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Recode Daily: Uber fires 20 employees in its continuing investigation and hires a high-profile chief brand officer

Plus, the head of the U.S. patent agency unexpectedly quits, Apple’s “Planet of the Apps” debuts and behind the scenes as Snapchat films NBA finals content.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors during practice as part of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 6, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Uber fired 20 employees as part of its continuing investigation into workplace issues. Law firm Perkins Coie conducted an investigation into individual claims of sexual harassment and workplace issues; this is separate from the long-awaiting report from former Attorney General Eric Holder’s investigation of Uber’s overall workplace practices. Meanwhile, during this culture crisis, Apple marketing executive Bozoma Saint John is joining Uber as its chief brand officer. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Apple debuted its first TV show, Planet of the Apps. The reality TV show looks more or less like a regular TV show, but Apple wants you to watch it within its Apple Music app. Last night’s debut is free; future episodes will only be available to Apple Music subscribers.

Ex-Google lawyer Michelle Lee unexpectedly resigned as head of the government’s leading patent agency. Lee, who took over the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office during the Obama administration, has been an ally to the tech industry — in April, Amazon, Facebook, Google and others asked Trump to renominate her to the post.[Tony Romm / Recode]

Amazon, Mozilla, Reddit, Y Combinator, Kickstarter, Vimeo and other internet companies are staging a “day of action” in support of net neutrality. During the July 12 digital rally, the companies will change their websites to raise awareness of the FCC’s effort to deregulate the telecom and cable industries. [Brian Fung / The Washington Post]

Advertising at Breitbart has plummeted nearly 90 percent in three months; traffic to the right-wing site is down 13 percent from a year ago. Caught up in the escalating scandal over fake news and “unsafe” content on platforms like YouTube and Facebook, Breitbart is facing traffic declines, advertiser blacklists and even a petition within Amazon for it to stop providing ad services. [Lucia Moses / Digiday]

Pinterest raised $150 million in a new round of funding, which values the company at $12.3 billion, up from $11 billion when it last raised two years ago. Pinterest, which has raised more than $1 billion since its 2010 founding, plans to use the money to help build its new visual search technology and grow its user base outside the U.S. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Game 3 of the NBA finals is Wednesday night; during Game 2 on Sunday, Recode tagged along with an NBA video editor to see how they film exclusively for Snapchat — including a brief cameo appearance by Dave Chappelle. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

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You can watch the Comey hearing in your neighborhood bar. Here’s a list of D.C. bars opening early on Thursday to air the testimony. Duffy’s is devoting 16 screens to “The James Comey Show”; for those who prefer their cocktails Comey-free, The Pug is airing “HGTV and/or ‘Law & Order’ reruns.” [Rachel Kurzius / DCist]

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