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Recode Daily: Uber’s newest problem; Amazon may buy Slack

Plus, Apple doesn’t want to keep the doctor away, and Fox News says it’s no longer “fair and balanced.”

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Uber faces a fresh probe from the Federal Trade Commission over its privacy practices, this one focused on data-handling mishaps that have plagued the company in recent years. And Uber has been ordered to produce a key due-diligence document in Alphabet’s lawsuit against it over self-driving-car technology. Meanwhile, here’s who’s running Uber while CEO Travis Kalanick is on leave. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Amazon may buy Slack. A deal could value the workplace messaging company at $9 billion. Amazon doesn’t traditionally do big M&A; its biggest deal to date has been its $1 billion purchase of Twitch in 2014. [Bloomberg]

Apple wants to turn the iPhone into the one-stop shop for all of your health information. A stealth team in Apple’s growing health unit has been in talks with Argonaut Project and Carin Alliance to build medical information into the iPhone so patients can easily share data with third parties. [Christina Farr / CNBC]

The FTC might block the merger of daily fantasy sports sites FanDuel and DraftKings. As proposed, the deal would give the merged entity up to 80 percent of the market, which has raised antitrust concerns at the regulatory agency. [Tony Romm / Recode]

President Trump nominated Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the open Democratic slot at the Federal Communications Commission. A vocal supporter of net neutrality who voted for former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s rules to subject internet providers to utility-like regulation, Rosenworcel served in the same role at the FCC from 2012 to 2016. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Facebook is building chat bots that can negotiate and plan ahead like humans; the social giant says the bots are (artificially) intelligent enough that some humans didn’t realize they were dealing with a machine. And Facebook will now give marketers who buy ads through its ad platform, Audience Network, a list of places their ads could potentially appear online before they start their campaign. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Fox News has dropped its iconic marketing slogan, “Fair and Balanced,” invented by Roger Ailes in 1996; it will be replaced by “Most Watched. Most Trusted.” Here’s a look into the relentless battle for cable news viewers in the time of Trump. [Gabriel Sherman / New York]

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Uber’s toxic and sexist corporate culture has been scrutinized by tech media, but it was first brought to light by software engineer Susan Fowler, whose whistle-blowing expose on LinkedIn started the whole thing. In April, Recode Executive Editor Kara Swisher wrote, “If a Pulitzer could go to a techie, Susan probably deserves one.” And maybe she should. [George Anders / Forbes]

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