Overnight Tech: Trump meets Alibaba founder | Uber to make some data public | GOP Lawmakers tapped for key tech panels

Overnight Tech: Trump meets Alibaba founder | Uber to make some data public | GOP Lawmakers tapped for key tech panels
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TRUMP MEETS THE RICHEST MAN IN CHINA: President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE met with Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma today to discuss how the online marketplace can help U.S. small businesses.

"[Alibaba] wants to create US jobs by helping US small businesses and farmers sell to China's 300 million-strong middle class," the company tweeted.

Ma, who with an estimated net worth of $27 billion is the richest man in Asia, said that his plan would create 1 million jobs in the U.S. His company is an online powerhouse in China.

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"We had a great meeting," Trump told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower, according to pool reports. He described Ma as a "great, great entrepreneur, one of the best in the world. And he loves this country and he loves China."

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WALDEN ANNOUNCES SUBCOMMITTEE ROSTERS: Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the new chairman of the House Commerce committee, announced the Republican members for the panel's subcommittees, including those overseeing technology and digital commerce.

The Republican members of the communications and technology subcommittee, where Walden recently handed off the gavel to Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline Tennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans GOP may face choice on tax cut or stimulus checks MORE (R-Tenn.), will be Reps. Leonard Lance (N.J.), John Shimkus (Ill.), Steve Scalise (La.), Bob Latta (Ohio), Brett GuthrieSteven (Brett) Brett GuthrieHouse Republicans introduce legislation to give states 0 million for elections Hillicon Valley: Tech giants poised to weather coronavirus damage | Record Facebook-FTC deal approved | Bipartisan 5G bill introduced Lawmakers introduce legislation to boost American 5G efforts MORE (Ky.), Pete Olson (Texas), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Gus Bilirakis (Fla.), Bill Johnson (Ohio), Billy Long (Mo.), Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresPete Sessions wins GOP runoff in comeback bid The Hill's Campaign Report: Key races take shape in Alabama, Texas, Maine 5 key races to watch on Tuesday MORE (Texas), Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksCook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats Democrat Christina Hale and Republican Victoria Spartz to face off in House race in Indiana Key races to watch in Tuesday's primaries MORE (Ind.), Chris Collins (N.Y.), Kevin Cramer (N.D.), Mimi Walters (Calif.), Ryan Costello (Pa.) and Walden.

And the subcommittee on digital commerce and consumer protection, chaired by Latta, will include Republican Reps. Gregg Harper (Miss.), Fred Upton (Mich.), Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessTechnical difficulties mar several remote House hearings The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Moniz says U.S. needs energy jobs coalition and Manchin says Congress is pushing Wall Street solutions that don't work for Main Street; Burr to step aside The Hill's 12:30 Report: House returns to DC for coronavirus relief MORE (Texas), Lance, Guthrie, David McKinleyDavid Bennett McKinleyEnergy secretary says pipeline setbacks pose national security issue MLB, Congress play hardball in fight over minor leagues Koch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill MORE (W.Va.), Kinzinger, Gus Bilirakis (Fla.), Larry BucshonLarry Dean BucshonNIH begins studying hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as COVID-19 treatment Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Facebook deepfake ban falls short | House passes bills to win 5G race | Feds sound alarm on cyberthreat from Iran | Ivanka Trump appearance at tech show sparks backlash Lawmakers voice skepticism over Facebook's deepfake ban MORE (Ind.), Markwayne Mullin (Okla.), Mimi Walters (Calif.), Costello and Walden.

A NEW LAW: President Obama on Friday signed into law the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA). It was originally sponsored by Sens. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerFrom a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters The US military has options against China McConnell goes hands-off on coronavirus relief bill MORE (R-Colo.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) It aims to advance research innovations in science, technology engineering and math, by cutting red tape and boosting diversity in those fields.

"AICA increases U.S. competitiveness while creating jobs for hardworking Americans and will help to spur new businesses and industries," Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) one of its supporters and the chairman of the House Science Committee, said.

"On the whole, Americans will see improved accountability and transparency with a reduction in administrative burden on researchers as a result of this legislative effort.  It has been an honor to help shepherd this bill across the finish line, and to see this meaningful legislation signed into law."

EMAIL PRIVACY BILL IS BACK: Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Kevin YoderKevin Wayne YoderAmanda Adkins wins GOP primary to challenge Rep. Sharice Davids Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' Feehery: How Republicans can win back the suburbs MORE (R-Kan.) reintroduced the Email Privacy Act on Monday. The bill aims to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and force the government to get a warrant to search Americans' digital correspondence.

The bill was killed in the last legislative session after Sen. John CornynJohn CornynCOVID-19 bill limiting liability would strike the wrong balance From a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters Skepticism grows over Friday deadline for coronavirus deal MORE (R-Texas) inserted an amendment that created exceptions allowing the FBI to avoid the bill's warrant requirement. Critics called it a "poison pill" that would have gutted their intent of protecting email privacy.

An aide from Polis's office expressed confidence the bill would advance this time.

BACKING OFF: The Supreme Court is letting stand a lower court's decision on a controversial law that protected websites from being sued over the content of their users' posts, reports Reuters. The law in question has helped protect social media and e-commerce sites from liability for user-generated content, including cases where third-parties posted ads selling stolen products or for other illegal activities.

The case in question before the high court on Monday involved the online classified website, Backpage.com Three women sued Backpage, alleging that they were forced to engage in sex work as minors and citing ads placed on the website. Their suit was dismissed by a lower court and the justices declined to take up their appeal.

Tech groups worried justices would allow the suit to proceed and open them up to new liability.

GIVE YOURSELF A 'PATENT' ON THE BACK: IBM broke the annual patent record, with 8,088 patents last year. Over 2,700 came in the field of artificial intelligence/cognitive computing and in cloud storage, major tech areas to watch in 2017. Other major tech companies like Microsoft, Samsung also made the top patent list. The only internet company represented in the top 10 was Google, whose developments in driverless car technology, mobile phones and even energy have taken the company increasingly into the realm of physical products.

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

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Alibaba CEO Jack Ma met with Trump today. Tech companies' relationships with the government are shifting as the White House prepares to change hands. 

Uber is releasing some of its data to city officials, urban planners and researchers.

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