ITI Tech News Roundup

03/30/2015

Key Issues

Tech Business

For Hardware Makers, Sharing Their Secrets Is Now Part of the Business Plan. Technology for big computers, electric cars and high-technology microcontrollers to operate things like power tools and engines is now given away. (NY Times)

Hi-tech and Big Data offer hope to battered U.S. oil industry. The tech geeks are coming to the oil industry's rescue. (Reuters)

Jay Z set to make play in dynamic music streaming game. Music mogul Jay Z is expected on Monday to unveil his blueprint for high-resolution music streaming service Tidal. (USA Today) 

Schumer’s rise could boost tech industry. Sen. Charles Schumer’s apparent crowning as the next Senate Democratic leader could be a boon to the tech industry. ITI is quoted. (The Hill)

Tech Executives Pressure Indiana After Passage of Controversial Law. The tech industry is applying its economic muscle well outside of Silicon Valley. (NY Times)

The White House’s first chief data scientist is no stranger to Washington. DJ Patil, who was named the nation’s first chief data scientist last month, shares credit for coining the term “data science.” He is the latest Silicon Valley transplant to join the Obama administration, working under former Google executive Megan Smith, the White House’s chief technology officer. (Washington Post)

Global Trade

Jack Lew to discuss China technology policy, urges market reforms. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Monday he would discuss with the Chinese government recent technology policy moves that Washington has complained constitute unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms. (Reuters) 

Japanese Official Says TPA Delay Negatively Impacting Bilateral TPP Talks With U.S. A Japanese official said late Friday (March 27) that the delay in congressional consideration of a bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is negatively impacting bilateral negotiations with the United States under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) because it causes Tokyo to question whether Washington is in a position to strike a deal. (World Trade Online)

Pelosi leads trade-focused trip to Asia. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will begin a five-nation Pacific tour on Saturday that focuses on trade and human rights. (Politico)

Net Neutrality

Five things that could kill Internet rules. The tough net neutrality rules adopted by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are under attack on a variety of fronts. (The Hill)

Tax

Australia looks at GST, company tax in planned tax overhaul. Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey hinted on Monday at changes that could force digital companies like Apple Inc, Google Inc, Alibaba Group Holding and Uber to pay more tax on transactions that take place in Australia. (Reuters)

Tax Proposals Would Move U.S. Closer to Global Norm. U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle increasingly are finding appeal in an ambitious concept for overhauling the nation’s income-tax system: a tax based on consumption, a tool long used around the world. (WSJ)

Privacy

AP Exclusive: Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program. The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits. (AP) 

Europol chief warns on computer encryption. A European police chief says the sophisticated online communications are the biggest problem for security agencies tackling terrorism. (BBC)

FBI wants 'legislative fix' on device encryption. FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers on a House Appropriations subcommittee that unbreakable end-to-end encryption on the Apple iPhone 6 and some Google Android devices is changing the game for law enforcement, and not in a good way. (FCW) 

Workforce

After Kleiner Trial, Expect Less Shooting From the Hip in Silicon Valley. John Doerr really needed a win, and late Friday the esteemed venture capitalist got one of the biggest of his career: a jury’s complete dismissal of gender discrimination claims against his firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. (NY Times) 

How Google, Facebook And Others Pay Their H-1B Employees. Legislative debate regarding expanding the H-1B visa program is heating up in the U.S. Senate. H-1B visas allow foreign workers — specifically those in technical roles—to legally work in the United States. (TechCrunch) 

Cybersecurity

'Heir apparent' to lead Senate Democrats has some history on cyber. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) announcement that he will not seek re-election next year appears to pave the way for a senator with a track record on cybersecurity issues to lead Democrats in the next Congress. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Secrecy on the Set: Hollywood Embraces Digital Security. Hollywood has turned to a new class of technology companies, with names like WatchDox, IntraLinks and Varonis, that for the last few years have been offering ways to manage the data slipping into employees’ personal smartphones and Internet storage services. (NY Times)

U.S. coding site undergoes denial of service cyber attack. U.S. coding site GitHub said on Sunday that it was deflecting most of the traffic from a days-long cyber attack that had caused intermittent outages for the social coding site, with the Wall Street Journal citing China as the source of the attack. (Reuters)

Environment and Sustainability

Can nature unlock the potential of additive manufacturing? If the ultimate prize in additive manufacturing is finding a universal kit of parts, then recent nature-inspired developments in small molecule chemistry may have brought us closer to this world of the future. (GreenBiz)

Solar Impulse plane leaves Myanmar for China. Solar Impulse, the fuel-free aeroplane, is up in the air again on the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight. (BBC)

Public Sector

DARPA director warns against 'corrosion' of sequestration. In urging Congress not to revert to sequester-level spending, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Director Arati Prabhakar highlighted the impact of two of the agency's ongoing technology programs. (FCW)

OFPP fixing unintended consequences of 1990s procurement reform. The federal government's procurement system is not designed for optimal performance. (Federal News Radio) 

Tony Scott's 'people agenda'. The federal government is at a crossroads in terms of IT, according to new CIO Tony Scott. (FCW) 

Mobility

FCC Plans a Vote on New Airwaves Sharing Plan. Federal regulators are set to vote next month on a plan to allow wireless carriers and companies including Google to share airwaves with the government, in an effort to make more airwaves available for future wireless devices. (Re/code)

Broadband

Telefonica to triple broadband speeds to 300Mbps: A sticking plaster on an open wound? The Spanish broadband and phone provider is facing stiffer competition thanks to the arrival of streaming services and a period of consolidation in the country. (ZDNet)

ITI Member News

At Google, the Science of Working Better. “Honestly, work just sucks for too many people,” says Laszlo Bock, head of human resources at Google Inc. That, he says, is why he is so eager to give away the lessons he has learned in the course of taking Google from 3,000 to 53,000 employees since his arrival in 2006. (WSJ)

BlackBerry posts fourth-quarter profit; seeks to end revenue slide. BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO)(BBRY.O) posted a surprise quarterly profit on Friday and said it is pushing to end a slide in its revenue in this fiscal year, sending the stock up as much as 5.1 percent. (Reuters) 

Facebook Woos Chinese Advertisers. In China, Facebook is banned—and ramping up efforts to make money. (WSJ)

Hewlett-Packard enterprise eyes growth in converged infrastructure. Post-company split, Hewlett-Packard's enterprise business is seeing growth in the Australian market, and believes delivering on customer demand, particularly in the converged infrastructure market, is helping fuel growth. (ZDNet) 

Intel in talks to buy Altera, shares of firms surge. Intel Corp (INTC.O) is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp (ALTR.O) in a deal likely to top $10 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter, making it Intel's biggest purchase ever and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector. (Reuters)

Microsoft, Yahoo extend their possible search-deal termination date. Microsoft and Yahoo have another month before they'll announce whether their 10-year search pact will continue as it currently stands. (ZDNet)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, President Barack Obama and the First Lady as well as Vice President Biden will travel to Boston, Massachusetts to celebrate the life and legacy of Senator Edward M. Kennedy at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston. Afterward, the president will participate in a DNC roundtable. In the afternoon, the president and the first lady will return to Washington, D.C.

 

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