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Recode Daily: Uber for trucks is here, and MLB is coming to Facebook

Plus, Andy Rubin’s Playground has something to show, and Mark Zuckerberg finds out he got into Harvard.

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Uber for trucks is here: Uber launched Uber Freight, an iOS/Android app that matches long-haul truckers with companies that need cargo shipped across the country. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Andy Rubin’s hardware design lab, Playground Global, is finally bringing products to market. Rubin, the inventor of the Android operating system, is helping inventors bring out smart pool monitors, drone components, robotic arms and cameras you can talk to. [April Glaser / Recode]

Here are two very different perspectives on Roger Ailes, the Fox News founder who died yesterday. Longtime Ailes admirer Michael Wolff describes a conversation the two men had this month; Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi says Ailes is “on the short list of people most responsible for modern America's vicious and bloodthirsty character."

Facebook will stream 20 Major League Baseball games for free this season — starting Wednesday night with the Rockies at Reds. Twitter is also streaming some MLB games. Here’s a look at Facebook’s five-year climb as a public company in five charts. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

European regulators fined Facebook for providing “misleading statements about its $22 billion purchase of messaging service WhatsApp in 2014. The “proportionate and deterrent” fine is 110 million euros — about $122 million. [Tony Romm / Recode]

The FCC voted to officially begin the rollback of Obama-era net neutrality rules for ISPs, which were put in place just two years ago. [Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge]

At the TV industry's annual upfront presentations, the networks took time to denigrate Facebook, Google and the rest of the digital advertising world. Those guys have real problems, but they pale compared to TV’s real problem — its audience is melting away, year by year. [Peter Kafka and Rani Molla / Recode]

Twitter is making a play to be more like digital television, announcing new partnerships across sports, entertainment and news. On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recode Senior Media Editor Peter Kafka says Twitter may have difficulty getting that sort of must-watch content. [Eric Johnson / Recode]

Top stories from Recode

Social Capital has hired Marc Mezvinsky as the investment firm morphs its business.

The move is part of a shift from a primarily venture effort to a software-driven capital platform.

Trump and his top aides met with Republican lawmakers to discuss ways to modernize government.

It's the latest move by Jared Kushner’s new Office of American Innovation.

Don’t expect a killer VR app from Google anytime soon.

That’s not even really the point, if we listen to Google’s VP of virtual and augmented reality.

This Oakland high school robotics club should be the future of a more diverse tech industry.

“When we go to competitions, we really don’t look like the other teams that are there.”

This is cool


Mark Zuckerberg is set to give the commencement address at Harvard next week; check out this throwback video taken by his dad around 2002. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

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