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For most companies that have been around for a while, rigidity and corporate processes eventually creep into the system. They slowly start to see innovation as simply the next iteration of an existing product or service. Resulting in just iterative ‘innovation’ which isn’t a sustainable way for a business to stay ahead. The way I see it, if someone is working on something that could potentially disrupt your business, it better be you. In order to achieve this, you’ll need teams that have a radical mindset and are hungry for disruption. A team that works according to the principles of…

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Recode Daily: Snapchat’s radical redesign spurred thousands of outraged teen users to online activism

Plus, Amazon lays off hundreds, Blockbuster vs. Netflix: The Podcast, and which Winter Olympics sport is best for you?

You may have noticed that today’s Recode Daily newsletter arrived in your inbox a bit later than usual. That’s because Recode’s East Coast squad of reporters and editors has flown west to join the rest of us today for Code Media in Huntington Beach, Calif. Here’s how to watch today’s interviews, including a rare appearance by Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz, live; you can catch up on who said what on Day One here. We’ll be back to our usual delivery time later this week.

Kylie Jenner and Chrissy Teigen joined more than 700,000 people in signing an online petition calling for Snap to reverse the recent radical redesign of its Snapchat app. Last week, the company split the app into two sections, consolidating friend content on the left side, media content on the right, outraging its massive teenage user base. A fake tweet claiming that Snapchat would revert back to its old design if it got enough retweets received 1.3 million retweets as of Sunday afternoon, and has become the sixth most retweeted tweet of all time. Meanwhile, Snap’s VP of sales, Jeff Lucas, has left the company after joining less than two years ago; he’s the seventh Snap exec to leave since the company’s IPO in February 2017. [Taylor Lorenz / Daily Beast]

Amazon laid off a few hundred employees at its Seattle headquarters yesterday. It’s a rare pullback for the $ 668 billion e-commerce giant, which has more than 500,000 employees. As Amazon reaches into new industries like media, grocery retail and logistics, it is recalibrating its staffing while hiring heavily in fast-growing business units like Alexa and Amazon Web Services. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

Facebook has resolved a dispute with Apple that prevented the social network from launching a subscription tool for publishers on iOS devices. During her appearance onstage at Code Media yesterday, Campbell Brown, head of Facebook’s news partnerships, said that a version of the paywall tool, which has already been available on Android phones, will roll out in March to Apple phones. Brown also said that Facebook plans to highlight breaking news in its Watch section, the tab on the Facebook app that houses original video. Watch the interview with Brown and News Feed head Adam Mosseri here. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

A new serial podcast called Business Wars digs into the epic corporate drama, industrial espionage and internal blood feuds that fueled the Blockbuster vs. Netflix battle for supremacy. Blockbuster was eventually forced into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010, roughly a decade after Netflix’s launch. Former Marketplace anchor David Brown hosts the first eight episodes. [Zach Brooke / AV Club]

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The company has a three-strike rule. Paul doesn’t have three strikes, says CEO Susan Wojcicki.

HuffPost editor in chief Lydia Polgreen said she wouldn’t have chosen to cover President Trump as entertainment.

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Recode Daily: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s radical pay plan — and rocketship payload

Plus, Uber hires its first chief diversity officer, Stripe is giving up on bitcoin, and HomePod at last.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk may have the most radical pay plan in corporate history. Musk, who has agreed to stay on as chief executive for a decade, will be paid only if he reaches a series of jaw-dropping milestones based on the company’s market value and operations. Otherwise, he will be paid nothing. Meanwhile, Musk’s other company, SpaceX, is preparing for the imminent launch of its biggest rocket, the Falcon Heavy — its cross-promotional payload will include a cherry-red Roadster built by Tesla. [Andrew Ross Sorkin / The New York Times]

Twitter COO Anthony Noto is taking the job of CEO at finance startup SoFi, filling the spot vacated by Mike Cagney, who resigned after sexual harassment allegations. Noto was the most important full-time exec at Twitter; CEO Jack Dorsey, who also runs Square, hasn’t announced a replacement for Noto. Meanwhile Facebook is seeing a rare senior executive departure — CMO Gary Briggs is retiring; he wants to advise a few companies, sit on some boards and help the Democratic Party on the ramp-up to the U.S. midterm elections. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Uber has hired its first chief diversity and inclusion officer. Bo Young Lee will fill the role that was recommended by the Holder Report, which investigated the company’s toxic culture. It’s the third executive appointment under new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.[Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Stripe was ahead of the curve on bitcoin, but it’s giving up on it as a payment method. Four years ago, the online payments platform was the first to accept the wildly popular but volatile alternative currency; after a rise in transaction fees made a bitcoin transactions about as expensive as bank wires, Stripe concluded that bitcoin is meant to be more of an asset and less of a currency for daily payments. [Theodore Schleifer / Recode]

The media ecosystem is up for grabs right now: Netflix buys content from the studios but makes its own stuff, too. Older media companies are trying to compete by consolidating, new distributors like Verizon and AT&T and giant tech companies like Google, Amazon and Apple are all getting in on the action. Here’s a diagram of what the Big Media universe currently looks like. And if you like that chart, you’ll love this one, tracking the incredible 10-year rise of Netflix, from mailboxes to David Letterman.[Rani Molla and Peter Kafka / Recode]

HomePod, Apple’s late-to-the-party entrant into the smart-speaker market, finally has a shipping date, after its scheduled December launch was delayed. The $ 349 device is available for preorder on Friday, and will hit Apple Store shelves on Feb. 9.[Dieter Bohn / The Verge]


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Code Media — Recode’s annual conference featuring the most interesting and influential people in media and technology — is coming up on Feb. 12 and 13 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Joining the already amazing lineup of speakers are four media entrepreneurs and executives with unique insight into the media landscape: Brit + Co CEO Brit Morin, theSkimm co-founders Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, and Hollywood Reporter part owner Janice Min. You can join us, too — click here for registration info.


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On the latest episode of Recode Decode, Petri says, “You laugh, but then people’s lives are being destroyed.”

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MIT Has a Radical New Design for a Martian City

Martian Forests

Every year, Mars City Design hosts a competition in which innovative teams of scientists, engineers, and students design unique concept-cities for the day when humans attempt to live on Mars. This year, a team of nine MIT students led by MIT postdoc Valentina Sumini and Assistant Professor Caitlin Mueller took first place in the architecture portion of the contest with their unique tree-inspired Mars city concept, titled Redwood Forest.

Redwood Forest is a soothing space that can provide up to 10,000 weary human travelers with equal amounts of comfort and safety from the elements. While at first glance the domes themselves don’t appear capable of housing such large numbers of people or providing them with adequate facilities, just like a tree, these domes aren’t limited to what you see above ground.

Image Credit: Mars City Design

Below the surface of the Red Planet, each dome in MIT’s Mars city concept branches out into “roots.” These intricate tunnel systems connect the domes and provide additional protection from surface threats. This design was chosen for both functional and symbolic reasons.

“On Mars, our city will physically and functionally mimic a forest, using local Martian resources such as ice and water, regolith or soil, and Sun to support life,” Sumini told MIT News. “Designing a forest also symbolizes the potential for outward growth as nature spreads across the Martian landscape. Each tree habitat incorporates a branching structural system and an inflated membrane enclosure, anchored by tunneling roots.”

Image Credit: Mars City Design
Image Credit: Mars City Design

Doctoral student George Lordos, who was responsible for Redwood Forest’s system architecture, shared details on how Redwood Forest will take advantage of those Martian resources:

Every tree habitat in Redwood Forest will collect energy from the Sun and use it to process and transport the water throughout the tree, and every tree is designed as a water-rich environment. Water fills the soft cells inside the dome providing protection from radiation, helps manage heat loads, and supplies hydroponic farms for growing fish and greens.

Solar panels produce energy to split the stored water for the production of rocket fuel, oxygen, and for charging hydrogen fuel cells, which are necessary to power long-range vehicles as well as provide backup energy storage in case of dust storms.

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The surface of the Red Planet is intrinsically harsh. From a virtually nonexistent atmosphere to radiation to dust storms capable of covering the entire planet, Mars is a barren landscape that can get as cold as -125 degrees Celsius (-195 degrees Fahrenheit) near the poles in winter.

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Obviously, any Mars city concept would need to be capable of protecting Earthling travelers from these physical hardships. However, after a mind-numbingly long and arduous journey through space, survivable conditions might not be all that a group of human beings needs to live a happy, healthy life on Mars.

Thinking of all these potential variables will be essential if humanity ever hopes to live beyond Earth. We’ll need innovative thinkers at all stages of the process, from designing the rockets that transport us to building the cities we inhabit once we arrive. The Redwood Forest concept illustrates the power and potential of both sound scientific planning and the ability to see far beyond what has been done, or even imagined, before.

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