ITI Daily News Roundup

02/26/2013

Key Issues

Global Trade

Japan moves closer to trade pact despite concerns.  Japan has made clear to the United States that it is seriously considering talks on a sweeping Pacific trade pact, but Tokyo's entry already faces fierce opposition in both countries ... John Neuffer, a former US trade official who is senior vice president for global policy at the Information Technology Industry Council, which advocates on behalf of the tech sector, thinks that “this summit creates a pathway forward for Abe to finally get Japan into the TPP … Both sides had to give a little if there was any hope of making it happen."  (AFP) 

De Gucht Says U.S.-EU Cooperation Likely To Be More Effective On New Regulations.  European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht last week made clear that regulatory cooperation arrangements in a potential trade agreement between the EU and the United States are more likely to be successful for new regulations than for existing ones.  (Inside US Trade)

How to improve U.S.-China relations.  While the relationship is strong, it can benefit from some changes.  (Politico op-ed/Reps. Larsen and Boustany)

ITA Talks Aim to Cull List of Products.  Diplomats working to expand the WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA) want to cut the list of products that will become the subject of negotiations.  (Washington Tariff & Trade Letter)

Cybersecurity & Privacy

Web anonymity battle starts anew.  Google’s chief Internet evangelist is expected to make the case Wednesday for keeping people’s identity anonymous.  (The Hill)

Google to Apple Gird for FTC-Led Mobile-Privacy Crackdown.  As the government clamps down on alleged privacy violations by mobile applications, Google Inc., Apple Inc. and legions of software developers are girding for fines and rules that analysts say threaten to stifle growth.  (Bloomberg)

EU judges to hear arguments in Google test privacy case.  Google will do battle with Spain's data protection authority in Europe's highest court on Tuesday in a landmark case with global implications which poses one of the thorniest questions of the Internet age: When is information really private?  (Reuters)

Obama's cyber chief to discuss executive order.  The RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco starts Tuesday with a panel that will examine recent developments in the Obama administration's cybersecurity policy.  White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Eric Rosenbach and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will participate in the afternoon panel.  (The Hill)

China wants hacking allegations to stop.  Following another allegation it directed a cyberattack on Germany, China voices concerns accusations against the country will increase the risk of conflict and deter nations from working together to safeguard the Internet.  (ZDNet)

Mum's the word for U.S. businesses hacked by China.  Experts say China's hacking is motivated by the need to innovate, but many of the U.S. firms that are victims need to reconsider their response to the attacks.  (Marketplace)

Digital rights advocates wary of new 'six strikes' initiative for online piracy.  ISPs will now warn customers when illegal filesharing is detected, but critics argue system offers few protections.  (Guardian)

Google Play raises privacy concerns.  Campaigner says tech giant's policies don't make it clear that Google Play users who buy apps give over information to app developers.  (Guardian)

IP Enforcement

New System Warns Illegal Downloaders.  Internet service providers have launched a more coordinated effort to deal with subscribers who illegally download movies, TV shows and music. After several warnings, subscribers could see service speeds slowed. (WSJ) 

Workforce

Sens. McCain and Graham to meet with Obama for talks on immigration.  The two senators are members of a bipartisan group trying to reach a deal on immigration reform.  (The Hill)

The GOP's Immigration Dilemma.  The growing size of the Hispanic vote has created a dilemma for the Republican Party as it shapes its stance on immigration.  (WSJ)

Tax

Democrats target offshore tax break.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will push for a vote in the coming days on legislation that would, among other things, prevent companies from deducting moving costs from their tax bill if they shift their business operations abroad.  (Politico Pro) 

Mobility

Telecom chiefs attack US internet groups.  European executives speak out at MWC over monopolistic practices.  (FT)

How the wireless industry will connect the next billion people.  The CEOs of Nokia, Qtel, Bharti Airtel, and Mozilla discuss the challenges of getting Internet access to the rest of the world.  (CNET)

Card Networks Unveil Mobile Platforms.  Visa and MasterCard unveiled industry partnerships and technology systems intended to make it easier for consumers to make purchases online, on mobile devices and in physical stores without having to pull out a physical credit or debit card.  (WSJ)

Tech Business

Why Mobile Giants Can't Ignore Emerging Markets.  Mobile growth opportunities lie in emerging markets but heavyweights like Apple and Google are having to rethink their approach.  (CNBC)

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's ban on telecommuting sparks a firestorm.  Marissa Mayer's decision to order telecommuting Yahoo employees back to the office has sparked a passionate debate over the growing practice of working from home.  (San Jose Mercury News)

Nokia Siemens Networks aims for No.2 slot in U.S. market.  Nokia-Siemens Networks is mounting an expansion drive in North America where the world's third-largest telecom equipment maker believes a spate of deal-making among mobile carriers will play out in its favor.  (Reuters)

Salesforce 'doubles down' on mobile, launches Service Cloud Mobile.  For Salesforce, Service Cloud Mobile includes co-browsing, mobile communities, mobile chat, touch interfaces and cloud customer service.  (ZDNet)

PrivCo report: Silicon Valley remains far ahead of other tech centers.  There are many that would delight in news of Silicon Valley's decline but their Schadenfreude festivities will have to be postponed yet again.  (ZDNet)

ITI Member News

Google's Andy Rubin worries Samsung may become a threat.  Will a company like Google, which has called the shots for most of its (relatively) young history, need to redefine its relationship with the biggest Android maker of them all?  (CNET)

Intel takes big step in custom chip foundry business.  Intel has agreed to make chips on behalf of Altera, a significant step toward opening its prized manufacturing technology to customers on a larger scale, potentially including Apple.  (San Jose Mercury News)

Dell taps social for B2B gains.  Hardware vendor says social media helped its business-to-business unit more than the consumer because it is a good stimulus for long-term relationships, which are key to driving sales with enterprise customers.  (ZDNet)

Nokia Unveils Low-Priced Phones Amid Intensifying Global Competition.  Nokia introduced two low-priced basic cellphones and two lower-priced Lumia Windows smartphones in an effort to regain sales in the low end of the fast-growing phone market.  (NYT)

H-P Board Signals More CEO Oversight.  Hewlett-Packard's board is investigating the company's flawed $11 billion acquisition of software firm Autonomy, and has set up an informal committee to provide strategic advice to CEO Meg Whitman.  (WSJ)

HP's mobile software gets new life.  LG Electronics acquires Hewlett-Packard's webOS, the innovative mobile operating system originally developed by Palm, to use in 'smart' TVs.  (San Jose Mercury News)

Apple settles lawsuit over in-app purchases by kids.  Apple has settled a lawsuit over the unauthorized use of in-app purchases within games, a practice that could rack up big bills.  (CNET)

Alcatel Bets on AT&T, Verizon.  Alcatel-Lucent SA (ALU)’s decade-old ties with carriers such as AT&T Inc. (T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) should help the unprofitable French network-equipment vendor fend off European rivals’ attacks looking to steal U.S. market share, according to its global sales chief.  (Bloomberg)

Ericsson, SAP Work on Tools to Direct Machines.  Ericsson AB (ERICB) and SAP AG (SAP) will work together to offer technology that may be used to detect risks at oil refineries and direct vending machines to restock items appropriate to the weather.  Ericsson, the world’s largest maker of wireless networks, will deliver hardware to connect machines to the Internet, while software from Walldorf, Germany-based SAP will analyze data and issue commands, according to the companies, which will announce details of the accord today during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  (Bloomberg)

BlackBerry Testing Money Messenger Service.  BlackBerry is testing whether the money-transfer business will help Canada’s smartphone maker keep users hooked on its instant-messaging service.  (Bloomberg)

1600 Penn.

On the road again.... At 1 p.m. ET, the President will visit Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., to highlight the impact that the sequester will have on the local and national economies.  

Today on the Hill

House:  On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.  The House will vote on H.Res. 77 - Academic Competition Resolution, under suspension of the rules.

Senate:  The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.

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