There has been a lot of speculation about who might take over as CEO of Uber. Leave it to Kara Swisher to check it out: She called Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, former Disney CEO Tom Staggs, former Ford CEO Alan Mulally, and many more of the most likely C-suite candidates, and flat-out asked them if they’d be interested in the job. Here’s what they told her. [Kara Swisher / Recode]
FanDuel and DraftKings have abandoned their plans for a merger, rather than fight the U.S. government, which wanted to block the combination of the country’s Top 2 daily fantasy sports sites. FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles seemed to signal the end last week; DraftKings CEO Jason Robins explains why the deal fell apart. [Tony Romm / Recode]
A who’s who of the tech and media worlds descended on Sun Valley for the annual running of the bullish, a.k.a. the invite-only media business conference hosted by investment bank Allen & Co. We’ll hear about whatever deals get made soon enough; meanwhile, here are photos of sunlit billionaires in sportswear, including a buff-looking Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Apple’s Tim Cook and Eddy Cue, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]
Facebook has plans for making its Oculus Rift headset into something that will popularize virtual reality the way Apple did with the smartphone. Code-named “Pacific,” Facebook’s upcoming device is a $200 wireless headset that will bridge the gap between cheap headgear and high-end gaming rigs, and will work without being tethered to phone or PC. [Mark Gurman / Bloomberg]
If you blinked, you probably missed this week’s “massive” rally in support of net neutrality. Organizers of the online “day of action” protest say the event reached more than 10 million viewers and generated more than two million comments to the FCC. But some of the largest tech companies appeared to pull their protest punches, and the hue and cry won’t stop the Trump administration from killing the Obama-era rules. [Tony Romm / Recode]
What is blockchain, and how does it work? We’ve all heard about it, usually in relation to a digital currency like bitcoin. On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire answered all our questions and yours. [Eric Johnson / Recode]
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