End in sight for Endless Frontier

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— Almost executed: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s legislative bundle to outcompete China might get a vote within the Senate as early as immediately.

— Ad boosts: Advertisers will possible profit from Google’s advert tech settlement in France.

— Striking again: The White House will kind a “strike power” to fight international commerce practices that focus on important U.S. provide chains, with a deal with China, a senior administration official informed reporters.

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SENDING OFF THE ENDLESS FRONTIER After partisan divisions and procedural setbacks, Schumer’s U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (previously generally known as the Endless Frontier Act) is again in entrance of the Senate.

On the agenda: The higher chamber will vote first on an modification from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) that might strip prevailing wage necessities for initiatives funded by the invoice’s pot of $52 billion for home semiconductor manufacturing. (Democrats launched the language and have stood agency on the matter, and the modification is anticipated to fail.) Lawmakers can even vote to undertake the substitute modification that they’ve spent the previous few weeks haggling over. The invoice, S. 1260 (117), will then go to a closing vote. If handed, it’ll head to the House, the place it’s not clear when Democratic leaders will take up the laws.

But first, some tech takeaways: The invoice has seen vital adjustments because it was first launched, together with a considerable downscaling of funding for a brand new tech directorate on the National Science Foundation. And each lawmakers and lobbyists have been keen to connect their very own initiatives to the invoice, a uncommon piece of bipartisan laws in a intently divided Senate.

The legislative bundle now accommodates provisions from the Advancing American AI Act, S. 1353 (117), which might require OMB to concern steerage on authorities use of synthetic intelligence; the American Security Drone Act, S. 73 (117), which might ban federal companies from shopping for unmanned plane techniques made or assembled by Chinese entities; the No TikTookay on Government Devices Act, S. 1143 (117), from Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), which might require OMB to publish steerage that mandates the removing of the Chinese-owned social media app; and the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act, S. 228 (117), led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), which might enhance merger charges for multibillion-dollar transactions.

Our Julia Arciga has the full details for Pros on what’s on this huge invoice.

GOOGLE’S FRENCH AD TECH SETTLEMENT — The search big agreed to make adjustments to its advert know-how enterprise Monday in a settlement with France’s competitors authority, and a few of these tweaks will assist advertisers globally. (Our Europe colleague Laura Kayali has the full details on the settlement.) At least two adjustments to Google’s enterprise can be world in nature: help for a know-how generally known as “header bidding” and pricing guidelines for some sorts of adverts.

Header bidding is sort of a hack that helps web site publishers think about a number of bids directly, thereby rising the cash they make from promoting. Google stated it’s going to work with advert consumers to make sure these utilizing header bidding obtain equal entry to knowledge on auctions that happen inside its platforms (the corporate had come beneath hearth for self-preferential benefits in its advert tech enterprise). The new world pricing guidelines can even let web site publishers set customized pricing guidelines for adverts that contain issues Google deems “delicate” — subjects like intercourse, weight reduction and weight-reduction plan, faith and politics.

Will this influence different antitrust circumstances in opposition to Google? Maybe, however not by a lot. The antitrust swimsuit introduced by Texas and different U.S. state attorneys normal makes some allegations associated to header bidding — together with that Google colluded with Facebook to influence the social community to not enable header bidding — however that case is far broader general than the French settlement.

WHITE HOUSE RELEASES SUPPLY CHAIN FINDINGS The Biden administration introduced this morning it’s going to kind a provide chain “strike power” led by the U.S. commerce consultant, considered one of a number of actions the White House is taking after conducting its 100-day provide chain overview. The overview centered on 4 sectors: semiconductors, prescription drugs, rare-earth minerals and enormous batteries, like these utilized in electrical autos. President Joe Biden ordered the review in February to find out whether or not U.S. firms are relying an excessive amount of on international suppliers, significantly these in China.

To fight the worldwide semiconductor chip scarcity, the administration stated it’s going to companion with trade and allies, and it highlighted a $17 billion dedication from South Korean firms for U.S. semiconductor investments. It additionally known as on Congress to supply a minimum of $50 billion in investments for home semiconductor manufacturing and semiconductor analysis and growth.

Watching Commerce: The White House additionally beneficial that Congress enact a provide chain resilience program inside the Commerce Department, with $50 billion in funding. That proposal can be one factor to concentrate to this afternoon, when Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo testifies immediately on Biden’s finances request for her division earlier than the House Energy and Commerce client safety subcommittee. In her written testimony, Raimondo repeated that decision for funding and laid out plenty of different initiatives to bolster home manufacturing.

Something lawmakers are fascinated with: The American COMPETE Act, H.R. 8132 (116), which handed final yr as a part of a spending invoice, was highlighted by committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) in a briefing memo. The legislation requires the Commerce Department and the FTC to review and report back to Congress on varied rising tech points, together with synthetic intelligence and quantum computing. Committee rating member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) will emphasize the significance of these studies in “deploy[ing] these applied sciences and hold[ing] our provide chains safe,” in keeping with ready remarks shared with MT.

STRONG DEMAND FOR BROADBAND SUBSIDY PROGRAM In three weeks, greater than 2.3 million households have enrolled within the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program, FCC performing chair Jessica Rosenworcel stated Monday. She additionally introduced a new data dashboard with nationwide and state-specific enrollment numbers, maintained by the Universal Service Administrative Co.

Longtime FCC legal professional and broadband skilled Lisa Hone joins the National Economic Council as a senior adviser for broadband and know-how coverage. … Jeanne Moran is now a coverage communications supervisor at Facebook, the place she focuses on content material and security. She most not too long ago was a senior director at Forbes Tate Partners. … Davis Pace is now president and CEO on the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology at Stennis Space Center. He beforehand was an expert employees member for the House Foreign Affairs Committee, overlaying tech. … Diana Pfeil joins digital rights administration firm Pex as VP of analysis and growth. She was beforehand at PayPal’s Honey.

Your lobbying repair from POLITICO Influence: Gig firms are increasing in D.C. Shipt, a supply app owned by Target, employed its first Washington lobbyists final week, in keeping with a disclosure submitting. The staff from Rasky Partners contains Sarah Neal, a former aide to now-Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. And the meals supply app Grubhub, which employed its first federal lobbyists at Finsbury Glover Hering (beforehand Glover Park Group) late final yr, introduced two new additions to its authorities relations store: Ashley De Smeth, a former head of public affairs for Postmates (which was acquired by Uber final yr) and Obama administration alum, can be director of federal affairs. Grubhub additionally added Becca Martin, a Cargill alum, as senior director of presidency affairs, main state and native authorities relations efforts. Grant Klinzman, a Grubhub spokesperson, informed PI that the corporate’s most quick issues are extra pandemic aid for eating places and “future of labor” discussions (that’s turn into trade shorthand for employee classification).

Scoop: “Top White House tech critic Tim Wu holds greater than $1M in Bitcoin,” Daniel Lippman reports.

Early planning: “Capitol safety officers monitoring threats of violence on Jan. 6 noticed social media posts as early as late December 2020 a few plot to breach the complicated — full with maps of the constructing’s tunnels and specific threats of violence in opposition to members of Congress,” Nicholas Wu reports.

Data dive: Did social media bans on former President Donald Trump restrict his attain? NYT takes a look.

Extra work: Amazon needs its staff to assemble furnishings. Drivers say they weren’t given ample coaching. Vice’s Motherboard has more.

Bring it on: “Why Amazon Is Confronting the Richest Man in India,” via NYT.

Setting expectations: The Information Technology Industry Council lays out priorities forward of the U.S.-EU summit, together with the creation of a transatlantic Trade and Technology Council. (That council may very well be a chance for the U.S. to warn the EU about how its regulation of American tech firms might unintentionally worsen the nationwide safety menace from China, former NSA normal counsel Glenn Gerstell writes in Barron’s.)

Doubling down: Apple introduced a slew of consumer privateness updates at its Worldwide Developers Conference, NBC News reports.

For your ears solely: Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao chats with NYT’s Kara Swisher in regards to the “skinny skins” and “big egos” in tech and the way that impacts the work tradition of Silicon Valley.

Trust points: BSA | The Software Alliance wants to restore trust in AI by tackling bias points with a brand new framework.

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