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Recode Daily: Uber and SoftBank say ‘Let’s make a $10 billion deal’

Plus, Wish puts its logo on the Lakers, Vanity Fair may have a new editor, and you can actually have breakfast at Tiffany.

SoftBank Group Corp Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, February 8, 2017.
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son is about to pump $10 billion into Uber.
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Uber and SoftBank have struck a long-anticipated deal in which the Japanese conglomerate will buy up to $10 billion of the ride-hailing giant. The agreement was in place over the weekend, just awaiting the signature of a “peace deal” to end the acrimony between former CEO and Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick and its early and major investor, Benchmark. Employees would be able to sell up to half of their Uber stock. [Kara Swisher / Recode]

Conde Nast has found its replacement for outgoing Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter: Radhika Jones, currently an editor at the New York Times. Jones is a very different choice from many of the bold-faced names that have been floated since Carter announced he was leaving the magazine after 25 years. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

A year after Donald Trump took the White House, 11 of the top science and tech posts in his administration remain vacant, many with no candidates under consideration. Check out this list of the key tech positions still unfilled under Trump’s watch, including chief technology officer and director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Listen to the women of tech as they track the origin story of the industry’s gender discrimination problem: Ellen Pao says the sea change in Silicon Valley was the 2012 IPO of Facebook — well above a hundred billion dollars — which cemented it as the place to make a quick fortune. “Now you had the frat boys coming in, and that changed the culture.” [Sheelah Kolhatkar / The New Yorker]

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Finally, you can actually have breakfast at Tiffany.

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