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Recode Daily: Magic Leap and the NBA are teaming up to bring augmented reality to basketball

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Plus, after a tough 2017, Uber’s business is growing, Stanford and other universities are teaching the ethics of tech, and the origin of the conversational candy heart.

Today’s Recode Daily newsletter arrived in your inbox a bit later than usual because Recode’s East Coast team of reporters and editors are flying back home after a successful two-day Code Media in Huntington Beach, Calif. Catch up on who said what on Day One and Day Two, and don’t miss this animated this animated video safari through the media industry ecosystem that CollegeHumor made to open the event. We’ll be back to our usual delivery time later this week.

Magic Leap is partnering with the NBA to change the way you watch basketball. The highly secretive and buzzed-about augmented reality startup is on track to launch its first pair of AR goggles this year, and users will be able to watch some NBA content, like classic games or highlights. CEO Rony Abovitz, who shared the stage with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, didn’t bring the goggles with him to Code Media yesterday — but he did bring this video of Shaq wearing them, and suggested that the lowest-priced model will end up costing around $1,000. Here’s what we learned — and still don’t know — about Magic Leap. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Uber had a painful 2017, but it still managed to grow its business.Disclosing Q4 financials yesterday — its first full quarter under new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi — the ride-hailing company’s net revenue was up 60 percent, to $2.22 billion; sales hit $7.5 billion, but the company also posted a loss of $4.5 billion. UberEats represents about 10 percent of the company’s business. [Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg]

Netflix has lured prolific TV producer Ryan Murphy to leave his longtime home at 20th Century Fox with a $300 million deal. Murphy is the creative force behind “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “American Horror Story.” While other companies are buying each other, Netflix has been aggressively pursuing producers like “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes and “Orange Is the New Black’s” Jenji Kohan in a bid to have greater ownership of its content. [Lesley Goldberg / The Hollywood Reporter]

Some of the universities that helped produce some of Silicon Valley’s top technologists are hustling to bring a more medicine-like consideration of ethics and morality to the Wild West of computer science. Stanford, Harvard, MIT and the University of Texas at Austin are among the schools offering new courses on the ethics of computer science, artificial intelligence and the social ramifications of innovations like autonomous weapons and self-driving cars. [Natasha Singer / The New York Times]

Here’s everything you need to know about Google’s and Facebook’s domination of the ad business in two charts. Kinda scary — if you don’t work at Google or Facebook. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

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