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January 31, 2017, 3:25 PM

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Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:
Amazon and Expedia join Washington State's lawsuit against Trump's travel ban, file sworn statements in court; Microsoft is working with the State AG office  —  The attorney general of Washington state filed a lawsuit Monday challenging President Donald Trump's controversial immigration order …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
More than 2K Google employees across eight campuses, including Sundar Pichai and Sergey Brin, stopped work to protest Trump's executive order on immigration  —  Google employees in offices around the world staged a walkout on Monday afternoon in protest of President Donald Trump's executive …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Slack debuts Enterprise Grid, an admin-focused tool to scale its software for large firms, including the ability to create an unlimited number of “workspaces”  —  With the launch of its new ‘Enterprise Grid’  —  Team communication service Slack today announced a new product designed …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google open-sources Chrome for iOS, adding the code to the Chromium project repository  —  Google has uploaded its Chrome for iOS code into the open-source Chromium repository.  In other words, Chrome for iOS has now been open-sourced like Chrome for other platforms, letting anyone examine, modify, and compile the project.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
American Civil Liberties Union joins Y Combinator's winter batch of startups, giving access to mentoring and Demo Day  —  The American Civil Liberties Union will learn how to turn the $24 million it raised over the weekend into growth and progress with help from top Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator.
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Walmart drops membership fee for its free two-day shipping program on purchases of $35 or more, discontinuing its $49/year ShippingPass program  —  The only catch is a $35 order minimum.  —  If Walmart.com is ever going to put a dent in Amazon's dominance, this will have to be the starting point.
Heather Somerville / Reuters:
Uber strikes deal with Daimler to add self-driving Mercedes-Benz to Uber's fleet  —  Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has signed another deal with a major automaker as the popular ride service accelerates efforts to build out one of the world's first fleets of autonomous vehicles.
Brian Barrett / Wired:
How Lego built Lego Life, its child-friendly social network with Instagram-style profiles, a news feed, and more, available today on iOS and Android  —  There are Lego bricks and Lego movies, Lego videogames and Lego books.  The stackable, sortable plastic molds permeate all corners of society.
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Nintendo says that 5%+ of 78M people who downloaded Super Mario Run paid the $10 to unlock full game and that Animal Crossing for iOS is delayed  —  Nintendo today rolled out an update to Super Mario Run that includes a collection of feature additions and bug fixes, along with a new “Easy Mode.”
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Streaming media app Plex acquires news video startup Watchup, which will now be integrated into the Plex app, with an expected launch of Q2 2017  —  In recent months, streaming media app Plex has expanded its focus from offering tools to organize and stream your home media collection of photos …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple-recommended LG UltraFine 5K Display doesn't operate well near routers, dropping connections or freezing connected Macs; LG acknowledges the issue  —  Apple discontinued its Thunderbolt Display last summer after five years on the market, and now Apple recommends the LG UltraFine 5K Display …
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:
Facebook to begin a limited trial of Delegated Recovery, a system for recovering third party accounts that aims to obviate email's role in that process  —  Getting locked out of your account sucks.  Almost everyone has experienced the frustration of forgetting a password …

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