“I’m here to help you folks do well.”
Despite the mutual enmity that preceded it, the Trump tech summit turned out to be a genial affair. The president-elect effusively praised the Silicon Valley leaders around the table as “a truly amazing group” and told them to call if they needed anything. Topics in the closed session reportedly included immigration, trade with China and vocational education. — [David Streitfeld / New York Times]
So was Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey left off the summit invitation list because Twitter isn’t “big enough,” as the Trump team says? Or is Trump still nursing a grudge because Twitter blocked an emoji-based ad campaign he wanted to run ahead of the first presidential debate? — [Kurt Wagner / Recode]
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk will be joining Trump’s now-18 member business advisory council. Musk is expected to urge Trump not to abandon the Paris climate agreement, as he had threatened during the campaign. — [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]
U.S. intelligence officials now believe with “a high level of confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election. — [William M. Arkin, Ken Dilanian and Cynthia McFadden / NBC News]
Yahoo disclosed a mammoth 2013 data breach affecting more than a billion users, including more than 150,000 U.S. government and military employees. In September, the company revealed a 2014 breach involving 500,000 accounts. Our advice to users then still holds. — [Craig Timberg and Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post]
Facebook is starting to talk to TV studios and other video producers about licensing shows, with the hope of boosting the social network’s video efforts. — [Peter Kafka / Recode]
The California DMV told Uber to stop the test run of its autonomous ride service in San Francisco, which began Wednesday, until it gets the proper permit or it will face legal action. The company had contended it didn’t need a permit because its self-driving cars still have a human behind the wheel. — [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]
On the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan says she doesn’t expect Trump to maintain the White House’s traditional relationship with the press, requiring “a very diligent new kind of journalistic inquiry.” — [Eric Johnson / Recode]
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