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Recode Daily: The Trump ultimatum — vote my way or we keep Obamacare

Plus, Republicans vote on internet privacy and Alexa gets spooky.

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President Trump told holdout Republicans to get on board and pass a vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — or else he would keep Obamacare in place. The vote had been postponed from Thursday, leading to another day of threats and cheerleading on Capitol Hill. [The New York Times]

Senate Republicans voted today to kill federal privacy rules, voting 50-48 to repeal Obama-era regulations requiring that ISPs ask before sharing customer data. The vote paves the way for a big win for the country’s telecom giants. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Trump has a new tech whisperer in the White House: Republican digital expert Matt Lira will serve as a special assistant to the president for innovation policy and initiatives; he joins the Trump administration from the office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., where Lira helped advance an entire initiative focused on tech policy issues. [Tony Romm / Recode]

The NFL is selling the rights to stream its “Thursday Night Football” games next season, and Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and Google’s YouTube have all submitted proposals in the hope of streaming the games. These streams are the highest-profile sports rights currently on the market. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

The laptop ban officially starts on Saturday, but reports of passengers facing enhanced security and early enforcement of the electronics ban have reached social media. CNN looks into what the ban is going to cost you in fees, rescheduled flights and stress. [CNN.com]

Scott Adams, the millionaire creator of the office-humor comic strip Dilbert, was watching the Republican primary debates at home when he realized that Trump might be a kindred spirit — a fellow “Master Wizard,” Adams’s term for fellow experts in hypnosis and persuasion. In a flow of blog posts and livestreaming analysis, Adams made the case that even the most erratic Trump moments were tactically brilliant.[Caroline Winter / Bloomberg]

Ride-sharing juggernaut Uber has had a bad month, recently enduring boycotts, lawsuits, public outcry and the resignations of several top executives. On the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recode’s Johana Bhuiyan traces how Uber got to this point of crisis and what comes next. [Eric Johnson / Recode]

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There’s going to be a Howard University campus at Google.

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This is cool

Don’t look Alexa in the eyes.

A tech geek turned his Amazon Echo into an animated talking skull that is the stuff of nightmares. [via The Huffington Post]

This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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