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Why people like Edward Snowden say they will boycott Google’s newest messaging app. Google this week announced a new messaging app with strong encryption that even the government, with a warrant, can't wiretap. But there’s a catch: You have to turn on that feature yourself. (Washington Post)

Global Trade

Report: Pacific trade pact would boost growth, jobs and incomes. A new government report shows that the U.S. economy would modestly expand and incomes and employment would rise under an expansive Pacific Rim trade agreement. (The Hill)

Buoyed by U.S. firms, Vietnam emerges as an Asian manufacturing powerhouse. In a campaign season that has renewed public anxiety about U.S. job losses to China, one Michigan shoe company stands as a stark example of how the economic dynamics are changing quickly in Asia. (Washington Post)


EU countries call for the removal of barriers to data flows. Half of the European Union's member states on Monday called for the removal of barriers to the free flow of data both within and outside the 28-nation bloc to ensure the continent can benefit from new data-driven technologies. (Reuters)

Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide. In downtown Detroit, start-ups and luxury retailers are opening up and new office buildings are being built as the city works to recover from its deep economic problems. (New York Times)

Roku's stance speaks volumes about problems with FCC's set-top box proposal. The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to mandate technology standards for TV set-top boxes in the name of creating more retail competition is being opposed by an unlikely source: set-top box maker Roku. (The Hill)

Net use 'growing' among over-75s. Almost two-thirds of people aged over 75 have never gone online, suggest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). (BBC News)

Low UK broadband targets lack ambition using slow and costly network upgrades. There is a good chance you have never heard of Chattanooga, Tennessee. A city of only 170,000 inhabitants, its main claim to fame is a song called the Chattanooga Choo Choo, recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra for the 1941 film, Sun Valley Serenade. (The Guardian)


Special Report: Cyber thieves exploit banks' faith in SWIFT transfer network. Shortly after 7 p.m. on January 12, 2015, a message from a secure computer terminal at Banco del Austro (BDA) in Ecuador instructed San Francisco-based Wells Fargo to transfer money to bank accounts in Hong Kong. (Reuters)

First Data shares could rise more than 70 percent: Barron's. First Data Corp shares could rise as much as 70 percent if the company's performance continues to improve, according to a report on Sunday from the financial publication Barron's. (Reuters)

Industry to push non-regulatory strategies using cyber framework. A major business group representing all critical infrastructure sectors is sharpening its plans to promote the framework of cyber standards and press government agencies to embrace a non-regulatory approach to cybersecurity. (Inside Cybersecurity)

U.S. Chamber backs bill to enhance DOJ’s cyber capabilities. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday wrote leaders of the Senate Judiciary crime subcommittee to express support for legislation aimed at enhancing the Justice Department’s ability to fight cyber attacks. (Inside Cybersecurity)


Comcast execs urge FCC to adopt FTC approach to privacy rules. Comcast executives recently met privately with Federal Communications Commission member Mignon Clyburn to push their case that the FCC should drop its controversial privacy proposal for Internet services providers and instead adopt the approach taken by the Federal Trade Commission, which has adopted a case-by-case approach to privacy requirements. (Inside Cybersecurity)

It's Not ‘Malware’ When We Have a Warrant, FBI Says. The FBI has been in the hacking business for a long time, famously using malware to log suspects' keystrokes as early as the 1990s. But in the high-profile case surrounding a dark web child abuse site called Playpen, the Bureau is arguing that because it was authorized by a warrant, its computer intrusion code shouldn't be called “malware” at all. (Motherboard)

Senators seek to block expanded hacking powers for FBI. A bipartisan pair of senators has introduced a bill to block an expansion of the FBI's hacking powers that the Supreme Court approved last month. (FCW)

Senate Coalition Seeks to Block Government Searches Across Multiple Jurisdictions. A bipartisan Senate coalition led by Democrat Ron Wyden and Republican Rand Paul wants to block efforts to make it easier for the government to search computers across multiple jurisdictions. (Roll Call)

Surveillance might be more more effective deterrent than prison, researchers suggest. If you were asked whether you’d prefer to be given $140 today or $1400 in five years' time, the smart answer is obvious. But immediate cash can be really tempting: perhaps you have expensive car repairs looming or you want to buy a gift for someone—that $140 would do the trick. It can be easy to justify cheating your future self out of $1260 in the face of instant gratification. (Ars Technica)

Internet of Things

Smart cities need cash. Pipe-fitted sensors to detect water leaks, GPS data to keep traffic flowing freely -- in the city of the future, the physical and digital will be intertwined. (FCW)

Wrist-band device for alcohol monitoring wins U.S. prize. A San Francisco-based company has won a U.S. government-sponsored competition with an alcohol monitoring devices that can be worn on the wrist, the latest milestone in the development of wearable technologies that monitor and diagnose medical conditions. (Reuters)

Uber joins race for driverless cars. US car-hailing company Uber has joined the race for driverless car technology, confirming it is testing a vehicle on the streets of Pittsburgh. (BBC News)

Public Sector

The man behind SBA’s $6.5B annual give away for startups. Silicon Valley may seem like the capital for tech startups and angel investing. (FedScoop)

FAA opens up drone registration database. The Federal Aviation Administration has made a large database of the cities, states and ZIP codes of small private drone owners more widely available to the public. The agency made the move in response to a number Freedom of Information Act requests. (FCW)

OPM cyber breach: One year later. It’s been one year since the Office of Personnel Management revealed that a major cyber breach of its IT systems compromised the personally identifiable information of millions of current and federal employees. (Federal News Radio)

FedRAMP Accelerated a ‘game changer’ for authorization process. The team behind the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program [FedRAMP] is looking to cut wait times for the cloud cybersecurity effort by more than half thanks to a speedy readiness assessment process. (Federal News Radio)

Experts: No cybersecurity without collaboration. The fanciest cybersecurity tools in the world are not going to help America keep up with the advanced hacking threats the nation faces unless more emphasis is placed on collaboration between the people using the technology. (FedScoop)

State Department CISO retiring. The official responsible for IT security at the State Department is retiring, he told FedScoop Friday. (FedScoop)

DISA goes operational, SETI contract avoiding LPTA. Over the past year the Defense Information Systems Agency has reorganized its structure, but along with institutional changes, the defense IT body is seeing shifts in its mission as well. (Federal News Radio)

Navy establishes task force on cyber interoperability. The Navy has formed a temporary organization to gather information and investigate a path toward interoperability for its systems. (Federal News Radio)

Britain takes digital ID out of beta as U.S. lags. British citizens can access tax, pension and drivers licensing information through a single, secure login called GOV.UK Verify. The system is set to exit a public beta and go live the week of May 23. (FCW)

Let’s hope drone users all follow these 8 simple government guidelines. Don't be a jerk. That's essentially what a new set of government guidelines boils down to when it comes to flying drones. (Washington Post)


Purposely profitable: What companies miss about sustainability. Strategic planning is nothing new. There are countless models available, some very effective, and others not so much. (GreenBiz)

Programmers Aren't Writing Green Code Where It's Most Needed. Confession? I don't write green code. I mean, it might be green code just by coincidence, but I've never really thought too much about the relative energy consumption demanded by this design pattern or algorithm versus some other. (Motherboard)

Solar Airplane Attempting To Circumnavigate The Globe Takes Off From Tulsa, Okla.. Solar Impulse 2, the experimental plane attempting to circumnavigate the world using only the sun's power, has taken off from Tulsa on the latest leg of its journey. (NPR)

Big efficiency for small and medium buildings. For those of us working in the green buildings field, it can appear on the surface that all the exciting work is happening in enormous buildings and portfolios in popular coastal cities. (GreenBiz)


New York City Expands Tech Training Opportunities, Partnerships. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced expanded training opportunities as part of the city’s larger tech-centered employment initiative Wednesday, May 18. (Government Technology)

For People With Disabilities New Technology Can Be Life Changing. For most of us, eye tracking technology sounds interesting. But it's not life changing. Eye tracking allows users to move a cursor around a computer or mobile device simply by moving your eyes and head. (NPR)

Tech Business

California’s tech industry is headed toward a new frontier. California technology companies are poised to take the lead in developing new anti-drone and gun safety tools for the federal government – adding another layer of complexity to the West Coast industry’s relationship with East Coast intelligence agencies. (Sacramento Bee)

Study: China's Government Fabricates About 488 Million Social Media Posts Every Year. For years, the Chinese government has been widely suspected of hiring thousands of paid commenters using fabricated accounts to argue in favor of the government on social media sites. (NPR)

Most Americans Don’t Know About Ride-Sharing and the ‘Gig Economy’. If you think ride-sharing and the gig economy are taking over the world, you might be living in a bubble. (Wall Street Journal)

French free ‘school of the future’ heads for Silicon Valley. Thibaut Noah sits at an oversized computer screen, eyes staring through yellow tinted glasses, his tattooed fingers furiously typing out strings of code at France’s strangest university. (Financial Times)

China Mobile-Payment Battle Becomes a Free-for-All. The battle for the world’s biggest mobile-payment market is turning cutthroat. (Wall Street Journal)

This dark side of the Internet is costing young people their jobs and social lives. It was group discussion time at reSTART, a woodsy rehabilitation center about 30 miles outside Seattle. (Washington Post)

Start-Ups Once Showered With Cash Now Have to Work for It. When Jeremy Hitchcock raised money for his technology start-up in 2012, he barely had to break a sweat. He was flooded with emails from venture capitalists who wanted in. (New York Times)

Silicon Valley Startups Lose Their IPO Luster. Initial public offerings have long been an essential piece of the Silicon Valley success story, but these days, a growing number of startups are finding IPOs about as helpful as dial-up Internet. (Government Technology)

The Future of Digital Music...Maybe. I’ve quickly grown accustomed to having instantaneous access to the entirety of human knowledge pretty much anywhere and at any time (otherwise known as googling from a smartphone). (Wall Street Journal)

Do You Love Music? Silicon Valley Doesn’t. ON Sunday night, the entire music industry will pause during the Billboard Music Awards to commemorate the visionary musician Prince. (New York Times)

Music and YouTube - an uneasy marriage. Adele's 25 was one of the best-selling albums of all-time and she, along with other British artists, had a record share of the global music market. (BBC News)

Why is the music industry battling YouTube and what happens next?. YouTube and the music industry? It’s complicated. YouTube is the biggest music-streaming service in the world by some distance, but it’s also the biggest villain in the eyes of many within the music industry. (The Guardian)

Exclusive: Suppliers question Tesla's goals for Model 3 output. Tesla Motors Inc has surprised parts makers with plans to move up the launch of high-volume production of its Model 3 to 2018, two years earlier than planned - an acceleration that supplier executives and industry consultants said would be difficult to achieve and potentially costly. (Reuters)

Warren attacks Uber as talk over Clinton running mate heats up. Is flailing rather than hailing Uber a route to success in Washington? (Financial Times)

Europe preps new rules for Netflix: reports. A new European proposal could require Netflix and other video-on-demand services to make sure at least 20 percent of their catalogues consist of European programs and films, according to the Financial Times and Reuters. (The Hill)

Researchers Use Developer Biometrics to Predict Code Quality. Informatics researchers from the University of Zurich have developed a not at all sinister-sounding system capable of predicting the quality of code produced by developers based on their biometric data. (Motherboard)

How I Learned to Love Snapchat. In the mid-’80s, a German engineer named Friedhelm Hillebrand helped devise a way for cellphones to send and receive text messages. (New York Times)

ITI Member News

Apple’s Tim Cook Samples Bollywood, Cricket, in Bid to Woo India. Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi Saturday, the most high-profile engagement yet on Mr. Cook’s dayslong charm offensive in a crucial but challenging market for the company’s growth. (Wall Street Journal)

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about his plan to open Apple stores and sell used iPhones in India. India is a critical market for Apple's growth. CEO Tim Cook capped off a visit there this week — full of meetings with government officials and token tourism — by giving a 20-minute interview with Indian station NDTV addressing several key Apple initiatives. (Recode)

Apple boss to meet India's Modi and his gold iPhone. When Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend as part of an Asian tour aimed at boosting sales, he will sit down with a man whose penchant for a selfie - often using his gold iPhone - can get him into trouble. (Reuters)

Facebook ‘Trending’ List Skewed by Individual Judgment, Not Institutional Bias. Last July, in a seventh-floor conference room at Facebook’s Lower Manhattan offices, a small group met to discuss the future of news media on the social network. (New York Times)

Facebook’s Subtle Empire. In one story people tell about the news media, we have moved from an era of consolidation and authority to an era of fragmentation and diversity. Once there were three major television networks, and everyone believed what Walter Cronkite handed down from Sinai. (New York Times)

To halt smartphone slide, Samsung rewrites playbook. From the way it chooses smartphone components to the models it brings to market, Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) has undergone a painful process of breaking from its past to reverse a slide in its handset business. (Reuters)

Samsung, Alibaba’s Financial Affiliate to Cooperate on Mobile Payments. Samsung Electronics Co. agreed with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s financial-services affiliate to cooperate on mobile payments, as the South Korean smartphone maker looks to expand in China, a market where it has struggled in recent years. (Wall Street Journal)

Google’s Modular Phones to Go On Sale Next Year. Alphabet Inc.’s Google said it plans to start selling phones with modular, replaceable parts next year, two years later than initially planned. (Wall Street Journal)

Google Home: A Device Our Post-Device Future. Last month, Google C.E.O. Sundar Pichai made a bold statement in a letter to shareholders. (New Yorker)

Yahoo Suitors Expected to Bid $2 Billion to $3 Billion, Below Past Indications. Verizon Communications Inc. and others are expected to bid around $2 billion to $3 billion in the auction for Yahoo Inc.’s core business, less than what the troubled Internet pioneer was expected to fetch, according to people familiar with the matter. (Wall Street Journal)

Microsoft to crack down on content promoting extremist acts. With the world growing more concerned about attacks by militant groups on civilians, Microsoft Corp on Friday outlined new policies to crack down what it called "terrorist content" on some of its consumer services. (Reuters)

Microsoft to explicitly ban 'terrorist content' on its services. Microsoft is updating its terms of use to specifically ban the posting of "terrorist content" on its services. (The Hill)

Panasonic can speed up Tesla plant investment if needed. Japan's Panasonic Corp is ready to bring forward its investment in a Tesla battery plant it is helping establish if this is required to meet demand for the electric car maker's upcoming Model 3 sedan. (Reuters)

IBM Layoffs Continue. International Business Machines Corp. this week quietly laid off employees, continuing a wave of job cuts the company announced in April. (Wall Street Journal)

Nokia cuts more than a thousand jobs in Finland. Nokia (NOKIA.HE) is cutting 1,032 jobs in Finland as part of a cost-cutting program following its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, the telecom network equipment maker said in a statement on Friday. (Reuters)

1600 Penn.

Today, in the morning, the President will participate in an arrival ceremony and take an official photo with President Tran Dai Quang of Vietnam at the Presidential Palace. In the afternoon, the President will meet with the chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. Following this meeting, the President will participate in a press conference with President Quang and attend the state luncheon. Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam at the Presidential Palace Compound. In the evening, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong of the Communist Party of Vietnam at the Central Office of the Communist Party of Vietnam. The President will remain overnight in Hanoi.

Today on the Hill

Today, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Today, the Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. At 4:30pm, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #422, S.2613 – Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016 – with one hour of debate equally divided. By consent, the Grassley amendment will be agreed to, the committee-reported substitute amendment, as amended, will be agreed to, and the Senate will vote on the bill, as amended.