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03/07/2018

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The U.S.-China Rivalry Is, More Than Ever, a Fight Over Tech. As the United States and China look to protect their national security needs and economic interests, the fight between the two financial superpowers is increasingly focused on a single area: technology. (ITI Dean Garfield Quoted, New York Times)

U.S. Calls Broadcom's Bid for Qualcomm a National Security Risk. The United States government said Broadcom's proposed acquisition of rival chipmaker Qualcomm could pose a national security risk and called for a full investigation into the hostile bid. (New York Times)

Tariff Fight Heats Up as Allies Ask Trump to Rethink Plans. The resignation of President Donald Trump's top economic adviser Tuesday followed a ferocious lobbying campaign to derail or limit the scope of the proposed steel and aluminum tariffs, with some of the president's own aides and congressional allies urging him to reconsider. (Wall Street Journal)

Policy News

California IT Leaders Examine Blockchain. The distributed digital ledger system could have a big impact on existing government programs, but the lack of standards remains a problem. (GovTech)

Today in Trade. The International Trade Commission turns a closer eye to global barriers faced by U.S. companies that trade in digital goods and services during a hearing this morning. (ITI Mention, Politico Morning Tech)

Oil industry looks to embrace the future of low carbon and high tech. One of the world's largest energy conferences is focusing on new technologies to help big oil and gas companies cut costs and carbon emissions. Axios' Amy Harder reports on the conference from Houston. (Axios)

The U.S. just hit a major milestone for energy storage - which is also great news for solar. The United States has now added the capacity to store a billion watts of power for one hour and may double that total in 2018 alone, says a heady new forecast that highlights the rapid growth of the battery business. (Washington Post)

Most Americans See Artificial Intelligence as a Threat to Jobs (Just Not Theirs). The vast majority of Americans expect artificial intelligence to lead to job losses in the coming decade, but few see it coming for their own position. (New York Times)

Russian Influence Campaign Extracted Americans' Personal Data. All the Facebook account Black4Black asked for was some personal information about Ajah Hales and other Cleveland-area small-business owners. (Wall Street Journal)

Bricklayers Think They're Safe From Robots. Decide for Yourself. The bricklayers work with ruthless efficiency, scraping and slathering mortar brick after brick, tamping each down to ensure everything is level. (New York Times)

Immigration agency to delay premium processing for H-1B visas, lawyers say. Officials with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services indicated that the agency will temporarily delay the ability to fast-track certain H-1B applications this year, according to multiple lawyers. (SF Chronicle)

Industry News

Poll: Americans list North Korea, cyber terrorism as top threats.Most Americans view North Korea's nuclear program and global cyber terrorism as the top threats to the United States's interests, a poll released Monday found. (The Hill)

Pentagon Drone Program Is Using Google AI. Google's artificial intelligence technology is being used by the U.S. Department of Defense to analyze drone footage, a rare and controversial move by a company that's actively limited its work with the military in the past. (Bloomberg)

Once Wary of Facebook and Apple, a Mill Town Tells Them to Keep Expanding. New "hyperscale" data centers from the tech giants, part of a wave of global development, helped lead Prineville, Ore., to a path of recovery. (New York Times)

France may probe Google and Facebook over online ad dominance. France's competition authority may open investigations into Facebook and Google "in the next few months" after an in-depth examination concluded the pair dominate the French online advertising market. (Reuters)

There's a Widening Gap Between the Best and Worst Performing Tech Giants. The U.S. tech heavyweights, for months seen as an indestructible monolith that doesn't go anywhere but to the sky, are starting to show some cracks in the foundation. (Bloomberg)

After Losing China, Jeff Bezos Really Wants to Win in India. Amazon is spending billions adapting to a fiercely contested market of 1. 3 billion. (Bloomberg)

New Tech Centers Sprout in Europe. New technology centers are mushrooming throughout Europe, boosting office markets in unlikely places. (Wall Street Journal)

BlackBerry files lawsuit against Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. BlackBerry Ltd on Tuesday filed a patent infringement lawsuit against social media platforms Facebook Incand its units WhatsApp and Instagram. (Reuters)

Amazon, Oracle, Microsoft Jockey for Pentagon's Cloud Business.In late February, Oracle Corp. co-CEO Safra Catz met with a top Pentagon official to discuss the government's defense strategy days before the department was set to outline how it plans to spend billions of dollars on cloud-computing services. (Bloomberg)

Google Researchers Are Learning How Machines Learn. Machines are starting to learn tasks on their own. They are identifying faces, recognizing spoken words, reading medical scans and even carrying on their own conversations. (New York Times)

China Wants Tech Darlings Like Alibaba and Tencent to List at Home. The Chinese government is considering plans that would allow shares in technology giants such as Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to trade back home, a move that could raise the profile of the country's tightly controlled capital markets. (Wall Street Journal)


Today on the Hill

The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

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