Kim Hart Feb 9, 2017
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Cook on travel ban: Apple "thrives on diversity"

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Speaking at Scotland's University of Glasgow, where he was receiving an honorary degree, Tim Cook reiterated Apple's opposition to Trump's travel ban.

According to a tweet by the university, spotted by CNET, Cook said:

QuoteIf we stand and say nothing we become a part of it, our company thrives on diversity.

In answering audience questions, Cook dismissed claims that he or Apple are "activists." Apple, he said, is careful about the issues it chooses to take on politically — but "we're not shy" on topics they have a strong point of view on.

Why it matters: Apple is among the more than 90 tech companies that have signed a letter opposing the travel ban. Like its Sillicon Valley peers, Apple is also closely watching any possible changes to the high-skilled visa program it relies on to fill engineering jobs.

Mike Allen 22 mins ago
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Why Trump added a streetfighter to his legal team

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A new addition to President Trump's legal team — Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is well-known in Washington and has argued for the president on Fox News — reflects three White House realities.

The state of play: (1) The White House is digging in for a fight that looks to be longer and messier than officials had expected. (2) This is another example of the president responding to televised cues. Trump has spent most of his adult life in litigation, and obsesses about legal positioning in the same way that he is consumed by his press coverage. (3) It's another pugilistic voice at the table, and suggests that this weekend's attacks on Mueller won't be the last.

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Facebook reaches a tipping point

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Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging.

Why it matters: It's not that the reports reveal anything particularly new about how Facebook's back end works — developers have understood the vulnerabilities of Facebook's interface for years. But stakeholders crucial to the company's success — as well as the public seem less willing to listen to its side of the story this time around.