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Recode Daily: Uber has grounded its self-driving cars as it tries to fix itself

Plus, Silicon Valley is on an expensive quest to cure death.

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Uber has grounded its self-driving cars in Arizona after one was involved in a no-injuries accident with a human-driven car. Recode untangles the ride-hailing company’s self-driving-car mess, a division insiders describe as “a mini civil war.”
[Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

YouTubes recent ad-placement controversy could give advertisers leverage for what they really want: More data and more control. Tired of just trusting Google, marketers want to track how many times an ad has been shown to a particular anonymized user, where it’s happening and how people are interacting with the ad.
[Tess Townsend / Recode]

Behind the product pages on Amazon Marketplace is an unseen high-speed world of bots, algorithms, flash crashes and fierce competition, where top third-party sellers compete using rules-based algorithms and AI, adjusting prices sometimes thousands of times a day.
[Christopher Mims / The Wall Street Journal]

Jack Ma wants to retire. But not until he builds a truly global retail empire — by focusing on small businesses. One of China’s richest men, with a fortune valued at nearly $30 billion, the executive chairman of Alibaba Group leads the dominant force in Chinese e-commerce, a company with a market value of $264 billion and some 450 million customers.
[Adam Lashinsky / Fortune]

Can billions of dollars’ worth of high-tech research make death optional? Silicon Valley is on an extensive, expensive quest for eternal life, but this isn’t about tech billionaires living forever off the blood of young people, explains the CEO of one of the many new longevity companies. “It’s about a ‘Star Trek’ future where no one dies of preventable diseases, where life is fair.”
[Tad Friend / The New Yorker]

Tech CEOs should step up and be part of the solution to poverty, inequality and homelessness, says Tipping Point Community CEO Daniel Lurie. On the latest Recode Decode, Lurie says companies must see civic engagement as an internal culture question, with the energy to help coming from the top of the org chart.
[Eric Johnson / Recode]

Top stories from Recode

After the London terror attack, a top U.K. official says Facebook needs to open up WhatsApp.

The messaging service was reportedly used by the man who killed four people last week.

The U.S. will be hit worse by job automation than other major economies.

A new study from PwC estimates that 38 percent of U.S. jobs could be lost to automation in the next 15 years.

Can artificial intelligence make you a better tweeter?

An AI startup called Post Intelligence hopes it can.

Watch Amazon’s Prime Air make its first public U.S. drone delivery.

The aircraft delivered a box of sunscreen at a conference.

Google wants to reassure you about government-backed hackers.

Just a reminder!

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Do you have a spare minute to watch a $36 billion corporation get swamped by Twitter? [Peter Kafka / Recode]

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