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Recode Daily: President Trump demanded a pledge of loyalty from FBI Director James Comey

Plus, Jack Dorsey says Trump should keep on tweetin’, and an English major decodes Comey’s farewell letter.

An employee of Caviar Phones, a Russian-Italian company specializing in smartphone customization, displays a special gold-plated iPhone 7 smartphone bearing the likeness of US President-elect Donald Trump (197 000 rubles, 2755 euros / 2971 dollars).
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President Donald Trump demanded a pledge of loyalty from FBI Director James Comey in a one-on-one dinner a week after being sworn in. More Trump news: The president called for a review of U.S. cyber security, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that it’s “important” that Trump continue to tweet, because it will help hold him accountable. [The New York Times]

U.S. Census Bureau director John H. Thompson announced his resignation on the same day that FBI Director James Comey was fired; Thompson said Republicans are trying to slash the bureau’s budget. [Aarian Marshall / Wired]

Alphabets lawsuit against Uber will go to trial. A federal judge denied Uber’s request to move its fight with Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car unit, to arbitration. He also referred the case to the U.S. Attorney, which could conceivably lead to criminal charges against Uber. [Tess Townsend / Recode]

Mutual-fund giant Fidelity Investments is placing a $65 million bet on Spring, a three-year-old e-commerce startup that wants to be the department store of the future. [Jason Del Rey]

London-based startup Improbable has raised $502 million to create a platform for virtual and simulated worlds. SoftBank is leading the round. [Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch]

Amazon’s Prime video app is finally headed to the Apple TV set-top box, and is expected to go live this summer. And Microsoft says Apple’s iTunes will be available on the Windows store, and can run on Windows 10 S. [John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed News]

An update on Uber’s participation in this year’s Code Conference: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has said he can’t attend because of the company’s impending investigation into its workplace culture; Uber board member Arianna Huffington had agreed to come in his stead, but says she can’t discuss the review, so her appearance is off the table. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

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Comeys farewell letter, decoded

An English major uses her skills of close reading to translate ex-FBI Director Comey’s farewell letter to his colleagues for the masses. [Kaila Haile-Stern / The Mary Sue]

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