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Tech Crawl: Apple, Google, other tech giants join fight against Trump travel ban

American-Statesman Staff
Immigration protest at Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

A happy post-Super Bowl Monday morning to you, Austin. Here’s hoping you didn’t have money on the Falcons. 

Here’s a look at some of the technology stories making waves and generating buzz across the Internet this morning:

Tech titans join fight against travel ban

Dozens of tech companies -- with giants Apple, Google and Facebook among them -- are siding with Washington state and Minnesota as they fight President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

The companies filed briefs late Sunday with a federal appellate court saying the Trump executive order hurts their businesses.

In their court filing, a total of 97 companies said Trump's travel ban "hinders the ability of American companies to attract great talent; increases costs imposed on business; makes it more difficult for American firms to compete in the international marketplace."

RELATED: Trump policies prompt concern, reaction from Austin tech executives

Super Bowl ad sets off real-world Google Home systems

During Sunday’s Super Bowl telecast, an ad for Google Home popped onto millions of television screens. No big deal. But when someone in the ad says “OK Google,” turns out it those on-screen words actually activated a lot of real-life Google Home systems. The Verge gives a rundown of how it happened and some of the interesting social media reaction. 

As for the Super Bowl on social...

While we watched the Atlanta Falcons’ epic Super Bowl collapse -- or the New England Patriots’ epic comeback, depending on your perspective -- a lot of us were also talking about it on social media.  Tech Crunch breaks down the numbers, which topped the 2016 Super Bowl but were short of the record numbers seen in 2015.