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Recode Daily: The Russian investigation gets a special counsel — former FBI director Robert Mueller

Plus, Android hits two billion, Cisco shrinks and “Sgt. Pepper” turns 50.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will oversee the Justice Department investigation of Russian influence in the U.S. presidential election.
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The Russia investigation is getting a special counsel: The U.S. Justice Department appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to oversee its multiple investigations. And the Senate Intelligence Committee invited recently fired former FBI director James Comey to tell his side of the story. [The New York Times]

Android is on more than two billion active devices, said Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the company’s annual I/O developers conference; he also announced a new version of the mobile OS called Android O. Here’s everything important that Google announced today, from in-photo search to immersive computing; you can watch Pichai’s keynote here. [Tess Townsend]

Cisco Systems is cutting 1,100 more jobs after it forecast current-quarter revenue that widely missed analysts’ estimates. The world’s largest maker of networking gear slashed 5,500 jobs last August in its quest to transform into a software-focused company. [Reuters]

Washington, D.C., is replacing traditional taxi meters with Squares payments platform and third-party apps to make it easier for cab drivers to compete with Uber and Lyft. [Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg]

A New York startup called Slice raised $15 million to help mom-and-pop pizzerias fight back against Domino’s digital dominance by converting from phone ordering to online ordering. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

The publisher of Macworld, PCworld and Computerworld laid off more than 90 people in its flagship tech-industry division. IDG, which stopped printing its tech magazines in 2013 and switched to a web-only format, was sold to China Oceanwide Holdings Group for less than $1 billion two months ago. [Curt Woodward / Boston Globe]

News publishers can and should charge for news, says Jessica Lessin, CEO of The Information, on the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka. “People will pay for things that are valuable to them,” says Lessin, whose subscription site charges $400 a year for deeply reported tech and business news. [Eric Johnson / Recode]

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The Beatles’ landmark album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” will turn 50 on June 1. To commemorate the golden anniversary, the BBC has produced a video series about each of the more than 60 iconic people on the cover. [Mark Frauenfelder / BoingBoing]

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