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Recode Daily: The Uber in-app tipping era has arrived

Plus: Cuts at SoundCloud and Microsoft, and the end of the road for Jawbone?

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Microsoft is cutting up to 3,000 jobs, most of them from its sales teams outside the U.S. The layoffs are part of a reorganization process that will see the software giant refocusing its efforts on the cloud. [Tom Warren / The Verge]

SoundCloud cut about 40 percent of its staff — 173 employees — and plans to close its offices in San Francisco and London to cut costs and stay independent. The music streaming service has struggled to compete against rivals Spotify and Apple. [Adam Satariano / Bloomberg]

Jawbone, a consumer electronics firm once valued at $3 billion, is going out of business. The San Francisco-based maker of wearable fitness trackers has begun liquidation proceedings; co-founder and CEO Hosain Rahman has founded a new company, Jawbone Health Hub, which will make health-related hardware and software services. [Lauren Goode and Chris Welch / The Verge]

Tech execs are already opening their wallets — even to the GOP — for the 2018 election. And even as they criticize President Trump’s agenda, Eric Schmidt, Elon Musk and other politically active Silicon Valley executives are backing Republican campaigns. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Uber finally made it possible for riders to tip drivers using the ride-hail service’s updated app. The changes, which rolled out to 100 U.S. and Canadian cities yesterday, also include a “pay for wait” program penalizing riders who make drivers wait more than two minutes. [Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge]

The much-anticipated new smartphone from Andy Rubin missed its self-imposed June shipping date. Rubin, known as the father of Android, unveiled the Essential phone at the Code Conference on May 30; Sprint says the device will debut “this year.” [Steve Kovach / Business Insider]

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