Plus: Recode is refreshing and relaunching on Vox.com; Google’s employee walkout goes global; Spotify sees its first profit; welcome to the Petty Hall of Fame.
Recode sat down for a rare interview with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, one of the most loved, most hated and generally most talked-about figures in tech. Editor at Large Kara Swisher and Musk met on Halloween night at Tesla HQ in Palo Alto to talk about all of his businesses, his social media habits, his public animosity toward the press and fondness for dad jokes, President Trump’s Space Force, accepting money from Saudi Arabia and lots more. Read or listen here. [Kara Swisher / Recode]
Early next year, Recode will relaunch on Vox.com, retaining its name and branding. Recode will join the Vox newsroom, and the two journalism teams will work together toward the launch of a number of new editorial products and continuing its popular podcasts, newsletters, videos, television and signature live events. The aim is to create bigger, bolder Recode, using Vox’s platform, editorial support, and distribution power. Recode co-founder Kara Swisher shares some thoughts about Recode’sroots and the road to this latest evolutionary step. [Kara Swisher / Recode]
For the first time in its history, Spotify has turned a profit. The Stockholm-based music-streaming service announced Q3 earnings, reporting a net income of roughly $49 million — a share swap with Chinese tech giant Tencent gets some of the credit for that. Spotify claims 87 million paid subscribers, an increase of 40 percent compared to the same period last year; the service has 191 million global users, up 28 percent from last year. But even a profit coupled with strong subscriber and user growth wasn’t enough for investors, who grumbled about missed revenue growth. [Aisha Hassan / Quartz]