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Recode Daily: More than 200 new moms compare notes on returning to their tech jobs

Plus, Jeffrey Katzenberg picks Meg Whitman to run his video startup, AT&T and Burger King make ads about net neutrality, and Amazon a-go-go!

Mom Sarah Haigney and 11-month-old daughter Lana Haigney use the computer at IKEA's kitchen design space at its Centennial store on Thursday, August 28, 2014. Cyrus McCrimmon / Denver Post via Getty Images

More than 80 percent of new mothers returned to their tech companies after the birth of their kids. But maternity benefits at tech jobs ran the gamut from no paid leave at all to more than 20 weeks PTO. Recode recently put out a call to new mothers who work in tech to learn about their experiences with returning to their jobs after having kids. Some 230 moms from 150 companies responded, and compared notes on maternity packages, work flexibility, childcare benefits, lactation rooms and more. Here’s what we learned. [Rani Molla / Recode]

Snap’s vice president of product is leaving the company after two years,. Tom Conrad’s departure comes as Snap is readying a big redesign of its Snapchat app. He’ll be replaced by Jacob Andreou, Snap’s growth director and a former designer at the company. But CEO Evan Spiegel remains the company’s real product boss. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Meg Whitman has been tapped by Jeffrey Katzenberg to run his still-unnamed video startup. Whitman stepped down as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in November; the new venture is supposed to deliver premium mobile-focused short videos to paying subscribers. Now all it has to do is find money and content. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

Fast-food chain Burger King has wandered into the net neutrality arena: In a new video ad, Burger King uses the debate over the open-internet rules as a metaphor — and as a marketing gimmick, of course. In the ad, the company dupes some of its customers into thinking they must pay higher prices for faster delivery of their burgers. [Tony Romm / Recode]

SoftBank has a risky plan to raise a few more tech dollars. CEO Masayoshi Son proposes to use two of his company’s assets — Uber and British semiconductor company Arm Holdings, which designs a key microchip for the iPhone — as collateral to take on loans that SoftBank could then reinvest in tech. And SoftBank tech-investing Vision Fund is unexpectedly pumping a massive amount of money into Katerra, a U.S. company trying to improve the efficiency of construction projects. [Theodore Schleifer / Recode]

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