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A roundup of how technology companies and executives are reacting to President Trump's executive orders on immigration  —  “People across the company are freaking out.”  —  On Friday, President Trump signed an executive ordered temporarily halting the US refugee program for 120 days.
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Matthew Dessem / Slate:
Kalanick's work with Trump and tepid travel ban response prompt #DeleteUber backlash after company suspends surge pricing at JFK Airport amid taxi work stoppage  —  There are a lot of reasons to not use ride-hailing app Uber: shoddy labor practices; attempts to strong-arm local governments …
Brad Stone / Bloomberg:
Book excerpt: how Uber and Airbnb, now worth a total of $99B, won customers, fought regulators, and figured out the sharing economy  —  In January 2009 the three founders of a little-known website called Airbedandbreakfast.com decided at the last minute to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama.
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Kara Swisher / Recode:
Sources: Snap to publicly file for IPO late next week, which likely means a March IPO  —  The social communications company's current valuation is $25 billion, said sources.  —  According to sources, Snap Inc. plans to publicly file for its much-anticipated initial public offering late next week.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hinge is testing a personal assistant service called Audrey to help you get more dates  —  Dating app Hinge recently pivoted from swiping to “stories,” in order to help people find real relationships.  That focus on authenticity, however, seems to stand in contrast to a project the company has been testing …
Elizabeth Banker / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter discloses two NSLs after lifting of FBI gag order; next hearing for its lawsuit against US government over disclosure of NSLs is February 14  —  Today, we're able to speak openly about two national security requests for the first time, specifically two national security letters (NSLs).
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Apple CEO Tim Cook making rounds in DC: dinner Thursday night with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, meeting Friday with Sen. Orrin Hatch  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook has apparently been sharpening his political skills.  —  Politico reported that Cook had dinner Thursday night …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
FBI posts redacted Gamergate investigation report; Brianna Wu, a target of Gamergate trolls, says report shows how little the FBI cared about the investigation  —  The FBI has posted a heavily redacted report of its threat investigations during the Gamergate controversy in 2014 and 2015.
Avery Hartmans / Business Insider:
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg breaks post-election silence to speak out against global gag rule on abortion  —  Sheryl Sandberg spoke out on Thursday against President Donald Trump's anti-abortion executive order.  —  The Facebook COO published a post on her Facebook page that chronicles …

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