U.S.-China Trade Talks Stumble on Beijing’s Spending at Home

BEIJING — One year ago, when he began a multibillion-dollar trade war with China that shook the global economy, President Trump demanded that Beijing end lavish government spending aimed at making the country a world power in computer chips, robotics, commercial aircraft and other industries of the future. Today, as the two sides struggle to reach a truce, the Trump administration is finding just how difficult that will be. Trade talks between the United States and China nearly ground to a halt this past week, and a seemingly intractable dispute…

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Disney Plus Streaming Service Is Unveiled to Hollywood Fanfare

Disney will “likely” bundle its disparate services at a discounted price, according to Kevin Mayer, chairman of the company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International division. Mr. Mayer said that Disney was “actively evaluating” international strategies for Hulu, which currently operates exclusively in the United States. (Unlike Netflix.) Will Disney greatly expand Hulu’s budget? Randy Freer, the chief executive of Hulu, said it planned to expand original programs but did not say by how much. With Disney’s acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox, it now owns 60 percent of Hulu, giving the…

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Musk Twitter Fight Goes to Court Again on SEC Contempt Charge

Elon Musk is about to urge a judge to go easy on him for tweets that U.S. regulators contend violated a court order, though legal experts say the pugnacious billionaire will have a hard time avoiding some kind of punishment. The founder of electric-car maker Tesla Inc. is in hot water with the Securities and Exchange Commission over statements last month to his 25 million Twitter followers about the company’s vehicle deliveries. The SEC says the missives violate terms of an earlier settlement prompted by his misleading August tweets about…

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Pinterest Restricts Vaccine Search Results to Curb Spread of Misinformation

Pinterest, a digital platform popular with parents, took an unusual step to crack down on the proliferation of anti-vaccination propaganda: It purposefully hobbled its search box. Type “vaccine” into its search bar and nothing pops up. “Vaccination” or “anti-vax”? Also nothing. Pinterest, which allows people to save pictures on virtual pinboards, is often used to find recipes for picky toddlers, baby shower décor or fashion trends, but it has also become a platform for anti-vaccination activists who spread misinformation on social media. It is an especially effective way to reach…

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Democrats Launch New Probe of Trump’s Finances, Russia Ties

The House intelligence committee will launch a broad new investigation looking at Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump’s foreign financial interests, Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday, moving ahead with the aggressive oversight that Democrats have promised now that they are in the majority. Schiff said the investigation will include “the scope and scale” of Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election, the “extent of any links and/or coordination” between Russians and Trump’s associates, whether foreign actors have sought to hold leverage over Trump or his family…

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Foxconn Affirms Wisconsin Factory Plan, Citing Trump Chat

Foxconn, the Taiwanese consumer electronics giant, said Friday that it was committed to building a factory in Wisconsin after a conversation between the company’s chairman and President Trump. In a statement, the company said it “is moving forward with our planned construction of a Gen 6 fab facility,” a type of plant that turns out displays for consumer products. Foxconn did not say when the conversation between Mr. Trump and Foxconn’s chairman, Terry Gou, had taken place or who had initiated it. Mr. Trump hailed the announcement Friday in a…

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BuzzFeed’s First Round of Layoffs Puts an End to Its National News Desk

In particular, BuzzFeed has deep ties to Group Nine Media, the digital media company behind Thrillist, Seeker, The Dodo and NowThis. Its chief executive, Benjamin Lerer, has long been friends with Mr. Peretti, and his father, the venture capitalist Kenneth Lerer, is the chairman of BuzzFeed. (The younger Mr. Lerer has stressed that any business deal between the two would not include his father, to avoid conflicts of interest.) On Thursday, BuzzFeed News employees in New York were told to be in the office on East 18th Street no later…

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Organic Recipes 

Client Conversation with Full Circle

At the recent Startups Seminar in Seattle, Lane Powell’s Gregory Pyle took a minute with Full Circle Founder & Chairman Andrew Stout to discuss how his organic and sustainable company took off with the help of counsel from our firm. Farming organically since 1996, Andrew and his team at Full Circle bring the season’s best mix of organic produce and specialty farm products conveniently to people’s homes or offices by growing and partnering with local farms and artisans in area throughout the Northwest. Each of their weekly deliveries comes with…

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We became scientists to help the world. Now we need to take to the streets.

  Neither of us imagined that getting a Ph.D. in science would turn us into climate activists, too. As scientists and as a couple in our twenties, it’s been excruciating to watch the Trump administration’s unrelenting attacks on climate science and our generation’s future. Knowing that policy decisions made over the next four years could impact the lives of hundreds of generations to come, we’re more determined than ever to do not only our best work as scientists, but our best activism as citizens. On April 29, we’ll stand up…

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