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Kicking off today: Code Conference 2016 | Recode Daily: May 31, 2016

Featuring Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill and Melinda Gates, Nick Denton and more.

.Recode's annual Code Conference kicks off tonight, and we'll be updating with live coverage from the scene in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, for the next few days. A selection of the event's speakers: Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill and Melinda Gates, Jack Dorsey and Gawker Media CEO Nick Denton. Click below for more details.
[Recode Staff]

.Verizon and its unionized workers have negotiated an end to the six-and-a-half-week strike of some 40,000 workers across the company. Though both sides are claiming victory, it looks like the union got the upper hand by quashing pension cuts and other Verizon proposals.
[Noam Scheiber | The New York Times]

.On this week's Recode Decode podcast, guest host Kurt Wagner talks with Maverick Carter, manager to NBA superstar LeBron James. Carter talks about why sports columnists matter less and less, and why LeBron's infamous "Decision" TV special worked out in his favor despite the immense backlash.
[Eric Johnson | Recode]

.Viacom's leadership battle between CEO Philippe Dauman, majority owner Sumner Redstone and Redstone's daughter Shari is now reaching the media conglomerate's board of directors, who say they are ready to fight Redstone if he tries to remove them.
[Joe Flint | The Wall Street Journal]

.Former Attorney General Eric Holder said in a podcast interview that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's 2013 leak performed a "public service" by "raising the debate" about the extent of government surveillance and American citizenry's digital privacy. In his previous job, one of Holder's responsibilities was to help prosecute Snowden.
[Matthew Jaffe | CNN]

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The single most important thing media companies can do is to nurture the growth of as many different platforms as possible.
By Amy Keyishian
Never has "I need more space" held so much emotional heft.
By Mark Lowenstein
It's nearly impossible to contact Google for help. No direct email. No phone support. Not even chat. You're basically on your own.
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By Jason Del Rey
No Man's Sky is delayed by about a month. You can survive.
Mister Softee is in a war with New York Ice Cream, a group of renegades that has stolen the midtown Manhattan market. As summer heats up, the New York Times reports on one of the city's most seasonally relevant industries. Aggressive tactics mentioned include boxing in trucks belonging to the competition, and more automotive sabotage.

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