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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17 mins ago - World

China's extraterritorial threat

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

All multinational companies and executives need to worry about breaking U.S. law, no matter where they're based or doing business. Now, they need to worry about Chinese law, too.

Why it matters: The projection of U.S. norms and laws around the world has been an integral (and much resented) part of America's "soft power" since 1945. As China positions itself to replace the USA as global hegemon, expect it to become increasingly assertive along similar lines.

Big Pharma launches $1B venture to incentivize new antibiotics

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

A group of large drug companies launched a $1 billion AMR Action Fund Thursday in collaboration with policymakers, philanthropists and development banks to push the development of two to four new antibiotics by 2030.

Why it matters: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing problem — possibly killing up to 20 million people annually by 2050 — but a severe lack of R&D market incentives has hampered efforts to develop a robust antibiotic pipeline to address the issue.

Updated 49 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Inside Geoffrey Berman's closed-door testimony

Berman arrives on Capitol Hill Thursday. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Geoffrey Berman, the former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, was expected to say in closed-door testimony today that Attorney General Bill Barr repeatedly urged him to take another job, warned him that getting fired would not be good for his resume or job prospects and steered him toward a high-level Justice Department post in DC.

Driving the news: Axios has obtained a copy of Berman's opening statement for his closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.