Trump reportedly weighs tariffs on Chinese imports | France to challenge Apple, Google contracts with startups | Broadcom backs out of Qualcomm deal
March 15, 2018
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Policy Watch
Trump reportedly weighs tariffs on Chinese imports
President Donald Trump is considering tariffs on as much as $60 billion worth of goods from China, sources said. The tariffs reportedly would focus on technology and telecommunication items.
Reuters (3/14) 
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France to challenge Apple, Google contracts with startups
French economic minister Bruno Le Maire says his government will take Apple and Google to court in Paris over contract terms imposed on startups and software developers. The companies are engaging in abusive trade practices, he said.
Reuters (3/14) 
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Broadcom backs out of Qualcomm deal
Broadcom backs out of Qualcomm deal
Broadcom CEO Hock Tan (Pool/Getty Images)
Broadcom announced it has officially withdrawn its $117 billion offer to buy Qualcomm after President Donald Trump issued an executive order to block the deal. Broadcom leaders say the company still plans to move its legal headquarters from Singapore to the US.
USA Today (3/14) 
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ICOs draw global scrutiny
Regulators around the world are taking a hard look at initial coin offerings, and many are adopting rules to protect investors from scams. ICOs have been used for fundraising by more than 500 digital technology startups.
Reuters (3/14) 
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Technology Trends
Toshiba unveils AR device for enterprises
Toshiba has developed an augmented reality device running Windows 10 for use by enterprise customers. The headset has been optimized for use in factories, allowing users to do everything from viewing PDFs to livestreaming.
TechCrunch (3/12) 
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Career & Workforce Development
Court documents cite complaints against Microsoft
Documents in a lawsuit filed by former Microsoft employee Katherine Moussouris say the company received 238 complaints from women from 2010 to 2016 detailing sexual harassment, gender and pregnancy discrimination, and retaliation. Moussouris filed the lawsuit in 2015, but two others have since joined the suit, and attorneys are seeking class-action status.
CNNMoney (3/13) 
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