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Tech News Roundup - 03/26/2018

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U.S., China Quietly Seek Trade Solutions After Days of Loud Threats. China and the U.S. have quietly started negotiating to improve U.S. access to Chinese markets, after a week filled with harsh words from both sides over Washington's threat to use tariffs to address trade imbalances, people with knowledge of the matter said. (Wall Street Journal)

How Calls for Privacy May Upend Business for Facebook and Google. The contemporary internet was built on a bargain: Show us who you really are and the digital world will be free to search or share. (ITI Dean Garfield Quoted, New York Times)

Europe announces new tax proposal targeting US tech companies.The European Commission proposed a new tax Wednesday that stands to hit major web companies like Google and Facebook. (ITI Mentioned, Axios)

Tech Companies Applaud Measure to Clarify U.S. Access to Data. A measure tucked into the massive spending bill passed by the House Thursday lays out new rules for international data requests by law enforcement, giving tech companies an easier way to navigate conflicts between government demands and customer privacy expectations. (ITI Mentioned, Bloomberg)

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Globalization's Backlash Is Here, at Just the Wrong Time. The world economy became more interconnected in the 1990s and 2000s, delivering immediate pain to rich countries, along with benefits that only now are starting to be more apparent. (New York Times)

EU antitrust chief keeps open threat to break up Google: report.The European Union holds "grave suspicions" about the dominance of internet giant Google and has not ruled out breaking it up, according to a warning by the EU's antitrust chief, Britain's Telegraph reported on Sunday. (Reuters)
New FCC Rule Would Step Up U.S. Fight Against China's Huawei.The Federal Communications Commission is considering a new rule to further curb the U.S. business of Huawei Technologies Co., making it harder for small and rural carriers to purchase gear from Chinese telecom-equipment makers, according to people familiar with the matter. (Wall Street Journal)
5G Wireless Will Redraw the Wireless Industry Map: Who Stands to Lose? You may have heard that fifth-generation wireless technology, better known as 5G, is coming, and it'll be awesome. (Wall Street Journal)
DOJ eyeing tool to allow access to encrypted data on smartphones. The Justice Department is in "a preliminary stage" of discussions about requiring tech companies building "tools into smartphones and other devices" that would allow law enforcement investigators to access encrypted data, the New York Times reports. (Axios)

As Amazon Steps Up Tax Collections, Some Cities Are Left Out. When Amazon agreed last year to begin collecting sales tax in New Mexico, state officials celebrated what they said could be tens of millions of dollars in annual tax revenue. (New York Times)

When the Elderly Call for Help, a 'Chain' Immigrant Often Answers. Irma Mangayan was lathering and rinsing a 92-year-old woman in Room 413 one recent afternoon when she received a page from another room. (New York Times)

New Tax on Overseas Earnings Hits Unintended Targets. A new tax aimed at overseas income earned by U.S. technology and pharmaceutical firms is hitting unexpected places, including Kansas City Southern , a U.S. railroad company. (Wall Street Journal)
Industry News
Waymo's CEO on fatal autonomous Uber crash: Our car would have been able to handle it. Nearly a week after an autonomous Uber SUV claimed the first life in testing of self-driving vehicles, the CEO of another tech company says he is confident its cars would have performed differently under the circumstances. (Washington Post)

Facebook and Google Face Emboldened Antagonists: Big Advertisers. Add to the list of people frustrated with Facebook and Google a quiet but hugely influential group-the people who pay the bills. (Wall Street Journal)

Zuckerberg Takes Steps to Calm Facebook Employees. For the past week, Mark Zuckerberg has grappled with a backlash from lawmakers, regulators and users over Facebook's mishandling of data privacy. (New York Times)

Six Qualcomm Directors, Including CEO, Get Less Than 50% Re-Election Vote. Six of Qualcomm Inc.'s directors, including Chief Executive Steve Mollenkopf, failed to win support from a majority of the company's shares Friday, a significant protest vote that signals investor discontent after the chip-making giant successfully rebuffed a hostile takeover from Broadcom Ltd. (Wall Street Journal)

For the U.S. and China, a Technology Cold War That's Freezing Over. A cold war is being waged across the world's most advanced industries. (New York Times)

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones. This past week, a New Zealand man was looking through the data Facebook had collected from him in an archive he had pulled down from the social networking site. (Arts Technica)

Today on the Hill

The House is not in session today.

The Senate will convene today at 11:30 a.m. for a pro forma session.

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