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Recode Daily: U.S. spy chiefs, countering Trump, say there’s no doubt about Russia’s election hacking

An unclassified version of their report will be released next week.

Left to right, Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence Marcell Lettre II, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and U.S. Cyber Command and NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers
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Rejecting Donald Trumps skepticism, top U.S. intelligence officials strongly reaffirmed their finding that Russia conducted a multifaceted campaign to interfere in the presidential election. The agencies will brief Trump today and release an unclassified version of their report next week. — [Shane Harris and Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal]

Trump hasnt said anything publicly about the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger since attacking it during the campaign, but privately, he has said he remains opposed. Time Warner stock has climbed 10 percent since the election on speculation the new administration would be friendlier to the deal. — [Gerry Smith and Joshua Green / Bloomberg]

Apple reported a record $240 million in App Store purchases on New Year’s Day and said it had paid out $20 billion to developers in 2016, up 40 percent from 2015. Good news, because the services segment is the only major part of Apple's business that grew last quarter. — [Ina Fried / Recode]

A former employee of IPO-bound Snap is suing the company, alleging, among other things, that Snapchat’s parent company has been “falsely representing” its growth metrics. Snap said the claim was “totally made up.” — [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

A few highlights from the day at CES: New gear from Dell, simplified bills from T-Mobile, a crazy gaming laptop prototype from Razer, and more talking cars. Follow our liveblog for the latest. — [The Verge]

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