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Recode Daily: Trump’s travel ban sets off a crisis

In Silicon Valley, dissent and donations.

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As President Trump defended his travel ban, protests filled the streets, legal challenges sprang up and the administration struggled to clarify the orders amid confusion around the world. Angry criticism came from all quarters: Democrats, Republicans, world leaders, universities, scientists and entertainers. — [Peter Baker / New York Times]

Silicon Valley companies, unlike most U.S. businesses, joined in the outcry over the ban. Google, Uber and Lyft are putting up millions to assist and defend those affected. — [Kara Swisher / Recode]

Trump has more news for Silicon Valley: His staff is working on an executive order aimed at companies that use visas to fill lower-skill jobs. It “could force wholesale changes at India companies such as Infosys Ltd. and Wipro Ltd., and shift the way American companies like Microsoft Corp., Inc. and Apple Inc. recruit talent.” — [Peter Elstrom / Bloomberg]

In the latest sign of a slowdown in the wearables market, Fitbit will announce weak Q4 results today, along with plans to lay off up to 10 percent of its workforce. — [Reed Albergotti / The Information]

Snap plans to publicly file for its IPO later this week, offering the first look into its financials. The Snapchat maker’s IPO could value the company around $25 billion. — [Kara Swisher / Recode]

On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Time Well Spent founder Tristan Harris urged tech companies to focus their product design on improving people’s lives, not just capturing their attention. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]

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