The Australian Information Industry Association has urged the Federal Government to drop its plans for changing the research and development tax incentive scheme as the result of the coronavirus pandemic which is largely affecting small- and medium-sized enterprises.

American officials have agreed on three measures to prevent China from obtaining US technology that can be diverted for use in the military, a report claims, adding that the only step remaining for these curbs to take effect is for US President Donald Trump to sign them into law.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the government would not be looking to use location data to track people anonymously in order to find out if they are following the rules which have been put in place to keep the coronavirus pandemic in check within the country.

The telecommunications regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has laid out its priorities for the future delivery of radio in Australia, underlining what it says is the vital importance of radio to Australian audiences.

The United States appears to be moving ahead with new proposals to tighten the conditions for American semiconductor companies to do business with Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies, with cabinet officials agreeing at a meeting on Wednesday to tighten things up.

The French Competition Authority (L’Autorité de la concurrence) has fined Apple €1.1 billion (A$2.01 billion) for allegedly conspiring with wholesalers to fix the prices of items like the iPad in order to reduce or eliminate competition.

The Federal Government is convening a roundtable by teleconference on Tuesday morning with peak cultural and creative industry bodies to discuss the impacts of the corona virus and the applicability to the cultural and creative sector of support arrangements announced by government to date.

The US Government has asked the Court of Federal Claims to give the Department of Defence 120 days "to reconsider certain aspects of the challenged agency decision" that awarded a US$10 billion Pentagon cloud deal to Microsoft in October 2019.

The program office for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has made little progress in fixing hundreds of design flaws in the fighter jet, according to a report obtained by the non-partisan independent watchdog Project On Government Oversight.

The UK has introduced a 2% digital services tax on the revenues that certain digital businesses earn from 1 April, in its 2020 budget which was presented to Parliament on Wednesday. Also announced was an increase of £22 billion in public sector research and development spending.

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