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  • The tech war between the U.S. and China escalates

    Economic tension between the U.S. and China continues to escalate but is shifting in focus — away from the tit-for-tat trade war and toward a more direct confrontation over the future of technology at the heart of the conflict between the world’s two largest economies.…
  • The TikTok deal’s for-show provisions and flimsy foundations

    The new deal to rescue TikTok from a threatened U.S. ban — full of provisions aimed at creating the temporary appearance of a presidential win — looks like a sort of Potemkin village agreement. How it works: Potemkin villages were fake-storefront towns stood up to…
  • Nikola founder steps aside amid allegations of fraud

    Nikola announced Monday that executive chairman Trevor Milton, who is also the company’s founder, is out as the electric and fuel cell truck startup reportedly faces federal inquiries into a short-seller’s allegations of inaccurate or misleading statements. Why it matters: It’s the latest move in…
  • Judge temporarily halts Trump’s WeChat ban

    A federal judge early on Sunday temporarily blocked a Trump administration order banning downloads of the Chinese-owned global messaging app WeChat. Why it matters: The temporary injunction means WeChat will remain on Apple’s and Google’s app stores, despite a Commerce Department order to remove the…
  • What we overlooked in the switch to remote learning

    America’s rapid and urgent transition to online school has come with a host of unforeseen consequences that are only getting worse as it continues into the fall. The big picture: The issues range from data privacy to plagiarism, and schools are ill-equipped to deal with…
  • The Immigrants Who Created New Possibilities

    Of the many questions at stake in this fall’s election, one of the less obvious is this: Will the United States remain a country where someone like Barack Obama or Kamala Harris—a person of color with immigrant parents—is likely to be born? The answer depends,…
  • Big Tech takes the climate change lead

    The tech industry is playing a growing role in fighting climate change, from zero-carbon commitments to investments in startups and pushing for the use of data to encourage energy efficiency. Why it matters: Big Tech is already dominating our economy, politics and culture. Its leadership…
  • Government Funding of Science: When, Why, and How Much?

    Commentary As a kid in the sixties, my heroes were astronauts. On June 20, 1969, I struggled to stay awake to watch Neil Armstrong’s moon walk. I built and launched model rockets. I had a Major Matt Mason action figure space station. My favorite movie…
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