Hope you’re ready for the three-day weekend, Austin. Here are some of the tech-news stories we’re reading this morning:
Microsoft, Facebook and others plan to fight on DACA
On news that president Donald Trump is expected to halt the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, potentially causing undocumented children born in the United States to be deported, large tech companies including Microsoft, Uber, Google and Facebook are planning to strongly oppose the administration should this happen. The group FWD.us has drafted a letter you can read here signed so far by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Lyft co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Apple marks Sept. 12 on its iOS 11 calendar
After months and months of speculation, Apple fans got the news they were waiting for: Apple has officially set a Sept. 12 date for the unveiling of its next round of iPhone products. That’s expected to include a $1,000 model with no home button, but with a new design and presumably faster speeds and a better camera. The presentation will be the first ever in the new Steve Jobs theater at the company’s home campus.
Lyft gains on Uber
Fresh on the news that Lyft is expanding full-state coverage for 32 states, Recode has a report that its chief rival Uber has lost a significant amount of market share, most of it to Lyft on the ride-hailing front. According to a report from a research firm that tracks billions of credit card transactions, Uber has dropped from about 91 percent market share to 74.3 percent from 2014 to now. That could be the result of increased competition or could have something to do with Uber’s many public relations problems, but either way, it seems to be good news for Lyft.
Microsoft’s Mixed Reality
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