Plus, we were in the room where it happened at the White House tech meeting, and Bob Dylan takes the most basic request.
Travis Kalanick resigned as CEO of Uber, the ride-hailing service that he helped found in 2009 and that he built into a transportation colossus, after a shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on at the company. Several of Uber’s major investors demanded that Kalanick resign immediately. Just yesterday, Recode editor Kara Swisher wondered, can Kalanick be redeemed? [Recode]
Uber is finally adding the ability for passengers to tip drivers in its ride-hailing app; it’s part of the company’s promised “180 days of change,” which includes more features in support of drivers. Meanwhile, the company’s largely MIA co-founder said Uber has been too obsessed with growth and neglected parts of its culture. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]
More details emerged from Monday’s White House “tech week” meeting — as observed by Recode’s reporter, who was in the room where it happened: Apple CEO Tim Cook and President Trump discussed health care and immigration, Google talked AI and everyone on the Silicon Valley squad was interested in tax reform. Here’s a list of who was there — and video. [Tony Romm / Recode]
Amazon Prime is testing a try-before-you-buy option on up to 15 pieces of clothing at a time, with bigger discounts for customers the more they keep. Amazon took some cues from e-commerce startups like Stitch Fix and Bombfell when crafting the service, called Prime Wardrobe, which is in beta. [Jason Del Rey]
Due to an editing error, yesterday’s newsletter incorrectly said Stitch Fix had hired a new CEO; the company has hired a new CFO, Paul Yee. We regret the error.
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Play it again, Bob
We’ve all rolled our eyes at that guy at a live show. Bob Dylan obliged an annoying fan at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre by actually playing “Free Bird.” [Alyssa Pereira / SFGate]
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