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Google staff discussed search-related tweaks after 2017 travel ban

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After President Trump's first travel-ban order in January 2017, Google employees discussed in internal emails how they could tweak search results to favor pro-immigration organizations and ways to contact lawmakers and government agencies, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: "These emails were just a brainstorm of ideas, none of which were ever implemented," according to a Google spokesperson. But the leak will pour gasoline on unproven charges thatthe company builds anti-conservative bias into its products — right before the Justice Department convenes state attorneys general to talk about the issue. An earlier leak showed Google executives' frustration after the 2016 election.

From food delivery to global tech titan status

A Meituan Dianping delivery guy hurtles through the streets of Hangzhou. Photo: VCG via Getty Images

When some of the world's biggest retail companies are announcing forays into food delivery, they might be thinking of Meituan Dianping, which while not widely known outside its base in China, is worth $55 billion.

The big picture: In China, delivery is not just delivery. Meituan Dianping gained notoriety among its 310 million active users by delivering meals super fast, but it has since become the "everything app" — Seamless, Yelp, Uber, Facebook Messenger and more, all rolled into one.