Alt-right hero Stephen Bannon will be Trump’s “chief strategist”
Donald Trump named Steve Bannon, who runs the far-right Breitbart News site, as his chief strategist and senior counselor, to the dismay of hate-watch groups and political opponents. Meanwhile, Trump said he would temper his prolific tweeting as president. But not yet: On Sunday, Trump took to Twitter to complain about the New York Times.[Rich McCormick / The Verge]
Mark Zuckerberg continues to argue that Facebook didn’t help elect Trump. In a Facebook post, he argued that less than one percent of Facebook’s content was fake news or disinformation, making it “extremely unlikely” that such stories affected the presidential election. Still, it’s a question eating at many within the company.[Kara Swisher / Recode]
Samsung is buying its way into the car business by spending $8 billion on Harman. Most people know Harman as an audio company, but nearly half its revenue comes from connected car products. It’s Samsung’s largest purchase.[Tim Culpan / Bloomberg]
European industrial giant Siemens is close to a $4.5 billion deal to buy Mentor Graphics, which makes software for designing semiconductors. — [Liana B. Baker / Reuters]
Hackers breached the databases of AdultFriendFinder and several of its sister sites, making off with the account information of more than 412 million users. — [Zack Whittaker / ZDNet]
Actress Kate Hudson, co-founder of workout clothing brand Fabletics, is coming to our Code Commerce event Dec. 6 in San Francisco. Also onstage will be Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey and Wish CEO Peter Szulczewski. Register now. — [Jason Del Rey / Recode]
On the latest episode of Recode Decode, Kara Swisher talks about “A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success” with the author, Tracy Kidder, and the subject, Kayak co-founder Paul English. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]
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Embrace anti-reality: One of Peter Thiel’s partners pens an anti-Trump manifesto that is actually sensible
Founders Fund’s Geoff Lewis begs us all to get off social media and really engage.
Apple, Google, Facebook, Netflix and Amazon all suffered this week, but some think that’s short-sighted.
Thomas Middleditch and Kumail Nanjiani walked into a bar and the rest is not so funny.
Here’s a viral Facebook video that you wish was not, of a woman getting bashed as a ‘stalker’ from the Middle East
It’s going to be a hard few years online and off.
‘Proud to be gay’ Peter Thiel has a top job on the transition team that just appointed a virulently anti-gay politician to shepherd domestic policy vetting
Literal versus serious is getting too close for comfort to important rights issue for tech.
Here’s Yahoo saying it was hacked much earlier than previously reported — and it is being sued 23 times so far for the breach
Its regulatory filing dropped on Election Day, the better to keep it hidden!
“What we have gone through in 2016, 2015, is so awful because of Donald Trump.”
This Is Cool
The live-action adaptation of the classic manga and anime series, starring (controversially) Scarlett Johansson, is coming March 31.