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Trump Agrees to Prompt Responses to License Requests for Huawei Sales

President Donald Trump agreed at a meeting with the heads of tech giant companies like Google on Monday to make timely decisions on requests by US companies to sell to blacklisted Huawei Technologies.

But even as the CEOs of the companies requested timely licensing decisions from the Department of Commerce, in a statement that the executives expressed strong support for national security restrictions on US telecom equipment purchases and sales to Huawei.

The meeting, previously reported by Reuters, was with the CEOs of Cisco Systems, Intel, Broadcom, Qualcomm, Micron Technology, and Western Digital, and Alphabet’s Google.

The meeting comes at a time of lingering uncertainty over the future of US companies’ ties to Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker. It was placed on a US blacklist in May, with the government citing national security concerns.

US companies were banned from selling most US parts and components to Huawei without special licenses. But Trump said last month that sales could resume as he sought to restart trade talks with Beijing.

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UK Regulator Probes Facebook, Google Dominance in Advertising

The Competition and Markets Authority said that if it found that the companies’ market power was harming competition it would consider bringing in a stricter regulatory regime.

 

The UK’s antitrust authority is starting a long-awaited investigation into the dominance of social media giants including Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc in digital advertising markets.

 

The Competition and Markets Authority said that if it found that the companies’ market power was harming competition it would consider bringing in a stricter regulatory regime. The new rules could limit how the firms set prices with advertisers, it said. Some separation of business units may also be appropriate, the regulator said.

 

The CMA is joining other European regulators in examining how the online advertising market functions. French and German antitrust authorities have separately been looking at the market, with France’s competition agency flagging the scale of Google’s ad offering and data as a potential concern. Data protection authorities are also scrutinizing the advertising bidding process and how it may share personal information.