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Plus, Spotify now has all three major music labels, the Top 10 mobile apps in the U.S., and a pinball “Game of Thrones.”
Amazon is wasting no time putting its stamp on Whole Foods. The e-commerce giant will start lowering prices on popular grocery items starting Monday — the day its $13.7 billion acquisition closes — and Amazon Prime will become the chain’s customer-rewards program. Amazon Lockers will be placed in select Whole Foods stores so customers can pick up and return Amazon orders at the grocer. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]
Spotify signed a deal with Warner Music Group, the last big music label it needed on board before it goes public. With deals already in place with Universal Music Group and Sony Music, the streaming music service has been planning a nontraditional public offering, where it will sell shares directly to the public instead of going through Wall Street banks; a late 2017/early 2018 date is targeted. [Peter Kafka / Recode]
Uber’s board convenes today to narrow down the choices for the company’s new CEO. Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman has tweeted that she will not take the job, leaving front-runner Jeff Immelt, the former head of GE, and another dark-horse candidate to present their visions for the future of Uber to the board. Meanwhile, Uber investor Benchmark is escalating its fight with former CEO Travis Kalanick, saying it needs immediate action to protect the company from Kalanick’s “corrosive influence.” And another Uber investor — Shervin Pishevar — has filed his own legal shot at Benchmark. [Kara Swisher / Recode]
The U.S. government’s self-driving-car council has fallen apart under President Donald Trump, whose administration has pumped the brakes on efforts to advance technology that could redefine how Americans travel, reduce traffic congestion and save lives. The Federal Committee on Automation, comprised of top execs from Apple, Ford, GM, Lyft and other tech and auto giants, has fallen entirely inactive since its first meeting on Jan. 16. [Tony Romm / Recode]
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The season 7 finale of “Game of Thrones” is upon us. Whatever will we do after that? Of course there are lots of GoT mobile apps out there, from trivia games to news aggregators about the series. For the more olde-school among us, there’s also a pinball “Game.” Choose your house before beginning play — different ramp combos open different characters depending on your house. Here’s an interactive pinball locator map, so you can find GoT pinball — or The Walking Dead, Metallica or Elvis — wherever you live. The map also has a Twitter account, so you stay up to date with other new or vintage games.