Recode Daily: Google gets CBS for its web TV service, and more deals are close


The company plans to offer a package of channels for $25 to $40 a month.

Google has signed up CBS for Unplugged, the YouTube web TV service that Bloomberg surfaced back in May, and it’s closing in on deals with 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and Disney. Google is looking to offer a “skinny bundle” of channels for $25 to $40 a month. — [Joe Flint and Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal]

Round Three of Clinton-Trump was another slugfest, and Donald Trump wouldn’t commit to accepting the judges’ decision in November. Here’s how some of the ringside fact-checkers saw things: NYT, NPR, CBS News, the Guardian, PolitiFact, ABC News and USA Today. — [Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin / New York Times]

Elon Musk announced that all Teslas will now be built with all the hardware needed to be fully self-driving, and the additional autonomous features will be enabled over time with software updates. Meanwhile, Atieva plans to unveil its Tesla rival to select people today, ahead of a full launch in December. — [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

T-Mobile will pay $48 million to settle an FCC complaint that it misled customers about its “unlimited” data plan by not revealing that it was throttling connections for heavy users. Most of the money will go back to eligible customers via discounts or free data. — [Russell Brandom / The Verge]

In a note to Facebook employees, Mark Zuckerberg defended Peter Thiel’s presence on the board, regardless of his $1.25 million donation to Donald Trump. Supporting the goal of diversity, he said, means supporting diverse political opinions. — [Casey Newton / The Verge]

In the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, BuzzFeed video boss Ze Frank talks about coming up with the formula that made Tasty’s recipe videos more popular than Beyoncé on Facebook. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]

Top Stories From Recode

LeEco’s wild launch event made ‘Silicon Valley’s’ craziness look tame

The press event was more over the top than anything from Pied Piper.

How do you fix Twitter?

A few Silicon Valley luminaries offer up their solutions.

CBS CEO Les Moonves says NFL ratings may be down because there’s too much NFL

Is there simply too much football?

We had an adorable robot pet party

Two humans, a dog and a cat.

Apple Mac event: October 27 in Cupertino

Remember when the original Mac said “Hello”? Well, “Hello again.”

Any business on Facebook can now sell goods right from its Page

Facebook, an e-commerce company?

These tiny, wearable robots can cling to your clothes and drive around your body

They may one day assemble into a screen on your arm.

The drone delivery boss at Alphabet’s X lab is out

Dave Vos is leaving Project Wing.

AI might take jobs, but we can take steps to limit that, says U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

“I’m a believer in the human being,” Pritzker said on the latest Recode Decode.

The New York Times’ new boss-to-be literally wrote the plan to help it catch up in digital

But A.G. Sulzberger will find that running the company requires the help of the two cousins he beat for the job.

Facebook wants you to buy movie tickets and order pizza from its app

Facebook is pushing harder into local shopping.

Tinder is opening a Silicon Valley office and plans to double its workforce in the next 18 months

Tinder is coming to Silicon Valley to recruit.

This Is Cool

Beauty in the smallest things

The stunning images that won this year’s Nikon Small World microscope photography contest.

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