10 things in tech you need to know today

Trump tech meetingGetty/ Drew AngererDonald Trump, Peter Thiel, and Tim Cook.

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

1. Here’s how tech titans are responding to Trump’s immigration ban. Over the weekend, CEOs of companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Airbnb shared their near-unanimous opposition to Trump’s order.

2. Elon Musk is getting closer to the Trump administration. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO was selected to join President Donald Trump’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, CNBC reported Friday.

3. Thousands of Uber customers are deleting the app and posting the evidence to social media after drivers tried to do business at JFK airport during a taxi strike. The NY Taxi Workers Alliance called for all drivers to avoid JFK Airport on Saturday in order to facilitate protests against President Donald Trump.

4. Google criticised Donald Trump over an executive order on immigration and recalled some staff from overseas. In a memo to employees, CEO Sundar Pichai slammed the effects of the directive on Google staff.

5. Details on Snap’s IPO are expected to be revealed. Sources have told Business Insider that the offering could value Snap between $20 billion (£16 billion) and $25 billion (£20 billion).

6. Apple has finally joined an artificial intelligence (AI) research group that includes the likes of Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft. The group wants to ensure that AI is developed safely and ethically

7. Microsoft’s market capitalisation topped $500 billion (£398 billion) for the first time since 2000 on Friday. The valuation came as the technology giant’s stock rose following another quarter of results that beat Wall Street’s expectations.

8. Two international university teams clinched top honours for the first test phase of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition that ran this weekend. The Delft Hyperloop team, of Delft University in the Netherlands, got the highest overall score, while Technical University of Munich, Germany, secured the award for the fastest pod.

9. Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted on Thursday having a Washington, DC-style power dinner with Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump. They went to a high-end Italian restaurant a few blocks from the White House, according to Politico.

10. Tech City UK picked just 7 startups outside London for a national company growth programme with space for 33 firms. The programme is called “Upscale.”

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