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Recode Daily: Sandberg, Spiegel, Murdoch: It’s Day 1 of the Code Conference

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Welcome to Code 2018. All week we’ll have interviews with top leaders in tech, media and business, including Brad Smith, president of Microsoft; James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox; Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snap; and, from Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg and Mike Schroepfer. We’ll also delve into AI, robots and blockchain. Our coverage starts at 3 pm PT / 6 pm ET today.

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Shari Redstone, who controls both Viacom and CBS, says she doesn’t want to merge them, after all. It’s the second time Redstone has reached this conclusion in two years; the disclosure comes as part of a new suit Redstone filed against CBS and its CEO Les Moonves. Hard to imagine Redstone proposing a merger a third time as long as Moonves is running CBS.

Turn your routers off. And then turn them back on. That’s the request the FBI is making to everyone who owns a router. The agency is trying to avoid a malware system linked to Russia. The malware is capable of “blocking web traffic, collecting information that passes through home and office routers, and disabling the devices entirely.”
[The New York Times]

The future of transportation may not be on the roads but in the skies. That might not be a reality quite yet but Airbus is taking it seriously. The company is settng up a division for flying cars and on-demand taxis.

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This is cool

It’s been 15 years of Code (formerly All Things D) and this picture of Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg is 100 percent.

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