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Recode Daily: Everything you need to know about Apple’s new iPhones

Plus: Political blood in the water in Silicon Valley, and things the iPhone helped destroy.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple chief design officer Jonathan Ive look up at the circular ceiling as they tour the display area during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus on September 12, 2017.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple chief design officer Jonathan Ive tour the display area during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus on September 12, 2017.
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Here’s everything important that Apple announced yesterday from the Steve Jobs Theater at its brand-new mothership campus (you can also watch the whole thing condensed to under five minutes here). The highlights: Three new iPhones — iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and the high-end 10th anniversary edition iPhone X, which will feature facial recognition and animated emoji. Here’s what that $1,000 model X will cost you per month. There was also a revision of Apple Watch with built-in cellular, which will allow it to be untethered from the iPhone; and of Apple TV, which is getting 4K compatibility. While we were all oohing and aahing over the new toys, Apple quietly revised iTunes, removing the built-in app section in order to focus solely on media. Watch Apple’s moving video tribute to the late Steve Jobs here. [Dan Frommer / Recode]

Facebook and Twitter may have to testify to Congress about Russian interference in last year's election. "The whole notion of social media and how it is used in political campaigns is the wild wild west," says Sen. Mark Warner, who wants to bring the companies in for a public hearing with the Senate Intelligence Committee. Meanwhile BuzzFeed's Ben Smith detects a new move in "American politics: the palpable, and perhaps permanent, turn against the tech industry." [Tony Romm / Recode]

Apple, Microsoft, Uber and other tech giants are rising to the defense of Dreamers, providing legal aid to employees affected by President Trump’s move to unwind an Obama-era federal program that spares undocumented young adults from deportation. Here’s how 10 top tech companies are responding to Trump’s DACA decision. [Tony Romm and Rani Molla / Recode]

Slack’s crusade against email just escalated — now users can share channels with other companies. The communication service for teams and businesses has six million daily users, including companies representing almost half of the Fortune 100; with its new beta feature called “shared channels,” teams of vendors, clients and partners will be able to communicate more normally within the app, cutting down on email. [Dan Frommer / Recode]

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the company to start his own foundation focused at "the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications.” Acton, who led engineering for WhatsApp, has a net worth of $6.5 billion; his co-founder, WhatsApp Jan Koum, is not leaving. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

YouTube’s chief business officer Robert Kyncl started out at Netflix, and he was there when Netflix pivoted its DVDs-by-mail business model after getting a glimpse of the power of YouTube. Read his inside story and more about the new class of “streampunk” content creators in this excerpt of Kyncl’s new book, “Streampunks: YouTube and the Rebels Remaking Media.” [Robert Kyncl / Recode]

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Today is Day One of Recode’s Code Commerce event in New York City. Here’s the full roster of speakers, and here’s how to watch a live interview with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Fanatics’ Michael Rubin, who will talk about innovations in sports apparel and distribution. Recode will have coverage of the event today and Thursday.

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Have questions about the iPhone X, new Apple Watches or anything else announced at the Apple event?

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