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Recode Daily: Trump fires the acting attorney general for refusing to defend his immigration ban

He’s also considering a rollback of Obama administration LGBT protections.

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President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she refused to defend his immigration and refugee ban. Dissent was also mounting within the State Department. Coming today: An order on cyber security and a Supreme Court nomination. — [Mark Landler, Michael D. Shear, Matt Apuzzo and Eric Lichtblau / New York Times]

Trump is considering rolling back a series of Obama administration LGBT protections, including a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by the federal government and its contractors. — [Kara Swisher / Recode]

Amazon, Microsoft and Expedia are joining in a lawsuit filed by Washington state’s attorney general challenging the constitutionality of the immigration ban. Meanwhile, thousands of Google employees held rallies against the ban. — [April Glaser / Recode]

Apple is expected to show a return to growth, driven by an increase in iPhone sales, when it reports its holiday quarter earnings today. — [Ina Fried / Recode]

Twitters VP of engineering says the company will soon roll out changes to combat harassment on the service, including “fixes” to the mute/block features and measures to prevent repeat offenders from creating new accounts. — [Rich McCormick / The Verge]

SoftBank is thinking about investing upward of $1 billion from its $100 billion tech fund in shared-office startup WeWork. — [Eliot Brown, Rolfe Winkler and Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal]

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