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Recode Daily: Federal lawmakers that are supposed to regulate Amazon are also wooing Amazon

Plus, Rock-star scientist Regina Dugan to move on from Facebook’s secretive hardware lab, and love in the time of robots.

The Amazon logo hangs on a yellow wall. Photo by David Ryder / Getty Images

The politicians who are supposed to regulate Amazon are also begging the company to set up shop in their states. Lawmakers from Pennsylvania to Texas are wooing Amazon's second headquarters, which could bring 50,000 new jobs and $5 billion in fresh investment wherever it lands. If you think that's a conflict of interest, you're right. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Rock-star scientist Regina Dugan is leaving Facebook after 18 months. Dugan ran Facebook’s secretive software lab called Building 8, and offered an unusual exit statement: "There is a tidal shift going on in Silicon Valley, and those of us in this industry have greater responsibilities than ever before" Meanwhile, Facebook may have snapped up a popular teen-texting app called TBH, but the new acquisition is not likely to be the next Snapchat. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. The exit comes less than a week after Price was suspended by the company, after sexual harassment allegations against Price were made public by Isa Hackett, executive producer of the Amazon series “The Man in the High Castle.” [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

Twitter is designing new user rules to crack down on nudity and “unwanted sexual advances.” The policy changes were promised by founder and CEO Jack Dorsey in a Friday night tweetstorm, apparently provoked by Friday’s #WomenBoycottTwitter protest. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

New York City will get its first real taste of self-driving cars starting next year, when GM will operate a handful of semi-autonomous Chevy Bolts within a five-mile-square area of lower Manhattan. GM’s Cruise division has been testing the cars in downtown San Francisco for almost a year. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

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This article originally appeared on Recode.net.