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05/27/2016

Key Issues

Tech Politics

Inside Clinton's tech policy circle. Hillary Clinton's campaign is quietly assembling a roster of high-powered tech and telecom advisers as the Democratic front-runner develops a digital agenda focused on protecting net neutrality and modernizing government. (Politico Pro)

Global Trade

Facebook and Microsoft Are Laying a Giant Cable Across the Atlantic. Facebook and Microsoft are laying a massive cable across the middle of the Atlantic. (Wired)

Microsoft, Facebook to build transatlantic subsea cable. Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc have agreed to jointly build a subsea cable across the Atlantic Ocean to meet growing demand for high-speed cloud and online services. (Reuters)

EU lawmakers push for renegotiation of US data transfer deal. EU lawmakers on Thursday urged the European Commission to renegotiate “deficiencies” in a recently struck data-flow agreement with the United States. (The Hill)

EU governments agree new roaming rules for Netflix, Amazon. European subscribers to online video streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Video and Sky will be able to access the services when visiting other countries within the European Union under proposals agreed by member states on Thursday. (Reuters)

Treasury unveils financial data fix to build TPP support. The Treasury Department is changing its approach to the handling of financial data storage in future trade deals in a bid to improve the chances for passage of the embattled Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Politico Pro)

Broadband/Communications

How the Internet works: Submarine fiber, brains in jars, and coaxial cables. Ah, there you are. That didn't take too long, surely? Just a click or a tap and, if you’ve some 21st century connectivity, you landed on this page in a trice. (Ars Technica)

Minnesota $35M broadband grant program bill heads to governor. Despite a chaotic end to Minnesota’s legislative session, lawmakers were still able to approve tens of millions of dollars to fund the state’s broadband expansion grant program and broaden the criteria for grant applicants. (StateScoop)

Norfolk, Va., to Launch Free Public Wi-Fi. The city will offer free public Wi-Fi across the Park Place neighborhood starting this fall in the first program of its kind in Norfolk. (Government Technology)

Lakeland, Fla., Pilots Fiber Optics Internet Service at Regional Airport. Businesses at the Lakeland, Fla., Linder Regional Airport could be the first connected to a city-owned and operated fiber optics Internet service as part of a pilot program, commissioners agreed unanimously Tuesday. (Government Technology)

ISPs and pay-TV lowest-rated industries, with Comcast worst in sector. An annual customer experience survey of 10,000 US consumers has rated broadband service and pay-TV as the least-liked industries, with Comcast being the lowest-rated company among the Internet and TV providers. (Ars Technica)

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers: Social Security vulnerable to hackers AddThis Sharing Buttons. Lawmakers are concerned that the Social Security Administration (SSA) could be vulnerable to the same kind of devastating cyberattack as the one that hit the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). (The Hill)

As more governors convene cyber commissions, questions arise over effectiveness. Governors across the country are increasingly pulling together panels of experts to help them confront cybersecurity conundrums, yet it’s an open question how effective these commissions prove to be in making states more secure. (StateScoop)

Privacy
Virtual assistants such as Amazon's Echo break US child privacy law, experts say. In a promotional video for Amazon’s Echo virtual assistant device, a young girl no older than 12 asks excitedly: “Is it for me?”. The voice-controlled speaker can search the web for information, answer questions and even tell kids’ jokes. “It’s for everyone,” enthuses her on-screen dad. (The Guardian)

Senate panel delays email privacy vote amid concerns. The Senate Judiciary Committee has delayed a vote on a widely supported email privacy bill amid concerns from a handful of Republicans. (The Hill)

Surveillance technology has advanced far beyond the laws that govern it. Last week, we filmed our second episode of Ars Technica Live in Oakland, California, and we had a tremendously interesting conversation with UC Davis law professor Elizabeth Joh, who researches surveillance technology and policing. (Ars Technica)

Airline Apps Not Subject to California’s Online Privacy Protection Act. A California law requiring online services to post their privacy policies for customers doesn’t apply to an airline’s data-gathering mobile app because federal law tightly restricts state regulation of airlines, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday. (Government Technology)

ACLU joins Microsoft suit against DOJ. Microsoft got an ally in its lawsuit against the Justice Department Thursday. (USA Today)

Intellectual Property

FaceTime, iMessages hang in the balance after Apple loss to patent troll. Patent troll VirnetX, fresh on the heels of a $626 million FaceTime and iMessages patent victory over Apple, now wants a federal judge to permanently turn off those popular features. (Ars Technica)

Google Wins Trial Against Oracle, Saves $9 Billion. Google just won in Oracle v. Google, a $9 billion case over Android code. At 1:00 PM PST, a jury of ten people delivered a verdict in favor of Google. (Motherboard)

Google Prevails as Jury Rebuffs Oracle in Code Copyright Case. A jury ruled in favor of Google on Thursday in a long-running legal dispute with Oracle over software used to power most of the world’s smartphones. (New York Times)

Internet of Things

Bus Project Finds a Way Around China’s Traffic Jams: Gliding Above Them. Could the solution to China’s urban gridlock be a flying bus? (New York Times)

Walk This Way: Let Your Shoes Tell You Where To Go. You're visiting Rome and though you've never been there before, you feel pretty confident in making your way around the place. After all, you've got your smartphone's GPS and map app to guide you through the city. (NPR)

New research shows consumers uninformed, wary of new vehicle technology. Automakers investing billions in plug-in cars and self-driving vehicle systems are getting caution signals from new research that suggests many mainstream consumers don’t know what benefits they would get. (Reuters)

Public Sector

McCain amendment adds $18 billion to defense, increases pay. Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) wants to add $17 billion to the defense budget and force senators to take sides over defense on the Senate floor next week. (Federal News Radio)

State plans departmentwide phishing trip. State Department employees should get ready to receive some funky email messages. The agency announced it had signed a deal with eGlobalTech to test the cyber hygiene of State employees around the world. (FCW)

Data Act authors worry about law's future. Two authors of the legislation that requires federal agencies to standardize and publish spending information say more work needs to be done to make sure the law doesn’t fall by the wayside when the next administration takes over. (FCW)

Medicaid chief visits Silicon Valley. The head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services visited the West Coast this week to pitch Silicon Valley startups to innovate for his agency and the huge program it runs for low income Americans. (FedScoop)

Boston Appoints First Chief Data Officer. Boston’s first chief data officer will be Andrew Therriault, an announcement Mayor Martin Walsh made May 25. (Government Technology)

Environment/Sustainability

ExxonMobil: Climate Change Is Real, But ¯\_()_/¯. It’s impossible for fossil fuel executives to get some damn peace and quiet. At its annual shareholder meeting in Dallas, Texas, Exxon Mobil faced investors’ demands that the company get serious about climate change adaptation and regulation. (Wired)

Feds seek contractor emissions data. On May 15, the Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA proposed a new rule for federal acquisition regulations that would require vendors to make their company's greenhouse emissions data available through the Systems for Awards Management. (FCW)

5 make-or-break questions for sustainable transportation. The way Lauren Isaac sees it, the world is looking at two possible transportation futures. (GreenBiz)

This is not your parents' conversation about carbon capture. Energy projects that employ carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems have struggled to gain wide-scale adoption over the past decade, despite receiving billions of dollars in subsidies from governments around the world. (GreenBiz)

Tech Business

Silicon Valley faces fear and loathing in Europe. When bad news becomes routine, it is easy to overlook. It becomes expected, part of the context. A dominant narrative takes hold that seems to make each new development seem almost inevitable. (Financial Times)

When Uber Left Austin. Remember when Uber came to your city? It was probably exciting—you could hail a car without talking to anyone or standing on a cold, rainy corner. It’s so easy, maybe you thought. (Motherboard)

Cloud communications startup Twilio wants to be the next tech IPO of 2016. The second tech IPO process of 2016 got under way today as Twilio, a cloud-based software system to add calling and texting features to mobile apps, filed to sell shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol TWLO. (Recode)

Salesforce signs $400 million deal with Amazon cloud service. Amazon’s AWS cloud division has scored another win with an announcement that Salesforce will use it to expand services internationally. (USA Today)

ITI Member News

Nearly half of US adults get news on Facebook. Nearly half of adults in the United States get news on Facebook, according to a Pew Research survey. A total of 44 percent of the voting-aged public get news on Facebook, making it the most popular social media site for information. (NPR)

Amazon to deliver fresh food in Berlin soon: Manager Magazin. Amazon plans to start deliveries of fresh food in Berlin in coming months, a magazine reported on Thursday, as the ecommerce giant extends its foray into groceries beyond its home market. (Reuters)

Apple contemplates a push into media. Apple has had a significant hand in pushing the media industry into the digital age. Now, the technology group is trying to find a way to get far more deeply involved in the business itself. (Financial Times)

India to Require Apple to Use Local Sourcing. India’s finance ministry has rejected a government-panel recommendation to exempt Apple Inc. from local sourcing requirements, two government officials said, in a decision that could effectively block the technology company’s plan to open its own retail stores in the country. (Wall Street Journal)

Symantec says SWIFT malware linked to attack in Philippines. The malware that was used to steal $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank has been linked to another cyber attack, this time on a bank in the Philippines, cyber security company Symantec Corp said in a blog post on Thursday. (Reuters)

Intel Capital Restructuring, Won’t Sell Portfolio. Intel Capital is restructuring its investment team, but the firm has decided not to sell part of its venture-capital portfolio. (Wall Street Journal)

Intel Buys Computer Vision Specialist Itseez. Intel Corp., moving to bolster its technology for use in cars and other new markets for the company, said it is acquiring a Russian company called Itseez that specializes in computer vision. (Wall Street Journal)

Lenovo CEO: Underestimated Difficulties of Motorola Integration. A year and a half ago, Lenovo Group Ltd. spent $5 billion to buy its way into growth sectors such as smartphones and servers as the personal-computer market slowed. But return to growth hasn’t come easily. (Wall Street Journal)

Sony PlayStation 4 Sales Top 40 Million. Sony Corp. said Thursday it has sold more than 40 million units of its flagship videogame console PlayStation 4, highlighting strong momentum at the company’s fastest-growing unit. (Wall Street Journal)

“Forbidden attack” makes dozens of HTTPS Visa sites vulnerable to tampering. Dozens of HTTPS-protected websites belonging to financial services giant Visa are vulnerable to attacks that allow hackers to inject malicious code and forged content into the browsers of visitors, an international team of researchers has found. (Ars Technica)

Finnish government criticizes Microsoft for job cuts, 'broken promises'. The Finnish government on Thursday criticized Microsoft Corp for its latest job cuts in the Nordic country, saying it had failed to keep promises made two years ago of making Finland a hub and keeping research and development jobs. (Reuters)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, the President will attend a G7 meeting on energy and climate. Later in the morning, the President will attend a G7 outreach session one. In the afternoon, the President will participate in a family photo with outreach guests and attend outreach session two. Later in the afternoon, the President will depart Tokoname en route Hiroshima, Japan. There will be travel pool coverage of the President’s departure from the Chubu Centrair International Airport and the arrival at the the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni is open to pre- credentialed media. The President will deliver remarks to service members at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, the remarks at the troop event are open to pre-credentialed media. Later, the President travels to Hiroshima and participates in a wreath laying at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. The remarks and the wreath laying are open to pre-credentialed media.In the evening, the President will depart Hiroshima, Japan en route Elmendorf, Alaska on the way back to Washington, DC.

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