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A Silicon Valley startup is trying to rebrand payday loans

Recode Daily: Crowdpac was a Kickstarter for political candidates. Now it’s out of business.

Tech billionaires who donate millions are just “bribing society at large,” Anand Giridharadas says

Hackers have been holding the city of Baltimore’s computers hostage for 2 weeks

The Kickstarter for politics wanted to upend fundraising. Now it’s dead.

Online ads can be targeted based on your emotions

The US government’s battle with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, explained

Game of Thrones is over. Giant TV hits aren’t going anywhere.

Facebook’s latest reason it shouldn’t be broken up: Chinese companies will dominate

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse explains why big banks should get into cryptocurrencies

President Trump’s new immigration proposal would be terrible for tech

The White House’s social media bias tool is a ploy to get your email

Uber Eats is facing a price war — just like Uber

Self-driving cars have to be safer than regular cars. The question is how much.

How Amazon turned its darkest time into runaway riches

Positive feedback from Twitter is reportedly all Trump needs to push policies

Trump’s executive order may be aimed at Huawei, but its impact could be far wider

Yes, Quora still exists, and it’s now worth $2 billion

Have smartphones really destroyed a generation? We don’t know.

Ron Wyden wrote the law that built the internet. He still stands by it — and everything it’s brought with it.

Former US Attorney Preet Bharara says good journalism may have undermined the Mueller report

The “smarter” wall: how drones, sensors, and AI are patrolling the border

Here’s what a so-called "smart wall" of technology at the US-Mexico border looks like.

Apple is the only media company rich enough to beat Netflix — but does it care enough to try?

The White House won’t join a global pledge to combat online extremism

Abigail Disney just gave a searing indictment of American capitalism

The new boogeyman in Silicon Valley politics? The IPO.

Recode Daily: San Francisco cracks down on facial recognition

Facebook pays its interns nearly double what the typical American makes

San Francisco’s facial recognition technology ban, explained

The Facebook free speech battle, explained

The Hulu/Disney/Comcast divorce, explained

People say they care about privacy but they continue to buy devices that can spy on them

Hulu CEO Randy Freer explains why Hulu never promoted its ad-free version

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter says AI should never have the “true autonomy” to kill

Uber had a terrible first day as a public company. It might not matter at all.

SoftBank, the most powerful — and controversial — tech investor in Silicon Valley, explained

Facebook is a capitalism problem, not a Mark Zuckerberg problem

Esther Wojcicki explains how she raised the CEOs of YouTube and 23andMe

Google’s privacy changes are mostly marketing

Even Facebook’s co-founder thinks it should be broken up