ITI Daily News Roundup

08/22/2014

Key Issues

Cybersecurity

White House cybersecurity czar brags about his lack of technical expertiseMichael Daniel is the White House's cybersecurity coordinator, the man who "leads the interagency development of national cybersecurity strategy and policy" for the president. And in a recent interviewwith GovInfoSecurity, he argued that his lack of technical expertise gave him an advantage in doing that job. (Vox)

DHS official urges Congress to focus on passing consensus cybersecurity bills this fall. Lawmakers should focus on passing consensus pieces of cybersecurity legislation in the few weeks remaining in this session of Congress, according to Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity official Suzanne Spaulding. (Inside Cybersecurity)

DHS official: Small businesses less aware of cyber risks than expected. Small- and medium-sized business' ignorance of cybersecurity risks is the top takeaway from industry's responses to a request for information issued by the Department of Homeland Security, according to an agency official. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Workforce

AT&T donates $1m to close gender gap in tech, engineeringAT&T is supporting the Girls Who Code project, and has donated $1m to encourage more girls to work within STEM fields. (ZDNet)

Computers reshaping global job market, for better and worse: paper. Automation and increasingly sophisticated computers have boosted demand for both highly educated and low-skilled workers around the globe, while eroding demand for middle-skilled jobs, according to research to be presented to global central bankers on Friday. (Reuters)

Data & Privacy

NSA and GCHQ agents 'leak Tor bugs'Computer user. The Tor Project says it believes some NSA and GCHQ agents are surreptitiously leaking it information to protect anonymity on the net.

The Cookies You Can't Crumble. Since Netscape programmer Lou Montulli invented the cookie 20 years ago, it’s become a cornerstone of the online display and search advertising business, valued at $35 billion a year in the U.S. Montulli says he designed the cookie to make the Web more efficient and calls its use as a tracking device an “unintended consequence.” (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Facebook forced to respond to privacy complaints of 25,000 Europeans. A class action lawsuit brought by a European privacy group is moving forward thanks to the decision today by a Viennese court. (ZDNet)

Net Neutrality

Fixing Net Neutrality’s Branding Problem? Lawmaker Asks for Ideas. A California State Representative is launching a “rebranding” contest on Reddit to help make the wonky issue easier to explain to the masses. (Re/code)

Rep. Eshoo Calls for ‘Re-brand’ of Net Neutrality. Americans "can't tell which jargon box to check," says the California Democrat. (National Journal)

Environment and Sustainability

EPA pressed for time limits on chemical trade secrets A coalition is pressing the EPA for a "sunset" rule on chemical industry confidentiality. (The Hill)

Public Sector

DISA's Bennett preaches COTS and consolidation. The CIO of the Defense Information Systems Agency is finding that attachment to physical products is hard to shake. (Federal Computer Week)

A new direction for Presidential Innovation Fellows. A number of former Presidential Innovation Fellows have taken jobs at federal agencies at the conclusion of their fellowships. Now two are leading efforts to promote innovation from within the government -- and working to change the way PIFs serve it.(Federal Computer Week)

New GSA initiatives light path toward better governmentwide acquisition. The General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service will launch the first set of initiatives under its new category management approach, called hallways, in the next six weeks. (Federal News Radio)

Bloomberg Invests $45 Million In Civic Innovation. More than 80 cities will have a chance to tap into the talent and coffers of Michael Bloomberg's philanthrophic organization. (Government Technology)

Immigration

Vexed in the city: Starved for tech talent and yet nobody to hire? As the H-1B debate continues, the tech industry faces an odd contradiction: a skills shortage along with an applicant surplus. (CNET)

Trade

China Tells Commerce It Wants To Negotiate Suspension Of Solar AD CaseBeijing has told the U.S. Commerce Department it wants to negotiate a settlement that would suspend an ongoing antidumping (AD) investigation into imports of certain solar panels from China, in a move that opens up new phase in the longstanding trade spat that will likely stretch on for months but leaves many questions unanswered. (Inside US Trade)

Tech Business

Delivering Everything, Except Perhaps Profits. Delivery services, darlings of tech investors, can be a godsend. But someone has to pay for them. (NY Times)

Sleep Tracker ‘Sense’ Raises $13 Million, Without Venture-Capital Help. At 23, James Proud is a rising Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur with has managed to raise nearly $13 million in funding – none of which is from institutional investors. (Wall Street Journal)

LinkedIn Product Chief Nishar Steps Down, CEO to Fill In. Dipchand “Deep” Nishar, a LinkedIn senior vice president who helped the professional social network expand internationally and on mobile devices, is resigning to pursue a chief executive post. (Wall Street Journal)

Chinese Gadgets Signal New Era of Innovation. In laboratories and startups across China, tinkerers with big dreams are pushing what many in the industry see as a potential new wave of Chinese innovation. (Wall Street Journal)

Uber Teams Up With Starbucks, United Airlines, OpenTable. The day after Uber declared its ambition to be “as reliable as running water, everywhere for everyone,” it took a big step toward mainstream ubiquity. 

ITI Member News

Intuit Loss Widens on Higher Expenses. Software developer Intuit Inc. reported its fiscal fourth-quarter loss more than doubled on higher expenses, as the company shifted resources to expanding online services, building on its revamped QuickBooks Online accounting software for small businesses. (Wall Street Journal)

Exclusive: Apple iPhone 6 screen snag leaves supply chain scrambling. Suppliers to Apple Inc are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone as the need to redesign a key component disrupted panel production ahead of next month's expected launch, supply chain sources said. (Reuters)

China Regulators Says Qualcomm Seeks to End Antitrust Probe. The chipmaker is seeking to end an investigation into monopoly practices, expressing its willingness to improve and correct pricing issues. (New York Times)

Apple research and development spending surges; new device coming? As rumors swirl about new Apple products that may be on the way, one thing is for sure: The company is doubling down on research and development. That suggests Apple has much more in store than a new version of one of its signature devices, analysts say.   (San Jose Mercury News)

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