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Amazon is among 3 tech giants yet to condemn Trump’s proposed Muslim registry

  • A new video campaign is targeting three major Silicon Valley giants – Amazon, Booz Allen Hamilton and Oracle — for their  silence on Trump’s infamous “Muslim registry” proposal.
  • “Tech companies have to choose a side,” Credo senior campaign manager Heidi Hess said in a statement. “Will they stand against Trump’s hate or provide the technology and data to enable it?”
  • Credo Action, a progressive activist network, produced “Tech Companies Have a Choice” as a targeted outreach effort to employees of three tech companies and to pressure its employers to issue statements.
  • “We’re counting on Oracle, Amazon and Booz Allen Hamilton to do what’s right and make it clear that they will play no role in Trump’s chilling Muslim registry proposal,” Hess said. Read more

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things that make me happy:
  • listening to my favorite song after school ends
  • starting a book and knowing it will  be great
  • taking the time to write my notes again with my favorite stationery
  • starting a new notebook with thousands of ideas
  • looking at my freshly-taken polaroid picture and seeing that it looks great
  • anticipating the release of a new book/album/video game
  • spending the weekend curled up in bed with Netflix
  • searching for new beautiful study spots
  • getting nice new messages on my blog
  • finally getting that A I worked for
  • when my new amazon delivery package arrives after weeks of waiting
  • starting a great new project or self-study course
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Tech companies are taking litigious action against Donald Trump’s immigration ban

  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sat four seats away from Donald Trump in December after accepting the president-elect’s invitation to a technology roundtable.
  • Now, less than two months later, Bezos has publicly declared his support for a lawsuit filed against Trump and his administration.
  • The lawsuit, filed Monday, says that Trump’s executive order banning the entry of visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States will hurt both Washington state’s economy as well as its businesses.
  • Microsoft and Expedia, also based in Washington, are supporting the lawsuit as well.
  • But there’s more: Github, Google, Airbnb and Netflix are among a slew of other companies planning to meet on Tuesday to discuss filing an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit against the immigration executive order, CNBC reports.
  • Why only take action against Trump now? The bottom line. Read more

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