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Recode Daily: The White House vs. the FBI; a new in-flight electronics ban; Apple’s new video app

Plus: Trump’s reclusive money man.

FBI Director James Comey looks on during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign on March 20, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
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The FBI confirmed it is investigating ties between Donald Trump and Russia. FBI head James Comey also formally shot down Trump’s claim that Barack Obama had wiretapped his building during the campaign. The White House responded by live-tweeting during Comey’s Congressional testimony. [New York Times]

The U.S. will ban electronic devices bigger than cellphones from the cabins of some international flights. The regulations seem aimed at eight majority Muslim countries, though it’s hard to tell what the regulations are, since U.S. officials aren’t talking about the ban on the record. [Associated Press]

Google promises to keep ads away from offensive content following advertiser complaints. Perhaps more significant: Google’s chief business officer says YouTube may change rules about videos users can upload. [Tess Townsend / Recode]

Apple introduced Clips, a new social video app. It works best with iMessage, but you can also upload your Snapchat-style clips to Snapchat and other social messaging services. [Lauren Goode / The Verge]

Take time to read this New Yorker profile of Robert Mercer, one of Trumps most important financial backers. Not coincidentally, he’s also a major investor in Breitbart News. [Jane Mayer / The New Yorker]

Walmarts $3 billion man, e-commerce boss Eric Lore, says the mega-retailer will continue to make more acquitions. Lore joined two other e-commerce leaders, Tristan Walker and Katrina Lake, onstage last night at our Code Commerce event in Las Vegas with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Jason Del Rey. [Edmund Lee / Recode]

Top stories from Recode

Alphabet nabbed a new VP as it gears up for government battles over self-driving car regulation.

Its self-driving car unit, Waymo, poached a government affairs guru from eBay.

eBay is overhauling its homepage again to personalize recommendations for each visitor.

Try, try again.

What does it take to become a hologram? Just 41 cameras and a giant green screen.

Our colleague Lauren Goode gets turned into a hologram.

Apple’s AR glasses project has a leader and a team.

Former Dolby executive Mike Rockwell is leading the charge.

Tristan Walker: “No one wants to fund e-commerce companies anymore.”

Raising money is hard for a retailer, Walker said at Code Commerce last night.

This is cool

People will believe news if they trust the person sharing it.

How much readers trust the content they read is determined less by who creates the news than by who shares it, according to a new experimental study. That matters even more than who produces the article — or even whether the article is produced by a real news organization or a fictional one. [via Media Insight Project]

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