Google, IBM, Oracle to talk tech at White House amid trade war

December 05, 2018


Technology industry leaders are expected at the White House for a summit Thursday to talk about emerging innovations like artificial intelligence while the effects of the administration's trade war with China loom in the background.

Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai, International Business Machines Corp.'s Ginni Rometty, Oracle Corp.'s CEO Safra Catz, Microsoft Corp.'s Satya Nadella and Qualcomm Inc.'s Steve Mollenkopf are among those expected to attend.

Pichai, who is also due to testify before a congressional panel on Dec. 11, will join the group after Trump has repeatedly accused his company of systematically biasing search and news results against conservatives--a charge with little evidence but one that other Republican politicians have picked up. The Alphabet Inc. unit is also under fire for its project to build a censored search engine for China, which Pichai has insisted is only exploratory.

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