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Recode Daily: Dozens of tech companies have joined the legal battle against Trump’s travel ban

A federal appeals court will decide whether to reverse a judge’s temporary suspension of the ban.

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Scores of tech companies — including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook — have filed a legal brief opposing President Trump’s immigration ban. The brief was filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which on Sunday refused an administration request to immediately reverse a judge’s temporary suspension of the ban and told both sides to submit written arguments today. — [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Good reading: A look inside Trump’s first weeks in the White House, where he’s spending evenings alone watching TV, making calls and growing frustrated over his small, inexperienced staff’s inability to contain the backlash from his rapid-fire policy decisions. — [Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman / New York Times]

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who has taken flak for serving on Trump’s business advisory council, says activists should be supporting moderates in a position to influence the president on issues like the travel ban and climate change. — [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

As new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai starts to roll back Obama-era consumer protection regulations, his predecessor, Tom Wheeler, warns that the commission is now more interested in serving the telecom industry than the public. — [Susan Crawford / Backchannel]

The NFL season ended with high drama in the Super Bowl, but lower ratings through the regular season and playoffs. That’s troubling for the TV networks, who view live events as key in their competition with the internet and other diversions for eyeballs. — [Peter Kafka / Recode]

On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, former New York Times technology reporter John Markoff says we’ll need robots to take over more jobs for two big reasons: A shrinking workforce and a growing elderly population. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]

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