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Recode Daily: Fox + Tribune; Twitter + Bloomberg; Apple + $250 billion

Plus, Trump escapes the press for a rural rally, and ice cream gone goth.

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Fox is in talks to launch a joint bid for Tribune Media with private equity firm Blackstone; Sinclair Broadcast Group has also expressed interest. Expect more mergers and consolidation of broadcast TV stations as a result of Trump rule changes loosening ownership restrictions. [Alex Stedman / Variety]

Apples cash pile has topped $250 billion. Most of that is sitting outside the U.S., but a Trump-proposed tax holiday has Wall Street dreaming of a big dividend. Bankers hope Apple will use the money to buy something big, like Tesla or Netflix. [Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal]

Twitter and Bloomberg are creating a streaming news channel. This is the first of many video announcements you’ll hear during “newfront” presentations from digital media companies over the next two weeks, but if past performance is repeated, many of these won’t pan out. [Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal]

Trump skipped the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner — and got roasted anyway by Samantha Bee, Hasan Minhaj — and Will Ferrell as “special guest” George W. Bush. Instead, Trump got out of town and held a rally in Pennsylvania to celebrate his first 100 days in office — and to savage the news media. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

Here’s Recode’s perspective on Trump’s first 100 days — despite battles over immigration, science funding and the tech industry’s much-loved policies, like net neutrality, some in Silicon Valley see reason for hope. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Sexism, racism and bullying are driving workers out of tech. A first-of-its-kind report finds that sexual harassment and complaints about unfairness are disproportionately high in the tech sector compared to other industries. [Sam Levin / The Guardian]

On the latest episode of Recode Decode, Kara Swisher talks to the producer and book writer of the hit Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” which asks: Through the internet, can something fake turn into something real? [Eric Johnson / Recode]

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This is cool

Ice cream noir

LA-based artisanal soft-serve ice cream shop Little Damage is serving black ice cream — almond-charcoal ice cream (with a black cone) — and it’s goth AF. They also have a flavor called Unicorn Tears. [BuzzFeed]

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