January 30, 2017, 2:05 AM

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
In response to Trump's travel ban, tech execs, investors, and firms including Lyft, Google pledge donations to ACLU as well as other non-profits and initiatives  —  Tech executives are offering to match donations to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) following the enactment …
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 …
Reed Albergotti / The Information:
Sources: Fitbit to announce on Monday it will cut 5% to 10% of its ~1600 employees, amid a weaker-than-expected quarter; source says cuts will save firm ~$200M  —  Fitbit is to cut between 5% and 10% of its employees, the company will announce on Monday, while disclosing that its fourth-quarter results were below expectations.
Sebastian Anthony / Ars Technica:
Browser makers express frustration with invasive third-party antivirus software, which can make PCs less secure  —  Update your software and OS regularly instead, practice skeptical computing.  —  Former Firefox developer Robert O'Callahan, now a free agent and safe from the PR tentacles …
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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 decided at the last minute to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama.
Corin Faife / CoinDesk:
Cisco, Foxconn, Bosch, Gemalto, blockchain startups, and others form an alliance to develop blockchain-based security protocol for IoT devices  —  The Internet of Things (IoT) - the vast web of connected devices which is becoming a fundamental part of the technological infrastructure that surrounds us …
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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 …

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