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‘Silicon Valley,’ Season 2, Episode 7: ‘Pen Down, Dumbledorf.’

Welcome to the newest installment of our “Silicon Valley” Re/cap, where we connect HBO’s satire to the real world. Or, at least, Silicon Valley.

The last episode of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” ended on such a stinkin’ down note — with Pied Piper realizing that Endframe had fully stolen their algorithm — …

Silicon Valley

Apple’s Jony Ive Promoted to Company’s Chief Design Officer

Apple design guru Jony Ive, whose minimalist sensibilities have influenced a range of products, from the iMac to the Apple Watch, has been named to the newly created position of chief design officer.

In his new role, Ive will focus on current design products, new ideas and future initiatives, the …

Apple Watch

Twitter Has Held Talks to Acquire Flipboard

Twitter has been engaged in an ongoing series of talks to acquire Flipboard, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, in an all-stock deal that would value the company at over $1 billion.

Those discussions, which have been pushed by Twitter CFO Anthony Noto, have been taking …

Personalized News

Backseat Hijacker (Comic)

Comics

Chuck Johnson Says Twitter Has Banned Him for Good (Sort Of)

Well-known Twitter troll Chuck Johnson says the service has told him that his suspended account won’t be restored.

Johnson’s account was suspended Sunday after he tweeted what appeared to be a physical threat to civil rights activist Deray McKesson. Johnson later told Re/code that the tweet was not …

Sort

Capital Gains: More Stripe Funding, Marc Andreessen’s New Board Seat and More

There was a lot of funding news this week, including sports, digital commerce, payments, health, office chat and yet another multibillion dollar-valuation for a startup. Here’s what went down:

The digital payments startup Stripe is in the middle of raising an undisclosed amount of money as part of a …

Marc Andreessen

Twitter Suspends Troll Chuck Johnson — Are Its New Guidelines Actually Working?

Notorious Twitter troll Chuck Johnson was placed in time-out Sunday — at least temporarily — and it looks like the company’s new policy on violent threats was the reason.

Twitter suspended Johnson, who has a long history of Internet trolling, for what appears to be a threat against civil rights …

Policy

Re/code on TV: Code Conference Preview and Apple, Apple, Apple

In case you hadn’t heard, our second Code Conference starts on Tuesday. A list of speakers is here. Re/code co-founder Kara Swisher visited our friends* at CNBC last week to give a quick conference preview, including her upcoming onstage interview with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Kara also …

TV

“Hi, I’m Walt Mossberg …”

Being on TV isn’t as easy as it looks — especially when you’re trying to interview people you’ve known for more than 20 years.

Re/code’s Walt Mossberg got his share of ribbing from AOL co-founder Steve Case and Washington sports team owner (and former AOL executive) Ted Leonsis recently when he …

Walt Mossberg

BlackBerry Laying Off Workers in Handset Unit

BlackBerry confirmed on Saturday that it plans to cut jobs in the unit responsible for its smartphones as it seeks to make that shrinking business profitable.

The company said it has “made the decision to consolidate (the) device software, hardware and applications business, impacting a number of …

BlackBerry

‘Tomorrowland’ (The Movie) And the Future of the Past

About seven full minutes of “Tomorrowland” is worth your while, which is pretty rough for a film with a running time of two hours and 10 minutes.

The good bit was teased in an early trailer for the sci-fi film, which stars George Clooney and opened on Friday: A young woman named Casey Newton (Britt …

Film

“Tomorrowland” (The Book) And the Heartbreak of Prediction

Human beings have such a weird relationship with predictions. At first, people can’t get enough of them; we love to be told what’s going to happen today, next week, next year, in a century. Our ape brains naturally fear the unknown, so predictions soothe and pacify us by convincing us that the …

Tomorrowland

A Field Guide to Apple Watch Neuroses (Comic)

Apple Watch

HopSkipDrive Claims a Ride-Hailing First: Fingerprint Background Checks

HopSkipDrive, a Los Angeles startup you’ve probably never heard of, just made a small piece of ride-hailing history. It says it’s the first such company to do fingerprint background checks of its drivers. At least we know that other big players — Sidecar, Uber, Lyft and Shuddle — do not.

Fingerprint …

Uber

Amazon’s U.K. Contract With Top Book Publisher Penguin Random House Set to Expire

Will Amazon’s contract negotiations with the last of the “Big Five” consumer book publisher be its toughest?

The e-commerce giant’s deal to sell books on its U.K. website published by Penguin Random House, the world’s largest book publisher, is set to expire by the end of the month, according to an …

Amazon

Last (But Not Least) Code Speakers: Twitter’s Costolo and Periscope’s Beykpour

Finally, here are the last speakers to be announced for our second annual Code Conference, which takes place next week.

Because Twitter has been so in the news for a variety of reasons, and because the livestreaming startup called Periscope that it bought this year has too, we thought that CEO Dick

Periscope

Snapchat Is Investing in Shopping App Spring

Another day, another messaging app that wants to explore e-commerce.

Snapchat, the popular messaging app that is also dabbling in media, is investing in the maker of Spring, a shopping app that launched last year, according to two people familiar with the deal. It’s not clear if the investment, …

Snapchat

Early BuzzFeed Employee Eric Harris Leaves

Eric Harris, BuzzFeed’s operations head and one of its first hires, is leaving the company.

Harris joined the publisher in 2008, when it was more of a notion about “viral content” than a company. At the time, he told co-workers via an email today, “we were 6 employees in a small office above a …

Buzzfeed

Microsoft, Salesforce Held Serious Talks, but Split Over Price

We now know who it was who contemplated the massive acquisition of cloud software company Salesforce.com in the last few weeks, and the answer likely won’t surprise you: Microsoft.

CNBC’s David Faber, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported a few minutes ago that Microsoft and Salesforce …

Microsoft

Bill Ford’s Venture Firm Invests in Lyft

Four years ago Bill Ford, heir to the Ford family, stood on stage at TED and said, “When you factor in population growth, it’s clear that the mobility model that we have today simply will not work tomorrow.” Now he’s putting action behind his words.

The venture firm he funded, Fontinalis Partners, …

Hey Boo Boo Kitty: The Team Behind Hit TV Show “Empire” Comes to Code

The great speakers keep coming for the upcoming Code Conference, which takes place next week, and today we will have the final two slates to announce.

First up is the team that has whipped up one of this television season’s biggest hits, “Empire.” The Fox series about a music mogul and his very …

TV

Apple Wants Local TV in Its Apple TV Service, Which Means Apple TV Could Be Delayed

If Apple launches a TV service, it won’t be the first company to offer TV subscriptions over the Web. But it wants to offer at least one thing rivals don’t have: Widespread access to live programming from local TV stations.

Industry executives familiar with Apple’s plans say the company wants to …

TV

Twitter’s Unlikely Activist Investor: Chris Sacca

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In an open letter posted yesterday, early Twitter investor and longtime Twitter bull Chris Sacca said he's going to start critiquing the company in public. Another headache for CEO Dick Costolo.
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Etsy's stock fell nearly 20 percent yesterday, and analysts say it wasn't …

Velvet Underground

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Code

With the second annual Code Conference only days away, Re/code’s co-executive editors Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg are once again preparing to put leading figures from the tech industry and beyond into the hot seat, or at least the red chair.

In the video above, they highlight the key themes …

D.C. Lawmakers Unleashed — In 140 Characters or Less

If you’ve ever watched a clip of California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa tearing into Democrats about Obamacare or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lost emails, just imagine what his Twitter feed is like.

Whatever you’re thinking, you’ve got it wrong.

Sure, Issa loves a good bombastic …

Government

FanDuel Hires the Majority of Zynga’s Recently Discarded Sports Division

Nearly all of the 40-plus employees who spent the past year working on sports games at Zynga have found a new team — fantasy sports company FanDuel.

FanDuel, which specializes in daily fantasy sports games, has hired the majority of the group that made up Zynga Sports 365, an Orlando-based sports …

Zynga

Jawbone’s Up3 Hardware Drags Down Smart Software

We need to talk about the Jawbone Up3.

The $180 Up3, for those who haven’t been following trends in wearable technology, is the new flagship activity-tracker from consumer electronics company Jawbone. It’s also the pricier, feature-packed sibling of the Jawbone Up2 ($100), which replaces Jawbone’s …

Computer Hardware

Investor Chris Sacca Is Ready to Show Twitter Some Tough Love

Big-time Twitter investor Chris Sacca has a few suggestions for how the struggling company can turn things around — and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be holding back punches.

Sacca, who founded Lowercase Capital and owned the largest outside position in Twitter when the company IPO’d in 2013, penned a …

Tough Love

On-Demand Parking Startup Luxe Grabs a Product Boss From YouTube

At YouTube, Phil Farhi helped advertisers get their messages in front of video viewers. Now he’s trying to help people park their cars.

Farhi, who worked at YouTube from 2008 until last month, has joined Luxe as the on-demand parking startup’s VP of product. At YouTube, Farhi headed up the product …

YouTube

Google Is Very Sorry for Its Very Racist Maps Bug

Two days ago, keen eyes on the Internet spotted a severely offensive flaw in Google Maps: If searchers typed a racist term, specifically “n***** king” and variants thereof, they were directed to the White House. Yesterday, Google issued a contrite statement saying it was fixing the issue, but it …

Google