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05/25/2016

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Tech Politics

Pollsters see future in 2016 social media buzz. A series of wildly off-the-mark polls this election season — and the often uncanny accuracy of Google searches and social media in predicting political opinion — are exposing the problems of traditional pollsters and accelerating the profession's debate about how to adapt to the digital age. (Politico Pro)

Encryption

Apple rehires prominent security pro as encryption fight boils. Apple Inc (AAPL.O), which has resisted pressure from U.S. law enforcement to unlock encrypted iPhones, this month rehired a top expert in practical cryptography to bring more powerful security features to a wide range of consumer products. (Reuters)

Apple hires leading security expert amid encryption fight. Apple has rehired the cryptography expert behind the secure communications platforms Silent Circle, PGP Corp and Blackphone to boost the security features on its devices, Reuters reported Tuesday. (The Hill)

What’s driving Silicon Valley to become ‘radicalized’. Like many Silicon Valley start-ups, Larry Gadea’s company collects heaps of sensitive data from his customers. (Washington Post)

Global Trade

Europe Seeks Greater Control Over Digital Services. How do you say “House of Cards” in French? Under new European proposals, you may soon find out. (New York Times)

EU seeks to make buying online abroad easier, postage cheaper. The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to ban Internet retailers from treating customers differently depending on where they live to encourage consumers to shop across the bloc for online products. (Reuters)

Don’t let politicians end free trade. Trade is good for America. We benefit from purchasing inexpensive products and services from abroad as well as selling their own wares around the globe. We all will suffer if politicians successfully scapegoat trade. (The Detroit News)

Broadband/Communications

Tech groups want public probe of zero-rating plans. A large group of tech companies and advocates wants a public probe of new service offerings from wireless carriers, which they say could run afoul of net neutrality rules. (The Hill)

Charter explains why it doesn’t compete against other cable companies. When Charter purchased Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, federal regulators forced the company to agree to some conditions designed to boost competition in the Internet service market. (Ars Technica)

Canton, Ohio, Passes Resolution to Explore Broadband Utility. City officials want to offer high-speed, widely available, affordable internet as a utility to help attract and retain businesses. (Government Technology)

Minneapolis Parks Department Halts City Fiber Program. US Internet’s gradual expansion of its fiber optic network across south Minneapolis has run into a roadblock: the Minneapolis Park Board. (Government Technology)

AT&T’s data caps impose harshest punishments on DSL users. AT&T's home Internet data caps got an overhaul yesterday when the company implemented a recently announced plan to strictly enforce the caps and collect overage fees from more customers. (Ars Technica)

House clears bills on FCC, dialing 911. The House cleared a trio of communications bills Monday night, including one meant to make it easier to dial 911 in some situations and another that supporters say makes the Federal Communications Commission more transparent. (The Hill)

Cybersecurity

House Lawmakers Turn Up Heat on FDIC Over Cybersecurity. An investigation by House lawmakers turned up “significant shortfalls” in a U.S. bank regulator’s cybersecurity policies, leaving it susceptible to stolen private information and regulatory data, House Republicans said Tuesday. (Wall Street Journal)

$81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist Sparks Push For Stepped-Up Cybersecurity. In the wake of a spectacular $81 million heist involving Bangladesh's central bank, the top official for the messaging system used to move billions of dollars every day throughout the global banking system says he's going on the offensive against cybercriminals. (NPR)

2017 budget is ‘make or break’ for cybersecurity. The fiscal 2017 budget is a “make or break” point for cybersecurity and the federal government, said a top Department of Homeland Security official. (Federal News Radio)

Hayden: Russian cyber sophistication derives from criminal groups. Russia is one of the most sophisticated nation-states in cyberspace in part because of its ability to enlist cybercriminal groups to do its bidding, said retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA and National Security Agency. (FCW)

Administration officials say 'trust' is barrier to cyber info-sharing by private sector. Obama administration officials say a lack of trust among companies about sharing cyber-threat intelligence with the government remains an obstacle to expanded info-sharing operations – even with recent passage of the Cybersecurity Act that offers liability relief for the private sector. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Auto industry highlights liability, privacy issues in comments on self-driving car guidance. Automotive industry stakeholders are urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to closely consider cybersecurity and privacy concerns as it drafts guidance on deploying and operating self-driving automobiles, with the industry emphasizing the need to clear up liability issues and address driver privacy. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Internet Governance

Pressure builds from GOP to delay internet domain transition. Pressure is building among a core group of Republicans to delay a transition of the internet domain name system, which will involve the U.S. government handing off oversight responsibilities. (The Hill)

Privacy

Tech companies warn senators not to 'weaken' email privacy bill. The largest names in the tech industry are pressing senators to approve the House's widely supported email privacy bill without changes. (The Hill)

May promises review into counter-terror bulk data powers. Theresa May has agreed to establish an independent review to examine the operational case for powers which allow for the bulk collection of data. (BBC News)

Patent

China's Huawei sues Samsung Electronics claiming mobile patent infringement. Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] said on Wednesday it has filed lawsuits against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd claiming infringement of smartphone patents, in the first such case by the Chinese firm against the world's biggest mobile maker. (Reuters)

Revealed: How copyright law is being misused to remove material from the internet. Writing a bad review online has always run a small risk of opening yourself up to a defamation claim. But few would expect to be told that they had to delete their review or face a lawsuit over another part of the law: copyright infringement. (The Guardian)

Tax

Investigators raid Google Paris HQ in tax evasion inquiry. Dozens of French police raided Google's (GOOGL.O) Paris headquarters on Tuesday, escalating an investigation into the digital giant on suspicion of tax evasion. (Reuters)

Google’s French Headquarters Raided by Tax Investigators. Dozens of tax investigators swooped into Google’s French headquarters on Tuesday in a surprise raid, escalating a tax dispute in which French authorities have sought more than €1 billion ($1.12 billion) from the search firm. (Wall Street Journal)

Google's Paris HQ raided in tax probe. French finance officials have raided the Paris offices of US internet giant Google as part of a tax fraud investigation. (BBC News)

Internet of Things

Self-Driving Car Startup nuTonomy Raises $16 Million in Funding. An autonomous vehicle startup backed by Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford raised $16 million in additional funding with an eye on launching autonomous taxis in Singapore this autumn. (Wall Street Journal)

Public Sector

CIO Scott pushes $3.1B IT fund as Congress probes legacy tech. Obama administration officials want Congress to back a revolving fund to modernize legacy IT systems. (FCW)

USDS' Meyer on mobile: Listen to your users. Building a mobile experience doesn’t automatically equate to spinning up a new mobile app — it might even end up with a paper form, if that's what the user wants. (FedScoop)

Government deserves credit for mobility progress, leaders say. Government mobility doesn't get the credit it deserves, a panel of federal mobility leaders said Tuesday. (FedScoop)

Congress leads state legislatures in open data efforts — panel. Although Congress is still struggling with open data, it remains far ahead of state and local legislatures when it comes to releasing data in machine readable and downloadable formats, according to a panel of experts and Congressional staffers. (FedScoop)

AT&T names Anthony Robbins global defense VP. AT&T has named former Brocade exec Anthony Robbins vice president for global defense on its public sector solutions team. (FedScoop)

Environment/Sustainability

New Crop of Companies Reaping Profits From Wasted Food. Just as Rumpelstiltskin spun gold from straw, scores of new companies are trying to spin profits out of food waste. (New York Times)

House passes chemical safety overhaul. The House on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to pass an overhaul to the nation’s chemical safety standards for the first time in four decades. (The Hill)

Nissan's first sustainability chief; ex-BP investor jumps to carbon tech. From fossil fuels to the automotive industry, old line industries are on the front lines of recent sustainabe business job news. (GreenBiz)

More urban, less carbon. Last month 175 countries signed the Paris climate agreement. In April, cities around the globe added almost 5 million people, and a report released by U.N.-Habitat shows this rise in urbanization continuing. (GreenBiz)

Workforce/Diversity

Navy official sounds alarm on cyber workforce shortage. The Navy is fighting a losing battle trying to keep cyber specialists in its workforce, according to Deputy CIO Janice Haith. (FCW)

Succession planning for CIOs. The agency CIO job has always seen relatively high turnover, but next year's hand-off to a new administration will kick that churn into high gear. (FCW)

State officials seek federal help on cyber funding, workforce improvements. State officials appearing at a House Homeland Security hearing stressed the need for an improved cyber workforce and designated federal cybersecurity funding, as lawmakers consider the federal government's role in helping states improve their poorly ranked cybersecurity capabilities. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Tech Business

The states where it pays to buy a new electric car. What's the best place in the country to buy a new electric car? (Washington Post)

Calling an Uber Is Cooler Than Owning a Car—And Automakers Want In. People don’t want cars, they want rides. That’s the existential fear plaguing automakers today. And they’re scrambling to do something about it. (Wired)

Chromebooks outsell Macs for the first time. More Google Chromebooks are sold in the US than Apple Macs, according to the latest figures from analyst firm IDC. (The Guardian)

The Future Of AI: Is Something Different This Time?. We grew up with the fantasy and the nightmare. (NPR)

These 360-Degree Cameras Capture Everything Around You. When you’re feeling like king of the world after a vertical mountain hike, a phone snapshot might not do the moment justice. How about a virtual-reality selfie instead? (Wall Street Journal)

Startup Employees Invoke Obscure Law to Open Up Books. For more than a year, Jay Biederman has pestered Domo Inc. for its financial statements. The former manager wants to estimate how much his tens of thousands of shares in the tech startup are worth. (Wall Street Journal)

Intuit Reports Better-Than-Expected Earnings. Intuit Inc., the maker of TurboTax software, on Tuesday reported better-than-expected results for its third quarter, with adjusted earnings easily beating expectations, as the company benefited from the sale of several businesses. (Wall street Journal)

One fascinating reason cable companies won’t willingly compete against each other. If you're like many Americans, you might live in an area that's effectively dominated by a cable monopoly. (Washington Post)

AI poised to transform the future, says GE exec. Look for the so-called industrial Internet to reshape how machines are maintained, with one by-product of artificial intelligence being growing challenges in the employment sector. (USA Today)

Tech faces hour of reckoning as fundraising drops, layoffs rise. Is tech in for a rude awakening this year after a magic carpet ride the past few years? (USA Today)

ITI Member News

Member News

Toyota and Volkswagen Invest in Ride-Sharing Companies. Automakers are putting the pedal to the metal with their investments into ride-hailing companies. (New York Times)

Toyota and Volkswagen invest in ride-hailing apps: 'the future of mobility'. Two major car companies announced on Tuesday investments in ride-hailing apps, signaling both a growing role for on-demand cars and a new groundwork for app-enabled self-driving fleets. (The Guardian)

Why Toyota's Investment In Uber Is Such a Big Deal. Toyota on Tuesday announced in a press release that it is going to invest in Uber as a strategic partner, something that Uber confirmed separately to Recode. This agreement comes just a few months after General Motors invested $500 million in Lyft, Uber’s chief competitor. (Motherboard)

Toyota, Uber latest to join forces in ride-sharing rush. Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and Uber said on Tuesday they would partner to explore ridesharing, including an investment by the Japanese automaker in the on-demand ride company, the latest in a wave of high-profile partnerships between carmakers and ride-sharing services. (Reuters)

Apple may open up Siri to developers. That’s a huge deal. Apple is taking two big steps to improve its voice-controlled assistant, Siri, according to a new report from tech news site the Information that cites a single person with "direct knowledge" of Apple's plans. (Washington Post)

Google offers new features to local search ads. Google Maps will soon carry promotional offers from nearby businesses along with ads and allow users to browse product inventories and menus. (Reuters)

Twitter to Ease Character Limit, Making Room for GIFs, Videos and More. Today, this article’s 140-character first paragraph forms the entirety of a Twitter post. But this will not be the case for too much longer. (New York Times)

Sony Expects Deeper Loss for Image-Sensor Business. Sluggish sales of Apple Inc.’s iPhones are starting to hit Sony Corp.’s bottom line, with the electronics company warning Tuesday that it expects the business that makes components for smartphones to post a wider operating loss. (Wall Street Journal)

The Facebook Papers, Part 3: Facebook pulls a page from the Amazon playbook. In parts one and two of this series, we looked at the forces pushing publishers toward an ever-tighter embrace of Facebook. (Recode)

A Facebook feature could sway voting in the EU referendum. At first I saw just one young person wearing an oversized red T-shirt with the rose symbol of the UK’s opposition Labour party. (Financial Times)

Microsoft to trim smartphone business, plans to cut 1,850 jobs. Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said on Wednesday it will trim down its smartphone business by cutting 1,850 jobs, most of them in Finland, and write down $950 million from the operation. (Reuters)

Microsoft accused of Windows 10 upgrade 'nasty trick'. Microsoft has faced criticism for changing the pop-up box encouraging Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10. (BBC News)

HP Enterprise to Spin Off, Merge Services Business. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. on Tuesday said it would spin off its enterprise services business and merge it with Computer Sciences Corp., creating an information-technology services company with $26 billion in annual revenue. (Wall Street Journal)

A Hewlett-Packard Spinoff Is Preparing to Split Again. Months after Hewlett-Packard split itself into two publicly traded companies, one of those new smaller businesses plans to become even smaller. (New York Times)

1600 Penn.

Today ,in the morning, the President will meet with U.S. consulate staff and family members. Later in the morning, the President will participate in a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) town hall at the GEM Center in Ho Chi Minh City. In the afternoon, the President will depart Vietnam en route Shima City, Japan. The President will remain overnight in Ise-Shima, Japan.

Today on the Hill

Today, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: TBD.

Today, the Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday.Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.J.Res.28, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Secretary of Agriculture relating to inspection of fish of the order Siluriformes (catfish). The time until 11:00am will be equally divided between proponents and opponents of the resolution – with Senator Shaheen controlling 10 minutes of proponent time – followed by a roll call vote on adoption. As a reminder, on Monday Senator McConnell moved to proceed to Calendar #469, S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act, and filed cloture on the motion. Upon disposition of S.J.Res.28, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on NDAA. Wednesday at 11:00am – 2 roll call vote. Adoption of S.J.Res.28, Catfish CRA Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2943, NDAA.