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February 2, 2017, 3:45 PM

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Kara Swisher / Recode:
Sources: Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Amazon circulating draft open letter to Trump on recent immigration order ahead of planned release this week  —  It's the first joint effort from big U.S. businesses to try to support immigration.  —  Alphabet, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft …
Brad Smith / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft asks Trump administration for a formal process to grant exceptions to visa-holding workers and students affected by immigration order  —  Proposal calls for case-by-case exception process for law-abiding visa holders with pressing needs  —  In last Friday's executive order …
Bob Fernandez / Philly.com:
Thousands of Comcast employees stop work in Philadelphia and other cities to protest Trump's immigration executive order  —  Thousands of Comcast employees in Philadelphia streamed out of the Comcast Center on Thursday afternoon to protest President Trump's recent executive order on Muslim immigrants and refugees from seven nations.
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Hackers release iOS cracking tools used by Cellebrite, the Israeli firm known for breaking into phones; expert says the tools are similar to jailbreaking tools  —  The hacker says this demonstrates that when organizations make hacking tools, those techniques will eventually find their way to the public.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft updates Outlook for iOS with support for apps and add-ons, starting with Giphy, Evernote, Trello, more  —  Microsoft is bringing apps and add-ins to its Outlook for iOS email application today.  The software giant has partnered with Evernote, Giphy, Nimble, Trello …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Report: Snapchat has 160M DAUs, up from 130M in Q1 2016, as revenue reaches $400M in 2016, beating internal targets  —  Some Snap Inc stats have leaked ahead of its expected IPO filing today, and they show strong progress in earning money, but slowed user growth.
Chance Miller / 9to5Google:
Google to shut down Hands Free payment service on February 8, shifting efforts toward Android Pay, after piloting it since March 2016  —  Google announced to users today that it is shutting down its Hands Free payment service on February 8th.  The feature was quietly announced at Google I/O …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Mozilla lays off about 50 from its connected devices team, bringing the project to an end  —  The nonprofit is cutting about 50 people after struggling to extend the influence of its Firefox web browser for PCs.  —  A last vestige of Mozilla's effort to expand its technological influence beyond …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sues Charter Communications, claiming Charter's Spectrum unit promised internet speeds it knew it couldn't deliver  —  Charter-owned cable provider defrauded and misled customers, AG's complaint says.  —  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today filed …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast says it will launch Xfinity TV app on Roku later this year, will charge subscribers a monthly fee  —  Comcast is releasing a beta version of the Xfinity TV app for Roku devices and TV sets — but the while users don't have to lease a set-top box, the cable giant will still charge customers …

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