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Recode Daily: While James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Trump will be tweeting his take in real time

Plus, layoffs loom over the AOL/Yahoo merger, and “the best paragraph of 2017.”

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Former FBI director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, and Trump is planning to respond to Comey’s testimony in real time on Twitter; Comey released his prepared testimony on Wednesday. Here’s how to watch — you may need a couple of screens for this one. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

The president of Uber’s Asia business has left the company after reporters asked why he had obtained a rape victim’s medical report. Eric Alexander shared confidential information with other top Uber executives, including CEO Travis Kalanick, concerning a woman who was assaulted during a ride in India in 2014. [Kara Swisher, Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

A team of veteran Republican political operatives is selling the dark arts of opposition research to tech companies. A D.C.-based startup called Definers Public Affairs is setting up shop in Silicon Valley with an aim to arm companies with ammunition to sway corporate rivals and government overseers, and shape public opinion on controversial issues. [Tony Romm / Recode]

As the AOL/Yahoo merger nears completion, layoffs at the combined companies could reach 1,000 jobs. Verizon bought both companies to add tech and content to its mobile services; the merger is expected to close in the next week. [Kara Swisher / Recode]

Media mogul Ken Lerer is more optimistic about AT&T’s pending acquisition of Time Warner than about Verizon’s deal to buy Yahoo and AOL. On the latest Recode Media, the BuzzFeed chairman and HuffPost co-founder talks with Peter Kafka about the media landscape in 2017. [Eric Johnson / Recode]

Top stories from Recode

Twitter has a new head of policy communications from the National Security Council.

Emily Horne is joining Twitter to oversee policy comms, including user safety.

Popular fashion media brand Who What Wear is launching its its own shopping app.

A big swing at content plus commerce.

Apple’s advances in augmented reality highlight its real advantage over Google.

Whatever Apple builds, it can deploy across the majority of iOS devices quickly. Android struggles with that.

Alphabet is making a drone-tracking system to one day manage a sky full of flying robots.

Project Wing worked with NASA and the FAA to test its new platform.

Trump’s policies are making it difficult to wire money abroad.

Individuals and small businesses should not suffer as a result of administrative transitions within any government.

This is cool

The best paragraph of 2017”

Read the tweet, then read the New York Times story it was excerpted from. [Mike Isaac / Twitter]


This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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