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Recode Daily: Google launches its self-driving car company, and Uber brings self-driving cars to S.F.

And its competition isn’t Detroit — it’s Uber.

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Googles self-driving vehicle research project is now Alphabet’s newest business. The company, dubbed Waymo, will focus on the technology, not the cars, in areas like ride-hailing, transportation logistics and trucking, working with automakers like Fiat Chrysler. Meanwhile, Uber will start testing its self-driving cars with passengers in San Francisco today. — [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Donald Trump has settled on Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to head the Interior Department and implement Trump’s pro-drilling agenda. Trump’s choice for secretary of state, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, looks to be facing a tough confirmation hearing, with Democrats, and some Republicans, concerned over his ties to Russia and potential conflicts of interest. — [Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post]

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wasn’t invited to today’s Trump tech summit, but he sent a message by giving NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden a Periscope platform to talk about the threat of government surveillance and the need for tech companies to resist. — [April Glaser / Recode]

Worth your time: The New York Times’ blow-by-blow breakdown of the Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee — a head-shaking tale of targeted phishing, lax security, poor communications, slow responses and one very unfortunate typo. — [Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger and Scott Shane / New York Times]

Facebook-owned Oculus VR is looking for a new leader after splitting the company into two divisions — one focused on mobile, the other on PCs — with CEO Brendan Iribe stepping down to head the PC group. Recent hire Jon Thomason will lead mobile. — [Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal]

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