Recode Daily: Fake Facebook news is a danger to democracy, says Obama


“If we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems.”

President Obama warned that the spread of fake news from Facebook and other sources threatens the democratic process, echoing concerns he shared with New Yorker Editor David Remnick for a just-published profile from the campaign trail and inside the stunned White House after the election. — [Gardiner Harris and Melissa Eddy / New York Times]

Amazon is getting ready for a massive expansion of its streaming video service into some 200 countries, posing a formidable threat to rival Netflix. — [Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal]

Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity got the go-ahead from shareholders, clearing the way for projects like solar-shingle roofing and battery storage for solar energy. — [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Airbnb is moving beyond home and apartment rentals to offer travelers excursions and activities led by local experts — a potential growth area as the company inches toward an IPO. — [Dan Frommer / Recode]

AOL is laying off about 500 employees, mostly in its corporate units, and shifting resources into mobile, video and data offerings. — [Kara Swisher / Recode]

On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recode’s Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode and Dieter Bohn of The Verge talk about productivity hacks and swap tech and lifestyle tips. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]

Top Stories From Recode

Amazon is giving out discounts if you order through Alexa this weekend

“Alexa, give me one good reason to shop by voice.”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says a white-supremacy ad the company showed users was a ‘mistake’

Poor form, Twitter.

James Clapper, who led America’s digital mass surveillance efforts, has resigned

President-elect Trump will pick a new chief of national security.

Silicon Valley is now the media capital of the world

Northern California media companies now reach two billion people every day, taking billions of dollars in advertising revenue from the East Coast media conglomerates.

Firefox created a private iPhone browser for quick searches you’d rather your spouse didn’t see

Focus is a free app that blocks ads and cookies and doesn’t store where you’ve been.

Full transcript: BuzzFeed Entertainment’s Ze Frank on Recode Media

“The world of recipes had not been reinvented beyond a list of text and an image forever.” BuzzFeed’s Tasty took on the challenge.

This Is Cool

VR and AR explained — in 1990

“Today’s Japan” introduces viewers to some wild new technology. (The first headset shown is Jaron Lanier’s EyePhone.)

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