’s entire trial in his $100 million invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media.

A coalition of media organizations, including First Look, CNN, …

Hulk Hogan

Amazon Echo and the Voice UI

A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.

I hear the phrase “voice is the new UI” often during meetings around Silicon Valley. This is nothing new. I’ve been involved in many industry …

Amazon

‘Steve Jobs’ New Movie Trailer Depicts the Nasty Side of Apple’s Original Genius

Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for the forthcoming biopic “Steve Jobs,” and we’re not expecting applause from Cupertino.

The nearly 3-minute extended promotional reel depicts Jobs as a demanding megalomaniac who steals the glory from his Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak; amasses …

Steve Jobs

Magic Leap Picks Up Former Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff

Rio Caraeff, who co-founded the online music video service Vevo, is joining buzzy “cinematic reality” startup Magic Leap as its chief content officer.

Caraeff left Vevo last year after nearly six years as CEO.

Chief content officer is a new role at Magic Leap, and in it, Caraeff “will be responsible …

Record Labels

YouTube Beware: Facebook Will Start Sharing Ad Revenue With Video Creators

YouTube finally has some serious competition.

Facebook is offering video creators like the NBA, Fox Sports and Funny or Die a revenue split from ads sold alongside their videos beginning this fall. It’s the first time Facebook has done any kind of revenue share around video, and the pitch to content …

YouTube

The ‘Empire’ Crew Dishes on Social Media and the Changing TV Biz (Full Video)

It’s no secret that the business of TV is evolving rapidly.

Streaming services, Twitter and shifting social norms are all pushing people to think differently. For the team behind “Empire,” this year’s breakout Fox hit about a drama-ridden family in the music industry, embracing the unorthodox has …

TV