Oct 6, 2018

Tech news you might have missed this week

ZTE research institute in Tianjin Binhai New Area. Photo: Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images.

Apple and Amazon's battle with Bloomberg Businessweek over its report of Chinese spies infiltrating their supply chains has captivated the industry in the last couple of days. But here's what else happened in tech news this week.

Catch up quick: A federal judge says China's ZTE violated probation; Honda will invest $2.75 billion in Cruise; Twitter outlined election integrity efforts and new rules; and Tribune Publishing Co. ditched the Tronc name after just two years.

U.S. judge says China's ZTE violated probation (Reuters)

Why it matters: Chinese company ZTE has had a rough last several months, including a near death after a U.S. ban for violating national security sanctions. President Trump lifted ZTE sanctions in June and replaced them with a fine, but the Senate introduced a bill in September to reinstate sanctions. Now, it's back in hot water after a U.S. judge ruled that ZTE violated the probation and extended it two more years, until 2022.

Honda to invest $2.75 billion in GM's Cruise (Axios)

Why it matters: The race to put self-driving cars on the roads continues, and GM's Cruise unit has promised to roll out a self-driving service in 2019. The companies' partnership will include building a brand new self-driving vehicle together, building on Honda's experience using interior space-efficient vehicles and their existing partnership on electric and fuel cell technology. For Honda, this can be a way to stay in the race as a smaller automaker by smarting deploying its resources.

Twitter outlines election integrity efforts and new rules (Twitter blog post)

Why it matters: Social media services like Twitter were targets of abuse in the 2016 U.S. elections, so the company is hoping to be better prepared this time around. So far, Twitter says it has removed about 50 accounts pretending to be members of various state Republican parties.

Tribune Publishing Co. ditches Tronc name after just two years (Bloomberg)

Why it matters: The media company's attempt to run full-force into the digital era with a new name mostly sparked countless jokes, and not much else. Tronc will revert back to its 150-year-old name, the Tribune Publishing Company, by Oct. 9.

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What the coronavirus means for Trump's presidency

Photo Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

A poor response to the coronavirus could be politically devastating for President Trump, and so far his administration has given the strong impression that it’s still scrambling as the risk of a pandemic mounts.

Why it matters: There’s only so much any president can do to stop a virus from spreading, and for now the coronavirus is still very much under control within the U.S. But if the disease get worse in the months ahead, and if the administration seems to be caught off guard, that spells trouble for public confidence in Trump.

Coronavirus updates: New global case numbers surpass China's

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. As Denmark and Estonia reported their first cases Thursday, Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia — which has 23 confirmed infections — told a news conference, "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us."

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee Molson Coors on Wednesday, including the 51-year-old gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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