ITI Daily News Roundup

07/12/2013

Key Issues

Workforce

GOP points to taxes on immigration.  “The Senate bill is unconstitutional," Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp says.  (Politico)

GOP's courtship of Silicon Valley put to the test in immigration fight.  Republicans should prepare for a frosty reception from tech donors if they're seen as the obstacle to reform, sources say.  (The Hill)

Cantor, Goodlatte DREAM up own bill.  The legislation is aimed at undocumented kids.   (Politico)

Chance of Immigration Law This Year Dim With House Plan.  The Republican-led U.S. House will delay consideration of immigration bills until this fall, diminishing the chances that President Barack Obama will sign his top domestic priority into law by year’s end.  (Bloomberg)

Cybersecurity & Privacy

U.S., Firms Take Aim at Chinese Cyberspies.  The U.S. gave American Internet providers addresses linked to suspected Chinese hackers earlier this year as part of a previously undisclosed effort aimed at blocking cyberspying.  (WSJ)

Commerce Committee drafts first U.S. Senate cybersecurity bill.  The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee is circulating a bill that marks the upper chamber's first stab at cybersecurity legislation and seeks to formalize part of an executive order that sets up voluntary standards for critical industries.  (Reuters)

Bill targets China cyberespionage.  Provision would require IT vendors to certify their independence from the Chinese government.  (Politico)

More PRISM headaches for tech.  New Guardian report details Microsoft’s alleged role in the government’s surveillance program.  (Politico Pro)

NSA docs boast: Now we can wiretap Skype calls.  In 2008, Skype told CNET the service could not be wiretapped. Microsoft no longer stands by that claim, and a National Security Agency document shows analysts can eavesdrop on video calls.  (CNET)

Global Trade

US govt tells India to ease protectionist trade policies.  Political posturing between the U.S. and Indian government takes shape, with the U.S. saying protectionist trade policies on the subcontinent must be lifted before it will discuss concessions to its proposed immigration reforms.  (ZDNet)

US welcomes decision on PMA.  Welcoming the recent Indian decision to put a hold on its policy of Preferential Market Access(PMA), the United States has expressed its concern over continued investment climate in India and its policies related to Intellectual Property Regime (IPR).  The Obama Administration yesterday conveyed the message to India when Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma met US Trade Representatives (USTR) Mike Froman on the sidelines of the 38th annual Leadership Summit of the US India Business Council (USIBC). (Press Trust of India)

First Round Of U.S.-EU Trade Talks Skirts Substance In Favor Of Structure.  Top U.S. and European Union negotiators for trans-Atlantic trade talks launched in Washington this week said they did not delve deeply into substantive issues and instead used their first meeting to discuss similarities and differences in their objectives as well as technical matters, such as how to structure the chapters of a potential deal.  (Inside US Trade)

U.S., China agree to restart investment treaty talks.  The United States and China agreed on Thursday to restart stalled negotiations on an investment treaty, with Beijing dropping previous efforts to protect certain sectors of its economy from the start.  (Reuters)

Environmental Groups Urge USTR To Not Back Down From TPP Proposal.  Ahead of the 18th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that kicks off next week in Malaysia, eight U.S. environmental groups are urging U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to ensure that the United States does not back down from its wide-ranging environmental proposals in TPP even as it faces strong opposition from other countries participating in the talks.  (Inside US Trade)

Innovation

The internet of things may drive you nuts before it makes things better.  The people applying the internet of things at big companies are often marketers not the engineers. So some products might be amazing, while others could be simply annoying.  (GigaOM)

Google Glass rival gestures to future of wearable computing.  Will users want to gesture in thin air to interact with wearable computers? Japanese software firm BrilliantService thinks so, as it launches its OS for head mounted displays.  (ZDNet)

Industry faces perception gap with data center, cloud.  Service providers market key benefits of cloud and data centers such as agility but companies are still focused on basics such as performance and availability, leading to a "disconnect" between both groups.  (ZDNet)

Environment & Sustainability

The Tin In Your IPhone Might Be Wrecking The Environment.  But, in Apple's defense, so is the tin in most other consumer electronics.  (Fast Company)

EPA Takes A Step Towards Additional Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Regulation.  A notice expected to be published by EPA in the Federal Register on July 11, 2013 could be a step towards additional Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) regulation of substances used in oil and gas exploration.  The notice follows a prior response to a petition from environmental groups seeking regulation of exploration and production (E&P) fluids under TSCA.  While EPA rejected the majority of that petition, EPA partially granted a portion of the petition and is considering proposing rules that could require the submission of some data regarding chemical substances and mixtures used in E&P.  (National Law Review)

Regulation

Lawmakers clash over limiting FCC power.  House Democrats fought back against a proposal to overhaul how the Federal Communications Commission operates during a hearing on Thursday.  Republicans argued that the legislation from Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Communications and Technology, would increase transparency and accountability at the FCC.  (The Hill)

Tech Business

PC giants defy downturn as Wall Street hits record highs.  Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and chip companies zoom higher on Wall Street despite the industry's downward trajectory, pushing Dow Jones, Standard & Poor's 500 indexes to record closing highs.  (San Jose Mercury News)

Why competing with Google is hard.  AltaVista kicked the bucket this week. Gabe Weinberg, founder of DuckDuckGo, explains how he is succeeding where others have failed.  (Washington Post)

More Moves Abroad for Twitter’s Top Brass as Three Execs Head Overseas.  Three of Twitter’s top execs are moving away from the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, charged with overseeing international offices across multiple countries.  (All Things D)

More ITI Member News

Microsoft Overhauls, the Apple Way.  The giant software company is creating four new divisions and reassigning nearly every senior executive as it tries to create timely products that consumers want.  (NYT)

Q&A: Lenovo Still Sees Promise in PCs.  China’s Lenovo Group Ltd. has finally become the world’s largest PC vendor in the second quarter, unseating Hewlett-Packard Co., according to the latest reports from research firms IDC and Gartner.  (WSJ)

Google's Schmidt says relationship with Apple has improved.  The relationship between Google Inc and Apple Inc has improved over the past year with the rival technology companies and sometimes partners conducting "lots and lots" of meetings, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said.  (Reuters)

Google raising money for Inhofe.  Environmentalists are upset that Google is supporting a climate change skeptic.  (Washington Post)

Schneider offer fuels talk of $5 billion Invensys bid battle.  France's Schneider Electric was in talks about a 3.3 billion pound deal for Invensys on Friday, sending shares in the British group soaring on hopes others could still enter the fray.  (Reuters)

New Plan for Dell: More R&D.  Silver Lake and Michael Dell have been discussing turnaround plans ahead for the troubled computer maker Dell that would use an accelerated version of the founder's strategy to restore its former luster.  (WSJ)

For Icahn, $10.7 million profit from Dell is not enough.  Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake are looking increasingly likely to get shareholder approval to take Dell Inc (DELL.O) private in a $24.4 billion deal. But agitator Carl Icahn still sees room to gamble.  (Reuters)

Nokia fires new round in smartphone fight.  Group packs Lumia 1020 phone with advanced camera features.  (FT)

Today on the Hill

The House and Senate are not in session today.  Members will return to work on Monday, July 15.

1600 Penn.

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