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Twitter, Netflix Plan brief Opposing Trump Immigration Order



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Technology companies including Twitter Inc. and Netflix Inc. plan to submit legal documents condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, adding to the industry’s growing opposition to the policy, according to people familiar with the matter.

The amicus brief will be filed tonight in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and emphasize the importance of immigrants in the economy and society, the people said. The companies originally planned to file the brief later this coming week, but accelerated efforts over the weekend after other legal challenges to the order, the people said.

Twitter and Lyft Inc. confirmed their participation. Other companies signing include Square Inc., Inc., Airbnb Inc., Uber Technologies Inc., Pinterest Inc. and AppNexus Inc., the people said, declining to be named because the information isn’t public.

“Immigrants make many of the Nation’s greatest discoveries, and create some of the country’s most innovative and iconic companies,” the companies plan to say, according to a draft of the brief obtained by Bloomberg. “America has long recognized the importance of protecting ourselves against those who would do us harm. But it has done so while maintaining the fundamental commitment to welcoming immigrants—through increased background checks and other controls on people seeking to enter our country.”

Late Friday, a U.S. District judge temporarily lifted the Trump administration’s ban, freeing refugees and visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries to enter the U.S. An appeals court declined to immediately reinstate the immigration restrictions over the weekend.

The technology industry has been among the most vocal in opposition to Trump’s immigration policies.

Bloomberg News reported earlier that several large tech companies, including Microsoft Corp and Alphabet Inc., are planning to sign an open letter to President Trump expressing concern about the immigration order and offering help fixing it and other policies.

“We share your goal of ensuring that our immigration system meets today’s security needs and keeps our country safe,” said a draft of that letter obtained by Bloomberg News. “We are concerned, however, that your recent Executive Order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country’s success.”

Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick stepped down from President Trump’s business advisory council last week after criticism from customers and drivers. His participation in the council, along with more than a dozen other U.S. executives, prompted blow-back on social media after the controversial executive order on immigration. It snowballed into a #DeleteUber campaign that benefited rival Lyft.

“Immigration and openness to refugees is an important part of our country’s success and quite honestly to Uber’s,” Kalanick wrote in an e-mail to employees obtained by Bloomberg. “There are many ways we will continue to advocate for just change on immigration but staying on the council was going to get in the way of that. The executive order is hurting many people in communities all across America.”

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Nissan to Invest Over $17 Billion in Electric Vehicle Development




Japanese automobile company Nissan will be investing 2 trillion Yen (about $17.6 billion) while developing new electric vehicles as well as battery technology. This investment will take place over the space of five years, and is part of a huge plan referred to as “Ambition 2030.”

The company plans to release a total of 15 electric vehicles by 2030, having electrified vehicles make up half of the company’s entire automobile lineup. The automobile company has stated that it will be producing 23 electrified vehicles over the next eight years, with 20 of those 23 coming in the next five years.

The company has its sights set on a market mix of 75 percent electrified vehicles in Europe, 55 percent in Japan and 40 percent in China and the United States by 2030.

The other part of that market mix would supposedly be Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles. It should be emphasized that Nissan had stated earlier in 2021 that the company planned to electrify every new vehicle that is launched in the early 2030s. In the plan, any Internal Combustion Engine vehicles available by the time would be classified as legacy models.

By 2028, Nissan will release electrified vehicles with all-solid-state batteries (ASSB) and will have had a pilot plant established in Yokohama by 2024. That particular technology boasts of advancements such as reduced periods of charging, but has not hit the market as it has been expected to.

It is also in the company’s plans to reduce the cost of battery packs to $75 per kWh (kilowatt-hour) by 2028, while also planning to reduce the cost to $68 per kWh further down the road. According to Bloomberg, that would be about half of what batteries for electrified vehicles cost as at last year. The company also hopes to be producing batteries of 130 gWh (gigawatt hours).

Nissan has also revealed four concept cars: Chill-Out, Surf-Out, Hang-Out and Max-Out. These four concepts are to give a glimpse of Nissan’s future tech with self-driving features.

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WhatsApp to Introduce New Features



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WhatsApp may soon be introducing new features and the features are rumoured to be launching next year, Sky News has said.

According to the news platform, the first of the new features include Instagram Reels. Although, weeks back, WhatsApp watchers, WABetaInfo, had said that WhatsApp could one day feature Instagram Reels.

“It is thought that Reels would have a dedicated space on the WhatsApp app. This could be part of Meta’s plan to merge all the big social networking apps that it owns.” The WhatsApp watcher once said.

It is also believed that no time limit on the ‘delete for everyone’ button is one of the features that is expected to be added.

One common complaint about WhatsApp is that you only get a certain amount of time to delete a message in a chat for everyone. After 68 minutes and 16 seconds, your message will be there forever and you can only delete it for yourself. This is set to change very soon.

On the other hand, there are claims that WhatsApp is working on a logout feature. The feature would be in keeping with the multi-device update as you could log out on one device but remain logged in on another. This feature has been spotted and being tested in the beta version of WhatsApp, Sky News added.

The other feature is hiding from specific contacts. You can currently hide the time you were last on WhatsApp but you can not hide it from specific contacts.

The company is said to be changing this so when you go to change your “Last Seen” settings you will see an option for “My Contacts Except”.

We are still, however, waiting for an official statement from WhatsApp.


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Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey Steps Down, Agrawal Takes Over



Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey has stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the leading Microblogging website, the company announced in a statement published on Monday.

According to the statement, the Board of Directors of the company has appointed Parag Agrawal as the new Chief Executive Director of the company, effective immediately. However, the outgoing CEO will remain a member of the Board until the end of his term in 2022.

The Board of Directors appointed Bret Taylor to succeed Patrick Pichette as the new Chairman of the Board, while Pichette will continue to serve as chair of the Audit Committee.

The released statement noted that Agrawal, the new CEO has been with the company for more than a decade and served as Chief Technology Officer in the last four years.

“I’ve decided to leave Twitter because I believe the company is ready to move on from its founders. My trust in Parag as Twitter’s CEO is deep. His work over the past 10 years has been transformational. I’m deeply grateful for his skill, heart, and soul. It’s his time to lead,” said Dorsey.

Commenting on Twitter’s new management, Bret Taylor, Twitter’s incoming Independent Board Chair said, “On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Jack for his visionary leadership and unrelenting dedication to Twitter since its founding. Jack returned to Twitter and turned the Company around at the most critical time. The progress since then has been nothing short of incredible. Jack has given the world something invaluable and we will continue to carry it forward.”

Taylor noted, “Parag understands Twitter and appreciates the Company’s unique potential. He has been instrumental in tackling our most important priorities, including accelerating our development velocity, and I know he’ll hit the ground running to strengthen execution and deliver results. The Board has the utmost confidence in Parag.”

“I want to thank the Board for their confidence in my leadership and Jack for his continued mentorship, support, and partnership,” said Agrawal.

“I look forward to building on everything we have accomplished under Jack’s leadership and I am incredibly energized by the opportunities ahead. By continuing to improve our execution, we will deliver tremendous value for our customers and shareholders as we reshape the future of public conversation.”

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