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07/25/2016

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Tech Politics

Donald Trump’s convention isn’t giving business leaders any confidence in his presidency. The itinerary of extravagant receptions and swag-filled hospitality tents that normally make conventions a boozy junket for delegates and DC inhabitants alike have a different feel this time around. (Quartz)

Hillary, Me and the Digital Divide. On Dec. 23, 2009, Hillary Clinton, who was then secretary of state, sent an email on her private server to her aide Huma Abedin asking how to switch her home phone to fax mode. In the long chain that followed, Ms. Abedin explained, more than once: “Just pick up phone and hang it up. And leave it hung up.” (New York Times)

Many in tech squarely behind Clinton on eve of DNC. When the Democratic National Convention convenes in Philadelphia on Monday, it can count on one constituency: Silicon Valley. (USA Today)

Hillary Clinton is launching a game-style mobile app for campaign volunteers. A team of technology veterans has built an app for the Hillary Clinton campaign that lets volunteers get most of the benefits of being in a campaign field office straight from their smartphone. (Recode)

If it doesn’t already, Silicon Valley will probably learn to really like Tim Kaine. Hillary Clinton went with a pretty vanilla choice for her running mate: Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. (Recode)

Encryption

Tech giants silent on new Russian surveillance law. U.S.-based tech giants appear set to silently ignore new Russian laws requiring them to hand over encryption keys for internet communications to state security agencies, those tracking the issue tell FedScoop. (FedScoop)

Global Trade

New VP pick Kaine getting in line in opposition to Pacific trade deal. Sen. Timothy M. Kaine and Hillary Clinton once held very similar views on international trade deals — President Obama's signature Trans-Pacific Partnership proposal in particular. They liked the idea. (Washington Post)

Tim Kaine changes course on TPP after VP nod. The Democrats' vice presidential candidate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, is reversing course on his support for the controversial Trans Pacific. Partnership (TPP) a day after Hillary Clinton announced him as her running mate. (CBS News)

Progressive group changes tone on Kaine. A group that criticized Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as not being progressive enough is quickly warming up to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's new running mate after he opposed a controversial trade deal and publicly backed debt-free college. (The Hill)

Clinton-Kaine ticket rattles TPP opponents. Tim Kaine jokes he’s the “boring” pick for vice president, but Hillary Clinton’s choice of the first-term Virginia senator as her running mate has liberal opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership excited — and not in a good way. (Politico)

Donald Trump’s Trade Policy Will Put These Companies Out to Sea. Donald Trump’s acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention saw him doubling down on his primary messages of fear, division, and populism, likely further alienating him from large swaths of the electorate, including business leaders on Main Street and Wall Street. (Forbes)

Trump vows to overhaul 'horrible' trade deals. Donald Trump will vow to overhaul the nation’s trade policy and pull the United States out of unacceptable global trade agreements during remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Thursday night. (The Hill)

Broadband/Communications

FCC chief pushes phone companies to offer free robocall blocking. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Friday told phone companies that they should start providing free technology for their customers to block robocalls and spam texts. (The Hill)

U.S. asks phone companies to provide 'robocall' blocking technology. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Friday pressed major U.S. phone companies to take immediate steps to make technology that blocks unwanted automated calls available to consumers at no charge. (Reuters)

Cybersecurity

Snowden designs phone case to spot hack attacks. A smartphone case that tells its owner when their phone has been hacked is being designed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. (BBC News)

iOS flaw lets hackers access iPhones using an iMessage. A flaw in the way Apple software handles images allows hackers to take over an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac or Apple TV with a simple iMessage or email. (The Guardian)

Privacy

Microsoft’s president explains the company’s quiet legal war for user privacy. Apple's legal battle over encryption dominated headlines earlier this year, but another tech giant is fighting a quieter legal war over user privacy: Microsoft. (Washington Post)

Edward Snowden designs phone case to show when data is being monitored. Edward Snowden has helped design a mobile phone case called the “introspection engine” that, he claims, will show when a smartphone is transmitting information that could be monitored. (The Guardian)

Apple’s Touch ID blocks feds—armed with warrant—from unlocking iPhone. A Dallas, Texas man accused of prostituting underage girls was secretly ordered by a federal judge to unlock his iPhone using his fingerprint, according to federal court documents that are now unsealed. (Ars Technica)

Intellectual Property

US copyright law faces legal challenge. Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is attempting to overturn parts of US copyright law which, it says, are unconstitutional. (BBC News)

Tax

House Republicans' surprising new proposal to tax corporations. House Republicans have quietly, and radically, revised their approach to international tax reform. (Politico Pro)

Internet of Things

Testing Sites for Self-Driving Cars Become a Priority. Spurred by the fatal crash of a driver operating his Tesla Motors car in Autopilot mode, lawmakers and car executives are urging the Transportation Department to intensify the testing of self-driving vehicles. (New York Times)

Public Sector

IT Modernization Fund vs MOVE IT Act. Pamela Walker, senior director for Federal Public Sector Technology at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector, talks about the differences between the I.T. Modernization Fund, and the MOVE I.T. Act. (ITAPS Pam Walker Interviewed, Government Matters)

Digital Counties Survey 2016: Winners Make Collaboration, Innovation, Civic Engagement Top Priorities. The results of the 14th Annual Digital Counties Survey are in and that means two things: a new batch of winners after which other counties can model their own digital projects, and new data on the latest trends and forecasts in the gov tech sector. (GovTech)

University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute Helps Launch 13 Startups. The University of Pittsburgh’s startup company engine kicked into overdrive with record licensing revenue and number of patents awarded during the past year. (GovTech)

A $5.8B argument for better IT management. For more than a year, agency CIOs, Office of Management and Budget staffers and other federal IT experts have been working with top corporate tech executives to hash out a taxonomy and metrics for managing IT spend. (FCW)

IT COST report is ‘decision engine’ for federal CIOs. The Commission on IT Cost, Opportunity, Strategy and Transparency (COST) unveiled what could be a “decision engine” for agency chief information officers. (Federal News Radio)

Democratic VP contender has a BRAC plan. One of the top candidates to join Hilary Clinton’s ticket for the vice president spot is advocating for the Defense Department to take a bolder approach to base realignment and closure. (Federal News Radio)

A Makeover for Stodgy Federal Agencies. Every now and then, the Dow Jones Industrial Average replaces a company in its listings because the business no longer reflects the nature of the economy. (Wall Street Journal)

DHS wants your research on mobile threats. The Department of Homeland Security is looking to the private sector to help improve federal mobile security, according to a new solicitation. (FedScoop)

What’s next in shared services? – U.K. trends the U.S. should follow. With milestones such as the General Services Administration’s new Unified Shared Services Management and the successful transition of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s finance, travel and acquisition services to the Treasury’s Administrative Resource Center (ARC), shared services have been taking off. (FedScoop)

EPA planning $200M agile contract. The Environmental Protection Agency is planning a $200 million contracting vehicle dedicated to agile services. (FedScoop)

Heads up, developers: U.S. DOT wants an address crowdsourcing app. The Transportation Department plans to launch a challenge soon asking developers to create a crowdsourcing application for American citizens to report addresses with geolocations, an official told FedScoop Friday. (StateScoop)

Texas telehealth advocates push draft bill to lift tech restrictions. A group of doctors and telehealth companies are now pressing for a legislative solution to a legal battle in Texas over rules governing how physicians can use technology to treat patients. (StateScoop)

How cities can strike smarter deals with private broadband network providers. As localities increasingly look to partner with the private sector to build municipal broadband networks, leaders need ensure they maintain some semblance of control over the infrastructure in order to stave off unwelcome changes, a new report urges. (StateScoop)

Environment/Sustainability

Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources. At Green House Data in Cheyenne, Wyo., energy efficiency is an obsession. (NPR)

Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey. Solar Impulse 2 is about to complete the first round-the-world flight by a plane powered only by the sun. It took off from Cairo on Sunday and is now en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where the journey began. (NPR)

Water Out of the Tailpipe: A New Class of Electric Car Gains Traction. Steve Manning, a financial consultant in Southern California, liked the idea of driving a car that would go easy on the environment. (New York Times)

Workforce/Diversity

Facebook says it's not negating 'great talent'. Under fire for remarks that insinuated it could not hire more women and minorities because of a dearth of qualified candidates, Facebook says it's not negating "the great talent that exists in the software engineering space." (USA Today)

Tech Business

Verizon to Pay $4.8 Billion for Yahoo’s Core Business. Yahoo was the front door to the web for an early generation of internet users, and its services still attract a billion visitors a month. (New York Times)

Verizon Is Said to Be Near a Deal to Acquire Yahoo. The end of Yahoo as an independent company may be near, and Verizon — long considered the leading contender to buy the aging web pioneer — is the most likely acquirer. (New York Times)

Verizon 'agrees $5bn Yahoo deal'. US telecoms giant Verizon Communications is to buy Yahoo's search and advertising operations for $5bn (£3.8bn), according to media reports. (BBC News)

Tech Giants Boast an Edge in Music Streaming. How many companies can survive in the high-cost music-streaming business? Plenty, it appears—as long as music isn’t their main source of revenue. (Wall Street Journal)

They Promised Us Jet Packs. They Promised the Bosses Profit. Project Foghorn is one of those straight-from-science-fiction concepts we’ve come to expect from Alphabet, the sprawling conglomerate formerly known as Google. (New York Times)

Despite Roadblocks for Tesla, Elon Musk Is Moving Full Speed Ahead. Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors, sat in a glass-walled conference room here last week in the company’s auto factory. Around him, workers and robots were building the $70,000 luxury vehicles that have redefined how people think about electric cars. (New York Times)

7-Eleven just made the first commercial delivery by drone. You may soon be able to order a Slurpee without having to leave your home. Drone startup Flirtey recently partnered with convenience store chain 7-Eleven to make the first commercial delivery to a private residence in Reno, Nevada earlier this month. (The Verge)

China seeks top-10 automation ranking by 2020: robot industry group. China is aiming for a top-10 ranking in automation for its industries by 2020 by putting more robots in its factories, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) said. (Reuters)

Most Wanted: San Francisco flyers name and shame Airbnb hosts. San Francisco’s gentrification wars have long fostered a certain element willing to make the debate over affordable housing extremely personal. (The Guardian)

In China, a Robot’s Place Is in the Kitchen. Wang Peixin has seen the future, and he’s sure it features robots serving up fried dumplings. (Wall Street Journal)

The Battle Heats Up in Person-to-Person Payments. Banks have an unexpected weapon in their latest battle with Silicon Valley: speed. (Wall Street Journal)

ITI Member News

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)

Google Races to Catch Up in Cloud Computing. When it comes to cloud computing, Google is in a very unfamiliar position: seriously behind. (New York Times)

Dell, HP Take Opposite Tacks Amid Roiling Tech Market. The markets for business technology are so roiled, and the path forward so unclear, that two of the biggest players in the field are taking opposite tacks. (Wall Street Journal)

Apple iPhone sales set to pass 1bn milestone. Apple is on the verge of selling its billionth iPhone, a rare achievement for any consumer electronics company and one that highlights the maturation of the smartphone market. (Financial Times)

Apple weathers anti-U.S. demo in China, where patriotic protests snowball. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) found itself on the receiving end of a small, short-lived anti-U.S. protest this week in China, the tech firm's biggest overseas market and a country where foreign firms have suffered damaging boycotts following international spats. (Reuters)

Twitter still struggling a year after Jack Dorsey came back. Jack Dorsey returned as Twitter chief executive last year with a clear ambition: to convince everyone that the messaging platform is the best window to the world. (Financial Times)

1600 Penn.

Today, in the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. In the afternoon, the President will meet separately with Secretary of Treasury Lew and Secretary of Defense Carter.

Today on the Hill

Today, the House is not in session.

Today, the Senate is not in session.