Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook Live and gathered a trio of “Dreamers” to share stories of their American upbringing, an effort to humanize the news their status in the U.S. is now in doubt after President Trump rescinded a key program. You can watch the conversation here. Meanwhile, Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks filed statements in support of a lawsuit brought by 15 states.
[Kurt Wagner / Recode]
The House approved a bipartisan bill that could soon let Ford, Google, Uber and other companies put as many as 100,000 experimental self-driving cars on U.S. roads. But the measure is not yet law, and it still must survive the slow-moving Senate.
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Amazon and Apple are competing with Warner Bros. and other movie studios for the rights to the James Bond film franchise — and they’re willing to spend as much as the majors. WB’s deal with Sony expired after 2015’s “Spectre”; MGM, Sony, Universal and Fox are also pursuing the golden goose.
[The Hollywood Reporter]
Here’s an inside look at WeWork’s master plan — and why the fast-growing co-working company thinks it’s worth $20 billion. WeWork aims to position itself to be the “Intel” of office space — the de facto provider of desks, and by extension, the services that go with them.
[Jessi Hempel / Wired]
A federal judge dismissed a libel suit filed against the tech blog Techdirt by a man who claimed he invented email. Shiva Ayyadurai has controversially claimed that he invented the ubiquitous service in the late 1970s. Ayyadurai says he will appeal; his attorney is Charles Harder, who repped Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan in their case against Gawker.
[Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica]
Here’s how Mother Jones continues to make serious journalism in the age of viral cat videos — it asks its readers for money. On the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, editor in chief Clara Jeffery talked about reader funding replacing some of the losses from the traditional advertising model, and said she’s skeptical about the “pivot to digital.”
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This time next week, Recode will be hosting more than 400 entrepreneurs and executives from across the retail and e-commerce industries for the first-ever multi-day Code Commerce event in New York City. Just added to the lineup of speakers: Venmo COO Mike Vaughan, Reformation founder and CEO Yael Aflalo and Theory founder and president Andrew Rosen. Here’s the full roster; the event is officially sold out, but you can sign up for the waitlist in case space opens up. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]
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