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Re/wind: Looking Back on Code/Media, Floyd Mayweather's App Announcement and More

Also, Apple plans to release a public beta version of its next mobile OS.

Asa Mathat

If you were off doing other things, don’t worry! Here’s the tech news that powered Re/code this week:

  1. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we gathered some of the sharpest minds in the media industry for our Code/Media conference. Billionaire Mark Cuban dumped all over net neutrality. Gawker impresario Nick Denton defended the sanctity of gossip. Chelsea Handler talked about her move to Netflix and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara acknowledged some of his own company’s shortcomings. Check out all of the event coverage here.
  2. Floyd Mayweather, arguably the world’s best boxer, used the photo-sharing app Shots on Friday afternoon to announce the boxing world’s biggest fight in decades, his matchup with Manny Pacquiao. Both Mayweather and Justin Bieber are investors in Shots; the fight is scheduled for May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
  3. In mid-March, Apple will be releasing a public beta of its next mobile operating system to help iron out any kinks ahead of the next iOS launch. Also, as briefly mentioned in a lengthy New Yorker profile of Apple design chief Jony Ive, the tech giant is planning a major overhaul of its retail stores.
  4. On Thursday, Lenovo announced it would stop pre-installing on its devices a controversial software called Superfish that made users vulnerable to hacking. The next day, the company’s CTO apologized and owned up to the mistake in an interview with Re/code. I don’t know, maybe next time don’t load your computers with malware before they reach consumers. Is that so hard?
  5. Adobe Photoshop has perhaps impacted the Internet landscape more than any other photo-editing tool. A potent piece of software with a long history and an incalculably significant legacy, its co-creator Thomas Knoll penned a guest column for us on how his darkroom dream came to fruition.
  6. The NFL Combine is happening right now, the place where NFL hopefuls show off their skills with the goal of convincing teams to take a chance on them in the draft. Every fraction of a second run, every tenth of a pound lifted, it all matters. And now athletes are turning to wearable technology to help them get that competitive edge.
  7. A sexual harassment suit filed against venture capital giant Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers by ex-partner Ellen Pao is headed toward trial, and looks as though it could rock all of Silicon Valley. Here’s what the case could mean for the tech industry and what KPCB is likely to bring up in its defense.
  8. Tech entrepreneurship can take many forms. Here’s one: A female-led cannabis technology event night held at a startup incubator, with attendees representing firms like a so-called “Uber for pot” and cannabis startup investors.
  9. Jet, a would-be Amazon competitor that hasn’t launched yet, has already raised more than $200 million. Why is it a good idea to give $220 million to a company that hasn’t sold a single product? We talked to one investor to figure it out. (Hint: dynamic pricing seems like it could be a pretty big game-changer.)
  10. Remember Google Glass? Of course you do. Well, if you were waiting on pins and needles for Sony’s wearable glasses offering, here’s perhaps the dorkiest and weirdest piece of consumer tech we’ve seen in some time — the $840 SmartEyeGlasses.

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