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Read the memo Uber sent its employees about using its legal team to help separated families on the Mexico border

Uber is the latest tech company to forcefully condemn the Trump administration's immigration policies. The company says it is exploring how its legal team can assist migrant families who are affected. It also donated $100,000 to a non-profit group supporting migrant children.

Uber is exploring how its legal team can assist migrant families affected by President Trump's hardline immigration policies, and has donated $100,000 to a non-profit supporting migrant children, according to an internal company memo.

The memo, provided to Business Insider by a company spokesperson, condemns the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families as "unfathomable to imagine and heartbreaking to see."

Written by Uber deputy general counsel Tammy Albarrán and SVP of communications and policy Jill Hazelbaker, it says Uber is "better and stronger because we are made up of and serve people from all over the world." 


There's a 'dumb reason' why PlayStation and Xbox gamers can't play online together, according to a former Sony insider

Sony's decision to restrict PlayStation 4 owners from playing "Fortnite" with gamers on the Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Xbox sparked an uproar in recent weeks. According to one former Sony executive, the company's decision wasn't all that surprising. John Smedley, the former president of Sony Online Entertainment and the general manager of Amazon Game Studios, suggested that the "simple" reason was for financial gain.

Sony's decision to restrict PlayStation 4 owners from playing Epic Games's smash-hit "Fortnite" with players on the Nintendo Switch and Xbox sparked an uproar. Worse yet, if you started playing "Fortnite" on the PlayStation 4, you couldn't bring your purchased items with you to those other consoles. 

According to a former Sony developer, the company's stance on this matter isn't all that surprising.


Here's the pep talk the CEO of bitcoin exchange Coinbase gave to new hires about the price dip: 'People are irrationally pessimistic'

$1.6 billion cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase became a prominent name as the price of bitcoin surged toward $20,000. But now that bitcoin is valued around $6,700, some people are freaking out.  Brian Armstrong, CEO and cofounder of Coinbase, says he's used to these wild swings. In a message to employees, which he later shared on Twitter, Armstrong told his team that price fluctuations are totally normal in the world of cryptocurrency. He sees downturns as the perfect time to make progress as a company "while everyone else gets distracted."

Just six months after bitcoin mania sent prices soaring up toward $20,000, the popular cryptocurrency is now worth about $6,700 — just a third of its all time high.

But the CEO of Coinbase, a cryptocurrency exchange valued at $1.6 billion last August, has a message for newer employees: Don't panic.

In a


Read the memo Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent to employees about the company's work for ICE and Trump's 'zero-tolerance' policy (MSFT)

Microsoft has faced sharp criticism for its work with Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency involved with carrying out President Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy, in which families and children are separated after crossing the US-Mexico border illegally. On Tuesday, it was reported that over 100 Microsoft employees signed an open letter to CEO Satya Nadella calling on the company to end its relationship with ICE. In a memo to employees, Nadella called for the policy to end, while also downplaying the nature of the company's work with ICE. He says it's mostly just email, calendars, and other office software. "I want to be clear: Microsoft is not working with the U.S. government on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border." 

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is under pressure.

This week, the $769 billion tech giant


10 things in tech you need to know today
Posted June 20, 2018 0:7 AM
10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.

1. An increasing number of tech CEOs are speaking out against the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the border between the US and Mexico. The condemnations come days after Microsoft employees also protested the company providing cloud services to ICE. 

2. Facebook is taking on the massively popular HQ Trivia app. The social media giant announced on Tuesday that it will let pages host their own live quiz shows. At launch, partners BuzzFeed, Fresno, and Insider will all launch game shows on Facebook Live.

3.


A hot startup raised $66 million in 5 days using these 24 slides

Tech investors are throwing money at Front, a five-year-old startup that aims to change the way teams get work done. The startup makes a shared inbox app that lets teams handle messages from email, texts, Slack, and social media, all in one place.

This year, the 28-year-old cofounder and CEO of Front, Mathilde Collin, went on a five-day fundraising sprint to raise a Series B round. She pitched 11 investors, received 10 term sheets, or investment offers, and walked away with $66 million from Sequoia Capital and several others.

Collin later wrote a


A tech CEO's experience as a single dad convinced him to overhaul his $3 billion company’s benefits

DocuSign, an e-signature company, expanded its parental leave policy in February of 2017. Employees who are primary caregivers, now receive six months of paid leave within the first year of the child's arrival. DocuSign CEO Dan Springer reflected on his own experience as a single father and the son of a single mother when discussing the policy change.

DocuSign CEO Dan Springer knows what it's like to balance two challenging roles.

Long before he took the helm of the e-signature company in January of 2017, Springer was busy juggling being a single father and working as the CEO of Responsys, a public SaaS marketing firm.

"It was really hard to try to do both well, run a public company and have two teen-aged boys," he told Business Insider.


Actor Mary McCormack shared a video of her husband's Tesla catching fire in LA

Actress Mary McCormack shared footage of her husband's Tesla on fire in Los Angeles, California. "No accident, out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd," she wrote. Tesla said it was investigating "an extraordinary unusual occurrence," according to ABC News.

In a tweet directed at Tesla, actress Mary McCormack shared a video of her husband's Model S ablaze in Los Angeles.

"No accident, out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd. Thank you to the kind couple who flagged him down and told him to pull over," she wrote.

"... thank god my three little girls weren't in the car with him."

The dramatic footage, posted on Saturday, shows fire spewing out the side of the car.


Former Google and Instagram engineers got millions to take TV into the future — here's what it looks like

Dreams is a new company that's reformatting TV for smartphones. It got $5 million from investors including Box Group, NEA, SV Angel, and Ronny Conway's A Capital Ventures. It's made watching TV on your smartphone an intuitive experience by reformatting it to fit a mobile frame.

When you first enter the spare, airy office of Dreams, a new media startup, the first thing you notice is a mid-sized television that's been turned on its side. Propped upright against a wall, the TV plays shows that have been reformatted to fit its new vertical orientation.

There's something about this setup that's deeply disorienting: After all, it's the opposite of just about every other TV you've encountered in your life. It looks different. It looks weird. It looks like it might come from the future.


Astronaut Chris Hadfield says the rockets from NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin won't take people to Mars

Chris Hadfield, a former astronaut, recently spoke to Business Insider about his new online course on space exploration. When asked the future space vehicles of NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin, Hadfield said, "I don't think any of those three rockets is taking people to Mars." Hadfield said we'll need some "outlandish" new space-travel technologies if we want to get to and from Mars practically.

Chris Hadfield, most widely known for his zero-gravity guitar-playing, has seen an impressive amount of space travel.