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Recode Daily: Travis Kalanick says he’s ‘Steve Jobs-ing it’ as he plots a return at Uber

Plus Stitch Fix IPOs, Snap sells shares, and yes, “Game of Thrones” is really dark.

Travis Kalanick
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
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Ubers board of directors has become its own Game of Thrones as faction upon faction have engaged in backbiting after Meg Whitman, a leading candidate to replace Travis Kalanick as CEO, takes herself out of consideration. Kalanick is now “Steve Jobs-ing it,” according to insiders, attempting a return to leadership.
[Kara Swisher / Recode]

China and Russia are cracking down on the internet. Apple helped China in its efforts by removing virtual private network apps, which let users work around government-run internet filters. Russia passed laws that will ban VPNs in November; in 2018, it will require instant message services to identify users and/or ban users at the government’s request.
[Paul Mozur / New York Times]

Early investors can start selling Snap shares today, which should put more pressure on the battered stock. Here’s a good look at Snap’s post-IPO culture, which requires employees to place an extraordinary amount of faith in CEO Evan Spiegel.
[Alex Heath / Business Insider]

Discovery is buying Scripps for $90 a share, or $14.6 billion, as they look for ways to A) create leverage in negotiations with cable distributors and B) cut costs. In this case, Discovery, Animal Planet and OWN will be bundled with HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel. But since both companies excel in the kind of reality content the internet already produces for free, this tie-up won't solve that issue.
[Discovery press release]

Stitch Fix, the fast-growing online fashion retailer, has filed confidential papers for an IPO and is looking for a valuation of up to $4 billion. The paperwork comes shortly after the departure of COO Julie Bornstein.
[Jason Del Rey / Recode]

We have to be careful describing Anthony Scaramucci’s chat with the New Yorker because we’re worried that certain anatomical references might trip your email provider’s spam filter. Here’s how other media orgs handled last week’s bizzaro story. And here’s what that story meant for the New Yorker: A boost in web traffic and subscribers.
[Peter Kafka / Recode]

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Its not your TV. Game of Thrones really is dark.
You’re not the only one squinting at your TV to see what John Snow is up to. Turns out “GOT” and lots of other prestige TV shows really are darker than older shows. Here’s why (Tl;dr: Tech, plus that’s what directors think looks good).
[Matthew Dessem / Slate]

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