Categories for Technology

27,459. 8/16/2019

BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Having dinner tonight with Tim Cook of Apple. They will be spending vast sums of money in the U.S. Great!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 16, 2019 6:04 pm

27,357. 8/13/2019

TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @JamesOKeefeIII: BREAKING @Project_Veritas: Current Sr. Google Engineer Goes Public on Camera: Tech is ‘dangerous,’ ‘taking sides’ — SE…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 13, 2019 12:40 pm

27,115. 8/1/2019

BUSINESS/DEFENSE/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Pentagon is slamming the brakes on its mega-competition to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract after President Donald Trump suggested the Defense Department might have rigged the contest in favor of Amazon, a frequent target of his criticism. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who assumed his post July 23, is now reviewing accusations of unfairness in the fiercely fought competition, the Pentagon announced Thursday [8-1-19], marking the president’s latest incursion into the arcane world of Defense Department contracting. Oracle has reportedly waged an aggressive lobbying campaign to push back on the competition, now pitting Amazon against Microsoft, including talking with members of Congress and preparing a graphic that made its way to the president’s desk.”

Jacqueline Feldscher, “Pentagon puts $10B contract on hold after Trump swipe at Amazon,” Politico, August 1, 2019 5:35 pm

26,947. 7/26/2019

FRANCE/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump warned France on Friday [7-26-19] that it will shortly face retaliation over its decision to adopt a digital services tax, which the United States believes will disproportionately hit American tech giants like Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google…Trump expounded on his frustration with the tax at a press opportunity this afternoon in the Oval Office: ‘I told them. I said, ‘Don’t do it, because if you do it, I’m going to tax your wine — tariff or tax, call it whatever you want.’ French President Emmanuel Macron signed the digital services tax into law this week. It targets companies with at least €750 million ($834 million) in global revenue and digital sales of €25 million in France from certain digital activities, such as targeted advertising and providing platforms to connect buyers and sellers…The French action demonstrates ‘lack of commitment’ to the ongoing negotiations on the digital tax issue within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, White House spokesperson Judd Deere said earlier in the day.”

Doug Palmer, “Trump vows to retaliate over France’s digital services tax,” Politico, July 26, 2019 2:11 pm

26,941. 7/26/2019

FRANCE/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “France just put a digital tax on our great American technology companies. If anybody taxes them, it should be their home Country, the USA. We will announce a substantial reciprocal action on Macron’s foolishness shortly. I’ve always said American wine is better than French wine!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 26, 2019 11:32 am

26,938. 7/26/2019

CHINA/TARIFFS/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Apple will not be given Tariff wavers, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 26, 2019 9:08 am

26,937. 7/26/2019

CHINA/NATIONAL SECURITY/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “There may or may not be National Security concerns with regard to Google and their relationship with China. If there is a problem, we will find out about it. I sincerely hope there is not!!!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 26, 2019 9:02 am

26,930. 7/26/2019

FRANCE/TARIFFS/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said on Friday [7-26-19] that his administration would deny a request by the electronics giant Apple to avoid stiff tariffs the United States had placed on Chinese imports and threatened to hit France with heavy tariffs in response to a new digital tax that will affect American tech companies. Mr. Trump’s comments underscore the extent to which the president is wielding tariffs to punish not only trading partners, but also American companies that manufacture products overseas. Mr. Trump has increasingly used tariffs to extract concessions over a range of issues, including those unrelated to traditional trade practices. In June, he threatened to tax all Mexican imports to resolve an immigration dispute…Mr. Trump has placed tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods, including semiconductors, televisions and ball bearings. While the president insists the tariffs are being paid by China, American companies — which import both finished products and materials from China — are facing increased costs as a result of the trade war.”

-Jim Tankersley, Jack Nicas and Ana Swanson, “Trump Escalates Feud With Apple and Threatens Tariffs on France,” The New York Times online, July 26, 2019

26,875. 7/24/2019

CHINA/TECHNOLOGY/TREASURY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Wednesday [7-24-19] appeared to defuse a threat from President Donald Trump to have multiple agencies probe Google for potential treason over the company’s work in China…He and Trump met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai this week, Mnuchin said, and came away assured the company does ‘very minimal’ work in China, limited to ‘open-source’ efforts that don’t raise national security concerns. Pichai was at the White House Monday to discuss a range of economic issues largely centered around China. The president said last week that he may urge ‘various agencies, including perhaps our attorney general’ to look into a ‘very strong charge’ of treason raised by Peter Thiel, a prominent Trump booster and Facebook board member. Thiel accused Google of ‘engag[ing] in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military,’ an apparent reference to the company pulling back on U.S. defense contracting while still pursuing business and research interests in China, whose government exercises tight control over businesses in the country.”

John Hendel, “Mnuchin seemingly defuses Trump’s ‘treason’ threat to Google over China work,” Politico, July 24, 2019 2:54 pm

26,640. 7/16/2019

DEMS/GOP/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump threatened to open a probe into whether Google is committing ‘treason.’ Sen. Bernie Sanders said he would push to break up Facebook, Google and Amazon. Sen. Ted Cruz took aim at Google in his campaign against alleged censorship of conservatives. And Democrats accused the internet giants of squelching competitors and slammed Facebook’s plans to offer a digital currency. And that was just Tuesday [7-16-19]. But for all the flak Silicon Valley was taking from across Washington, the tech companies maintain a major advantage: Despite their shared suspicion and growing distrust of the tech industry, Democrats and Republicans appear to hold little common ground on what the problem is and how to fix it. And that could mean the odds of legislative punishment in the near term remain low. The attacks Tuesday dealt with a hodgepodge of issues and sometimes-incompatible complaints, though often in withering terms, in particular at the morning Senate hearing where Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown called it ‘delusional’ for Facebook to expect people to trust the company with their wallets.”

Cristiano Lima and John Hendel, “Washington rips Silicon Valley, but don’t expect much action,” Politico, July 16, 2019 9:45 pm

26,627. 7/16/2019

TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP PEOPLE: “‘Billionaire Tech Investor Peter Thiel believes Google should be investigated for treason. He accuses Google of working with the Chinese Government.’ @foxandfriends A great and brilliant guy who knows this subject better than anyone! The Trump Administration will take a look!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 16, 2019 6:46 am

26,610. 7/15/2019

BUSINESS/STEVE MNUCHIN/TECHNOLOGY/TREASURY/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday [7-15-19] that he had ‘very serious concerns’ about cryptocurrencies, including the one being developed by Facebook, the latest indication that Washington is preparing to exert its power over digital currencies. In a briefing at the White House, Mr. Mnuchin said cryptocurrencies posed a national security threat because they can be used to fund illicit activities. He also said that the Trump administration was ‘not comfortable’ with Facebook’s plans to begin a digital payment system, called Libra. The warnings come after similar comments by President Trump, who said in a series of Twitter posts last week that he was ‘not a fan’ of cryptocurrencies and that their value was volatile and ‘based on thin air.’ Mr. Trump warned Facebook that it must seek a banking charter and follow all bank regulations if it wants to be in the digital currency business. The Trump administration has said little about cryptocurrencies in the past two years, despite their growing popularity.”

Alan Rappeport and Nathaniel Popper, “Cryptocurrencies Pose National Security Threat, Mnuchin Says,” The New York Times online, July 15, 2019

26,542. 7/13/2019

TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @HawleyMO: [email protected] is right: we can’t just hope Big Tech will behave better. We have to hold them accountable https://t.co/Kt8…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 13, 2019 6:41 am

26,495. 7/12/2019

CONGRESS/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @LilaGraceRose: Big Tech CEOs have testified before Congress that their social platforms don’t discriminate based on ‘political viewpoin…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 12, 2019 6:53 am

26,481. 7/11/2019

ECONOMY/TECHNOLOGY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @LtGovHusted: ‘We have a technology infused economy. We need a trade deal that represents that,’ – Lt. Governor @JonHusted encouraging q…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 11, 2019 10:26 pm

26,469. 7/11/2019

ECONOMY/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….Similarly, Facebook Libra’s ‘virtual currency’ will have little standing or dependability. If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations, just like other Banks, both National…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 11, 2019 7:15 pm

26,468. 7/11/2019

ECONOMY/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air. Unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including drug trade and other illegal activity….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 11, 2019 7:15 pm

26,432. 7/11/2019

CHINA/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Despite recent softer language from President Donald Trump in his fight with tech giant Huawei, officials guiding America’s 5G strategy lay out a simple reason the conflict isn’t going away: The U.S. is trying to safeguard the world from Chinese spies. The officials see the firm’s dominance on 5G and its close relationship with the Chinese government as a dire threat to America and its allies. And the risk of Beijing spying through critical internet infrastructure built by Huawei is just too great to tolerate, said Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. Pai’s warning, echoed by others in interviews in the latest episode of POLITICO’s Global Translations podcast, comes as America’s allies and industry around the world are struggling to make sense of the Trump administration’s latest mixed signals on Huawei — and wondering how seriously to take Washington’s demands to block the company’s efforts to participate in the internet infrastructure of western democracies.”

Luiza Ch. Savage and Nancy Scola, “‘Why are we doing President Trump’s dirty work?’: The Huawei fight, explained,” Politico, July 11, 2019 5:00 am

26,383. 7/9/2019

BUSINESS/CHINA/TECHNOLOGY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is following through with plans to allow American companies to continue doing business with Huawei, the Chinese telecom equipment giant, just weeks after placing the company on a Commerce Department blacklist. On Tuesday [7-9-19], Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the administration will issue licenses for American companies that want to do business with Huawei ‘where there is no threat to national security.’ And another top official suggested the move would allow chip makers to continue selling certain technology to Huawei. The comments confirm President Trump’s surprise announcement last month, after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, that the United States would relax restrictions on Huawei as part of an effort to restart stalled trade talks with China. Weeks earlier, the Commerce Department said it had placed the company and its dozens of affiliates on a list of firms deemed a risk to national security, effectively barring it from buying American parts and technologies without seeking United States government approval.”

Jim Tankersley and Ana Swanson, “Trump Administration Will Allow Some Companies to Sell to Huawei,” The New York Times online, July 9, 2019

26,122. 6/28/2019

CHINA/JAPAN/TECHNOLOGY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump and China’s leader, Xi Jinping, are expected to try again to resolve their tariff war when they meet in Japan on Saturday [6-29-19]. First, they will need to figure out what to do about Huawei. The Trump administration has squeezed the Chinese technology giant with nearly the full might of the United States government, choking off the firm’s access to vital American suppliers, barring it from the country’s telecom market and filing sweeping criminal charges against it. Though Washington officials say those moves arose from national security concerns and are separate from the trade fight, few expect China to accept a deal to lift punishing tariffs that does not include relief for its biggest, most internationally successful tech firm…Beijing on Thursday [6-27-19] again called on Washington to end its restrictions on Huawei, and Chinese officials have complained about the harm they said the administration’s moves against Chinese firms had done.”

Raymond Zhong, “As Trump and Xi Talk Trade, Huawei Will Loom Large,” The New York Times online, June 28, 2019

26,108. 6/27/2019

LEGISLATION/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday [6-26-19] to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can’t break — a provocative step that would reopen a long-running feud between federal authorities and Silicon Valley. The encryption challenge, which the government calls ‘going dark,’ was the focus of a National Security Council meeting Wednesday morning that included the No. 2 officials from several key agencies, according to three people familiar with the matter. Senior officials debated whether to ask Congress to effectively outlaw end-to-end encryption, which scrambles data so that only its sender and recipient can read it, these people told POLITICO. Tech companies like Apple, Google and Facebook have increasingly built end-to-end encryption into their products and software in recent years — billing it as a privacy and security feature but frustrating authorities investigating terrorism, drug trafficking and child pornography.”

Eric Geller, “Trump officials weigh encryption crackdown,” Politico, June 27, 2019 12:43 pm

26,064. 6/26/2019

ELECTION/RUSSIA/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump today suggested tech giants like Google and Twitter are the greatest threat to the integrity of the 2020 presidential election — and said anti-conservative bias among the companies had a greater impact in 2016 than Russian meddling…Charging Google with being ‘totally biased’ in favor of Democrats and fomenting ‘hatred for the Republicans,’ Trump downplayed Russia’s 2016 social media manipulation: ‘You know, they talk about Russia because they had some bloggers—and by the way, those bloggers, some of them were going both ways. They were for Clinton and for Trump.’ Lawmakers, academics and U.S. intelligence officials are in broad agreement that Russia mounted a vast online disinformation campaign ahead of the 2016 election with the aim of inflaming American political and social tensions, supporting Trump’s candidacy and depressing Democratic voter turnout. Trump’s comments reiterated claims that he and other prominent Republicans have made alleging that tech companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter are biased against conservatives and deliberately stifle their accounts and content. The companies flatly deny these allegations.”

Kyle Daly, “Trump: Tech companies, not Russia, trying to ‘rig the election’,” Politico, June 26, 2019 12:00 pm

26,035. 6/26/2019

TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP FAMILY: “RT @EricTrump: I hope everyone reads and watches this video to see the corruption of big tech. @Google should be absolutely ashamed. Un…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 26, 2019 5:45 am

26,015. 6/25/2019

CHINA/CUBA/SANCTIONS/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. sanctions on Cuba are deterring American firms from exploring its telecommunications sector even as Washington seeks to expand internet access on the Communist-run island, according to the final report of a U.S. government task force released on Tuesday [6-25-29]. Chinese companies dominate Cuba’s telecoms sector, a status quo ‘worth challenging given concerns that the Cuban government potentially obtains its censorship equipment from Chinese Internet infrastructure providers,’ the report said. Cuba’s government protested the U.S. State Department’s creation of a Cuba Internet Task Force last year as ‘foreign interference.’ It remains unclear how open it would be to U.S. investment in the strategic telecoms sector…U.S. presidents have successively tightened and loosened the decades-old U.S. trade embargo on Cuba imposed in the years after its 1959 revolution. Former President Barack Obama created a loophole for U.S. telecommunications companies to provide certain services to Cuba.”

-Sarah Marsh, “U.S. sanctions put telecoms firms off Cuba, internet task force says,” Reuters, June 25, 2019 4:55 pm

25,995. 6/25/2019

CHINA/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “United States chip makers are still selling millions of dollars of products to Huawei despite a Trump administration ban on the sale of American technology to the Chinese telecommunications giant, according to four people with knowledge of the sales. Industry leaders including Intel and Micron have found ways to avoid labeling goods as American-made, said the people, who spoke on the condition they not be named because they were not authorized to disclose the sales. Goods produced by American companies overseas are not always considered American-made. The components began to flow to Huawei about three weeks ago, the people said. The sales will help Huawei continue to sell products such as smartphones and servers, and underscore how difficult it is for the Trump administration to clamp down on companies that it considers a national security threat, like Huawei. They also hint at the possible unintended consequences from altering the web of trade relationships that ties together the world’s electronics industry and global commerce.”

Paul Mozur and Cecilia Kang, “U.S. Tech Companies Sidestep a Trump Ban, to Keep Selling to Huawei,” The New York Times online, June 25, 2019