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Digital advertising in the US is finally bigger than print and television

TV and newspapers are out. Facebook and Google are in.

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The man who co-founded Bleacher Report is leaving the sports site

One of the world’s most popular sports properties is getting a new boss.

Mithril Capital promised to be the “capstone” to Peter Thiel’s investment empire. It ended up as a major distraction.

A dozen former employees, investors in the fund, and other people close to the matter describe an investment firm in disarray.

Recode Daily: Emoji are increasingly popping up in US court cases — and courts aren’t prepared to interpret them

Plus: Amazon beat Google in Q4 smart speaker shipments; Trump signs the US Space Force into existence; the spectacular failure of the world’s only hard rock theme park.

Facebook’s first 15 years were defined by user growth

From dorm room to global dominance, Facebook’s path to 2.3 billion users.

Google and Facebook have become “antithetical to democracy,” says The Age of Surveillance Capitalism author Shoshana Zuboff

Silicon Valley has compromised our autonomy, Zuboff says: "They can take hold of our behavior and shift it and modify it in ways that we don’t know."

“I’m moving out of state”: How some Uber and Airbnb employees are trying to avoid California income tax

Nobody likes paying taxes, but new millionaires in California’s IPO gold rush are looking to protect their money.

WhatsApp is at risk in India. So are free speech and encryption.

India is proposing new content laws that could be a "sledgehammer" for free speech.

Full video and transcript: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at Code 2018

"Just like Amazon sells third party goods, we are going to also offer third party transportation services. So, we wanna kinda be the Amazon for transportation."

Here’s how you can trace an ’80s hip-hop beat back to 1910

Vox.com’s senior video producer Estelle Caswell explains it all.

Full video and transcript: Snap CEO Evan Spiegel at Code 2018

"As time goes on, I think it will become clear to more and more people that our values are really hard to copy."

Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram was the greatest regulatory failure of the past decade, says Stratechery’s Ben Thompson

Instagram gave Facebook unfair reach, Thompson argues.

The UK Parliament wants to regulate Facebook. So does everybody else.

The UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee called Facebook a "digital gangster" — but it’s not the only group of regulators out for blood.

“Hollywood is now irrelevant,” says IAC Chairman Barry Diller

Diller, the former CEO of Paramount and Fox, talks about the diminished power of movie studios and why "Netflix has won this game" on the latest Recode Decode.

Has Facebook been good for the world?

15 influencers weigh in on the company’s 15th birthday.

How long before big media companies become big sports-gambling companies?

Sooner than you think. But AT&T, which owns HBO, TNT, and CNN, says they won’t be taking your bets.

Amazon’s grave HQ2 mistake: The political landscape changed but the company’s playbook didn’t

The HQ2 contest was very Amazonian. So was its refusal to back down.

Facebook may be facing a “multibillion-dollar” fine from the FTC. Here’s why.

Cambridge Analytica is still causing headaches for Facebook.

You still can’t edit your tweets, but you may soon be able to “clarify” them

"That’s not what I meant!"

Amazon’s opponents have mixed reactions to the company suddenly changing its NYC plans

It’s a huge victory for groups that decried the billions in tax breaks the company brokered in secret, but some wish Amazon had stuck around and compromised.

Google and Facebook have become “antithetical to democracy,” says The Age of Surveillance Capitalism author Shoshana Zuboff

Silicon Valley has compromised our autonomy, Zuboff says: "They can take hold of our behavior and shift it and modify it in ways that we don’t know."

“Hollywood is now irrelevant,” says IAC Chairman Barry Diller

Diller, the former CEO of Paramount and Fox, talks about the diminished power of movie studios and why "Netflix has won this game" on the latest Recode Decode.

Why venture capital doesn’t work for everyone

On the latest Recode Media podcast, Indie.vc founder Bryce Roberts says it’s only for the 1 percent of the 1 percent.

Can Big Tech be fixed? Center for Democracy and Technology CEO Nuala O’Connor is “long-term optimistic.”

O’Connor thinks we’ll get a federal privacy bill this year. But she’s more concerned about the future of free speech on the internet.

Amazon has canceled its NYC headquarters plans in a stunning defeat

The $800 billion tech giant will now build only one new corporate campus, located in Northern Virginia.

Why venture capital doesn’t work for everyone

On the latest Recode Media podcast, Indie.vc founder Bryce Roberts says it’s only for the 1 percent of the 1 percent.

Americans feel as bad about billionaires today as they did during the 2009 recession

One theory: It has less to do with Elizabeth Warren and more to do with Donald Trump.

The logic behind Apple’s give-us-half-your-revenue pitch to news publishers

Magazine publishers are on board with Apple’s new subscription news service. Newspapers aren’t.

It will take more than NewsGuard’s team of journalists to stop the spread of fake news

Experts weigh in on whether a for-profit journalism initiative can do what big tech can’t.

Trump’s executive order on AI, explained

The president lays out a bold vision for how to make the US No. 1 in artificial intelligence, but critics say it’s just hollow words.

Can Big Tech be fixed? Center for Democracy and Technology CEO Nuala O’Connor is “long-term optimistic.”

O’Connor thinks we’ll get a federal privacy bill this year. But she’s more concerned about the future of free speech on the internet.

America’s most generous billionaires gave half as much to charity in 2018 as in the previous year

What gives?

Kara Swisher is interviewing Jack Dorsey — follow it live on Twitter

The interview starts at 5 pm ET / 2 pm PT. You can follow their conversation using the hashtag #karajack.

#KaraJack: All the tweets from Kara Swisher’s live interview with Jack Dorsey — in order

Swisher interviewed the Twitter CEO live on Twitter about the platform, elections — and how hard it is to do an interview on Twitter.

How hard is it to have a conversation on Twitter? So hard even the CEO can’t do it.

Kara Swisher’s live-tweeted interview with Jack Dorsey highlighted some of Twitter’s product issues.

Full Q&A: Zucked author Roger McNamee on Recode Decode

McNamee was an adviser to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and helped recruit Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, but now he’s speaking out against the social giant.

The alternative to your dying local paper is written by one person, a robot, and you

Patch is reemerging as local newspapers decline.

Amazon’s opponents think the company is bluffing about killing its HQ2 plan in NYC

The company is reportedly reconsidering its development plans for New York. But it could be a political tactic to get Amazon’s opponents in line.

Jeff Bezos used to fight the spotlight. Now the world’s wealthiest person is surrendering.

It’s a media pro move, and it’s one that you can only make once you decide you want to be a media figure to begin with.

The government is using the wrong data to make crucial decisions about the internet

Bad maps mean federal money isn’t being spent where it should be to build out broadband connectivity.