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Recode Daily: How to watch Tim Cook’s keynote today at Apple’s WWDC

Plus, where programmatic advertising comes from; those pesky electric scooters are fantastic; and UFOs are suddenly a serious news story.

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Don’t hold your breath for new Apple hardware when the company launches its WWDC today in San Jose. While refreshes for the MacBook, MacBook Pro and iPad are in the works, they won’t be ready for the public until later this year. Expect the release of iOS 12 for mobile and OS 10.14 for Mac — could this be the year the operating systems finally start to converge? While the catchy marketing name of 10.14 is not yet known, photos of a “dark mode” have emerged, and the images of sand dunes may provide a clue — could it be macOS Mojave? A new Apple Watch face with an animated rainbow-hued LGBT Pride theme goes live today. And the two-hour keynote by Tim Cook and co. will be livestreamed here starting at 10 am PT. [Chris Velazco / Engadget]

Microsoft is buying GitHub, whose service is used by companies including Microsoft and Google to store their corporate code and to collaborate; it was last valued at $2 billion in 2015. It seems like a natural acquisition for the new Microsoft, which under CEO Satya Nadella has increased its focus on serving software developers via cloud services. [Dan Frommer / Recode]

Lyft is buying bike-share startup Motivate. The acquisition, which is likely to be worth $250 million or more, follows Uber’s acquisition of a bike-share service called Jump for around $200 million. And you know those pesky, ubiquitous electric scooters everyone is complaining about? Unfortunately, they’re fantastic. [Amir Efrati and Cory Weinberg / The Information]

Facebook is finally shutting down the controversial Trending section of its app, where Facebook would let users know what topics were most popular on the service. The simple explanation: The feature was a PR nightmare for the company, and less than 1.5 percent of traffic to news publishers came from Trending. And here’s why Instagram is ignoring (for now) user requests for a reverse-chronological timeline. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Here’s how New York-based ad-tech company Right Media built the first internet ad exchange — and gave birth to programmatic advertising. [Adrienne Jeffries / New York Magazine]

Do journalists make good entrepreneurs? And how does it feel to be on the other side of the business press? Ask Kurt Andersen, Elizabeth Spiers, Choire Sicha and Erica Cerulo, all distinctive writers who were all on the internet from the jump and took the risk to go into the media business for themselves. [Gabriel Snyder / Columbia Journalism Review]

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