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Recode Daily: Robert Mueller's investigation has a ‘red-hot’ focus on Russian interference in the U.S. election

Plus, Facebook won’t let publishers profit from hate or fake, Bodega’s first-day backlash and the real bitcoin.

Special counsel Robert Mueller
Special counsel Robert Mueller
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Russias effort to influence U.S. voters through Facebook and other social media is a “red-hot” focus of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election and possible links to President Trump’s associates. And Russian interference may have been behind Facebook pages supporting secession movements in California, Texas, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Here's a deep, dark dive into the new cold war, and how the Kremlin built one of the most powerful disinformation weapons of the 21st century — and why it may be impossible to stop. [Chris Strohm / Bloomberg]

Magic Leap, the mysterious “mixed reality” startup, wants to raise another $500 million, and hopes to release its yet-to-be-seen goggles/glasses within six months. The new money would value the company at $6 billion. [Bloomberg]

Facebook is changing its guidelines to ban monetizing objectionable content, including violence, hate, porn and tragedy, even for news and awareness. Another aspect of the policy seems designed to tamp down publishers of fake news and fictitious accounts — a clear reaction to the controversy about Russia-backed ads on Facebook targeting U.S. voters in the 2016 presidential election. [Colin Lecher / The Verge]

A startup called Bodega, which is installing app-connected pantry boxes in apartments, offices, dorms and gyms, faced a backlash yesterday when a Fast Company story said its co-founders — two ex-Googlers — wanted to “make bodegas and mom-and-pop corner stores obsolete.” CEO Paul McDonald quickly apologized, and said the company is not trying to put urban bodegas out of business. Fifty Bodega locations were unveiled yesterday on the West Coast. [Elizabeth Segran / Fast Company]

Recode Editor in Chief Dan Frommer covered Tuesday’s iPhone launch event, and took hundreds of photos documenting his inside experience of the company’s new Apple Park campus. Here’s a few dozen. Worth your time. [Dan Frommer / Recode]

Day One of Recode’s two-day Code Commerce event was held in New York City yesterday, and highlights included Kara Swisher’s delicious interview with restaurateur/entrepreneur Mario Batali, who loves fighting on Twitter and showing you happiness on Instagram, but doesn’t get Snapchat. Review the events of the day in this storystream; Day Two features an interview with Uber’s new chief brand officer, Bozoma Saint John, and kicks off with on-location visits to Batali’s Eataly grocery, Nike’s new SoHo flagship store and an Amazon fulfillment center. [Recode]

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