ITI Daily News Roundup

01/18/2013

Key Issues

Cybersecurity & Privacy

SOPA activists' new cause: Anti-hacking law.  Aaron Swartz's comrades in digital activism see the case against him as an example of the exact government overreach he fought against last year. The wonder kid turned crusader championed attempts to beat back looming anti-piracy laws in Congress, known as SOPA and PIPA.  Now the movement is seizing on Swartz's death as a rallying point to tackle the anti-hacking statute under which he faced charges.  (Politico Pro)

US general warns on Iran cyber-force,  Repeated cyber-attacks on Iran are turning it into a "force to be reckoned with", warns top US cyber-soldier.  (BBC)

AF space boss: Saving cyber top priority.  The expected plan is to grow the Air Force’s cyber workforce by 1,000 people over the next two years, Gen. William Shelton says.  (Politico Pro)

Congressman touts draft bill aimed at mobile app privacy.  U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson unveils a draft bill that would require developers to disclose how they gather personal data and let users delete all their stored data.  (CNET)

Congress found downloading pirated content.  US Congress has long supported anti-piracy measures like Sopa – but that hasn't stopped its employees from illegally downloading.  (The Guardian)

Cybersecurity to be tertiary-level subject in India.  The University Grants Commission is calling on local universities and technical colleges to teach cybersecurity at undergraduate and post-graduate levels as a means to improve India's security system.  (ZDNet)

Global Trade

Administration Holding Off On TPA Renewal Until TPP Advances.  While the leaders of the House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over trade are making clear that renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is a key legislative priority for them this year, the Obama administration thus far appears hesitant to move forward with pursuing TPA, also known as fast track, in the short term and likely prefers to wait until the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks are closer to conclusion, according to informed sources.  (Inside US Trade)

U.S. trade pact offers UK's Cameron a way to sell Europe.  Momentum for a trade deal between the United States and European Union is a challenge to Britons who say London is better off without Brussels and hands Prime Minister David Cameron a strong argument to resist their pressure.  (Reuters)

Regulation

Amb. Kramer: US eliminated '80 to 90 percent' of objectionable proposals for UN treaty.  Ambassador Terry Kramer on Thursday said the U.S. delegation succeeded in eliminating around "80 to 90 percent of the objectionable" proposals for a United Nations telecommunications treaty that was negotiated last month.  (The Hill)

Kramer says WCIT a success, economic boost.  "We need to keep advancing the commercial benefit of the Internet," Kramer says.  (Politico Pro)

Mobility

Samsung's secret weapon in the mobile wars: Tizen.  Meet the next mobile operating system getting a broad swath of support from industry players such as Sprint Nextel, NTT Docomo, and Intel.  (CNET)

Innovation

Bump On The Road For Driverless Cars Isn't Technology, It's You.  New technology is getting us closer and closer to the point where cars will drive themselves. Automakers are testing and refining systems that will make this happen. But our love for control may keep us from riding in these cars anytime soon.  (NPR)

Economy

In Interview, Geithner Muses on Crisis Era.  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, reflects on the financial crisis and sees an economy in the "fourth quarter" of its recovery.  (WSJ)  Full Transcript of the Interview

Jobs Council has not met in year.  The White House is mum on the future of the CEO-laden panel set to expire Jan. 31. (Politico)

Wipro results raise doubts over IT sector outlook.  India's No.3 software services provider Wipro's less-than-perfect score on its quarterly earnings report card threw a measure of doubt over the sector's near-term outlook, with new projects and contracts still elusive.  (Reuters)

China's economy posts slowest growth since 1999.  China's economy grew at its slowest pace in 13 years in 2012, though a year-end spurt supported by infrastructure spending and a jump in trade signaled the foundation for the stable growth path Beijing says is vital for economic reform may be in sight. (Reuters)

Silicon Valley is back!: New report declares local economy the best.  San Jose and its surrounding regions returned to the top of the pack in the annual study by the Milken Institute because of the income and wealth creation of Silicon Valley's remarkable technology sector.  (San Jose Mercury News)

Tax

Wall Street keeps an eye on Amazon's sales tax hit.  Amazon.com Inc's unfamiliar role as tax collector may have dented its crucial holiday quarter by reducing the online retail giant's longstanding price advantage over its rivals in several major markets.  (Reuters)

Tech Business

Feverish Hype for a Non-Apple Device.  Speculation for Samsung's next high-end smartphone, likely called the Galaxy S IV, has turned feverish, akin to the hype surrounding Apple's iPhone releases.  (WSJ)

Venture capital funding plummeted in 2012.  For the first time in three years, venture capitalists nationwide put less money into private companies in 2012 than they did during the previous year, according to the latest MoneyTree report from the National Venture Capital Association.   (San Jose Mercury News)

Crowdfunding Efforts Draw Suspicion.  Regulators are scrutinizing about 200 websites set up by entrepreneurs to profit from a more lenient law on the sale of shares in small companies.  (WSJ)

Workforce

Immigration advocates promise to put 'muscle' behind reform push.  Pro-immigration reform groups are revving up efforts to force leaders to tackle with legislation.  (The Hill)

Sen. Rubio steps up.  A freshman Hispanic GOP senator extends an olive branch on immigration.  (Washington Post editorial)

Energy & Sustainability

Energy Secretary Chu Said to Leave Cabinet.  U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who drew criticism from Republicans over his support for loans to Solyndra LLC before the solar-panel maker went bankrupt, will leave his Cabinet post in President Barack Obama’s second term, according to two people familiar with the matter.  The exit will leave the Obama administration with vacancies at the top of the three departments that oversee energy and environmental policy. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Lisa Jackson, who headed the Environmental Protection Agency, have announced their intention to leave the administration. (Bloomberg)

Fraud-free cap and trade: What California learned from Europe.  All the news related to carbon fraud in Europe has received plenty of attention. Meanwhile, California hopes to circumvent these problems in its new cap-and-trade system.  (GreenBiz.com)

An emerging source of clean power in India: city waste.  Why the growing amount of waste in India can be a valuable resource.  (GigaOM.com)

ITI Member News

Michael Dell’s Empire in a Buyout Spotlight.  The computer mogul Michael Dell, in talks to acquire the company he started as a teenager, has built a reputation as a shrewd investor.  (NYT)

Sony sells its Madison Ave. headquarters for $1.1 billion.  In an attempt to shore up its finances, the ailing electronics giant sells off one of its major U.S. assets.  (CNET)

Microsoft fights back on antivirus certification fail, claims malware tests aren't realistic.  Microsoft took a previous failure to win certification on the chin, but this time it says all antivirus tests struggle with reality.  (ZDNet)

Intel CEO: The PC is shape-shifting into a tablet.  Intel's CEO did his best to try to hammer home that the PC will do everything a tablet can do -- and more.  (CNET)

Intel’s Profit Falls 27% as PC Sales Drop.  Net income was down 26 percent and revenue declined 3 percent, reflecting the deterioration of Intel’s core market of semiconductors for personal computers.  (NYT)

Japan's Sharp curbs iPad screen output as Apple manages demand shift-sources.  Sharp Corp has nearly halted production of 9.7-inch screens for Apple Inc's iPad, two sources said, as demand shifts to its smaller iPad mini.  (Reuters)

Apple CEO Ordered to Give Deposition.  Tim Cook, Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s chief executive officer, was ordered to give a deposition in a lawsuit claiming the iPhone maker and other technology companies violated antitrust laws by entering into agreements to not recruit each other’s employees.  (Bloomberg)

Execs' e-mails key in employee no-poaching lawsuit, judge says.  E-mails between executives at Apple and Google reveal a shared belief that there was substantial financial benefit in agreements not to recruit each other's employees, the judge in the case says.  (CNET)

Google to develop new headquarters at London's Kings Cross.  Google Inc. is developing a new UK headquarters which could be worth as much as 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) when finished, the latest overseas property deal for the cash-rich U.S. Internet group.  (Reuters)

Nokia appoints TCS for IT consolidation, innovation.  Indian IT vendor says it has entered into a "long-term agreement" to streamline Nokia's IT operations and drive transformation across the latter's core business portfolios.  (Nokia)

1600 Penn.

There are no public events on the President's schedule today.

Today on the Hill

House:  The House meets at 3 p.m. for a pro forma session.

Senate:  The Senate is adjourned until Monday, January 21.

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