New Episode: "This Week In Business"

By Business.com Editorial Staff
Business.com / Starting a Business / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Learn the biggest business headlines of the week, plus what they mean to you and your business on a new episode of "This Week in Business."

Technology vs. Government Rages On

This week, we learned that Microsoft was suing the U.S. government over a law they say is being abused to access customer information such as emails and files. Microsoft claims that the Department of Justice used this law in order to secretly view private customer data more than 5,600 times over the last 18 months.

What it means to you: As the tech industry and the government continue to butt heads over free speech and national security concerns, our information, whether it be professional or personal, remains at risk of being monitored by the government.

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The Bots Are Coming

At the Facebook Developer Conference, F8, Mark Zuckerberg announced that soon, users will be able to utilize new bot technology that allows for communication via artificial intelligence. 

What it means to you: You'll soon be able to communicate and provide customer service to your clients and customers, thanks to the help of a robot. 

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China Levels the Playing Field

This week, we learned that the Chinese government will no longer be providing subsidies in a variety of industries that gave Chinese businesses more than $1 billion over the last three years. 

What it means to you: American products have struggled to compete against cheaper Chinese imports for quite some time. The removal of subsidies in certain industries levels the playing field and allows for American goods to stand a chance next to foreign competitors. 

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