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Key Issues

Cybersecurity & Privacy

Obama cybersecurity chief warns further regulations may be required.  New regulations could be needed to create a “backstop” to address security gaps in computer systems, networks.  (The Hill)

W.H. cyber chief notes private sector role.  Private industry will play a key role as the federal government moves forward on a national cybersecurity strategy, the White House’s key cyber point person said Tuesday at the RSA Conference.  (Politico Pro)

What RSA Learned From Security Breach.  Art Coviello, the chairman of EMC Corp.'s RSA security division, talks about the war against hackers and what he learned from RSA's own attack and what other CEOs should worry about now.  (WSJ)

Symantec discovers 2005 US computer virus attack on Iran nuclear plants.  Internet security firm uncovers early 'Stuxnet O.5' version revealing espionage and sabotage virus released under George W Bush.  (The Guardian)

IP Enforcement

'Six strikes' piracy crackdown begins.  A "six strikes" policy to tackle internet piracy in the US gets under way, but internet service providers shy away from banning copyright infringers.  (BBC)


India to Foreign Firms: Pay More Taxes.  India's tax authorities are seeking billions of dollars from some of the world's biggest multinational companies, saying that they haven't properly valued transactions with their Indian subsidiaries.  The move threatens to sour foreign companies on India when it badly needs investment and is creating friction between tax authorities in India and the U.S.


McCain, Graham praise Obama’s border stance.  The GOP duo — members of a bipartisan group of eight senators working to write an immigration bill for introduction in March — emerged from a White House meeting with strong praise for Obama’s leadership and optimism for the fate of the effort.  (Washington Post)

Tech CEOs promote computer coding in new video.  Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey encourage learning computer code in schools.  (AP)


4M broadband to cover 70 percent of China in 2013.  Users in China with access to 4M or faster services climbed 23 percentage to 63 percent in 2012, and the government is hoping to increase the number of households with fixed-line broadband and public Wi-Fi hotspots.  (ZDNet)

Energy & Sustainability

CO2 Tax Costs Seen Exceeding Gains: NAM.  A tax on carbon emissions would curtail U.S. consumption, investment and wages, limiting the ability of the levy to add revenue for the federal government, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.  (Bloomberg)


Wireless connections creep into everyday things.  At U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc.'s booth here at the show, there's a coffeepot that can be ordered to start brewing from a tablet.  (AP)

Scientists show off stretchy battery.  Researchers crack the long-standing problem of how to make stretchy batteries to power a growing range of stretchy electronics.  (BBC)

Tech Business

Is Twitter Really Worth $10 Billion?  I spent the last week trying to write a column that proved Twitter wasn't worth $10 billion. Then the facts intervened.  (WSJ)

Yahoo Issues a Statement on Work-at-Home Ban.  Yahoo, which caused a controversy when it issued a policy banning employees from working remotely, tried to distance itself from the broader conversation about workplace flexibility.  (NYT)

Is There Room For Smartphones Beyond Android And iOS?.  Between them, Google Android and Apple's iOS account for more than 90 percent of U.S. smartphone sales, with Windows Phone, BlackBerry and a few smaller players rounding out the mobile market. But the tech world never stands still and other players are making a run for a piece of the growing mobile pie.  (NPR)

Samsung beefing up content and services ecosystem.  South Korean electronics giant is focusing on content verticals including services for the elderly community, sports fans, casual gamers, and art lovers to keep its edge across its various devices.  (ZDNet)

Cisco looks to invest in Europe and Canada.  Chief warns US will lose jobs as tech groups aim overseas.  (FT)

Firefox phones here by summer.  Mozilla, the non-profit foundation behind the popular Firefox Web browser, is getting into phones. But it's not stopping at Web browsers — it's launching an entire phone operating system.  (AP)

PayPal co-founder Levchin launches new mobile payment start-up.  Max Levchin, co-founder of online payment giant PayPal, launched a rival business on Tuesday called Affirm that will compete in the crowded but fast-growing mobile payments business.  (Reuters)

ITI Member News

HP's Whitman: 'We're shifting resources from PCs to tablets'.  "The market moved very fast to tablets and smartphones, and we've got to now manage that transition," says Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman.  (CNET)

Failing to Beat Apple, Nokia Aims for BlackBerry Users.  Nokia is betting its partnership with corporate-computing giant Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will help it win business users, targeting BlackBerry’s stronghold. Nokia’s newest Lumia smartphones, including two introduced this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, run on Microsoft’s operating system and come with Excel, Word and PowerPoint.  (Bloomberg)

Apple plans to pay parents $100 million for kids' inadvertent app orders.  The proposed settlement to a class-action suit represents the latest example of tech issues vexing parents, who worry about everything from how their children behave on Facebook to what mobile apps they are buying.  (San Jose Mercury News)

Apple's Shareholder Meeting Agenda.  Apple CEO Tim Cook will be under pressure to reveal more details about what the company's cash plans are at the annual shareholder meeting Wednesday.  (CNBC)

Applied Materials names new chief financial officer.  Top chip manufacturing equipment maker Applied Materials Inc announced appointment of Bob Halliday as its new chief financial officer, after the Santa Clara company's previous CFO moved over to Qualcomm.  (Reuters)

Intel sees Hadoop opportunity for APAC govt, telcos.  Organizations in Asia-Pacific are looking at ways to take advantage of big data, and Intel believes the open-source software allows them to experiment with data mining cost-efficiently.  (ZDNet)

Huawei, Alcatel Reshape Wireless Gear Battle.  Huawei Technologies Co. and Alcatel- Lucent SA, challenging Ericsson (ERICB) AB’s leadership in the wireless equipment market, are reshaping tactics around services to gain a way into networks they’ve so far been shut out of.  (Bloomberg)

1600 Penn.

At 11 a.m. ET, President Obama will peak at the U.S. Capitol to help unveil a statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.  This evening at 7:30, the President speaks at a dinner sponsored by the Business Council. He is expected to take questions.

Today on the Hill

Senate:  At 10 a.m. ET, the Senate begins consideration of two proposals to replace the impending sequester. The chamber is also working to reach an agreement to consider the nomination of Jacob J. Lew to be Treasury secretary.

House:  The House convenes at 12 p.m. ET and is expected to take up the rule for floor debate on a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.