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Recode Daily: Top tech leaders trekked to the Trump White House to help bring the federal bureaucracy up to digital speed

Plus, the FTC will block the FanDuel/DraftKings merger, and imagining Jeff Bezos’s email to employees about buying Whole Foods.

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The bosses of Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants had a day of meetings with President Trump in the White House. At the inaugural meeting of the administration’s American Technology Council, convened by Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump said he wants a “sweeping transformation” of government; the tech leaders, including Jeff Bezos and Tim Cook, had a few requests of their own. [Tony Romm / Recode]

U.S. regulators will try to block the proposed merger of FanDuel and DraftKings. The FTC has antitrust concerns — the combined companies would take up to 90 percent of the market and reduce competition between the rivals. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Vice Media raised $450 million from private equity firm TPG, boosting the media company’s valuation to $5.7 billion. A year ago, most of the media world — including Vice CEO Shane Smith — assumed Disney would buy the company. That’s not happening. [Natalie Jarvey / The Hollywood Reporter]

“Skinny bundle” TV startup FuboTV raised another $55 million for its service, which offers slimmed-down packages of TV channels. And Time Warner signed a two-year, $100 million deal with Snap; the studio will create up to 10 original shows a year for Snap, which will keep half of the ad revenue. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

Stitch Fix has hired a new CFO from the parent company of Method soap — an IPO probably comes next. And Bali Raghavan, an Amazon exec who was leading the company’s cashierless “store of the future” has left to join the real estate startup Opendoor; the downtown Seattle prototype shop still hasn’t opened to the public. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

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Jeff Bezos’s email to employees on Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods

“The combination of our two companies will account for over 85% of all hipster purchases in the United States. I’m looking forward to capturing the remaining 15%.” [Ryan Garcia / McSweeney’s]


This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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