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Tech News Roundup - 03/08/2018

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White House Prepares to Formalize Tariffs but Floats Exemptions.
More than 100 Republican lawmakers implored President Trump to drop plans for stiff and sweeping steel and aluminum tariffs as the White House prepared to formalize the measures on Thursday afternoon. (New York Times)

Pentagon Goes Winner-Take-All for Cloud Contract Worth Billions.The Pentagon opened a winner-take-all competition Wednesday for a multibillion-dollar cloud services contract, a move that industry groups representing rivals including Oracle Corp. and Microsoft Corp. have said would favor Inc. (Bloomberg)

Broadcom Pledges 5G Investment to Win Approval of Qualcomm Deal. The giant chip maker Broadcom pledged on Wednesday to keep the United States at the forefront of emerging mobile technology if it were to acquire Qualcomm, its latest effort to allay the Trump administration's national security concerns about its hostile $117 billion takeover bid. (New York Times)

Trump eyes another trade crackdown. President Donald Trump is already eyeing another trade crackdown, one that is squarely aimed at punishing China. (Politico)

Policy News

House Dem wants to let news industry organize against tech platforms. A House Democrat introduced a bill on Wednesday that would allow media outlets to band together to negotiate for better terms with giant tech platforms that have been dominating the market for online ad revenue. (The Hill)

Voice assistants are helping Utah keep the conversation going with citizens. Devices like the Amazon Echo are the latest channel the state's government is using to "maintain interest and outreach" for services. (State Scoop)

Utilities Are Paying Their Customers to Buy Electric Vehicles.The transport sector may be the only major new source of electricity demand for developed economies. (Next Gov)

Trump to hold games violence meeting. US President Donald Trump is to meet video games company representatives on Thursday to discuss violent content. (BBC News)

Glimmers of Hope for Women in the Male-Dominated Tech Industry. More young women are studying computer science in high school and at top U.S. universities than in the past. (Bloomberg)

Republican introduces new Senate net neutrality bill. Louisiana Republican John Kennedy introduced legislation Wednesday that his office says stops internet service providers from blocking or slowing down content. (Axios)

Industry News

China's Huawei Is at Center of Fight Over 5G's Future. When top tech minds sat down to set the global standards underpinning today's cellphone networks, China was left largely on the sidelines. Companies in the West owned much of the crucial technology, and they prospered. (New York Times)

Twitter Says It Is Implementing Measures to Prevent Crypto Scams. Twitter Inc. is attempting to halt alleged cryptocurrency-related scams spreading via its platform, joining fellow social media companies in striving to cut down on harmful content. (Bloomberg)

Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is taking the tech backlash seriously - and it's doing something about it. Facebook is increasingly under scrutiny from politicians, regular users and everyone in between - one of several tech companies facing a "techlash" for its perceived role in today's economic and political disruptions. (Recode)

Google marks International Women's Day with a "women led" attribute for business listings. To mark International Women's Day, Google will start letting business owners identify their listings as "Women led" on Google My Business. (Tech Crunch)

Apple finds more serious supplier problems as its audits expand.Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Wednesday it had found a higher number of serious violations of its labor and environmental policies for suppliers, such as falsifying work hours data, as it expanded the scope of its annual audit of conditions of workers making its iPhones and other products. (Reuters)

A glitch is keeping Oculus owners from using their VR headsets.Facebook says it is trying to deal with an expired security certificate issue that is keeping Oculus Rift headsets from working. (Axios)

Microsoft's changing its Windows 10 S operating system into 'S mode'. Less than a year after introducing Microsoft Windows 10 S, a lightweight version of Microsoft's operating system marketed to students and businesses, the company is now folding the separate systems's main features into every version of Windows. (Washington Post)

Amazon Offers Prime Discount for Medicaid Recipients. Amazon has had no problem getting affluent households to buy from its online store. (New York Times)

Today on the Hill

The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of S.2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

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