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Recode Daily: A federal judge tells Trump that blocking people from viewing his Twitter feed is unconstitutional

Plus, Uber turns a profit — with a caveat; don’t ignore those GDPR emails; how one lens sees two different White Houses.

Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” presented a pop-up library exhibiting President Trump’s tweets at Union Station on October 19, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois.
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A federal district court judge ruled that President Trump can’t block people from viewing his Twitter feed, calling it a designated public forum protected by the First Amendment. The court’s ruling is a major win for the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which brought the lawsuit on behalf of seven people who were blocked from the @realDonaldTrump account because of opinions they expressed in reply tweets. [Lydia Wheeler / The Hill]

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Uber has turned a profit under new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. In the first quarter of 2018, Uber saw $2.6 billion in revenue and $2.5 billion in profit. But there’s a caveat: Without the windfall of $2.9 billion after it merged its businesses in Russia and Southeast Asia with local competitors, Uber would have posted a loss. Meanwhile, Uber employees will get a second chance to make some money by selling their shares. And, following the death of a pedestrian, Uber is shuttering its Arizona self-driving operations and laying off 300 test drivers; here’s what that decision means. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Comcast says it is in the “advanced stages of preparing” a “superior” all-cash offer for parts of 21st Century Fox that Rupert Murdoch’s company already agreed to sell to Disney. Here’s why Comcast says it should own Fox’s business — and why Fox says it still prefers Disney. Netflix is now worth more than Comcast, by the way. [Evelyn Cheng / CNBC]

The NFL and Nike have signed a giant 10-year deal with online retailer and on-demand manufacturer Fanatics. Starting in 2020, Fanatics will be the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of all adult Nike-branded NFL gear. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

Silicon Valley cities want to tax big tech companies just like Seattle did with Amazon. Mountain View, East Palo Alto, Cupertino and San Francisco blame the industry for inequality. And they say companies have a stake in helping, via a per-employee “head tax.” Meanwhile, rapid advances in automation mean that a lot of workers won’t have the necessary skills. What will be needed: Fewer manual laborers and more employees with tech skills. [Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg]

Are you getting a flood of emails and alerts about GDPR-related data privacy policy updates? Don’t ignore them — read them. Those messages are appearing now because a law called the General Data Protection Regulation — called by some the world’s strongest protector of digital privacy rights — goes into effect tomorrow across the European Union. And while GDPR was designed for Europeans, the borderless nature of the online world means that virtually every commercial entity that touches the web has to making changes in order to comply. [Brian X. Chen / The New York Times]

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