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Tech News Roundup - 03/05/2018

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Trump Administration Beats Back Warnings on Tariffs. Trump administration officials are pushing back against overseas officials opposed to planned steel and aluminum tariffs and U.S. executives who warn the move could undermine a strengthening American economy. (Wall Street Journal)

EU eyes tax on tech giants closer to 2 percent than 6 percent of revenue: Le Maire. The European Union this month will unveil plans to tax large global tech companies' revenue at a rate in the 2-to-6-percent range, though more likely closer to 2 than to 6 percent, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in a newspaper interview. (Reuters)
Old oil seeks Silicon Valley swag. One of the world's largest energy conferences is focusing more than ever on new technologies helping big oil and gas companies cut costs and carbon emissions. (Axios)
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Canada, Mexico explore bilateral options on NAFTA's procurement chapter. Canada and Mexico are looking to sidestep the United States and forge their own deal on government procurement issues in NAFTA, as Washington continues to hold firm to a proposal that both countries find unworkable. (Politico Pro)
U.S. Congress to vote on allowing spectrum auction for 5G networks. Republican and Democratic lawmakers have reached agreement to allow for the sale of spectrum to speed up the introduction of next-generation 5G wireless networks, congressional leaders said on Friday. (Reuters)
Companies Sharpen Cyber Due Diligence as M&A Activity Revs Up. Automatic Data Processing Inc. ADP -0.17% deployed a team of cybersecurity, risk management and financial-crime specialists to WorkMarket before acquiring it in January. (Wall Street Journal)
China Presses Its Internet Censorship Efforts Across the Globe. China is using its status as home to the world's largest population of internet users to help get what it wants outside of its borders. (New York Times)
Trash in the Fjords? Norway Turns to Drones. Norway's fjords have long inspired the country's artists and drawn streams of tourists. In winter, their ice-laced surfaces shimmer beside snow-capped mountains: a vision of natural beauty, blissfully untouched. (New York Times)
Simplify, innovate, automate: NIST's keys to IT modernization. The National Institute of Standards and Technology plans to soon update some of its publications, including its risk management framework, to reflect new IT modernization priorities. (Federal News Radio)
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Why a crackdown on Facebook, Google and Twitter could come from the states before Congress. Alonzo Washington delivered a dire warning to his fellow delegates in Maryland's legislature last month: Russia might try to influence their elections, too. (Washington Post)
YouTube Cracks Down on Far-Right Videos as Conspiracy Theories Spread. YouTube this week cracked down on the videos of some prominent far-right actors and conspiracy theorists, continuing an effort that has become more visible since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last month caused a torrent of misinformation to be featured prominently on the site. (New York Times)
5G Cell Service Is Coming. Who Decides Where It Goes?. The future of cellular service is coming to a neighborhood near you. (New York Times)
Social media's safety reckoning. Facebook is tasked with fixing problems with how its platform is used - problems with seismic, global consequences. Axios' Kim Hart, David McCabe and Sara Fischer discuss these efforts. (Axios, Video)
Silicon Valley Is Over, Says Silicon Valley. "Oh my god, this is so cute!" (New York Times)
Qualcomm shareholder meeting delayed amid U.S. government inquiry. Broadcom said it is "disappointed" that a shareholder meeting - where it hoped to gain control of Qualcomm's board - will be delayed by a U.S. government inquiry requested by Qualcomm itself. (Axios)
Q&A: Facebook's CTO talks about fake news, Russia. Under fire for Russian abuse of its service during the 2016 presidential election, the spread of fake news and more, Facebook has promised to right the ship this year. (Associated Press)
Google expansion plans helping to turn NYC into tech hub. As New York City waits to hear whether it's been chosen as the site for Amazon's second headquarters, recent moves by another tech giant, Google, to expand its footprint in the city are helping to legitimize New York's claim to be Silicon Valley East. (Associated Press)

Today on the Hill

The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

The Senate will convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Karen Gren Scholer to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas at 3:00 p.m.

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