U.S. companies lobby against China tech bans

The friction shows the difficulties the government faces in translating its national-security agenda into the real world, where influential industries have developed deep ties to China over many years.

Congress and the Trump administration say the measures are necessary to lessen U.S. reliance on a strategic rival that could sabotage, hack or withhold important technology. Some U.S. companies argue that the restrictions will cost tens of billions of dollars and in some cases won’t improve national security.

“We are broadly supportive of the spirit” of a law imposing new restrictions for federal contractors, Wesley Hallman, head of strategy and policy at the National Defense Industrial Association, said in an interview, adding that “some suspicion of Chinese components” is warranted.

But “if you were to apply this law very broadly in the way it is written,” he said, “just about all contractors doing work with the federal government, they would have

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The Lobby is betting on video e-commerce to become ‘QVC meets TikTok’

  • The Lobby, an online marketplace where influencers post shoppable videos reviewing clothing and accessories, made its national debut on Tuesday. 
  • Founder Abigail Holt described The Lobby as “QVC meets TikTok,” with a particular focus on buzzy direct-to-consumer brands, including Solid and Striped, Girlfriend Collective, and Lunya. 
  • “Immediately we knew we needed to be more bullish on video because consumers want video,” Holt said. “We sensed people needed and wanted normalcy and connection … and thought a lot about how do we recreate that feeling.”
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In a world that now runs entirely on streaming platforms, The Lobby is hitching its wagon to video commerce as the next big big trend in online shopping. 

The Lobby — a digital marketplace described by founder and CEO Abigail Holt as “QVC meets TikTok” — rolled out nationally on Tuesday, bringing its feed of influencer-produced shoppable videos to

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