a new round of trump-tech scoops

We’re days out from inauguration, and as Trump’s government comes together, I’ve got another round of scoops to share:

  • More on the future of the FTC: “President-elect Donald Trump is considering tapping Sean Reyes, the attorney general of Utah, as the next chairman of the FTC, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. . . It could spell a new headache for Google, in particular, as Reyes joined other state attorneys general last year in asking the FTC to consider re-opening its antitrust probe of the search giant.” (Plus, I had the first word that FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez is resigning in February, and the first interview with her tied to the news.)
  • Google exec makes rounds with Republicans: “Eric Schmidt, one of the tech industry’s most prominent backers of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, is trying to rekindle his relationships with Republicans as Donald Trump prepares to enter the White House. Spotted on an unannounced visit to Trump Tower on Thursday, Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, lunched privately with Jared Kushner, an architect of Trump’s election victory…”
  • Big changes to come to FCC: In sum, my story with my colleagues:”President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has backed a plan to reduce the footprint and enforcement powers of the Federal Communications Commission, an overhaul of the decades-old telecom agency that could reduce regulatory pressure on companies like AT&T and Comcast, according to three sources familiar with the plans.”

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