Snap shares shot up 44 percent on their first day of trading, finishing the day at $24.47. It was a smooth IPO, Recode managing editor Edmund Lee writes. But now the hard part: Snap needs to prove it’s more like Facebook than Twitter. — [Edmund Lee / Recode]
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel didn’t do much IPO press, but he granted one interview to the Los Angeles Times, which asked the 26-year-old how he was feeling: “‘How do we feel? We were just thinking about how do we answer that question,’ an exhausted Spiegel said, looking at his co-founder Bobby Murphy beside him. ‘It’s exciting’.” — [Paresh Dave / LA Times]
Vice President Mike Pence used a personal AOL account for some state business when he was governor of Indiana, including sensitive topics, according to emails released to The Indianapolis Star in response to a public records request. And he got hacked. — [Tony Cook / The Indianapolis Star]
Recode is podcasting live in Austin this month, and you're invited. Peter Kafka will interview Glenn Beck, and Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode will talk to tech pioneer Mary Lou Jepsen. More shows to come, details here. [Recode]
Amazon’s big AWS outage this week, which knocked parts of many large websites offline for hours, was caused by human error, the company admitted in a blog post — [Jason Del Rey / Recode]
Can a drone save your life? On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo said it’s not science fiction. Zipline uses a 25-pound unmanned plane called Zip to airdrop blood and medical supplies into Rwanda. Open in iTunes or Google Play Music. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]
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