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Man charged with illegally exporting anti-submarine devices to China

June 28, 2018

Shuren Qin, a permanent resident of the United States living in Massachusetts, was purportedly tasked in 2015 by the Xi'an-based Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU) -- which authorities call a "Chinese military research institute" -- to "obtain items used for anti-submarine warfare from the United States."

Trump backs off investment restrictions on China

June 28, 2018

President Trump on Wednesday declined to impose executive actions to limit investments in American technology from foreign countries such as China, instead deferring to Congress to update the review process. The announcement followed reports earlier in the week that the administration was preparing rules to block China, in particular, from making significant investments in sensitive U.S. technologies.

American Tech Manufacturer Accuses Chinese Company of Stealing Secrets amid Brewing Trade War

June 28, 2018

In documents filed last December in Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, Micron claimed that designs for its memory chips were stolen after rejecting an acquisition and multiple partnership offers from Chinese tech companies. Micron said Taiwanese company UMC and China’s FJICC colluded in the theft of valuable trade secrets.

U.S. Trade Advisor: No Plans to Restrict Investment from China

June 27, 2018

Peter Navarro, one of Trump's top trade advisors said that the US currently has no plans to impose investment restrictions on any countries, according to a report by CNBC on Tuesday. Navarro’s comments came after news reports that had Wall Street reeling over the prospect that the US could prevent companies that had at least 25% Chinese ownership from buying businesses that possessed "industrially significant technology", the report says.

U.S. plans limits on Chinese investment in U.S. technology firms

June 27, 2018

The U.S. Treasury Department is drafting curbs that would block firms with at least 25 percent Chinese ownership from buying U.S. companies with “industrially significant technology,” a government official briefed on the matter said on Sunday. The official, whose comments matched a report by the Wall Street Journal, emphasized that the Chinese ownership threshold may change before the restrictions are announced on Friday.

Top intelligence officials fear US behind in quantum computing, cyber

June 26, 2018

The universities and research institutions in the United States focusing on quantum computing are “sub-par,” a top National Security Agency official said June 21. The complaint is among a laundry list of examples, topped by cybersecurity, where American innovation in the intelligence field is struggling, said George Barnes, deputy director at the NSA.

Regardless of their jobs, scientists and engineers increase employers' productivity

June 25, 2018

The conclusion from the working paper, The Effects of Scientists and Engineers on Productivity and Earnings at the Establishment Where They Work, by Erling Barth, James C. Davis, Richard B. Freeman, and Andrew J. Wang, is pretty clear for manufacturers and policy advocates for improving U.S. manufacturing: firms should hire as many scientists and engineers as possible.

US stepping up Earth's protection from asteroids, comets

June 25, 2018

The National Science and Technology Council released a report Wednesday calling for improved asteroid detection, tracking and deflection. NASA is participating, along with federal emergency, military, White House and other officials. For now, scientists know of no asteroids or comets heading our way. But one could sneak up on us, and that's why the government wants a better plan.

FTC plans to reexamine how it polices tech companies

June 24, 2018

The new head of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants to review how the consumer protection and antitrust agency polices companies like major tech platforms, promising “vigorous enforcement” of Silicon Valley. Joseph Simons, who was sworn in as FTC chairman last month, on Wednesday announced that he would convene a series of public hearings later this year to examine whether changes in the economy prompted by the rise of tech giants might necessitate changes in how regulators carry out enforcement.

China and the US are racing to develop AI weapons

June 21, 2018

When Google’s AlphaGo defeated the Chinese grandmaster at a game of Go in 2017, China was confronted with its own “Sputnik moment”: a prompt to up its game on the development of artifical intelligence (AI). Sure enough, Beijing is pursuing launch a national-level AI innovation agenda for “civil-military fusion”. It’s part of China’s ambitious quest to become a “science and technology superpower” - but also a new front in an increasingly worrisome arms race.

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