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97 major tech companies file amicus brief against Trump’s travel ban

  • Think of a major technology company. There’s a decent chance that whichever one you thought of was among the 97 firms filing an amicus brief on Sunday — against Trump’s travel ban.
  • The brief, which has since been widely shared online, argues that the 90-day ban is illegal and that it will discourage foreign workers from seeking employment in the U.S.
  • “The Order represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years,” the brief reads, and “inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth.”
  • Companies listed on the suit include Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft, among others. Read more

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Tesla’s Elon Musk will not pull out of presidential advisory forum

  • Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will remain on Trump’s presidential advisory forum, the Silicon Valley bigwig said in a statement on Twitter Thursday night.
  • In December, Musk was named to the forum, which Trump’s transition team put together to serve an economic advisory role.
  • Musk’s announcement comes the same day Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced he would leave the team.
  • In his own statement, Musk said that while he will maintain his place on the board, he would not stay quiet on the matter of the immigration ban (advice for which he crowdsourced via Twitter late last week). Read more

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Silicon Valley S04E01

Oh, silly me. I guess when I hacked together the video chat as an in-house tool, I didn’t foresee that hundreds of thousands of people would shit themselves over how fucking awesome it was.

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Silicon Valley tech workers whine about “scraping by” on six-figure salaries

  • Tech giants in Silicon Valley have intensified income inequality, displacing low-income and working-class families — but some high-earning engineers want you to know they’re suffering too. They helped create a bubble, and now they have to buy $8 bagels in it.
  • The Guardian published a story on Monday illustrating the woes of wealthy engineers in Silicon Valley who feel they are just “scraping by” due to rising rents in the area.
  • For the piece, a handful of tech workers discussed their struggles to achieve the “American dream” due to an increase in housing prices. Concerned about rising property prices, they’ve had to make sacrifices — like ditching their daily $12 fresh-pressed juice. Read more (Opinion)

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