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Inside Google Fiber's push to take on the cable guys | Recode Daily: May 11, 2016

How Google is gunning for Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

A Google Fiber store in Austin, Texas
A Google Fiber store in Austin, Texas
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.Google's most important bet may be Google Fiber, its small — for now — broadband and cable TV service. Google is prepping Fiber to take on telecom heavies like Comcast and Verizon nationwide: Here's a look at how things have gone in Kansas City, its first market.
[Mark Bergen | Recode]

.In response to allegations that Facebook is suppressing conservative voices from its trending headlines widget, Senate Republicans want Facebook to explain what they're up to. Twice now, Facebook has denied the details in the initial Gizmodo report.
[Dawn Chmielewski | Recode]

.Disney's stock fell after the company missed on its quarterly earnings, in part because of declining ESPN ad revenue. The media conglomerate is looking to build its digital video business; it's in talks to pay up to $1 billion for a chunk of MLB-owned live video streaming company BAM Tech.
[Brooks Barnes | The New York Times]

.After recently settling its class-action lawsuit in California and New York over its drivers' employment status, Uber has agreed to let a union represent New York drivers. But the deal doesn't really give drivers any of the wage bargaining powers of an actual union.
[Johana Bhuiyan | Recode]

.The company behind the Hyperloop, the Elon Musk-designed high-speed rail alternative (it wants to use pods in tubes to send people traveling at 750 miles per hour), raised $80 million.
[Rory Carroll | Reuters]

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