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07/26/2016

Key Issues

Tech Politics

Kaine, the quiet tech advocate. Tim Kaine may not be the most vocal member of the Senate when it comes to technology, but throughout his long career in politics he’s quietly championed some of the wonkier issues that matter most to Silicon Valley. (Politico Pro)

Illinois Republican lawmaker resigns, cites Facebook, Twitter hacks. A prominent Illinois Republican has resigned from the state legislature, citing multiple incidents of fake Facebook and Twitter accounts set up in his name in recent weeks. (Reuters)

Global Trade

Clinton backers look to close ranks on trade. Hillary Clinton is going to put new trade initiatives, including the maligned Trans-Pacific Partnership, in the rear-view mirror if elected and instead focus on “things that are clear job creators," a top economic adviser to the Clinton campaign said Monday. (Politico)

Trump is upending the free trade debate in both parties. Donald Trump is trying to reignite a debate over international trade in an effort to weaken Hillary Clinton’s support among blue-collar voters, particularly in rust belt states like Pennsylvania, where the Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday. (Washington Post)

Broadband/Communications

Here comes 5G — but first, a reality check. To use an oft-cited term from our election season, last week was huge ... YUGE! ... for 5G in the United States. (Recode)

Cybersecurity

Automotive industry promotes security best practices. Auto-ISAC, the automotive industry’s threat information sharing group industry, released its best practices for cybersecurity in automobiles. (The Hill)

IG slams FBI's 'subjective' approach to cyberthreats. The Justice Department's inspector general has concluded that the FBI's current process for prioritizing cyberthreats is based on subjective decision-making and, as a result, might not accurately identify the most pressing threats. (FCW)

Embracing 'Moneyball' when it comes to cyber investigations. Last week, the Justice Department's inspector general said the FBI should restructure how it prioritizes and catalogues cybersecurity investigations, relying more on data-driven decision-making than the "loudest person in the room." (FedScoop)

DNC hack highlights uncertainties over government-private sector roles. The hacking of Democratic National Committee emails, allegedly by Russia, is causing headaches for the party as its convention opens in Philadelphia, but it also points to ongoing uncertainties about government and private-sector roles in defending cyberspace. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Internet of Things

Why Driverless Cars Still Need Driving Tests. Joshua Brown was reportedly watching a Harry Potter film when the “autopilot” function of his Tesla Model S drove the car into a truck, instantly killing him. (GovTech)

The Internet of Things Will Turn Large-Scale Hacks into Real World Disasters. Disaster stories involving the Internet of Things are all the rage. They feature cars (both driven and driverless), the power grid, dams, and tunnel ventilation systems. (Motherboard)

Public Sector

CTIIC chief: We're up and running. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center came out of a simple idea: As with terrorism, the intelligence community needs to produce a holistic, rather than anecdotal, picture of cyber threats. (FCW)

GSA needs to keep a sharper eye on reseller prices. A wide variety of pricing for the same IT on different multiple-award schedules and reseller contracts that don't generate enough sales present the General Services Administration with a significant problem, according to a report from the agency's Office of Inspector General. (FCW)

Afghan IT sector growing, with federal investment. Several U.S. federal agencies have spent billions to help rebuild what has become a relatively lively IT/communications technology sector in Afghanistan. Those agencies, however, have not been keeping track of those investments in a combined cost database, according to a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). (FCW)

HHS offering $400,000 to jumpstart health care info sharing. The Department of Health and Human Services is looking for an existing health care organization experienced in sharing cyberthreat information to serve as the official information sharing and analysis organization between the department and the broader public health sector. (FedScoop)

Calif. bill resurrecting violent death tracking database nears key hearing. A California bill that would resurrect the state’s efforts to track violent deaths with a central database is nearing a key hearing as it makes its way through the Legislature. (StateScoop)

Colorado overhauls web design process, thanks to embrace of Google Apps. Colorado has overhauled how it designs state websites, thanks to the IT department’s embrace of Google’s cloud services a few years back and subsequent push to get agencies using the company’s web apps. (StateScoop)

NASTD director: State tech chiefs press ahead on workforce and resource issues. State technology directors are putting greater emphasis on workforce and resource management issues as they execute their 2016 strategies, according to Mark McCord, the executive director of the National Association of State Technology Directors. (StateScoop)

Hawaii Sponsors Month-Long Hackathon. Do you want to hack Hawaii? (GovTech)

Environment/Sustainability

Next Item on Obama’s Climate Agenda: Airplane Pollution. The Obama administration on Monday announced its plan to start regulating planet-warming pollution from airplanes, setting off a battle between environmentalists and the airline industry. (New York Times)

Bankrupt coal giant turns to grass in Wyoming to cut liabilities. A squad of about ten Peabody Energy Corp. miners clad in steel-toed boots and hard hats climbed into massive bulldozers on a recent morning, ready to create rolling hills of grass over former pits at the Rawhide coal mine in Wyoming. (Reuters)

EPA sets stage for regulating airplane emissions. Regulators have formally concluded greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes pose a threat the environment, the first step toward new federal rules. (The Hill)

How Milwaukee is brewing energy efficiency, financial innovation. While not as flashy as solar or wind technology, energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective and powerful tools for helping cities mitigate and adapt to climate change. The cheapest and cleanest power? The kind you don’t need to produce in the first place. (GreenBiz)

Why sustainable development is a matter of (coherent) policy. At a time of climate disruption and accelerated ecosystem degradation, rising inequalities, economic insecurity and citizen’s disaffection with governments around the world, reconciling environmental, economic and social concerns is essential for all countries. (GreenBiz)

Inside Elon Musk's newest plan to transform energy and transportation. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has outlined his overarching vision for the electric car company, one which appears to cover the breadth of the sustainable energy chain — from generation and storage, to electrification of the entire vehicle fleet and the sharing economy. (GreenBiz)

Where impact investing meets sustainable development. In many developing and emerging markets, private sector actors and business models are achieving significant measurable and sustainable impact. (GreenBiz)

Workforce/Diversity

Airbnb race controversy hits Dem convention. The debate over discrimination on Airbnb’s home-sharing platform is coming to the Democratic National Convention this week. (The Hill)

Marissa Mayer hits out at 'gender bias' as Yahoo is sold for $5bn. Verizon agreed to buy Yahoo’s core internet business for $4.83bn (£3.62bn) in cash on Monday, marking the final chapter in the struggling fortunes of the fading web pioneer. (The Guardian)

Mayer decries ‘gender-charged’ reporting of Yahoo. Marissa Mayer has hit out at sexist coverage of her leadership at Yahoo, as she agreed to sell the bulk of the internet pioneer’s assets to Verizon for $4.8bn cash, ending the independence of the star of the 1990s dotcom boom. (Financial Times)

Tech Business

Verizon Announces $4.8 Billion Deal for Yahoo’s Internet Business. Verizon, seeking to build an array of digital businesses that can compete for users and advertising with Google and Facebook, announced on Monday that it was buying Yahoo’s core internet business for $4.83 billion in cash. (New York Times)

Verizon Buys Yahoo For $4.8 Billion In Cash, Touting Gains In Mobile. Continuing its push into Web content and advertising, Verizon is buying Yahoo Inc. for about $4.83 billion in cash, the two companies confirmed Monday morning, ending a purchase process that began months ago. (NPR)

After Yahoo Deal, Verizon Faces Uphill Battle Against Google, Facebook. Two turkeys (and a telecom) do not make an eagle. (With apologies to Vic Gundotra.) (Motherboard)

The end of Yahoo: Why Verizon spent big. That hand-holding portal was at one point worth a staggering $125bn. Today, it was sold for $4.83bn (£3.7bn) to US mobile network Verizon. (BBC News)

Yahoo and AOL unite as digital ‘third force’. Before Yahoo was founded in 1994, the internet was nothing more than “a government research project,” said its chief executive, Marissa Mayer, on Monday. (Financial Times)

VC firms invest $200m in UK tech start-ups after Brexit vote. Global venture capital firms have made dozens of investments in Britain’s start-up technology companies in recent weeks, despite the UK voting to leave the EU, according to a new report out today. (Financial Times)

Virtual reality start-up goes from Liverpool to Silicon Valley. Most enthusiasts for virtual reality, me included, believe 2017 is going to be the year the technology moves from its extended fanfare to becoming a significant part of people’s lives. (Financial Times)

This Company Will Give a Peek Inside How Much Private Start-Ups Are Worth. Private companies like Uber and Snapchat are not legally required to share financial information such as their valuation or the number of shares held by investors. For investors, that lack of transparency is something of a hazard. (New York Times)

Virtual Reality Waits for the Music Industry to Catch Up. The club is jam-packed with eager fans dancing with their hands up, but before you can join them you have a job to do. (New York Times)

Morgan Stanley: It Looks Like Facebook Is Shrugging Off SnapChat. Facebook Inc.'s Mark Zuckerberg might not need to worry about Snapchat Inc., according to fresh analysis published by Morgan Stanley. (Bloomberg)

Success of Pokémon Helps Put Foursquare Back on the Map. Foursquare, the discovery and check-in mobile app, was the talk of the town in tech circles half a dozen years ago when it led the way in the use of location-based services and the GPS technology that was built into the iPhone. (New York Times)

U.S. judge faults Uber, bans background check in NY lawsuit. A federal judge on Monday banned Uber Technologies Inc and its Chief Executive Travis Kalanick from using information from a background check on a passenger bringing a price-fixing lawsuit, saying the investigative firm conducting the probe may have engaged in criminal conduct. (Reuters)

Sprint says to be cash-flow positive next year, shares soar. Sprint Corp (S.N) reported better-than-expected first-quarter revenue as big discounts attracted more postpaid subscribers, and the No. 4 U.S. wireless carrier said it expected to be cash flow positive next fiscal year after breaking even this year. (Reuters)

Thousands of women unknowingly have intrusive photos shared on Twitter. Thousands of women have had intrusive photographs, taken of themselves without their knowledge, circulated on Twitter for years. (The Guardian)

Verizon reports 5.3 percent fall in revenue. Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N), the No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier by subscribers, reported a 5.3 percent fall in quarterly revenue as more customers opted for cheaper plans. (Reuters)

Huawei's global smartphone shipments jump 25 percent in first half. China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], the world's third-largest smartphone vendor, said first-half global smartphone shipments jumped 25 percent, helped by rapid growth in traditionally high-end markets such as Europe. (Reuters)

ITI Member News

Google Took Different Approaches Than Yahoo. In early 2000, Yahoo Inc. stood at the internet’s pinnacle, commanding the world’s most trafficked website and a $125 billion market value. Around that time, an upstart called Google was emerging as a destination for search. (Wall Street Journal)

Apple Taps Bob Mansfield to Oversee Car Project. Apple Inc. has tapped a highly regarded senior executive who helped bring to market many of Apple’s signature products to oversee its fledgling automobile project, according to people familiar with the matter. (Wall Street Journal)

Analyst Downgrades Apple and Says It Has 'Peaked'. With Apple Inc's earnings report just a day away, Wall Street analysts are more at odds than ever, and one of them in particular anticipates tough times for the tech giant. (Bloomberg)

IBM Hired Hundreds of Designers to Figure Out What Customers Want. A few months ago, senior executives at Vodafone's Irish division sat down with a 16-year-old boy to ask him about his daily routine and, specifically, how he uses his smartphone. (Bloomberg)

Facebook, Twitter co-operated with Brazil probe of alleged militants. The judge overseeing the probe that led to the arrest last week of suspected Islamist militants in Brazil said Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. co-operated with investigators by providing information about the suspects' use of both social networks. (Reuters)

Twitter Looks to Become Digital Watering Hole for Sports Fans. Twitter Inc. is fast turning into a digital hangout for sports fans, striking deals with Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League to host live video of games. (Wall Street Journal)

Amazon gets permission from UK to explore drone deliveries. Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it has entered into a partnership with the British government to speed up the process for allowing small drones to makes deliveries. (Reuters)

Amazon Expands Drone Testing in Britain. Amazon has partnered with the British government to significantly expand drone testing, a move that could allow the devices to deliver packages to British homes far earlier than in the United States. (New York Times)

Yahoo, a Web Pioneer, Cleared the Way for Many Innovations. If a team of entrepreneurs tried to sell venture capitalists on a business that sought to organize all the information on the internet, it would be laughed out of the room today. But during the early years of the web, which are not all that distant, Yahoo did exactly that — and did it well. (New York Times)

What is Yahoo? Riddle Plagued CEOs for Two Decades. Yahoo Inc.’s sale to Verizon Communications Inc. puts an exclamation point on a tumultuous two-decade run that began with success as the web’s organizer, and ended with a cycle of failed leaders and strategic blunders. (Wall Street Journal)

Marissa Mayer weighs in on the sale of Yahoo. There are many questions about what will happen to Yahoo under Verizon — and whether consumers will feel the difference. (Washington Post)

Mayer to Yahoos: 'I'm planning to stay'. Although many of her media bets as CEO of Yahoo failed, Marissa Mayer wants to stick around. (CNET)

The identity crisis that led to Yahoo's demise. When senior Yahoo executives gathered at a San Jose hotel for a management retreat in the spring of 2006, there was no outward sign of a company in crisis. (Reuters)

Ericsson Chief Hans Vestberg Ousted After Profit Plunge. Ericsson AB ousted its chief executive as it battles slowing demand for its cellphone towers and switches, and faces fresh competitive threats from old and new players alike. (Wall Street Journal)

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