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Recode Daily: China says Trump’s U.S. is ‘opening fire on the entire world’

Plus, Amazon takes a page from the Toys “R” Us catalog; Facebook ads give a glimpse at the showdown over the POTUS SCOTUS pick; about that treadmill desk in the newsroom.

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China says the Trump-led U.S. is “opening fire” on the world with its proposed trade war. These include tariffs set to go into effect on Friday on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports; China is set to retaliate with its own tariffs on American goods, including food and automotive imports. [Elias Glenn and Christian Shepherd / Reuters]

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Amazon is planning to send out a print toy catalog for the holiday shopping season, which would also be handed out at its Whole Foods stores. The 100-page catalog would be inspired by the iconic “Big Book” catalog from the now-bankrupt Toys “R” Us — which closed in part because of competition from online stores like Amazon; the online behemoth has also reportedly looked at expanding its retail footprint by acquiring some of the vacated toy-store locations. [Matthew Townsend / Bloomberg]

Workers at Microsoft, Google and Amazon have forced their employers to reconsider how their products are being used by the U.S. government. But so far there has been no employee uprising at Twitter, Trump’s favored social network, which has been central to viral progressive movements. Here are some thoughts about why. [Farhad Manjoo / The New York Times]

Facebook ads are offering a peek at Trump’s looming Supreme Court pick: Partisan groups have flooded Facebook, Twitter and other social networks with political ads over the potential candidates. Classified as advocacy groups, they are not required to identify their donors or disclose much of their spending. But Facebook’s new ad policies are giving a glimpse of how money from these organizations flows through social media. [Kevin Roose / The New York Times]

Business schools are trying to attract more liberal-arts types with “math camps.” Carnegie Mellon, Yale and Columbia University are among the flagship MBA programs helping former English literature and political science majors prepare for math-intensive coursework before their first semesters. Once reliable moneymaking ventures for large universities, MBA tracks have experienced a steady drop in applications in previous years. [Janiki Chadha / The Wall Street Journal]

What’s it like to livestream your life to tens of thousands of obsessed, controlling fans? The New Yorker profiles Paul Denino, a.k.a. Ice Poseidon, whose edgy livestreams generate an impressive amount of drama. “Denino has lived in Los Angeles for a year and a half, and during that time he has been kicked out of six apartments.” [Adrian Chen / The New Yorker]

Some AI experts are saying we should pump the brakes about the impending reality of fully self-driving cars: It could be years, if not decades, before they can reliably avoid accidents. [Russell Brandom / The Verge]

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