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Recode Daily: Congress want you to see those Russian Facebook ads

Plus, Facebook shows off its $199 wireless VR headset, the Harvey Weinstein stories that got away, and all the rage.

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Facebook’s Oculus Go virtual-reality headset

Leaders of the House Intelligence Committee plan to publicly release copies of the 3,000 Russia-linked ads that appeared on Facebook. Meanwhile, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg continues her Silicon Valley state visit to D.C., chatting with top lawmakers from both parties who are investigating Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election. Keep up with this important evolving story with Recode’s recap. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Facebook unveiled its second virtual-reality headset, a $199 standalone device called Oculus Go, which will ship “early next year.” Facebook’s first headset, the Oculus Rift, is expensive for casual VR explorers, and requires a high-powered PC along with cables and wires. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the Go fits in the “sweet spot” between the Rift and other portable, smartphone-powered headsets. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks in depth about how Apple “instantly overnight” became the largest augmented-reality platform by putting AR on the iPhone, why Apple believes AR will be world-changing, and why he remains hopeful about the arc of history and progress. Silicon Valley’s most powerful black woman, Denise Young Smith, Apple’s first-ever VP of diversity and inclusion, is also speaking up. [Andrew Griffin / The Independent]

Actress Rose McGowan, who has been using Twitter to criticize Harvey Weinstein and those who worked with him, says her account has been suspended. McGowan settled a harassment complaint with the now-disgraced producer in 1997. [Mashable]

Amazon has replaced Google as the new corporate boogeyman. That's based on data from public shareholder calls, where Jeff Bezos and company were mentioned 2,090 times in the last year. [Rani Molla / Recode]

Choosing a smart speaker for the home shouldn’t be a snap decision — it’s a choice as big as Windows versus Mac, or iPhone versus Android, and the investment of training time and personal data is hard to replace. [Scott Rosenberg / Backchannel]

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This is cool

All the rage.

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