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Google | February 26, 2020

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post Wednesday that the company is investing more than $10 billion this year in data centers and offices across the United States. The move comes as Google faces increased scrutiny from U.S. regulators. Leaders of the House Judiciary Committee in September requested documents from the company, raising antitrust concerns. The Federal Trade Commission said in February that it’s examining prior acquisitions made by Google parent Alphabet. And the DOJ in...

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EXCLUSIVE: U.S. PREPARES CRACKDOWN ON HUAWEI'S GLOBAL CHIP SUPPLY - SOURCES

Huawei | March 26, 2020

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Senior officials in the Trump administration agreed to new measures to restrict the global supply of chips to China’s Huawei Technologies, sources familiar with the matter said, as the White House ramps up criticism of China over coronavirus. The move comes as ties between Washington and Beijing grow more strained, with both sides trading barbs over who is to blame for the spread of the disease and an escalating tit-for-tat over the expulsion of journalists from both countries....

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Nextgov | April 02, 2020

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About 3,500 people have registered for the first of a series of webinars organizers are planning to meet the high demand for knowledge of how the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program will work. The CMMC Accreditation Body—newly incorporated as a nonprofit in Maryland—emailed stakeholders Wednesday touting its activity so far in standing up a system to manage audits of defense contractors’ cybersecurity and outlining the next steps. Implementation ...

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PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TEMPORARILY SUSPENDING WORK VISAS FOR H-1B HOLDERS

Tech Crunch | June 23, 2020

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting work visas like the H-1B visa program for highly-skilled workers, cutting off a critical source of foreign labor for tech companies already complaining about tech talent shortages. Visa-holders already in the U.S. and those applicants who have already received a visa are exempt from the ban. The restrictions are intended to last until the end of the year, which would disrupt the government’s typical process of awarding ne...

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GOOGLE ANNOUNCES $10 BILLION INVESTMENT IN US EXPANSION AMID GOVERNMENT ANTITRUST PROBES

Google | February 26, 2020

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post Wednesday that the company is investing more than $10 billion this year in data centers and offices across the United States. The move comes as Google faces increased scrutiny from U.S. regulators. Leaders of the House Judiciary Committee in September requested documents from the company, raising antitrust concerns. The Federal Trade Commission said in February that it’s examining prior acquisitions made by Google parent Alphabet. And the DOJ in...

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EXCLUSIVE: U.S. PREPARES CRACKDOWN ON HUAWEI'S GLOBAL CHIP SUPPLY - SOURCES

Huawei | March 26, 2020

Senior officials in the Trump administration agreed to new measures to restrict the global supply of chips to China’s Huawei Technologies, sources familiar with the matter said, as the White House ramps up criticism of China over coronavirus. The move comes as ties between Washington and Beijing grow more strained, with both sides trading barbs over who is to blame for the spread of the disease and an escalating tit-for-tat over the expulsion of journalists from both countries....

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DEFENSE CONTRACTOR CYBERSECURITY CERTIFIERS LAUNCHING ‘NATIONAL CONVERSATION’ WEBINARS

Nextgov | April 02, 2020

About 3,500 people have registered for the first of a series of webinars organizers are planning to meet the high demand for knowledge of how the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program will work. The CMMC Accreditation Body—newly incorporated as a nonprofit in Maryland—emailed stakeholders Wednesday touting its activity so far in standing up a system to manage audits of defense contractors’ cybersecurity and outlining the next steps. Implementation ...

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PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TEMPORARILY SUSPENDING WORK VISAS FOR H-1B HOLDERS

Tech Crunch | June 23, 2020

President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting work visas like the H-1B visa program for highly-skilled workers, cutting off a critical source of foreign labor for tech companies already complaining about tech talent shortages. Visa-holders already in the U.S. and those applicants who have already received a visa are exempt from the ban. The restrictions are intended to last until the end of the year, which would disrupt the government’s typical process of awarding ne...

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