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Recode Daily: Facebook’s latest privacy bungle affects 14 million users

Plus, after employee protests, Google pledges not to use AI to cause “overall harm”; Amazon buys expensive rights to some U.K. soccer games; the world’s first 3-D printed carbon bike.

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Facebook screwed up on privacy again – the company says millions of users who thought they were sharing privately with their friends may have shared with everyone because of a software bug. The ”audience selector” bug was active for 10 days in May; up to 14 million users were affected; Facebook said it will begin to alert people who may have been impacted by this latest privacy glitch. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

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Google pledged not to use its powerful artificial intelligence for weapons, illegal surveillance and technologies that cause “overall harm.” But CEO Sundar Pichai said the company will keep working with the military in other areas, giving its cloud business the chance to pursue future lucrative government deals. After protests from more than 4,000 Google employees compelled the company to retreat from the Pentagon contract, Pichai released a set of seven principles for future AI applications. [Mark Bergen / Bloomberg]

BuzzFeed is laying off about 20 people — and hiring 45 more — in another reorganization on its business side. The company, which currently employs 1,450 people, laid off 100 staffers last fall. Like other publishers, BuzzFeed has been reorienting its business away from a dependency on Facebook and toward other sources of revenue, including a growing commerce business and programmatic display ads. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

Amazon bought the exclusive rights to big-time soccer games in the U.K., proving that it’s serious about the TV sports business. But the traditional TV guys are even more serious, for now. Amazon’s three-year license to show 20 games a year from the U.K.’s Premier League is an important step in its sports strategy, but that’s only 10 percent of the league’s games that are available to media companies like BT and Sky. [Peter Kafka / Recode]


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