The US is stepping up pressure on Europe to ditch Huawei

Hong Kong (CNN Business)US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned European countries on Monday that using technology from Huawei could hurt their relationship with the United States. It’s the latest effort by the US government to pressure countries around the world to keep Huawei out of the next generation of wireless networks, known as 5G, because of security concerns. The US campaign against one of China’s leading companies has added to tensions between the two countries over the future of technology. The Chinese government on Tuesday criticized Pompeo’s remarks, accusing Washington of attempting to “sow discord between China and other countries.” The United States is “unscrupulously fabricating groundless accusations” and cracking down on the development of Chinese companies, Foreign Ministry …

Google to invest $13 billion in US data centers and offices this year

(CNN Business)The future of Google increasingly lies outside Silicon Valley. As tech companies grow larger and expand into media, advertising and hardware, they are also turning to newer tech hubs like Austin and New York City for talent. At the same time, the push into the fast-growing cloud computing market requires more investment in data centers in the US and abroad. On a conference call with analysts after the Alphabet earnings report in February, Pichai said investing in data centers is necessary to “lay the groundwork” for its bets on cloud computing, advertising, YouTube and machine learning. While Google may be expanding beyond Silicon Valley, it will almost certainly find itself competing for talent against its usual Silicon Valley rivals. …

HQ Trivia’s parent company appoints Tinder CEO to its board

New York (CNN Business)The owner of the HQ Trivia mobile game is expanding its board of directors as the startup tries to recover from the sudden death of CEO Colin Kroll last December. In a statement to CNN Business, Seidman praised Yusupov as a “uniquely talented product thinker and visionary.” “Rus and the Intermedia team have created a truly important innovation in HQ,” Seidman said. HQ Trivia launched with a bang in 2017, drawing a huge mobile viewership for group quiz games. Players who answered all 12 questions correctly shared in the day’s pot of money. In HQ Trivia, some media executives saw the future of game shows — and maybe more. Disney (DIS) and Comcast (CMCSA) are two of …

Apple brings iTunes to Samsung TVs as it seeks new revenue

Las Vegas (CNN Business)Apple is opening up its ecosystem to one of its biggest rivals by giving owners of Samsung TVs direct access to iTunes content. Apple showed signs of loosening its grip in November when it announced that Amazon’s (AMZN) Echo devices would support Apple Music. The two companies also struck a deal that allows Amazon to sell Apple devices directly, in exchange for cracking down on unauthorized third-party sellers on the site. A year earlier, Apple finally allowed the Prime Video app on Apple TV. Still, a deal with Samsung is even more interesting, as the giant smartphone makers have a complicated history. They spent years locked in a costly legal battle over patents after Apple claimed Samsung …

What you’ll see less of at CES this year: Chinese vendors

New York (CNN Business)In another sign of the strains between the American and Chinese business worlds, the countries’ technology cold war has boiled over to America’s largest tech trade show. “It’ll definitely be on the agenda of every meeting we have,” said Josh Sultan, Jetson’s CEO. “10% to 25% tariffs are big numbers. They’re going to affect not just the way we manufacture but the way that our consumers purchase the product.” The retrenchment of some Chinese companies at CES also follows a series of tough actions by the Trump administration, including a request to extradite Huawei’s CFO and tough sanctions against ZTE. And it notably comes amid a big battle between the United States and China over 5G supremacy. …