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Trump killing Qualcomm's huge deal could prompt a trade war in global M&A. President Donald Trump's unprecedented decision to block Broadcom's attempt to acquire Qualcomm - even before a deal had been reached - will deter companies from looking for growth beyond national borders, experts say. (CNBC)

Europe Tightens Screws on U.S. Tech Amid Trans-Atlantic Tensions Over Trade. France wants to fine tech companies over treatment of French app developers, while Brussels next week will unveil new tax rules on tech (Wall Street Journal)

Trump Said to Eye Tariffs on Up to $60 Billion in Chinese goods. President Donald Trump is reportedly considering tariffs that would hit up to $60 billion in Chinese imports. (CBS)

Policy News
The Trump Tech Agenda. How is the Trump administration getting along with the tech industry? And how is it hoping to strengthen its ties? (Wall Street Journal)
Military Looks for Ways to Bring in Cyber Talent at Better Salaries. Low entry-level pay isn't helping the armed services in their quest to attract and retain top cyber talent. (Federal Computer Week)
5G Faceoff on Capitol Hill. The conflict between local self-reliance advocates and the wireless industry over streamlining 5G deployment was on full display at the Senate Commerce technology subcommittee hearing on broadband infrastructure Tuesday on Capitol Hill. (NextGov)
California Bill Would Restore Net Neutrality-and Go Further. If broadband providers thought that they'd be subject to fewer regulations after the Federal Communications Commission voted in December to jettison its net neutrality protections, they could be disappointed. (Wired)
Trump administration cites augmented reality, satellite broadband as "transformative" infrastructure projects. The Trump administration wants to spend $20 billion on a range of risky but potentially "transformative" infrastructure projects, such as satellite networks to provide rural broadband, new launchpads for private rockets, and "augmented reality" technologies to visualize and manage urban traffic congestion, a senior official said Wednesday. (Washington Post)
White Men Challenge Workplace Diversity Efforts. Two high-profile legal cases in which white men have accused employers of discrimination or retaliation have put a spotlight on U.S. companies' efforts to make career advancement more accessible to women and people of color. (Wall Street Journal)
Industry News
Tech Leaders Are Growing Up (Again). That's a Good Thing. Several years ago, a plastic figurine began appearing around Google's offices, an aging alien with gray hair, a Google Glass headset and a sign that read, "Get Off My Lawn!" (New York Times)
Facebook Blocks Britain First, a Far-Right Anti-Muslim Group Promoted by Trump. Facebook said Wednesday that it had taken down several pages associated with "Britain First," a far-right group whose leaders were recently convicted of hate crimes and whose inflammatory anti-Muslim videos President Trump shared with the world late last year. (New York Times)
Walmart Expands Home Delivery in Fight With Amazon. Walmart Inc (WMT.N) will expand its grocery home delivery services to reach more than 40 percent of U.S. households, or 100 metro areas from an existing six, as the retailer steps up a fight against rival Inc (AMZN.O). (Reuters)
Microsoft Still Fixing Spectre and Meltdown Flaws. You may remember the news at the very beginning of 2018 about some very big and very scary security vulnerabilities called Meltdown and Spectre. (NextGov)
Apple, Google take reputation ding among consumers for lackluster products in new poll. Consumers have lost some faith in Apple and Google products, according to an annual survey that looks at how average Americans view the 100 most talked-about brands. (Washington Post)
Apple aims to show its products as kid-friendly. A new page on Apple's website details its efforts to make Macs and iPhones family friendly, including parental controls and other safety features. (Axios)
Lyft to Bring Driverless Car Tech to Broader Auto Industry. The ride-hailing service Lyft has agreed to alliances with just about anyone working on driverless car technology. (New York Times)
Glencore's Cobalt Sale Helps China's Drive to Build Electric Vehicles. Glencore PLC has agreed to sell a chunk of its cobalt production to a Chinese company, a person familiar with the matter said, marking another victory for China in a race to lock up supplies of an important metal used in batteries for electric vehicles. (Wall Street Journal)
The unexpected thing that happens inside Waymo's self-driving minivans. It's funny how quickly innovative technology becomes commonplace. (Washington Post)

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 and last votes expected: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

The Senate will convene and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

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