Plus, Apple apologizes for its iPhone battery drama; an assortment of backward glances at 2017; and have we reached peak asshole?
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In a major victory for both companies, SoftBank has successfully acquired 15 percent of Uber at a valuation of $48 billion — that’s down 30 percent from its most recent valuation of $70 billion. Recode analyzes the far-reaching consequences of the deal; here’s the backstory. [Teddy Schleifer / Recode]
Apple apologized to customers yesterday after the company was caught slowing down some older iPhones to prevent them from shutting off unexpectedly. Apple’s response — published on its website as a letter to customers, and including a relatively low-cost means of replacing out-of-warranty batteries — was an object lesson on responding to controversy, and on the importance of proactive communication. [Dan Frommer / Recode]
MoviePass signed up more than a million subscribers in just four months. It took Netflix more than three years to reach that level when it started selling low-priced subscriptions for DVD rentals in 1999. Spotify was relatively quick, at five months in 2011; it took Hulu 10 months to reach one million later that year. [The New York Times]
Legal marijuana arrives in California on Monday, after decades of underground dealing. The state’s existing marijuana black market is worth $13.5 billion, while the legal market could be worth $5.1 billion in 2018. While five other states already offer legal marijuana sales, California’s sheer size is expected to reshape the pot industry worldwide, potentially driving down prices for consumers while generating hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes. [USA Today]
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