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Donald Trump becomes President Trump today, taking charge of a nation very different from the one Barack Obama inherited. The president-elect partied with supporters, and protesters started to hit the streets (here’s how to watch). Against this backdrop, U.S. intelligence agencies are going through intercepted communications in their investigation into possible ties between Russian officials and Trump associates. —

[Philip Rucker and John Wagner / Washington Post]

Trump has reportedly ditched his faithful Android phone, and for the sake of national security, let’s hope that’s true. But moving to a secure phone means he’ll have to give up a lot of features that make a smartphone smart. — [Ina Fried and April Glaser / Recode]

Uber will pay $20 million to settle an FTC suit alleging that it misled drivers about how much money they could make and the cost of leasing or financing a car through a company program. — [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Amazon is bringing one-click buying to its homepage, in the form of virtual Dash buttons that will show up for items you recently ordered or order often. — [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

A federal investigation into a fatal accident involving a Tesla operating in semi-autonomous mode found no problems with the Autopilot system. — [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Chinese photo filter app Meitu, which turns faces into anime-style caricatures, has suddenly caught fire in the U.S., but security experts are raising red flags over all the permissions it asks for and the data it collects. — [Ina Fried and Kurt Wagner / Recode]

On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recodes Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode of The Verge debate whether Apple’s wireless Airpods are worth the $160 price tag. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]

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