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Recode Daily: An Amazon Echo with a touchscreen and video calling is coming soon

Plus, Snap reports earnings for the first time ever, and John Oliver crashes the FCC.

This may be Amazon’s new Echo speaker with a touchscreen and video calling.
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Amazon is expected to unveil a new Echo speaker with a seven-inch touchscreen that will incorporate video calling capabilities. The company is forecast to control 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market this year. [Laura Stevens / The Wall Street Journal]

Snapchat, which just went public in early March and was the biggest IPO in two years, will report earnings for the first time on Wednesday, which means we’ll get an update on its user growth, as well as business growth over the first three months of 2017. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Sinclair Broadcast Group will acquire Tribune Media Company for $3.9 billion in a deal that would combine two of the country’s largest owners of local TV stations — the latest media asset of choice, thanks partly to Trump, the rise of licensing fees and sports. Sinclair could add 42 stations in 33 markets, plus Tribune’s local rights to some pro basketball, hockey and baseball games, including the Cubs and Yankees. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Pandora received a $150 million infusion from private equity firm KKR, which is betting on the internet radio company improving or getting sold. Struggling with widening losses, Pandora is under pressure to become a subscription service. [Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg]

Payments startup Stripe has hired famed hacker and security researcher Peiter “Mudge Zatko as its new head of security. Zatko has worked at DARPA and at Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group; he’ll be joined by NSA vet Jon Kaltwasser. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

Uber has hired leading AI researcher Raquel Urtasun to head up its self-driving efforts in Canada. The city will serve as the home to the ride-hail company’s first self-driving car center outside of the U.S., and Uber will invest $5 million into Urtasun's Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Just added to the roster of speakers at the upcoming Code Conference: The New York Times’ Dean Baquet, Playground’s Andy Rubin and “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway. It’s going to be a busy three days in Southern California. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

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John Oliver crashed the FCCs website. Again.

On Sunday’s episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” host Oliver encouraged web users to write to, which directs visitors straight to the comment page for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed rule reversal of net neutrality. The site was quickly overwhelmed with comments and crashed — exactly what happened in 2014, when Oliver sent his viewers to protest the FCC’s proposal to allow internet fast lanes. [Tony Romm / Recode]

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