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Recode Daily: Trump wants a squad of top tech execs to ‘modernize’ the government

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President Trump is convening a squad of tech execs to “transform and modernize” the U.S. government. Led by ex-Microsoft exec Chris Liddell, the American Technology Council will meet with Trump in early June; companies invited include Apple, Amazon, Cisco, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Salesforce and SpaceX. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Hollywood has avoided a writers strike. The deal comes shortly before the TV networks begin their “upfront” presentations, when they sell advertisers on next fall’s shows. [Variety]

Even more change at Fox News: Top exec Bill Shine is out. In the last year, Megyn Kelly, Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes have all left the network, for different reasons. [New York Times]

Facebook has found its head of news products: Alex Hardiman, who headed mobile and news products at the New York Times. Meanwhile, Twitter announced plans for more than a dozen new live video shows. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

IAC is buying consumer-review site Angie’s List, with plans to combine it with its own HomeAdvisor. The deal values Angie’s List — which has more than five million members and recommendations for 55,000 service professionals — at more than $500 million. [Joshua Jamerson / The Wall Street Journal]

Embattled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick canceled his Code Conference interview, which was set for late May. [Kara Swisher/ Recode]

Tesla, tunnels and Trump: 10 takeaways from Elon Musk’s recent onstage interview at the TED conference. You can watch the video here. [Sean O’Kane / The Verge]

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ESPN is hiring Yahoo’s star basketball reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.

The writer and some of his team will join ESPN after next month’s NBA draft.

Google’s former HR boss is launching a jobs startup called Humu.

Laszlo Bock is starting the company called Humu with former Google director of engineering Wayne Crosby.

A federal court will not rehear the telecom industry’s net neutrality challenge.

Judges said that the FCC, under Chairman Ajit Pai, plans to gut the rules anyway.

The uproar over selling user data to Uber shows most people don’t understand ad-based business models.

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The day after officially leaving his 20-year post as cartoon editor of the New Yorker — he created the classic “How about never?” panel — Bob Mankoff was named humor and cartoon editor at Esquire. And beloved New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast designed a poster for the Library of Congress’s 2017 National Book Festival. [The Washington Post]

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