Daily Deals: $33 Eufy smart scale, $160 Bose QC 25 headphones, and more

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Recode Daily: Concerned about cryptocurrency, Capitol Hill also starts to worry about video-manipulation tech

Plus, on the job with Russian fake-news trolls, Sony enters the ride-hailing race, and “Black Panther” breaks records and barriers

Spurred by the global investment craze over bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, bipartisan momentum is growing on Capitol Hill for stricter federal oversight on the emerging asset class. Study up on your crypto cocktail chatter with this in-case-you-missed-it deep dive, and this comprehensive reading list curated by investor Chris Dixon and his colleagues at Andreessen Horowitz. [David Morgan / Reuters]

U.S. lawmakers are also starting to sound the alarm on video-manipulation technology, which they fear could set off a new wave of fake news driven by doctored audio or video. Researchers at Stanford and the University of Washington, for example, are developing technology that allows people to alter footage of world leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and former U.S. President Barack Obama, making them appear to say and do things they’ve never actually done. [Ali Breland / The Hill]

Facebook executive Rob Goldman apologized to his coworkers for tweets over the weekend that attempted to explain more about how Russians used Facebook to spread misinformation — but were hijacked by Donald Trump to attack the media. “The tweets were my own personal view and not Facebook’s,” Goldman wrote to his colleagues. “I conveyed my view poorly.” [Nicholas Thompson / Wired]

Here’s how former Russian fake-news-factory trolls described their often-bizarre work lives at the Internet Research Agency, which last Friday was indicted over meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The 12-hour writing shifts at the Moscow-based cube farm involved creating thousands of fake social media accounts and generating and sharing culturally dissonant articles and tweets in English. [Neil MacFarquhar / The New York Times]

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony is entering the ride-hailing arena, developing a taxi-hailing system that uses artificial intelligence to predict demand. Five Tokyo-based taxi operators in Japan are partnering with Sony on the joint venture. Uber and China’s Didi Chuxing are also focusing on taxi-centered systems because of Japan’s in-principle ban on the use of privately owned vehicles in ride-hailing services. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Just a month after Facebook’s recent changes to its News Feed algorithm, publishers including The New York Times and BuzzFeed are already reporting declining traffic from Facebook of up to 14 percent. The declines are not a surprise — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself warned that news as a percentage of News Feed content would drop from 5 percent to 4 percent, implying that publishers can broadly expect a 20 percent drop. [Lucia Moses / Digiday]


Recode Presents …

Do you have questions about tech addiction? We’re talking to “How to Break Up With Your Phone” author Catherine Price on this week’s episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask. Send us your questions for Catherine by emailing TooEmbarrassed@recode.net.


Top stories from Recode

The Amazon Prime credit card will start giving 5 percent back on Whole Foods purchases.

And non-Prime members with the regular Amazon Rewards Visa card will earn 3 percent back.

Nike’s latest Air Jordan sneaker “drop” showcased the potential of Snapchat commerce.

Shopify and Darkstore helped bring the in-app shopping experience to life.

Why magazine editor Janice Min passed on running the Los Angeles Times newsroom.

On the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, catch the full interview with Min, part owner of the Hollywood Reporter, from the recent Code Media conference.

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“Black Panther” had such a big four-day opening weekend that the latest Marvel movie is on track to make more money than “Justice League,” “Jurassic World” and “The Avengers.” Groundbreaking as a comic book movie with all black leads, “Black Panther” has been widely praised for its diverse casting, fashion and soundtrack, but it also excelled on another important level — black meme culture. Michelle Obama is into it so much that she tweeted about it; some people went to extremes to try to get a ticket.


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Daily Deals: President’s Day Edition

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Recode Daily: Trump attacked everyone — except Russia — in his weekend Twitter tirade

Plus, when Facebook met Snapchat, aspiring tech hubs don’t want to be “the next Silicon Valley,” and the tyranny of convenience.

President Donald Trump used skeptical remarks by Facebook ads executive Rob Goldman as ammunition in a Saturday Twitter tirade, insisting that Russia didn’t influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. On Friday, a federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities, alleging illegal interference in the elections in support of Donald Trump. But Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies did exactly what they tell marketers they can do — they let Russia’s troll factory more efficiently deliver disruptive messages to large groups of targeted people than if they had bought TV ads or any other traditional ad campaign. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

A new book about Snapchat contains a juicy story about how Facebook’s earliest efforts to kill the rival communications app backfired — and may have inadvertently saved Snapchat. In “How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars: The Snapchat Story,” former TechCrunch writer Billy Gallagher says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met in 2012 with Snap CEO Evan Spiegel and expressed interest in buying the one-year-old Snapchat; when Spiegel declined, Zuckerberg launched a wannabe Snapchat-killer clone called Poke, which was intended to kill Snapchat for good. Meanwhile, Spiegel sold about $ 50 million worth of Snap stock last week, his first personal stock sale since the company went public last March. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Although they may nickname themselves Silicon Beach and Silicon Prairie, Desert, Hills and so on, many aspiring U.S. tech hub cities don’t aspire to be “the next Silicon Valley.” And as the tech backlash builds, the leaders of smaller tech scenes are eager to foster the area’s good aspects— jobs and innovation — while avoiding any association with the bad. Toronto is one noteworthy tech guinea pig — it turned over a 12-acre chunk of land to Google sister company Sidewalk Toronto to create a “smart” neighborhood built from the internet up. [Erin Griffith / Wired]

New data from Re:Create shows how much the internet has enabled a new creative economy. Findings show that nearly 15 million people used the Amazon Publishing, eBay, Etsy, Instagram, Shapeways, Tumblr, Twitch, WordPress and YouTube platforms to earn approximately $ 6 billion in 2016. And that’s not even counting key indie platforms like Kickstarter, Patreon, Indiegogo, Wattpad, Bandcamp, Apple, Spotify and others; in 2016 alone, Kickstarter had close to $ 600 million in pledges. [Mike Masnick / Techdirt]

Top stories from Recode

J.Crew has hired the Starbucks executive who transformed the coffee chain into a tech innovator.

Adam Brotman has joined the apparel retailer as president and chief experience officer.

Many ICOs are “complete scams,” says Benchmark’s Sarah Tavel.

On the latest episode of Recode Decode, Tavel says she believes that cryptocurrencies will be a big deal going forward.

How can I be less addicted to tech?

Executives, investors and rapper Chamillionaire are among the Code Media attendees who offered suggestions and solutions on a special episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask.

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The tyranny of convenience.


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Daily Deals: huge Best Buy sale, $50 Apple iPhone X Leather Folio, and more

iDB’s Daily Deals post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

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