Afternoon Coffee: US Trade Officials Investigate Aluminum Industry and Trading, Add China’s Internet Controls to List of Trade Impediments

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The U.S. International Trade Commission said it will investigate the aluminum industry and how the metal is traded around the globe. The commission reportedly said it would look into “factors of competition in major unwrought and wrought (semi-fabricated) aluminum producing and exporting countries, including the United States."

Trade officials also added China’s internet controls to its annual list of trade impediments. The censorship controls, called the “Great Firewall,” have posed a “significant burden” to foreign suppliers, the report from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said.

A new survey of European organizations showed an average of 89 third-party vendors access a company’s network each week, which could pose  security risks if the companies are not aware of this. The study also showed almost 70% of companies suffered a data breach due to a vendor accessing their network within the last year.

Google will be testing its self-driving vehicles in the Phoenix area this summer to see how they perform under high temperatures and other weather. Google currently has 54 self-driving vehicles operating in various locations.  

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