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Recode Daily: Walt Mossberg looks back and forward, Mark Zuckerberg goes home to Harvard

Plus, a Silicon Valley technical women’s group cuts ties with Uber, and Lyft rolls out its black cars.

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Pioneering tech journalist and Recode co-founder Walt Mossberg delivered the last installment of his column, which he has written nearly every week since 1991, starting at the Wall Street Journal. Mossberg looks back briefly and then looks forward to an “unrecognizable” new world of “ambient computing,” where computers fade into the background. [Walt Mossberg / Recode]

A Silicon Valley technical women’s group has cut ties with Uber, citing “continuing allegations” about the company’s treatment of female employee. The Anita Borg Institute told the car-hailing company it had to “end our current partner engagement.” The results of Uber’s internal investigation are expected next week. [Kara Swisher / Recode]

Mark Zuckerberg gave an often-political 30-minute commencement address at Harvard College, urging grads of his alma mater to help save the environment and cure all disease. Read the full transcript of the Facebook CEO’s speech here. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

In a sharp rebuke to President Donald Trump, a federal appeals court refused to reinstate a revised travel ban targeting travelers and refugees from six majority-Muslim countries, saying it discriminated based on religion. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the administration would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Lyft rolled out a ride-hail service with luxury cars in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose and Chicago. Its chief competitor, Uber, has said that demand has dropped for its own black-car service, called UberBlack. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Target is investing $75 million in fast-growing bed-in-a-box startup Casper in a round that will total $100 million or more. The deal comes after acquisition talks fell through — Target offered to buy the innovative mattress company for $1 billion. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

For the first time in decades, more offshored manufacturing jobs came back to the U.S. than left last year — the bulk of these “reshored” jobs came from China and the automotive industry. Meanwhile, the number of on-demand “gig economy” workers in the U.S. is expected to double in the next four years, fueled by startups like Uber, TaskRabbit and Airbnb. [April Glaser / Recode]

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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America gave out their annual Nebula Awards, and the evening was emceed by astronaut Kjell Lindgren, who spent 141 days on the International Space Station and ate the first space-grown lettuce. “I am here today because of science fiction,” said Lindgren. “My path to space was paved with books.” [Andrew Liptak / The Verge]


This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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