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Recode Daily: Apple will challenge the EU’s $14 billion tax clawback this week

Ireland is also appealing the ruling, saying regulators exceeded their authority.

EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager onstage
European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager
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Apple will appeal an EU order to pay Ireland almost $14 billion in back taxes. Apple contends EU regulators ignored tax experts and singled out the company to make headlines. Ireland, which is also contesting the ruling, says the regulators overstepped their authority. — [Foo Yun Chee / Reuters]

Donald Trump may still have doubts that Russia tried to interfere with the U.S. election, but a bipartisan group of senators is pushing for an investigation by a select committee. — [Nicholas Fandos / New York Times]

The Electoral College convenes today, and despite weeks of pressure and protests, the vote is expected to ratify Trump’s election. — [Kate O’Keeffe, Peter Nicholas and Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal]

The list of tech companies and individuals saying they will refuse to cooperate in any Trump administration attempt build a registry to track Muslim-Americans continues to grow: Twitter, Facebook, Apple, Google, IBM, Uber and Microsoft are on board. — [April Glaser / Recode]

On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, New York Times columnist and author Tom Friedman says globalization and rapid technological change are driving the economy, but “human-to-human” skills will be needed more than ever. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]

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