Wednesday, March 28

ByKevin Sheekey

Breaking Today: Facebook Reveals New Security Settings Amid Privacy Concerns
Facebook Inc. said it will make it more straight-forward for users to change their privacy settings and delete data they’ve already shared with the social-media company. (Bloomberg)


Kim Jong Un in Beijing. China Says North Korea’s Kim Open to Discussing Nukes with Trump
The unexpected lovefest between China and North Korea shakes up a diplomatic landscape still reeling from Trump’s March 8 decision to accept a summit invitation from Kim. With his secretive swing through Beijing, first reported by Bloomberg on March 26, Kim patched up ties with a big, powerful neighbor and raised the stakes should Trump abandon talks and consider military action against his nuclear weapons program. – Bloomberg Balance of Power


Kim Jong Un in Beijing.

Kim Xi

Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, with Kim Jong Un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, in Beijing. Photographer: Ju Peng/Xinhua.


Bloomberg Exclusive: U.S. Weighs Use of Emergency Law to Curb Chinese Takeovers
U.S. Treasury Department officials are working on plans to identify technology sectors in which Chinese companies would be banned from investing, such as semiconductors and so-called 5G wireless communications, according to four people with knowledge of the proposal. (Bloomberg)


Brexit/Cambridge Analytica Update: Whistle-Blower Says Brexit Vote Could Have Gone Other Way
Whistle-blower Christopher Wylie told a parliamentary committee in London that the 2016 referendum could have gone the other way if rules hadn’t been broken during the campaign. “I think it is completely reasonable to say that there could’ve been a different outcome in the referendum if there hadn’t been, in my view, cheating,” said Wylie, a former contractor at Cambridge Analytica who is now at the heart of a scandal over alleged misuse of Facebook data. Brexit campaigners have denied wrongdoing. – Bloomberg Balance of Power


Women in Technology and Data Awards.

Sallianne Taylor

2018 Woman of the Year: Bloomberg’s Sallianne Taylor was recently named 2018 Woman of the Year at Waters Technology’s Women in Technology and Data Awards in London. Read this Q&A with Sallianne and watch her discuss how she’s navigated a 30 year career at Bloomberg to get to her current role managing strategic relationships with global providers of real-time market data for the Bloomberg Terminal.


Headlines from around the world.

Telegraph (UK): Plastic bottle tax: 22p return scheme to protect oceans from tide of waste

The National (UAE): Palestinians prepare mass demonstrations along Gaza border

Times of India: Change in tack? Minister to attend Dalai Lama event

The Independent (South Africa): Myanmar parliament elects Suu Kyi loyalist as new president


Best of late night.

On the green “mystery train” that reportedly carried Kim Jong Un from North Korea to China this week:

“Little is known about this mystery train, hence the name. When Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, used this slow but bulletproof mode of transport, he had it decked out for lavish parties, heavy drinking, and karaoke. Now, that sounds fun, until you’re trapped in the dining car with a murderous madman singing ‘Crazy Train.’”
–Stephen Colbert

On President Trump’s problems maintaining his legal team:

“Oh, I’d love to be your lawyer, Donald, but I’ve got conflicts. It turns out I’m already scheduled to ride a mechanical bull made of cheese graters and then squat in a bowl of gin, and I’d much rather do that.”
— Stephen Colbert