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Recode Daily: Amazon is hiring 100,000, but the malls are shrinking faster

Many of the new jobs will be tech positions.

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Amazon plans to hire 100,000 new employees over the next 18 months — good news, but part of a wrenching shift in the retail workforce, with chains like Macy’s, Sears and Walmart cutting jobs at a faster rate. And many of the jobs Amazon is creating are not like the ones being lost — most are likely to be highly skilled tech positions. — [Nelson D. Schwartz and Nick Wingfield / New York Times]

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson met with Donald Trump and, according to the company, the proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner did not come up. Trump has attacked the merger, and his feud with Time Warner-owned CNN flared anew Wednesday. Also spotted at Trump Tower: Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and a pair of Peter Thiel associates. — [Brian Fung / Washington Post]

Reliable Trump attack dog Rudy Giuliani finally landed a role with the new administration, albeit unofficial and vague. As an adviser, Giuliani will host gatherings of executives involved in cyber security issues. Job One might be tightening up his company’s website. — [Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal]

Apple is talking to TV and movie studios about producing original content for it, not to compete with HBO or Netflix (for now) but to bolster Apple Music by offering subscribers exclusive content. We'll hear more from Apple media boss Eddy Cue at the Code Media conference in a month. Register here. — [Peter Kafka / Recode]

On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recodes Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode and Dieter Bohn of The Verge discuss whether Chromebooks are a good choice for those looking for a low-priced computer. The answer depends on what you’re using it for. — [Eric Johnson]

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