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Recode Daily: Media companies score as the Supreme Court allows legal sports gambling

Plus, Amazon makes a move to increase diversity on its board; Lyft claims 35 percent of the U.S. ride-share market; and inside NYC’s crypto conference.

An ice hockey player skates in front of an ad for DraftKings. Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

The Supreme Court opened the door for states to legalize sports gambling. As Recode reported earlier this month, online betting companies like daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel seem like clear early winners, but there’s a market for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and major networks that hold sports broadcasting rights to open up new sources of revenue. [Brent Kendall and Chris Kirkham / The Wall Street Journal]

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Amazon will adopt a “Rooney Rule” to increase diversity on its board of directors, after initial opposition by the board sparked outrage among employees. The policy ensures that women and people of color are included in the pool of candidates for all board openings; all 10 of Amazon’s board members are white; three of the 10 are women. Amazon is also bringing its cashierless Amazon Go convenience stores to San Francisco and Chicago later this year, four months after it opened the first location in its hometown of Seattle. Meanwhile, Amazon is questioning its future in Seattle after the city voted for a new tax on big businesses. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

Uber is getting rid of forced arbitration for riders, drivers or employees who want to file a legal complaint against the company over claims of sexual assault. Meanwhile, as part of new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s push to rebrand Uber around safety, Uber users can now incrementally rate their trip at any point with a star rating and written feedback, instead of having to wait for the trip to end. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Lyft revealed its internal market-share numbers for the first time, claiming that it has 35 percent of the U.S. ride-sharing market, a 75 percent increase from 18 months ago. The hike shows that Lyft’s growth momentum isn’t letting up after it capitalized on rival Uber’s disastrous 2017. [Deirdre Bosa / CNBC]

About a dozen Google employees resigned in protest over the company’s continued involvement in a Pentagon program for analyzing aerial drone footage. In addition to the resignations, nearly 4,000 Google employees have voiced their opposition to Project Maven in an internal petition that asks Google to immediately cancel the contract and institute a policy against taking on future military work. [Kate Conger / Gizmodo]

Facebook has suspended 200 apps in its effort to uncover and prevent another data-misuse situation like Cambridge Analytica. So far, the company has reviewed thousands of apps with access to Facebook user data. The problem with this ongoing audit is that no matter what Facebook finds, it’s going to be too late — Facebook can ban bad actors, but once the data leaves Facebook’s servers, there isn’t much the company can do to get it back. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]


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