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Recode Daily: Who’s reading your Gmail?

Plus, Facebook’s latest privacy glitch “unblocked” up to 800,000 users; Dell is going public again; the birth of a planet.

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Who’s reading your Gmail? Google said last year it would stop scanning Gmail messages for ad targeting. But when Gmail users sign up for third-party services that monitor their inboxes — such as ecommerce price trackers and travel management tools — some employees of those companies have reportedly been able to read customer emails to help train their software. [Douglas MacMillan / WSJ]

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One of the winners from LeBron James’ move to the Los Angeles Lakers: Shopping startup Wish. Last year, when Wish announced a three-year jersey sponsorship with the Lakers for a reported $36 million to $42 million, people snickered: How could a startup spend that kind of money on such a luxury? It’s safe to assume that the value of Wish’s sponsorship will skyrocket to the top of the league — and perhaps even blow away the Cavs’ leading total from last year. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

Tesla hit a major production milestone, moving heaven and earth to make 7,000 cars last week. But Ford can do that in just a few hours. Tesla needs to consistently increase that production before it can be the “real car company” that CEO Elon Musk declared it to be. Meanwhile, Tesla’s chief engineer, Doug Field, won’t return from his leave of absence, which began in May. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Comcast is throttling speed limits on video watching and personal hotspot usage on its Xfinity Mobile service, and will start charging extra for high-definition video over the cellular network. Comcast, which just began selling mobile plans with data, voice and texting last year, doesn’t operate its own cellular network, so it resells Verizon Wireless service. [Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica]

Dell, the world’s largest private technology company, will trade publicly again. Five years after its leveraged buyout, Dell is reemerging as a simplified player in computer equipment and software, including the internet of things. [Nico Grant / Bloomberg]

Whatever happens to MoviePass — its parent company’s stock has plummeted after it has become clear that its business model is shaky — it looks like the movie-ticket subscription model is here to stay. [Brooks Barnes / NYT]


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