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Tech giants plan united stand against Trump’s immigration ban
Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon.com are drafting an open letter to President Donald Trump opposing his recent order on immigration and offering to help fix it, according to Bloomberg sources.
Tech companies are leading the effort but are working to involve other industries, the sources say. The letter will be the first major push from big U.S. businesses to try to support immigration in the wake of a recent travel restriction order by Trump. It is expected to be released this week.
"We share your goal of ensuring that our immigration system meets today’s security needs and keeps our country safe," said a draft of the letter obtained by Bloomberg News. "We are concerned, however, that your recent Executive Order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country’s success.”
Apple shareholder proposal seeks more diversity at top
Apple shareholders will be asked to vote on a proposal to increase the diversity of executives and board members at the company's annual meeting this month.
"Shareholders are concerned that low levels of diversity at the company’s senior management and board level, as well as painstakingly slow improvements, are a business risk," according to the proposal from Zevin Asset Management and individual investor Tony Maldonado.
Apple's eight-member board has two women and one black man. Three out of Apple's 107 executives are black and two are Latino, according to a 2016 filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Apple recommended that shareholders vote against the proposal, citing diversity initiatives the company is already taking.
Could Facebook be the new Tinder?
Facebook is rolling out a new “Discover People” feature on its mobile app that lets you connect with strangers.
The feature shows users profiles of people attending upcoming events, people who live nearby and people who the user works with.
It’s designed to make connections between people who aren’t already Facebook friends, and encourages users to find dates, friends and business connections by meeting through the site.
Discover People is not yet available to all Facebook users but is slowly being rolled out onto iOS and Android, TechCrunch reports. Users who have the feature can find it in the navigation section below Friends, Events, Groups, and other options.
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