Recode Daily: Twitter cracks down on alt-right accounts


Drawing the line between hate speech and political opinion is going to be tricky.

Twitter has suspended several high-profile accounts associated with the alt-right movement for violating rules against abuse and harassment, taking another step into the uncomfortable (and possibly counterproductive) role of arbiter of acceptable speech. — [Jessica Guynn / USA Today]

Donald Trump’s promise to be more “restrained” on Twitter apparently won’t apply until after the inauguration — he fired off a fresh volley attacking the “failing” New York Times over reports of disarray on his transition team. Meanwhile, it looks like Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and other family members won’t be getting top-secret security clearance after all. — [Jill Disis / CNN]

Should Trump vs. the NYT ever turn into an actual lawsuit, it would not be a surprise to see Charles Harder representing the new president. He’s the lawyer who helped Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel take down Gawker, and he’s much in demand these days. — [Jason Zengerle / GQ]

Tyler Shultz was the first Theranos insider to blow the whistle to regulators about inaccuracies in the company’s blood-testing equipment — a decision that opened a bitter rift in his family. Shultz is the grandson of George Shultz, the former secretary of state and a Theranos director. — [John Carreyrou / Wall Street Journal]

Apple plans to cut the share of App Store revenue it is paid by subscription video streaming apps from the current 30 percent to 15 percent, as long as the services integrate with the company’s new TV app. — [Lucas Shaw and Alex Webb / Bloomberg]

SpaceX is requesting government approval to operate a 4,425-satellite network that would provide high-speed, global internet coverage. The FCC filing did not include a timetable or cost estimate. — [Irene Klotz / Reuters]

On the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, influential music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz says artists who have battled streaming platforms like Spotify need to accept and embrace the shift in the business. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]

Top Stories From Recode

23andMe President Andy Page is departing

He will remain on the board of the personal genomics company.

Disney will fly 300 drones simultaneously every night this winter in Orlando

The technology, invented by Intel, allows a single pilot to operate hundreds of drones at once.

If the Tesla and SolarCity merger goes through, Elon Musk will be a step closer to creating a solar-powered car

Whatever the outcome of Thursday’s vote, we’ll learn even more about his vision for the next generation of batteries and energy storage.

Virtual reality is the new tech frontier, but it’s still a boys’ club

We have a big opportunity right now to open the doors and make sure VR, AR and AI are more inclusive.

Full transcript: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on Recode Decode

“There is actually a reason for the tech sector to engage with the government.”

With Apple now selling used iPhones, the new phone market may have peaked

Today, buying a smartphone is a lot like buying a car.

This Is Cool

This is the least intimidating robot you’ll see all week

Looking like an oversize party balloon with flamingo legs, the Buoyancy Assisted Lightweight Legged Unit, BALLU, is a creation of the Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory at UCLA.

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