ITI Daily News Roundup

10/30/2014

Key Issues

Tech Business

Dating Websites Sued for Creating Fake Lovers. The Federal Trade Commission sued an online dating company on Wednesday for setting up fake profiles to trick users into paying for memberships. (National Journal)

‘Future Fifty’ technology start-ups enjoy bumper year. The 50 technology start-ups supported by the Tech City UK initiative have had their most successful year in sales, even as some its most high-profile members have struggled to maintain their early promise. (Financial Times)

Huawei’s Chen: Advanced Tech Can Help Us Enter the U.S. Market. Huawei Technologies Co., which has been effectively shut out of the U.S. telecommunications-equipment market on security concerns, hopes that investments in advanced technology will help the Chinese company eventually break through. (Wall Street Journal) 

Tech icon frets Washington’s narrow goals. The U.S. government can’t do the same kind of big projects that it could 75 years ago, one of Silicon Valley’s most influential funders said on Wednesday. (The Hill)

Workforce

Kindergarten coders. One month into her role as U.S. chief technology officer, former Googler Megan Smith has recognized that one of the biggest challenges facing government IT is bringing in top talent. (Federal Computer Week)

U.S. CTO Megan Smith: Tech has a diversity problem, and it’s up to us to fix it. Megan Smith, the former Googler who's now the Obama administration's chief technology officer, has only been on the job for a month. But she's already wading into some of the thorniest tech policy issues facing the country — including the debate over diversity in Silicon Valley. (Washington Post) 

Net Neutrality

Verizon reasserts no plans for Internet 'fast lanes'. Verizon Communications Inc on Wednesday reasserted that it was not planning to strike any Internet "fast lane" deals that would help some websites load faster than others, in a letter to a top U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee lawmaker. (Reuters)

Tax

Global Data-Sharing Accord Expands Push to Find Tax Cheat. Governments around the world closed in on tax evaders with an automatic data-sharing accord that broadens efforts by the U.S. and the five biggest European Union economies to more than 50 countries and territories. (Bloomberg) 

Hungarians March Against Proposed Tax on Internet Use. The presence of tens of thousands of Hungarians protesting in the streets of Budapest is adding pressure on the right-wing government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban to drop plans to tax Internet use, a move protesters said would choke off access to sources of news and information that are not controlled by the government and its allies. (New York Times)

The labyrinth of corporate tax reform. In the last two decades, there have been sweeping reforms of the corporate income tax in many countries around the world, with many countries lowering corporate income tax rates and broadening the corporate tax base. (The Hill Commentary) 

Data & Privacy

FBI demands new powers to hack into computers and carry out surveillance. The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to seize significant new powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers throughout the US and around the world. (Guardian)

How Tech Can Protect Citizens From Big Data That Never Forgets. As our digital trails explode, privacy is being eroded. At the WSJD Live global technology conference Wednesday, two heavyweights in predictive analytics debated whether it’s possible to use data-mining technologies and protect privacy at the same time. (Wall Street Journal)

London police trial gang violence 'predicting' software. Police in London have tested software designed to identify which gang members are most likely to commit violent crimes. (BBC)

Public Sector

DHS to embed researchers 'on the ground'. Technology development personnel from the Department of Homeland Security's research directorate will be embedded in DHS agencies as part of a program to better understand the components' technical needs and to hone requirements for the equipment it buys. (Federal Computer Week) 

PwC pitches open-source electronic health recordsOne of the entrants in the military's $11 billion electronic health record procurement is proudly flying the open source flag. (Federal Computer Week) 

Todd Park subpoenaed again to testify on HealthCare.gov. Republicans in the House Science, Space and Technology Committee have authorized a subpoena for Todd Park, former federal chief technology officer, to appear for questioning related to his involvement with HealthCare.gov prior to its launch and its corresponding security vulnerabilities. (FedScoop) 

Radio Interview with ITI’s Trey Hodgkins. The midterm elections are less than a week away now, and a lame-duck session of Congress follows that. The House and Senate may try to pass a budget plan for your agency fiscal 2015. But they will also need to do a Defense Authorization Act. Trey Hodgkins is senior vice president of public sector for the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector. In a speech excerpt on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said federal contractors and agencies need to keep an eye on the future of the 2015 version of the Act. (Federal News Radio)

Global Trade

TPP Ministers Set Nov. 8 Meeting At APEC; Leaders' Summit Still Undecided. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade ministers are set to meet again on Nov. 8 on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing, largely to review progress made by their negotiators and determine whether their leaders should hold a summit in the following days, according to informed sources. (World Trade Online)

No fast track in lame duck. Business groups have lost any hope that Congress will approve “fast-track” trade powers for President Obama in the lame-duck session of Congress. (The Hill)

U.S. businesses urge action on fast-track trade authority. U.S. businesses urged President Barack Obama on Wednesday to make a case for fast-track authority on trade agreements before his upcoming trip to Asia, which is seen as an opportunity to push a Pacific trade deal. (Reuters)

Cybersecurity

Company boards ‘not prepared’ for cyber attacksCyber attacks are a growing threat to businesses but board-level executives do not have a grip on the problem, according to investors and industry experts. (Financial Times)

Maker of Apple Pay Competitor Has Already Been HackedMCX, the retailer consortium behind Apple Pay competitor CurrentC, has already been hacked, according to an email sent out to those people who have signed up for, or downloaded, the CurrentC app. (Re/code) 

Wall Street watchdog to bolster reviews of brokerage cyber securityWall Street's industry funded watchdog plans to intensify its scrutiny of cyber security practices at brokerage firms in 2015 and is hiring technology savvy examiners to help boost its efforts, an official said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

White House official: No near-term changes to NIST cybersecurity standardsThe National Institute of Standards and Technology's framework of cybersecurity standards will be updated and improved over time, but the government is not currently pushing wholesale changes, said Ari Schwartz from the White House's National Security Council, at NIST's sixth cybersecurity framework workshop here today. (Inside Cybersecurity) 

Broadband

HBO Explores the ‘How’ of Streaming Option. Time Warner Inc. ’s HBO is exploring various routes to offer consumers a stand-alone streaming video service, including as an add-on to broadband packages or through technology partners such as Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. (Wall Street Journal) 

Innovation

James Cameron Imagines Future Movies Where Viewers Participate in Narrative. James Cameron said the three coming “Avatar” movies will be influenced by virtual reality, but he doesn’t expect them to be viewed on virtual-reality headsets. (Wall Street Journal) 

Environment and Sustainability

Here's the resiliency recipe for cities of the future. “It’s all about Big Data,” said Dilip Rahulan, CEO of Pacific Controls. Pointing to Dubai, his home city, he said sensor-fed communication technologies can manage everything from utilities to healthcare in a scalable, elastic way. (GreenBiz)

OPEC Head Tells Oil Market to Stop Panicking About Prices. Everyone in the oil market should stop panicking because crude supply and demand will return to equilibrium, OPEC’s Secretary-General said. (Bloomberg) 

Why energy security is critical to sustainability. A former top U.S. energy regulator has expressed concern over physical and cyber attacks on America’s bulk power system and is advocating the widespread deployment of microgrids to protect the system against such attacks and to improve the electric system’s resiliency in case they happen. (GreenBiz) 

Mobility

10 new insights into mobile in the Middle East. The Middle East and North Africa had only 19 million total mobile connections in 2002, but over the past decade the market has grown dramatically. Here's a snapshot of where the market's at today. (ZDNet)

Execs pitch FCC on connected cars. Leading executives from a number of wireless giants met with top officials at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday to talk about new technology in cars. (The Hill)

FTC, FCC jostling over telecom turf. The FTC and the FCC are stepping over each other as they try to assert their authority over telecommunications, one of the most vital sectors of the American economy. (Politico Pro)

Global smartphone market healthier than previously thought. Increased focus on emerging markets has driven a 25 percent year-over-year increase in global shipments in the third quarter, according to IDC. (CNET)

ITI Member News

Akamai's Q3 shines with $498 million in revenue, $0.62 EPS. While social media titans are having an uneasy earnings season this week, Akamai scored high marks on its third quarter earnings report turned in after the bell on Wednesday. (ZDNet) 

Facebook spending gets thumbs up from analysts - if not investors. Facebook Inc's shares fell as much as 7.4 percent to $74.78 in early trading on Wednesday, a day after the company revealed aggressive spending plans for 2015. But analysts were taking a more upbeat view, saying the heavy spending will drive long-term growth and reinforce the social networking giant's market dominance. (Reuters)

IBM and Twitter Team Up to Give Business a Gauge Powered by Social Media. IBM and Twitter might seem like unlikely partners. One is the classic button-down business technology company, while the other is the freewheeling hub of online communication in bursts of 140 characters or fewer. (New York Times)

In EU, Google Faces Next Chapter With New Competition Chief. In Europe, Google has avoided the prospect of steep fines in a long-running antitrust case over several of the company's business practices, but a new commissioner will soon take over the case and that has many wondering what Google could face next. (NPR)

Microsoft cuts 3,000 jobs, rounding out July plan. Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it cut about 3,000 jobs, effectively completing its plan to reduce its workforce by 18,000, or 14 percent of total staff, announced in July. (Reuters)

Samsung Elec third-quarter operating profit down 60.1 percent on year. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said third-quarter profit fell 60.1 percent from a year earlier to the lowest in more than three years, as earnings for the mobile division continued to shrink. (Reuters)

Sony changes head of troubled mobile division. Sony Corp said on Thursday it would appoint senior vice president Hiroki Totoki as the new president of Sony Mobile Communications on Nov. 16, replacing Kunimasa Suzuki at the top of its troubled smartphone business. (Reuters)

1600 Penn.

President Obama will travel to Portland, Maine in the afternoon. The president will attend a DNC roundtable and deliver remarks at a Maine Democrats campaign event at Portland Expo. The president will travel to Rhode Island in the evening and will remain there overnight.

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