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Recode Daily: O’Reilly on the way out, Zuckerberg on AR at F8 and Mossberg on the S8

Plus, the biggest e-commerce acquisition yet, and was Joan Crawford the original GOOP?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg played around with augmented reality while preparing for his F8 keynote speech.
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Fox News may be ready to cut ties with Bill O’Reilly. Support from James and Lachlan Murdoch appears to be waning, and multiple reports say Fox News is negotiating an exit for its star anchor. O’Reilly’s lawyer says his client has been “subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America.” [Brian Stelter / CNN]

In the largest e-commerce acquisition ever, PetSmart is acquiring for $3.35 billion. Meanwhile, Amazon won a patent for an on-demand clothing manufacturing system, which would help the e-commerce giant develop its own apparel lines. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

In an interview with Recode, Mark Zuckerberg talked in unusual detail about Facebook’s augmented-reality ambitions, noting that Facebook is building “AR hardware” — perhaps software-powered glasses. Zuckerberg also gave the keynote at the annual F8 developer conference — here are all the new products announced on Day One. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

In his F8 keynote, Zuckerberg also addressed the controversy over videos of a shooting murder that were viewed by more than a thousand people, saying Facebook has “a lot more to do here,” not only to filter out violent videos but to prevent violence altogether. The New Yorker wonders why Zuckerberg and his team ever believed they could prevent dark souls from hijacking Facebook Live. [Steve Coll / The New Yorker]

Walt Mossberg weighs in on Samsung’s much-anticipated flagship phone, the $750 Samsung Galaxy S8, which he calls “a visual and tactile triumph” — with some trade-offs. [Walt Mossberg / Recode]

Crowdpac CEO Steve Hilton explains how technology can reshape American politics on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. Hilton — former adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron and husband of Rachel Whetstone, Uber’s former director of communications — wants to make it easier for underrepresented outsiders to run for office. [Eric Johnson / Recode]

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Joan Crawford, OG (Original GOOP)

Ryan Murphy’s latest miniseries, “Feud: Bette and Joan,” wraps up this Sunday on FX, and if you like that, you’ll be fatally attracted to Joan Crawford's typically larger-than-life narration of her own 1971 memoir/lifestyle guide, “My Way of Life,” streaming in four approximately 30-minute segments on YouTube. [MrRicohv / YouTube]

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