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Recode Daily: What it’s like to do ‘the worst job in technology’

Plus, it’s judgment day for Uber and SoftBank, big tech is coming for your health care, and are we witnessing the end of lunch?

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It’s judgment day at Uber: After seemingly endless drama, we’ll see if Japanese investor SoftBank finally acquires a multi-billion dollar ownership stake in the world’s most valuable startup. The proposed deal, which would also deeply reshape how Uber is governed, expires today at 12 pm PT. Check in with Recode for updates. [Theodore Schleifer / Recode]

Deciding what does and doesn’t belong online is one of the fastest-growing jobs in tech — but it’s also considered “the worst job in technology.” Facebook and other social media giants are beefing up content moderation on their sites, hiring legions of front-line contractors to do the dirty work of hunting for pornography, racism and violence in the torrent of posts and videos. [The Wall Street Journal]

Big tech is coming for your health care: As consumers increasingly embrace health-tracking apps, tech companies want a bigger share of the more than $3 trillion spent annually on health care. The market is too big, too important and too personal to their users for Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants to ignore: In the first 11 months of 2017, 10 of the largest U.S. tech companies were involved in health-care equity deals worth $2.7 billion, up from just $277 million for all of 2012. [The New York Times]

The Library of Congress will stop archiving all of our public tweets in 2018, which it has been doing since 2010. The volume of tweets was close to half a billion tweets per day back in 2012; you can imagine that it’s much higher now. So the Library is going to start being “very selective” about which tweets it decides to save; the archive is not yet available to the public. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Internet prophets and pioneers like Stewart Brand and Kevin Kelly had a vision — that a globally connected, transparent world with free access to information would inevitably be good. But what if Silicon Valley’s core beliefs  —  even the benign ones  —  are wrong? [Rick Webb / NewCo Shift]

Is going out for lunch a dying tradition? More Americans are eating at their desks, and we made 433 million fewer trips to restaurants at lunchtime last year — that’s the lowest level of lunch traffic in at least four decades, and $3.2 billion in lost business. [The Wall Street Journal]

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