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January 31, 2017, 6:40 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
More than 2K Google employees, including Sundar Pichai and Sergey Brin, across eight campuses stop work to protest Trump's executive order banning immigration  —  Google employees in offices around the world staged a walkout on Monday afternoon in protest of President Donald Trump's executive …
Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:
Amazon and Expedia file sworn statements in court, join Washington State's lawsuit against Trump's travel ban; Microsoft cooperating with the State AG office  —  The attorney general of Washington state filed a lawsuit Monday challenging President Donald Trump's controversial immigration order …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Lyft surges as high as #4 in Apple's App Store top free chart, surpassing Uber at #13, in wake of the #DeleteUber campaign  —  Lyft's app has surged in the App Store thanks to the “Delete Uber” campaignwhich took place via social media over the weekend.  People were angry that Uber appeared …
Bloomberg:
Sources: White House draft proposal aims to overhaul foreign work visas, requires firms to try to hire Americans first, prioritizes visas for most highly paid  —  President Donald Trump's clash with Silicon Valley over immigration is about to become even more contentious.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
In response to Trump's travel ban, tech execs, investors, and firms including Lyft and Google pledge donations to ACLU as well as other non-profits, initiatives  —  Tech executives are offering to match donations to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) following the enactment …
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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Dropbox takes Paper, its Google Docs competitor, out of beta for global launch and tests new features including a project organization tool with task management  —  In 21 languages around the world  —  Dropbox's latest tool for businesses, a piece of collaborative editing software called Paper, is launching globally today.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Fitbit to cut six percent of its staff, or about 110 jobs, following a disappointing Q4 with 6.5M devices sold  —  As anticipated, wearable leader Fitbit kicked off the week by announcing a 6 percent reduction in global work force, following disappointing fourth quarter financials.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Razer acquires Nextbit, maker of Robin smartphone; Nextbit will stop selling Robin phones but will continue providing support for six months  —  Robin phones will see software support for the next year, but don't expect a sequel soon.  —  Josh Miller  —  Having hatched its cloud-based Robin phone …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Analytics firms and social media stars say Snapchat Stories view counts have plummeted between 15% and 40% since Instagram launched its Stories clone  —  Good enough and convenient.  That's proved a winning strategy for Instagram's clone, according to a dozen analytics providers …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Starbucks unveils a virtual assistant that takes your order via messaging or voice  —  Starbucks is embracing the trend towards voice-based computing with the launch of a new feature in its mobile app called My Starbucks barista, which allows customers to order and pay for their food and drinks just by speaking.

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