New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has an intimidating to-do list. “I have to tell you I am scared,” Khosrowshahi told employees at Expedia, the company he ran for the last 12 years. Kara Swisher provides a vivid glimpse of what went on during Khosrowshahi’s presentation bid to Uber’s board. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]
Meanwhile the Uber drama hasn’t stopped, since its former CEO and major investor are still suing each other: Travis Kalanick and Benchmark face off in a Delaware court today. And the DOJ is looking into claims that Uber violated foreign bribery laws. [Theodore Schleifer / Recode]
Apple is wrangling with Hollywood studios over pricing for the super-high-definition 4K movies that it plans to sell on a new version of its Apple TV set-top box. But Apple thought it would be much farther along with TV in 2017 — which is why it may spend $1 billion on its own original shows. Meanwhile, CEO Tim Cook has been on his own mini-tour of the U.S., visiting midwestern tech companies and Texan startup incubators, and offering his guarded views on the Trump administration, domestic production, diversity and education. [Peter Kafka / Recode]
Can the online-only reboot “Star Trek: Discover” help CBS boldly go into a streaming future? The 51-year-old sci-fi franchise is returning to screens Sept. 24 as nerd bait for CBS’s All Access subscription streaming archive, which CEO Les Moonves hopes will hit a goal of four million subscribers by 2020. Last fall, on the Recode Media podcast, CBS Interactive CEO Jim Lanzone said “Discover” may have naked aliens and swearing. [Daniel Holloway / Variety]
Recode presents …
We’re just two weeks out from Recode’s two-day Code Commerce event, but we’re still adding to the standout lineup of retail and e-commerce leaders joining us onstage in New York City on Sept. 13 and 14. The latest additions: Heidi O’Neill, president of Nike’s $9 billion direct-to-consumer business, including Nike.com and Nike retail stores; and Rachel Roy, founder of her eponymous fashion brand. On Day 2 of Code Commerce, we’ll take you inside Amazon’s Prime Now delivery hub, and for exclusive behind-the-scenes visits at Nike, Warby Parker and Eataly. Register today.
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New owner Amazon didn’t tell Whole Foods butchers to sculpt those attention-getting ground-beef logos — they did it on their own. [Rani Molla / Recode]