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Recode Daily: Elon Musk shows off Tesla’s newest toy: An electric semi truck

Plus, Silicon Valley got the Senate to drop some things from the tax reform bill, 7 percent of you binge-watch in the bathroom, and a familiar name has started the first church of AI.

Elon Musk onstage during his presenation at the Tesla Powerpack Launch Event at Hornsdale Wind Farm in Adelaide, Australia. Audience members hold up their phones to record him.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk
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Inventor/engineer Elon Musk has a new big-boy toy: The Tesla CEO is going to unveil the company’s new electric semi truck today. Here’s how to watch the event, scheduled to start at 11 pm ET. Since you’ve got time, check out Rolling Stone’s eye-opening cover story on Musk. [Meghan Farnsworth / Recode]

The Koch Brothers are backing Meredith in a new bid to buy Time Inc. The conservative billionaires are putting at least $500 milllion into the deal, which may close soon. Key question: Do the Kochs wants control or influence over Time Inc. titles like Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated? [Peter Kafka / Recode]

The U.S. Senate’s fast-moving tax reform bill no longer contains the stuff that Silicon Valley hates. Stuff like a proposal to tax options issued by private companies as soon as they vest. Investor Ron Conway, one of the idea’s fiercest opponents, along with hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors, banded together in a letter calling on the Senate to follow the lead of House lawmakers and remove the provision entirely. Which it did. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Amazon blames the U.S. Postal Service for its decision to shut down Amazon Fresh grocery-delivery service in parts of nine states. Amazon has privately blamed the USPS for unreliable customer experience, with too many late or missed deliveries. Meanwhile, the we-deliver-anything-on-demand service Postmates launched in its first international market yesterday, with more than 1,000 merchant partners and couriers participating in Mexico City. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

About 67 percent of people now stream movies and TV shows in public — and about 7 percent admit to watching movies and TV shows in public restrooms (not to mention those who have streamed from the privacy of their home bathrooms). The numbers come from a Netflix survey of 37,000 adults worldwide, which found that 26 percent of respondents also said they’ve binged shows and movies at work. [Ashley Rodriguez / Quartz]

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Peter Rice and Nancy Dubuc both run TV networks, so we invited them to join us at Code Media in Southern California on February 12 and 13. The CEOs, respectively, of Fox Networks Group and A+E Networks, Rice and Dubuc will talk cord-cutting, advertiser pressure and the constant battle for viewers’ eyeballs — not just from other channels, but from Facebook, YouTube and every other digital challenger. And they’ll be joining an impressive list of speakers at a pretty excellent place to spend two days in February — the luxurious Paséa Hotel and Spa, right next to the Pacific Ocean. Register now for our First Mover discount, and we’ll see you there.

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Readers of this newsletter know Anthony Levandowski as the self-driving-tech engineer at the center of the Uber/Waymo court case. That part is fascinating enough, but he has also started his own artificial-intelligence-focused religion, Way of the Future, which aims to find and worship a superintelligent “Godhead based on AI” that will run the world. [Mark Harris / Wired]

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