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From Apple to Y Combinator—tech sector denounces new “Dreamers” plan

Enlarge / WASHINGTON—US Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on immigration at the Justice Department September 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sessions announced that the Trump Administration is ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—which protected those who were brought to the US illegally as children—with a six-month delay for Congress to put in replacement legislation. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Leading technology-sector bosses denounced President Donald Trump's move Tuesday to end a program that had prevented the deportation of so-called "Dreamers," people who illegally came to the US as children.

Apple chief Tim Cook told employees in an e-mail that "We issue an urgent plea for our leaders in Washington to protect the Dreamers so their futures can never be put at risk in this way again." Cook has tweeted that 250 people who are Dreamers work for Apple.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took to his social media network, saying Trump's decision was "cruel."

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Trump begins to dismantle Obama’s “startup visa” program

Enlarge / US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Trump administration has delayed the implementation of the "International Entrepreneur Rule," an Obama-era policy that would have allowed more foreigners to start businesses in the US. The administration intends to overturn the rule, which would have gone into effect next week.

Official notice of the delay, which pushes out the effective date of the regulation until March 2018, will be published tomorrow in the Federal Register. The Department of Homeland Security intends to rescind the rule but is taking public comment during a review period.

The International Entrepreneur Rule is a kind of stunted version of the "startup visa" that tech companies have long favored. It would have allowed foreign entrepreneurs an "initial parole stay" of 30 months in the US, which could have been extended by another 30 months. Only entrepreneurs who had lined up at least $250,000 of investment capital from established, reputable investors would have been allowed to use the rule.

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Judge: Uber can depose Alphabet CEO Larry Page for Waymo lawsuit

Enlarge / Larry Page at an event in San Francisco in 2015. (credit: Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Fortune)

A US magistrate judge has ruled (PDF) that Uber lawyers can depose Alphabet CEO Larry Page, and perhaps Alphabet Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, in regard to Waymo's lawsuit alleging theft of trade secrets.

Waymo, Google's self-driving car spinoff, sued Uber earlier this year, claiming that ex-Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski stole thousands of files while employed at Google. Uber has denied that any trade secrets ever made their way to Uber. Friday's ruling on the depositions is part of ongoing discovery in the case, which is scheduled for an October trial.

"Larry Page has first-hand non-repetitive knowledge of relevant facts," wrote US Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. "Further, less intrusive means, such as interrogatories, are not sufficient."

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Trump plans to dismantle Obama-era “Startup Visa”

Enlarge / US President Donald Trump during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security in January. (credit: Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A regulation from the Obama administration that would have allowed foreign-born entrepreneurs who raise investor cash to build their startups in the US won't be allowed to go into effect.

The Department of Homeland Security will file an official notice to delay the International Entrepreneur Rule for eight months. The intention is to eliminate the rule entirely, according to sources briefed on the matter who spoke to The Wall Street Journal.

The decision isn't final, and a DHS spokesperson told the WSJ that the department "cannot speculate" on the outcome of the review.

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Trump administration rolls out social media vetting of visa applicants

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Visa applicants who the US State Department suspects may pose a danger if allowed into the country will be required to provide their social media handles on a new application (PDF) the government just unveiled.

The new vetting, the State Department said, would likely ensnare about 0.5 percent of visa applicants annually—the equivalent of roughly 65,000 people. The screening would apply to visa applicants "who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities," according to a notice in the Federal Register by the State Department.

In all, applicants that the government deems suspicious would be required to disclose (PDF) their previous passport numbers, five years of social media handles, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. The plan also calls for US-bound travelers to supply 15 years of biographical data.

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