Bits: Kevin’s Week in Tech: Extra! Extra! News Beyond Facebook!

Kevin’s Week in Tech: Extra! Extra! News Beyond Facebook! Photo Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, where more than 3,000 engineers have signed a letter protesting the company’s involvement in an artificial intelligence program at the Defense Department. Credit Stephen Lam/Reuters Each week, Kevin Roose, technology columnist at The New York Times, discusses developments in the tech industry, offering analysis and maybe a joke or two. Want this newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here.

It’s hard to imagine now, but at one point, long ago, Facebook did not monopolize the entire tech news cycle — a heady and innocent era when you could read an entire day’s news without encountering the words “Cambridge Analytica” or “third-party developers.”
I confess that, like many of you, I have been obsessed with the fallout from Facebook’s latest privacy scandal, to the point that I had a stress dream that I overslept and missed covering Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony on Capitol Hill next week…

Tech Tip: Moving Your E-Book Collection to One Device

Moving Your E-Book Collection to One Device Q. Is it possible to read Nook books on a Kindle? Is there an e-reader that handles books from multiple e-bookstores?
A. The Barnes & Noble Nook e-books and Amazon’s Kindle e-books use different formats, but dedicated users have shown it is possible to convert and read Nook books on an Amazon device. How you do it depends on the hardware you have — and can take some technical fiddling to copy over Nook books to a Kindle e-reader or Fire tablet.
Slinging e-books between two brands of e-readers is generally unsupported by all companies. It can also involve breaking the built-in copyright protections — so read all the fine print to fully understand what is allowed.
One approach is sideloading the Barnes & Noble Nook app (or even the Google Play store) for Android onto an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, which allows you to download and read your Nook books within their own app. You can find various book-moving tutorials for e-readers and Fire tablets..

White House Defends Trade Policies as Trump Aims New Threat at China

Supported by Politics White House Defends Trade Policies as Trump Aims New Threat at China Photo Workers at an aluminium plant in Huaibei, China last year. The price of aluminum per pound has been falling since February, a decline that started before the tariffs were imposed. Credit STR, via Agence France-Presse – Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Trump continued to defend his pugnacious approach to trade policy on Friday, just hours after he doubled down on a White House plan to punish China by threatening to levy tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese imports.
Mr. Trump, who has already imposed sweeping steel and aluminum tariffs on China and other nations, boasted in a tweet that the new metals tariffs had not hurt American consumers as his critics predicted.
Despite the Aluminum Tariffs, Aluminum prices are DOWN 4%. People are surprised, I’m not! Lots of money coming into U.S. coffers and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2018 The p..

Brexit trade deal: US lays out 'wish list' and it does not look good for the UK

Donald Trump's administration wants to scrap a host of EU rules on food safety, chemicals, animal welfare and the environment
The US has laid out its annual trade “wishlist” and it will not make easy reading for David Davis and Liam Fox’s team of negotiators.
The 500-page tome from the US Trade Representative published this week firmly espouses the virtues of free trade and bringing down tariff and non-tariff barriers, just as Donald Trump proposed slapping a further $100bn (£71.5bn) of import levies on Chinese goods.
This openness might sound good for “Global Britain” as it seeks trade partnerships beyond the EU post-Brexit but it’s a little more complicated than that.
Read more China vows to fight 'at any cost' as Trump threatens $100bn tariffs The first concern stressed by the USTR is the “increasingly critical nature of standards-related measures (including testing, labeling and certification requirements) and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures to US tr..

US falls short of expectations adding only 103,000 jobs in March

The unemployment rate stayed flat in March, while job additions widely missed the mark
The US added 103,000 new jobs in March, according to the latest non-farm payroll figures.
Ahead of the data release, Wall Street was looking for growth of about 185,000 and a decline in the unemployment rate to 4 per cent from 4.1 per cent. Unemployement held at 4.1 per cent, the numbers showed.
In February, the US added 313,000 jobs, smashing through expectations of 200,000.
The pound rose sharply against the dollar following the announcement.
Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at Think Markets, said the jobs number was a “big miss”.
“The market reaction is adverse and gold has moved higher on the back of this. Today’s data is not something which Trump will be tweeting about,” he added.
However, Kully Samra, UK managing director at investment group Charles Schwab, said: “This is a healthy jobs report, reinforcing the view that the US economy shows few signs of slowing down. Risks to growth a..

China Isn’t Happy About Its Newest Internet Stars: Teenage Moms

China Isn’t Happy About Its Newest Internet Stars: Teenage Moms Photo The Beijing headquarters of the company that operates Kuaishou, one of China’s most popular video platforms. Kuaishou was pulled from app stores this week after the state broadcaster CCTV accused it of promoting underage pregnancy. Credit Imagechina, via Associated Press BEIJING — It was not Yang Qingning’s millions of social media followers or her political beliefs that made the young woman the scorn of Chinese state media recently.
It was her tiny baby.
Two of China’s most popular video platforms disappeared from app stores this week after the state broadcaster CCTV accused them of promoting underage pregnancy. A segment last week on CCTV featured what it said were teenage women whose videos — chronicling the joys and tribulations of motherhood, complete with images of swollen bellies — had attracted millions of followers and viewers. A stern but unspecific rebuke from China’s top media regulator followed a few day..

Britain's sugar tax is a sweet idea

Free market think tanks and the food industry may grouse, but similar measures have reaped benefits when they've been tried overseas and they don't 'clobber the poor'
Welcome to the first day of the sugar tax, a sweet idea despite the bitter taste its opponents have been trying to leave.
An example of the latter came from the Institute of Economic Affairs. “The sugar levy is a cynical revenue raising device that will clobber people on low incomes,” it growled. “The British public are being treated like children.” If you think you can hear cheering in the background it's probably from the food and retail industries.
It always rather amuses me when Thatcherite think tanks try and portray themselves as defenders of the poor, but does the IEA have a point? Particularly when it contends that while the consumption of sugary drinks has been falling, obesity has not?
Read more Sugar tax: the soft drinks that slashed their sugar ahead of the levy How meal deals..