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Inside the new $65 million push from progressives to compete with conservative media

Inside the new $65 million push from progressives to compete with conservative media

It’s called the Project for Good Information, and it raises big questions about the future of the information wars.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.A prominent Democratic strategist is planning a new $65 million effort to push progressive local news around the United States as part of an attempt to match the dominance of right-wing media, Recode has learned.The organization, whose formation hasn’t previously been reported, is called the Project for Good Information (PGI). It’s being created by Tara McGowan, a Democratic strategist who has spent...

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Feb 23
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The second act of Jeff Bezos could be as big as his first

The second act of Jeff Bezos could be as big as his first

Jeff Bezos isn’t getting less powerful. His power is just getting less obvious.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Jeff Bezos isn’t going anywhere.Just because he’s doesn’t mean he will fade as a protagonist in American life. That’s because, unlike many leaders in Corporate America, Bezos’s public profile far outstrips his role as leader of Amazon. Even if he isn’t the CEO — or maybe because he isn’t the CEO — Bezos will remain one of America’s most famous business leaders, wielding power in politics, philanthropy, and media.As prominent today as...

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Feb 3
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Inside the implosion of the $35 million startup meant to fix the Democratic Party

Inside the implosion of the $35 million startup meant to fix the Democratic Party

Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Just two weeks after Election Day, over two dozen staff members at the startup meant to be the next big thing in Democratic politics erupted in revolt. Four senior employees had been fired — and their colleagues were angry.“Trust has been damaged,” the employees of Alloy wrote to the company’s board of directors in a letter obtained by Recode. “The explanation given for these organizational changes and terminations feels inadequate at best. And at worst, disingenuous.”Just over 48 hours after that letter was...

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Dec 15
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Mark Zuckerberg gave $75 million to a San Francisco hospital. The city wants to condemn him anyway.

Mark Zuckerberg gave $75 million to a San Francisco hospital. The city wants to condemn him anyway.

A vote on Thursday is the latest flashpoint in the debate over the proper role for billionaire philanthropy.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s adopted hometown of San Francisco took the first step on Thursday to formally condemn the naming of a major hospital after him and his wife, the latest flashpoint in the debate over the proper role for billionaire philanthropy.A panel on the city’s board of supervisors recommended , a move that reflects the new, increasingly controversial politics of both the tech industry and...

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Dec 4
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Big California donors want to fill Kamala Harris’s Senate seat with a woman of color

Big California donors want to fill Kamala Harris’s Senate seat with a woman of color

Will Gov. Gavin Newsom listen?Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Some of California’s biggest political donors are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to choose a woman of color to fill the seat of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.Given how rare it has been for a Senate seat in the country’s largest state to become vacant, California leaders have been hard at work ever since Harris was chosen for the Democratic ticket this summer. And now the lobbying is becoming more public.On Monday, about 150 of the state’s biggest women donors will ratchet up the...

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Nov 22
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Inside the behind-the-scenes fight to convince Joe Biden about Silicon Valley

Inside the behind-the-scenes fight to convince Joe Biden about Silicon Valley

Who will have a seat at the table?Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.When it comes to Silicon Valley, Joe Biden is something of a blank slate. And for Silicon Valley, that means Joe Biden is something of an opportunity.So Big Tech reformers and Big Tech allies are gearing up for a spirited fight in the coming months over the types of people who will staff the Biden administration. Those personnel decisions will offer some of the first revelations into how exactly the president-elect will regulate the tech industry and its titans, a high-stakes...

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Nov 17
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Exclusive: The former CEO of Google has applied to become a citizen of Cyprus

Exclusive: The former CEO of Google has applied to become a citizen of Cyprus

Eric Schmidt is effectively buying a passport that he can use to enter the European Union.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.The former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, is finalizing a plan to become a citizen of the island of Cyprus, Recode has learned, becoming one of the highest-profile Americans to take advantage of one of the world’s most controversial “passport-for-sale” programs.Schmidt, one of America’s wealthiest people, and his family have won approval to become citizens of the Mediterranean nation, according to a previously unreported notice...

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Mark Zuckerberg is spending millions like never before to overhaul a landmark law

Mark Zuckerberg is spending millions like never before to overhaul a landmark law

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×The billionaire Facebook founder is making the most expensive electoral play of his career.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Mark Zuckerberg...

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Jeff Bezos offers a clue to his $10 billion climate change strategy

Jeff Bezos offers a clue to his $10 billion climate change strategy

Bezos has quietly started a new company that appears involved in the historic push.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Amazon founder Jeff Bezos quietly created a new company to help execute his , Recode has learned, offering a clue into the plan known as the Bezos Earth Fund, which has been shrouded in secrecy since it was announced half a year ago.Bezos’s team has started a new limited liability company, Fellowship Ventures LLC, that appears to be involved in the historic philanthropic commitment, according to public records reviewed by Recode....

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Aug 7
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Bill Gates is spending $150 million to try to make a coronavirus vaccine as cheap as $3

Bill Gates is spending $150 million to try to make a coronavirus vaccine as cheap as $3

Pay more attention to what Gates is doing overseas than what he’s saying about the United States.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.A lot of people are paying attention to every utterance from Bill Gates, , about the United States’s response to the . But much less attention is paid to what Gates is actually pouring his fortune into: steeling the rest of the world for the coronavirus vaccine they will need next year.Gates on Friday said that he and his foundation would spend $150 million to distribute vaccines, if they are found, to some of the...

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