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Re/wind: Larry Page Praises Robots, Nadella's Long Game

Also, funding for school Wi-Fi and buying a beater with bitcoin.


In case you missed any of the headlines this week, not to worry! Here are some of the stories that dominated Re/code this week:

  1. Google CEO Larry Page raised eyebrows earlier this week when he told an audience that he believes machines replacing humans in the workforce is a positive development.
  2. For now, Amazon may be the king of all you buy, but Google plans on amping up the competition. Google is setting aside $500 million to beef up its Shopping Express program, which delivers products directly to consumers’ homes.
  3. Samsung announced it’s totally redoing its phone and tablet app store, which has long lagged behind its iOS and Android competitors. Perhaps it has something to do with its “sluggish” smartphone and tablet sales.
  4. Satya Nadella, CEO of enterprise startup Microsoft, unveiled his lengthy plan for the future of the company. Here are the five key things you need to know about it.
  5. Learning a new language is hard! For those of us who didn’t get much out of high school Spanish or French, there’s Duolingo, a free new app that boasts a whole variety of tools with which to learn a variety of languages.
  6. For the cryptocurrency enthusiast on the go, online used car site Beepi now accepts bitcoin as a form of payment, making it the first peer-to-peer auto marketplace to do so.
  7. In a move that did not surprise Re/code readers, Twitter named Katie Jacobs Stanton as its global media chief. Maybe she’ll be able to find a way to get World Cup goal replays back on Twitter. We’re crossing our fingers.
  8. The FCC approved a $2 billion program to expand Wi-Fi access to schools across the country, frustrating advocates who said the plan was not sufficiently funded or broad enough to address the scope of the problem.
  9. Hey, CEOs! Want to save money? Then fix your damn IT!
  10. In an effort to win back its ability to, you know, be a functional business, video startup Aereo told a U.S. district court that it is actually a cable system. Guess what the TV broadcasters who defeated Aereo at the Supreme Court think about that argument?

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