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Recode Daily: Travis Kalanick won’t be ‘Steve Jobs-ing it’ back into his Uber CEO spot

Plus, Google fired the employee whose sexist memo flared into a viral firestorm, and Benchmark pushes back on speculation that it is looking to divest from Uber.

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick seen out in Tribeca on July 31, 2017, in New York, New York.
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Travis Kalanick is not coming back as CEO of Uber. That’s according to board member Garrett Camp, who sent an email to employees yesterday, addressing recent reports that Kalanick was “Steve Jobs-ing it” and attempting a comeback; the Uber board is said to have narrowed down its search for a replacement to four people. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Google has fired the employee who wrote a sexist memo that flared into a viral controversy. In a memo to staff, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the author had violated the company’s Code of Conduct. Inequality in job representation is hardly just Google’s problem — here’s a comparative look at diversity at seven major tech companies, according to their most recent reports. [Kara Swisher / Recode]

Uber investor Benchmark pushed back on speculation that its looking to divest from the $70 billion ride-hailing company. In a series of tweets, Benchmark said it remained “long” on Uber. But that doesn’t mean it won’t still try to sell some shares. The tweets appeared to be a negotiating tactic directed to SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, who pulled back from buying into Uber following its exec turmoil. Now he says he’s still interested in Uber — or Lyft. [Theodore Schleifer / Recode]

CNN isnt for sale. That was made clear by the AT&T exec who will run Time Warner after the acquisition. Media observers knew this was likely the case, but Trump’s open taunting of CNN led to White House officials considering scuttling the deal altogether. AT&T says it won’t tamper with CNN’s editorial independence. [Kim Masters / THR]

A massive wave of internet newcomers is using video and voice instead of typing searches and emails. Called “the next billion” by the tech industry, they are coming online for the first time thanks to low-end smartphones, and tech companies like Google are rethinking their products for these new users. [Eric Bellman / The Wall Street Journal]

Traditional carmakers like Ford and GM have regained some of their advantage when it comes to self-driving partnerships. Startups like Uber and Lyft have come around to the idea that building a car is, well, hard. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

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