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Microsoft says it is “dismayed” by the forced separation of migrant families at the border

Amid calls for a boycott and employee dissent  over its cloud-computing deal with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),  Microsoft issued a statement saying that the company “is dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border.” The ICE is currently under fire from both sides of the political spectrum for separating migrant parents from their children at the United States-Mexico border. The controversy over Microsoft’s involvement with the ICE stems from an Authority to Operate (ATO) that the agency granted to Azure Government  earlier this year. In a January blog post, Microsoft said the ATO would help the ICE deliver cloud-based identity and access services and “help employees make more informed decisions faster.” It also said that the use of its government compliant cloud computing software would enable ICE to “process data on edge devices or utilize deep learning capabilities to accelerate facial recognition and identification.” Though the ATO has been public for six months already, it resurfaced as outrage grew over the separation of families, including those legally seeking asylum with children , with many social media users calling for a boycott of Microsoft and some employees considering resigning . In its statement, however, Microsoft said it is not working with ICE or U.S. Customs and Border Protection on “any projects related to separating children from their families at the border” and that it is unaware of Azure being used for that purpose. It also “urged” the Trump administration to change the policy. Microsoft’s full statement is below. TechCrunch has contacted the company for more information.  In response to questions we want to be clear: Microsoft is not working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or U.S. Customs and Border Protection on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border, and contrary to some speculation, we are not aware of Azure or Azure services being used for this purpose.

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Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s VP of Communications and Public Policy and a key player in company’s response to data scandal is leaving after a decade at…

Kara Swisher / Recode : Elliot Schrage, Facebook's VP of Communications and Public Policy and a key player in company's response to data scandal is leaving after a decade at the firm   —  The longtime exec has been criticized recently for the social networking giant's rocky responses to a series of controversies.

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Helped by AI, Microsoft says the Windows 10 April 2018 Update is now on 250M devices, the fastest version of Windows 10 to reach the milestone (Emil…

Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat : Helped by AI, Microsoft says the Windows 10 April 2018 Update is now on 250M devices, the fastest version of Windows 10 to reach the milestone   —  Like other tech giants, Microsoft wants everyone to know that the company is heavily investing in AI.  The latest example in this quest …

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SEC’s William Hinman, head of Division of Corporate Finance who oversees cryptocurrencies, says Bitcoin and Ether are not securities but many ICOs are…

Bob Pisani / CNBC : SEC's William Hinman, head of Division of Corporate Finance who oversees cryptocurrencies, says Bitcoin and Ether are not securities but many ICOs are   —  The SEC's point man on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) says that bitcoin and ether are not securities but that many …

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A look at how a team of animators at Snap create 3D Bitmoji animations for an AR Snapchat experience by overlaying them on the camera’s field of view…

Reggie Ugwu / New York Times : A look at how a team of animators at Snap create 3D Bitmoji animations for an AR Snapchat experience by overlaying them on the camera's field of view   —  Augmented reality may change entertainment as we know it.  For Snapchat, the revolution starts with 15-second cartoons.

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Colorado-based toy robotics startup Sphero raises $12M, with plans to raise $20M total, as it shifts focus to education after dozens of layoffs in…

Brian Heater / TechCrunch : Colorado-based toy robotics startup Sphero raises $12M, with plans to raise $20M total, as it shifts focus to education after dozens of layoffs in January   —  This year has been a rough one for Sphero.  The Colorado-based toy robotics startup kicked off the year with dozens of layoffs …

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OnePlus CEO Pete Lau says over 1M people bought the OnePlus 6 in its first 22 days on sale, up from 1M in three months for previous flagships (Antonio…

Antonio Villas-Boas / Business Insider : OnePlus CEO Pete Lau says over 1M people bought the OnePlus 6 in its first 22 days on sale, up from 1M in three months for previous flagships   —  - OnePlus sold 1 million units of its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 6, in less than a month.  — It's a small number compared to Apple …

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Etsy says it will increase transaction fees charged to sellers from 3.5% to 5% in mid-July and spend the extra revenue on marketing (Pavithra…

Pavithra Mohan / Fast Company : Etsy says it will increase transaction fees charged to sellers from 3.5% to 5% in mid-July and spend the extra revenue on marketing   —  A year into Josh Silverman's tenure as CEO, Etsy is on the mend.  The online marketplace finally crossed $1 billion in sales during the last quarter of 2017 …

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Google is testing Google Sans, a size-optimized version of its product logo font Product Sans, in mobile search results (Stephen Hall/9to5Google)

Stephen Hall / 9to5Google : Google is testing Google Sans, a size-optimized version of its product logo font Product Sans, in mobile search results   —  Google's Material Theme is slowly creeping its way into every corner of the company's products, and that continues in part today with Google testing its “Google Sans” font in Search on mobile.

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Snapchat launches Snap Kit developer platform, letting other apps use Snap’s login, Bitmoji avatars, public Stories, and Snap Map content (Josh…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : Snapchat launches Snap Kit developer platform, letting other apps use Snap's login, Bitmoji avatars, public Stories, and Snap Map content   —  Developers join the Stories war  —  Today Snapchat finally gets a true developer platform, confirming TechCrunch's scoop from last month about Snap Kit.

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Snapchat launches Snap Kit developer platform, letting other apps use Snap’s login, Bitmoji avatars, public Stories, and Snap Map content (Josh…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : Snapchat launches Snap Kit developer platform, letting other apps use Snap's login, Bitmoji avatars, public Stories, and Snap Map content   —  Developers join the Stories war  —  Today Snapchat finally gets a true developer platform, confirming TechCrunch's scoop from last month about Snap Kit.

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Lidar startup Luminar says Volvo is making a "substantial" investment in the company and buying its lidar sensors (Andrew J. Hawkins/The…

Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge : Lidar startup Luminar says Volvo is making a “substantial” investment in the company and buying its lidar sensors   —  Luminar will supply lidar sensors to the Swedish auto giant  —  Lidar startup Luminar is on a bit of a hot streak.  After announcing a major deal with Toyota …

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