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Recode Daily: Tech giants are planning a united stand against Trump’s travel ban

Alphabet, Apple, Facebook and Uber are among the companies drafting an open letter to the president.

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Alphabet, Apple, Facebook and Uber are working with other companies on a joint letter opposing President Trump’s travel ban. Meanwhile, Trump had a testy exchange with Australia’s prime minister over refugee resettlement, but did not, according to the White House, threaten Mexico’s president with the use of U.S. troops to go after the “bad hombres,” as reported by the AP. — [Kara Swisher / Recode]

Facebooks Q4 earnings easily topped analysts’ expectations, and Mark Zuckerberg made it clear that the company is aiming to become your next TV. On the down side, Facebook’s Oculus VR unit lost a suit to ZeniMax and was hit with $500 million in damages. — [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Apple is developing an ARM-based chip to handle low-power tasks in future Mac laptops, reducing the role of Intel processors. — [Mark Gurman and Ian King / Bloomberg]

Streaming isnt the best way to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, but if you want to, you have some options. Here’s a guide. — [Peter Kafka / Recode]

On the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget says Trump smartly tapped into economic anger as a candidate, but now is implementing policies that are anti-American. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]

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