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Recode.net, the tech website that was acquired by Vox Media in 2015, is moving to Vox.com, a website also owned by Vox Media, amid a management restructuring.

Why it matters: It's the second standalone brand that has adapted under the Vox umbrella this year. In June, Axios reported that Racked, the retail website that Vox Media acquired in 2013, would be folded into a new section on Vox.com called The Goods.

How it works: Recode.net, which originally spun out of AllThingsD when founders Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg left the Wall Street Journal, was a separate website owned by Vox Media, a media holding company that owns several different online media ventures, including Vox.com, Polygon, The Verge, Eater, and others.

  • Now, Recode's content is being put onto the same website as Vox.com, but the Recode brand and the site's journalism stays the same.

Between the lines: Vox already operates The Verge, which covers the tech industry in ways that overlap with Recode's coverage. And Swisher, Recode's co-founder and executive editor, began writing a column for the New York Times earlier this year.

The details, per a post from Swisher and a note sent internally to employees from Vox Media Publisher Melissa Bell:

  • Early next year Recode.net will relaunch on Vox.com and Recode will become a part of the Vox newsroom. Recode will remain a separate business.
  • The Recode brand and its tentpole franchises — the Code conferences, podcasts, television specials with MSNBC — will not change.
  • The two teams will work together toward the launch of a number of new editorial products early next year.
  • Kara Swisher says she will remain on board, but Dan Frommer, Recode’s editor for the past three years, is leaving to pursue new projects this week.

Why it's happening:

  • From a business perspective, Bell says the reason is to "create (a) bigger, bolder Recode, using Vox’s platform, editorial support, and distribution power to amplify Recode’s work, expanding Recode’s mission to appeal to its core fans and a wider, general audience."
  • From an editorial perspective, Swisher says "there is almost nothing in our lives that Silicon Valley does not impact anymore, for good and, far too often these days, for ill ... That's why we are shifting our editorial approach to focus writers on pointed narratives rather than simply topics or specific companies."

The bigger picture: Vox Media has reportedly struggled to drive revenue amid a digital advertising draught that's plaguing the entire online publishing industry. In September, The Wall Street Journal reported that the media holding group was on pace to miss its revenue target this year by roughly 15%.

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1 hour ago - Health

CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidelines Tuesday that some immunocompromised people who have received either Pfizer or Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines will be able to get a fourth shot.

Details: People over 18 who are "moderately to severely immunocompromised" and have received three doses of an mRNA vaccine may get a fourth shot (of either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) at least six months after getting their third Pfizer or Moderna dose, per the CDC.

2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Biden plan expected to include at least $500B for climate

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The White House is privately telling lawmakers the climate portion of President Biden's roughly $2 trillion social spending plan is "mostly settled" and will likely cost more than $500 billion, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: A pricetag of $500-$555 billion is a huge number and, if it holds, would likely be the single biggest component of the sweeping package. It also isn't far off from the roughly $600 billion proposed when the bill was expected to cost $3.5 trillion.

2 hours ago - World

U.S. presses Gulf countries to help resolve Sudan coup crisis

Jake Sullivan briefs the press. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The Biden administration has asked its partners in the Gulf and elsewhere to press the Sudanese generals who carried out a coup on Monday to release captives including Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and to reinstate the civilian government, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The U.S. has limited influence over coup leader Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Burhan and other military leaders, many of whom have close ties to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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