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Recode Daily: There goes the sun

Plus, the front-runner in the Uber CEO race, flying cars are already a thing, and Ellen Pao examines how sexism works in Silicon Valley.

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There goes the sun: Go ahead — leave your desk and watch the eclipse! You’re not going to cause a productivity crisis. Plus, here’s how to livestream the eclipse wherever you are, and how to watch the real thing without burning your eyes out. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

Former GE chairman Jeff Immelt is the front-runner candidate to become Uber’s CEO; a board vote is expected within two weeks. Meanwhile, ousted CEO Travis Kalanick blasted early investor Benchmark for ambushing him with a lawsuit when he was mourning his mother’s death. To keep you up to date, here’s Recode's regularly updated timeline of everything you need to know about Uber’s turbulent 2017. [Kara Swisher and Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Flying cars are already a thing. A European company called Lilium has built a full-scale prototype of a vertical takeoff and landing jet, which it flew for the first time in April; the company is now looking to the ride-hail industry as it builds out a business model for on-demand VTOL jet cars. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Facebook has big plans for Marketplace, its Craigslist competitor, a centralized location within the app where people can sell used merchandise to others in their neighborhoods. The social network wants to bring ticket sales and bigger retailers to Marketplace as it connects buyers and sellers, but it’s not getting into payments — the actual monetary transactions still happen off-site. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Ellen Pao examines how sexism works in Silicon Valley in an excerpt from her forthcoming book, “Reset,” which details her lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins, which sparked a debate over sexism in tech. [Ellen Pao / The Cut]

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