Feb 6, 2017

Hot in Silicon Valley: tech at Super Bowl 51

David J. Phillip / AP

Tech companies with Super Bowl ads: The list included Intel, Wix, Google, and Squarespace, and others. Airbnb made headlines with its pro-immigration and diversity theme. The company bought the 30-second spot on Thursday and filmed the ad that same day with some of its employees, according to co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky.

Bonus: Intel provided 300 drones for Lady Gaga's halftime performance. The drones flew in various formations, though the sequences were pre-filmed as FAA regulations prevent them from flying above the stadium.

97 companies band against Trump's immigration restrictions: On Sunday, a group of mostly tech companies filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to express their opposition to Trump's recent executive order on immigration, according to media reports.

Missing: Amazon, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, Cisco, IBM, and Palantir, among others, including Elon Musk's Tesla and SpaceX.

Go deeper

American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd

Goerge Bush in Michigan in 2009. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush (R) wrote in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife, Laura, are "anguished" by the death of George Floyd, and said that "it is time for America to examine our tragic failures."

Why it matters: It's a stark juxtaposition when compared to fellow Republican President Trump's response to current civil unrest. While Trump has called for justice in Floyd's death, he's also condemned protestors and threatened to deploy military personnel if demonstrations continue.