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Cook in a 2017 meeting with President Trump. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
When President Trump decided to pick a trade war with China, he sent shivers through Silicon Valley. Many tech products — including zillions of iPhones — are made in China, which is also a big market for many U.S. tech companies.
So, talking down Trump is high on the agenda of lots of tech leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, who happens have a meeting scheduled with the president later today.
The context: As the CEO of the world's most valuable company, Cook already has a strong voice. In this case, though, he's also speaking for the rest of the industry.
What we're hearing: "That's a tough way to run things," said one executive at a large multinational electronics company,
Short notice: If there was a year's warning, maybe companies could come up with some alternate options, but 60 days doesn't give enough time really change production plans. This makes lobbying Trump to change course all the more important.
Plus: Cook is also looking to feel out the president more broadly when it comes to economic policy. The Apple chief had a close relationship with former economic adviser Gary Cohn (the two were frequently spotted dining together) but where things stand with the new economic adviser Larry Kudlow is less clear.
Coming to dinner: Cook, as well as Apple VP (and former EPA administrator) Lisa Jackson, were among those at last night's White House state dinner. Also on the guest list, per CNN, were IBM chief Ginni Rometty and Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson.
Airbnb's San Francisco headquarters. Photo: Airbnb
Airbnb has a new report that argues that the federal government could save as much as $4.1 billion over 10 years by staying in its properties rather than hotels.
But, but but: Even if the government shifted some to Airbnb, it's unlikely to stop using hotels altogether. Nonetheless, Airbnb says that shifting a quarter of travel nights to Airbnb listings could potentially save more than $100 million per year.
More than just dollars: The home sharing site also makes the case that doing so would put money into ordinary people's hands and help federal workers get closer to the communities they serve.
What's next: CEO Brian Chesky will make the case in person later today when he keynotes an Internet Association dinner in D.C.
Xiaomi Mi scooters. Photo: Xiaomi
The "scooter wars” are raging in San Francisco (and other cities). But even as several firms battle one another, and angry residents battle the scooter companies, one product is a clear winner: the Xiaomi Mi electric scooter.
Why it matters: For now, several startup scooter companies have found a reliable vehicle in the Xiaomi product — but as this war heats up, they may find that designing and manufacturing their own scooters will help differentiate them, reports Axios Kia Kokalitcheva.
The Segway connection: In 2015, the same year Ninebot raised $80 million from investors like Sequoia China and Xiaomi, among others, it also merged with Segway — yes, that Segway company. This means Segway just might become part of the future of transportation after all.
The Xiaomi Mi scooter was created for personal use, but it has quickly become the model of choice for a number of electric scooter-sharing startups.
Go deeper: Kia has more here.
Researchers at cybersecurity firm F-Secure have discovered a security flaw in the most popular manufacturer line of digital hotel locks, Axios' Joe Uchill reports.
The bottom line: A patch that has already been released, but it is likely that not all the doors have been patched given that the locks are in use at roughly 40,000 hotels. This is a prime example of a company doing everything right and still having vulnerabilities because no product is 100% secure.
Go deeper: Joe has more here.
Separately: Joe also reports that researchers at the security firm CheckMarx have discovered a security flaw in Amazon's Alexa that could have been used to eavesdrop and transcribe any ambient conversation.
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