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Peter Kafka has been covering media and technology since 1997, when he joined the staff of Forbes magazine. He made the digital leap to in 2005. He may have been the first national business reporter to interview Steve "Stone Cold Steve Austin" Williams.

In 2007, Peter became the first hire at Silicon Alley Insider, the predecessor to Business Insider, where he worked as the site's managing editor.

He began writing for in 2008. In 2011, he began producing and hosting the D: Dive into Media conferences; he will continue to work on other live events for Recode.

Peter is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Brooklyn.

Ethics Statement

Here is a statement of my ethics and coverage policies. It is more than most of you want to know, but, in the age of suspicion of the media, I am laying it all out.

I don't invest in individual stocks, and haven't done so since Bubble 1.0. I have invested in a Fidelity 401k plan and have a few more dollars in an IRA managed by Dodge and Cox. I'm not invested in technology-specific funds.

I don't accept paid speaking engagements from companies I cover, and I can't accept gifts or products from them either. I don't serve as a consultant to any companies.

I do own a very small piece of Silicon Alley Media, my previous employer. I hope they do well.

Recode is owned wholly by Vox Media, a company with an audience of 170 million worldwide. It has eight distinct media brands: The Verge (Technology and Culture), (News), SB Nation (Sports), Polygon (Gaming), Eater (Food and Nightlife), Racked (Shopping, Beauty and Fashion), Curbed (Real Estate and Home), as well as Recode (Tech Business).

Vox Media has a number of investors, including, but not limited to, Comcast Ventures and NBCUniversal, both of which are owned by Comcast Corporation.

My posts have total editorial independence from these investors, even when they touch on products and services these companies produce, compete with, or invest in. The same goes for all content on Recode and at our conferences. No one in this group has influence on or access to the posts we publish. We will also add a direct link to this disclosure when we write directly about the companies.

BuzzFeed is laying off more than 200 people, its second round of cuts in 14 months

"Unfortunately, revenue growth by itself isn’t enough to be successful in the long run," CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in an email to staff.

Verizon says some of its media assets are so useless it won’t try to sell them

The wireless giant is shutting down some of its AOL and Yahoo properties. It’s also laying off 800 people.

Hulu is cutting the price of its most popular streaming service — and raising the price of its most expensive one

The moves come after a Netflix price hike.

Netflix is finally sharing (some of) its audience numbers for its TV shows and movies. Some of them are huge.

The streaming service says it now accounts for 10 percent of TV viewing time.

Facebook made a $300 million pledge to help journalists — just like Google did last year

The internet giants make billions from ads. They want news publishers to sell subscriptions instead.

Apple is going to sell its Apple TV service on Samsung TVs, because Apple wants to be a service company

Tim Cook can’t just rely on Apple customers anymore — he needs to sell things to people who don’t buy Apple products.

Facebook wants you to buy HBO on Facebook and watch HBO on Facebook

The world’s biggest social network wants to get into the pay TV business — by taking a page from Amazon.

New Verizon execs say old Verizon execs made a $5 billion mistake betting on AOL and Yahoo

And Verizon investors seem fine with that.

The story behind Netflix’s $100 million ‘Friends’ deal

Netflix wanted it. So did Hulu. And WarnerMedia wants it back, soon. Probably. Here’s what that means.

Mic has laid off the majority of its staff

The publisher is trying to sell the remainder of the company to Bustle Digital Group.

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