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AP

Google's Sundar Pichai and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg spoke out against Trump's executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

We're upset about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the US…It's painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues. —Sundar Pichai in email to employees

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said he's concerned about the impact of the orders and that the U.S. should keep its doors open to refugees.

We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don't pose a threat will live in fear of deportation. — Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook

Why Silicon Valley cares: Tech companies have real workforce issues to consider. A large number of immigrants work at these companies. Silicon Valley companies rely on temporary visas for high-skilled foreign workers to fill thousands of engineering and technical jobs say they can't fill with domestic talent. Trump has been hostile to any visas that he sees as taking jobs from Americans.

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Sep 23, 2021 - Economy & Business

Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer to step down

Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer speaking at a forum in Laguna Beach, Calif., in October 2019. Photo: Martina Albertazzi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Facebook confirmed Wednesday that CTO Mike Schroepfer will leave that post next year and become a part-time adviser, while longtime engineering executive Andrew Bosworth will assume the CTO role.

Why it matters: It's a major leadership shift that has one veteran engineering leader cutting back his involvement and another getting a significant promotion.

Tech firms' nightmare: Vanishing green cards

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Thousands of green cards are about to go to waste, leaving Google, Microsoft and other tech companies fuming — and pushing the Biden administration to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Why it matters: Tech workers have waited years for green cards that will grant them permanent legal status in the U.S. — but because of pandemic-related processing delays, they will have to wait even longer.

Sep 22, 2021 - Technology

Facebook says Apple’s ad changes are hurting its business

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Facebook said Wednesday that changes to Apple’s new privacy terms will continue to cause headwinds for its ads business in the third quarter.

Why it matters: Facebook doesn’t typically provide these types of updates outside of earnings calls. The update signals to investors that the company is seeing numbers in the current quarter that reinforce previous warnings about impact from Apple’s changes.