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Recode Daily: Hillary Clinton storms the stage at Code — and reignites a Twitter war with Donald Trump

Plus, Mary Meeker’s much-anticipated annual Internet Trends report, and Trump’s mysterious after-midnight “covfefe” tweet spawns a million memes.

Hillary Clinton, Code 2017 Asa Mathat

Maybe you've noticed that your Recode Daily newsletter looks somewhat different today — and that it also hit your mailbox just a bit later in the morning than usual.

The whole Recode staff has hit the road — we’ve moved our operations oceanside, to Rancho Palos Verdes in Southern California, for our annual Code Conference, the centerpiece of our year.

So for the rest of this week, we’re making space in this newsletter for what happens and who says what at Code, a three-day event filled with some of the biggest names in tech and media. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards will be intervewed onstage on Thursday, the last day of the conference — here's how to watch.


In one of her first major public appearances since the election, Hillary Clinton was interviewed onstage at Code by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. In a wide-ranging hour-plus conversation, Clinton said the Russians who meddled in last year's election had to have been guided by Americans. Read our liveblog here, and watch the interview. [Meghann Farnsworth / Recode]

Trump’s after-hours “covfefe” tweet birthed a million memes by the next day — including a tweet from Hillary Clinton. And after irreverent comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted a staged photograph of herself holding a mask of Trump’s bloody, severed head, CNN quickly fired her as Anderson Cooper’s New Year’s Eve broadcast sidekick. [Michael Arbeiter / Nerdist]

Tim Cook called Trump to urge him not to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, and Elon Musk tweeted that he will drop his participatory role as adviser to the administration if the U.S. leaves the pact. More than 25 companies, including Intel, Microsoft and PG&E, signed on to a letter set to run as a full-page ad in the the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal arguing in favor of the climate deal. [Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Bloomberg]

Uber posted a $708 million first-quarter loss, just as its head of finance is leaving. Gautam Gupta joins an exodus of top officials at the company, setting the stage for a second major executive search. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht lost his last chance of escaping a lifetime in prison. An appellate court rejected Ulbricht’s appeal to void his 2015 conviction and life sentence for crimes including drug trafficking and money laundering in connection with a massive dark web drug market. [Andy Greenberg / Wired]

Apple is manufacturing a Siri-controlled speaker to compete with Google and Amazon. The device may debut at Apple’s WWDC developers conference in June. [Mark Gurman and Alex Webb / Bloomberg]

Turnabout time for Walt Mossberg: The Code host was interviewed by former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. [Peter Kafka/ Recode]

Bingewatch or don’t, actor Michael McKean doesn’t care how you watch his AMC show Better Call Saul.” On the latest Recode Media with Peter Kafka, he also talks about “This Is Spinal Tap” and his current Broadway play, “The Little Foxes.” [Eric Johnson / Recode]

Top stories from Recode

Mary Meeker kicked off Day 2 of Code with her much-anticipated internet trends report.

Here are all of Meeker's insightful slides, with a side of analysis.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said net neutrality is no longer his company’s primary battle, but affirmed that the open internet is still an important principle.

Watch Peter Kafka interview Hastings onstage at Code.

Where's why CBS and Viacom didn’t merge, according to Shari Redstone.

Speaking onstage at Code, Redstone said she would have worked well with Les Moonves on a combined company.

Jill Soloway, creator of Amazon’s "Transparent," can create political change. Jeff Bezos said so.

Speaking at Code, Soloway said the show helped propel Amazon into the content business.

Alphabet’s acquisition strategy has focused on cloud, says CFO Ruth Porat.

But she didn’t name any prospective targets during her onstage interview with Kara Swisher at Code.

Time Warner’s CEO says its $85 billion sale to AT&T is all about battling Google and Facebook.

Data. And then more data, Jeff Bewkes said onstage at Code.

Facebook and Netflix aren’t bidding on the same original videos, says Netflix CEO and Facebook board member Reed Hastings.

“There’s not a big conflict yet,” Hastings told Peter Kafka when he took his turn for an interview in Code signature red chairs.

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Theater in your head

Amazon-owned digital audiobook giant Audible has created a $5 million fund to commission new works from emerging playwrights — not for the stage, but for headphones and speakers. Grant recipients will be recommended by a board of theater industry insiders, including Annette Bening, Tom Stoppard and David Henry Hwang. [Joshua Barone / The New York Times]


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