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Recode Daily: Facebook will tell Congress that Russia-linked content reached 126 million Americans

Plus, meet tech-millionaire-turned-tech-critic Sen. Mark Warner, Apple gives YouTubers a head start on reviewing the iPhone X, and drone-delivered cocktails.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., talks with reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) talks with reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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Facebook, Google and Twitter say Russia’s online meddling efforts were broader than the companies had first reported. The disclosures are prompted by Congressional hearings that start today and continue tomorrow: Most notably, Facebook says 126 million U.S. Facebook users may have seen posts and ads created by Russian-backed trolls. Top executives like Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey won’t testify today — instead they’re sending their lawyers. Stay connected with Recode for live updates throughout the day. [Tony Romm and Kurt Wagner / Recode]

While you’re waiting for the hearings to start, get to know Virginia Senator Mark Warner, a tech millionaire who has become a leading critical voice about the power of big tech companies. After special counsel Robert Mueller announced charges against three Trump campaign advisers yesterday, Warner — the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee — urged Congress to “make it clear” to the president that pardoning any of his associates or himself would be “unacceptable." [Cecilia Kang / The New York Times]

“The iPhone X is clearly the best iPhone ever made,” says The Verge's Nilay Patel in his review. But he's not overly enthusiastic about it, and he says its new FaceID system has bugs. Of note: Breaking traditional protocol, Apple invited a handful of YouTubers and other non-traditional reviewers to scoop the “official” takes by the Professional Gadget Reviewers a day early yesterday. [Nilay Patel / The Verge]

YouTube originally positioned its $35-a-month YouTube TV subscription service as “mobile-first.” But people like watching it on their TV sets, so YouTube TV is launching apps that will work on connected TVs and devices, including Xbox and Apple TV. But not on Amazon devices — Amazon and Google have been fighting since Amazon stopped selling Google’s Chromecast connected-TV device two years ago. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

Chinese investors are making moves to increase their spending in Silicon Valley. Two of China’s leading sovereign wealth funds — the China Investment Corporation and the China International Capital Corporation — are eyeing office space in California; other sovereign wealth funds with shops in Silicon Valley include Singapore’s Temasek, Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional and Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala, which this month opened an office and a U.S. venture fund. [Theodore Schleifer / Recode]

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