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07/27/2016

Key Issues

Global Trade

USTR Froman meets with new U.K. trade secretary Fox. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman held talks in Washington Monday with Liam Fox, the United Kingdom's new secretary of international trade, following recent calls by a pair of senior U.S. Republican lawmakers to begin exploring the possibility of a bilateral trade deal. (Politico)

India's Possible $1 Billion Satellite, Spectrum Arbitration Loss And The Value Of ISDS Provisions. As we know there’s a large campaign going on to tell us that the Investor State Dispute Settlement system in such trade treaties as the TPP and TTIP are horrible, terrible, a no good intervention into democracy. (Forbes)

Broadband/Communications

An etiquette guide to the African internet. The number of people tweeting social and political banter from Africa has exploded in the past three years, sprouting a subculture with its own set of rules. (The Guardian)

Cybersecurity

U.S. issues guidelines for responding to major cyber attacks. The White House issued new instructions on Tuesday on how government agencies should respond to major cyber security attacks, attempting to combat perceptions the Obama administration has been sluggish in addressing threats from sophisticated hacking adversaries. (Reuters)

White House breaks down cyberattack response roles. The White House on Tuesday released a new directive clarifying the government’s role in the event of a cyberattack. (The Hill)

How the Chinese Government Became the World’s Hacking Superpower. In January of 2010, Google made a shocking announcement: The Chinese government had broken into its systems to steal sensitive data. (Motherboard)

Wireless keyboards 'easy' to snoop on. San Francisco-based Bastille said keyboards transmitted what was being typed in "clear text", making it possible for attackers to listen in on from up to 76m (250ft) away. (BBC News)

Here's how the government will now respond to cyberattacks. President Barack Obama announced new measures Tuesday to clarify policies and procedures on how the government should both prepare and respond to various classes of cyberattacks. (FedScoop)

Auto industry sees upcoming NHTSA cyber guidance as complementary to best practices. As the automotive industry begins to fill in the details of its new cybersecurity best practices, it is viewing forthcoming cyber guidance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as a complementary effort to secure vehicles from potential cyber vulnerabilities. (Inside Cybersecurity)

A new way to fight back when hackers take your data hostage. Imagine having all the files on your computer — your documents, your photos, your videos — locked and held hostage by hackers who demand a payout just because you opened the wrong email attachment or clicked the wrong link. That's the nightmare scenario facing victims of ransomware, a type of malware that quietly encrypts files on a computer so that only a digital key held by the attacker can release them. (Washington Post)

Privacy

FTC chief Ramirez voices support for FCC privacy rules. Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said she supports the Federal Communications Commission's proposed privacy rules that are being widely criticized by industry. (Inside Cybersecurity)

EU watchdogs permit Privacy Shield to run for one year. The Privacy Shield allows companies to transfer personal data from the EU to the United States. (BBC News)

Communications industry raises concerns over DHS plan to revise rules for protected data. A major coalition of the communications industry is weighing in on a Department of Homeland Security plan for updating rules on accepting and handling protected critical infrastructure information, arguing that expanded access could threaten the security of sensitive data. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Internet of Things

Florida Driver in Fatal Tesla Crash Using Autopilot Was Speeding. A Tesla car involved in a deadly crash in Florida that’s under investigation because the driver was using automated technology was speeding before striking a truck. (Bloomberg)

Public Sector

The push for enterprise risk management. Executive branch agencies are awaiting new guidance on enterprise risk management from the Office of Management and Budget in the form of an update to Circular A-123. (FCW)

At CHESS, Army gets flexible on contracting. In recent years, a set of Army contracting vehicles has shaken up federal acquisition practices by allowing more flexibility in buying IT goods and services. (FCW)

How to be a more effective IT buyer. The federal government spent approximately $50 billion on IT in each of the past three fiscal years, according to Federal Procurement Data System totals for the Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 2 definition of IT. (FCW)

Top defense lawmaker says DoD is using money it doesn’t have in 2017. The House Armed Services Committee’s top lawmaker said the Defense Department clearly needs another emergency wartime fund to pay for its expenses in 2017. (Federal News Radio)

Metro under microscope as House Committee investigates oversight. The wandering eye of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has fallen on the D.C. Metrorail and its oversight by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The committee has asked the Government Accountability Office to take a look at Metro’s safety issues and whether one DoT component might be better qualified than another to handle its oversight. (Federal News Radio)

How to innovate in federal contracting. Federal contracting officials, like their state and local government counterparts, find that innovation in public contracting is hard to define, but they know it when they see it. Something else they agree on, in the words of Robert Johnson, procurement manager for the Central Florida Expressway Authority, “Legal runs 10 years behind innovation.” (Federal News Radio)

Lack of IoT leadership is hurting agencies — report. Using connected technologies could help federal agencies save money and become more efficient, but poor leadership prevents the government from taking full advantage of the Internet of Things’ potential, according to a new report from the Center for Data Innovation think tank. (FedScoop)

Innovation as business, not buzzword. There’s considerable confusion about the business purpose of innovation, especially in government. (FedScoop)

Environment/Sustainability

Schneider Electric switches on renewables research network. Add another bookmark to the list of online resources catering to organizations interested in researching renewable energy projects — this one backed by powerful global energy management and building infrastructure company Schneider Electric. (GreenBiz)

Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around The World. The trip had mechanical setbacks, and the plane's average speed would be legal on many American streets. But when the Solar Impulse aircraft touched down in Abu Dhabi in the early morning darkness Tuesday, it successfully completed a round-the-world voyage using only solar power. (NPR)

Why Home Solar Panels No Longer Pay in Some States. It was only two years ago that Elroy Holtmann spent about $20,000 on a home solar array to help cover the costs of charging his new electric car. With the savings on his monthly electric bills, he figured the investment would pay for itself in about a dozen years. (New York Times)

Mexico’s Wind Farms Brought Prosperity, but Not for Everyone. At night, Juan Piñeda López hears the hum of a wind turbine that churns 300 yards away from his adobe house. Sometimes he catches the stench of lubricant that spews down the turbine’s mast. (New York Times)

Clinton open to ‘conversation’ on carbon tax. Hillary Clinton is open to working with lawmakers on a tax on carbon dioxide emissions if Congress wants it, her energy adviser said. (The Hill)

Workforce/Diversity

Qualcomm to Pay $19.5 Million to Settle Claims of Bias Against Women. Chip maker Qualcomm Inc. will pay $19.5 million to settle claims that women at the company receive lower pay and fewer chances for promotion than men, according to papers filed Tuesday in a San Diego federal court. (Wall Street Journal)

Tech Business

Democrats Weigh Antitrust Effort Against Silicon Valley. The US Democratic Party has adopted the strongest antitrust platform language in decades, laying the foundation for what some party leaders hope will be an aggressive effort to curb the growing power of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple and Amazon. (Motherboard)

With Yahoo Deal, Verizon Sets Sights on Facebook, Google. Verizon Communications Inc. is gunning for Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google. (Wall Street Journal)

Verizon posts subscriber gain shortfall, says Yahoo to fuel media push. Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) disappointed Wall Street on Tuesday by reporting a smaller-than-expected subscriber gain for its main wireless business, while its CEO gave few details about plans to increase revenue from its planned purchase of Yahoo Inc's (YHOO.O) internet assets. (Reuters)

Marissa Mayer’s Media Problem at Yahoo Is Now Verizon’s to Solve. In the end, the deal that Yahoo announced on Monday, that Verizon Communications would buy its internet business for $4.8 billion, looked more like an escape than an exit. Yahoo, once at the center of the consumer web, had been pushed to the margins, overwhelmed by direct competition and generational change. (New York Times)

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos join DOD innovation board. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson were among the big names Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Tuesday as joining the Pentagon’s recently formed Defense Innovation Advisory Board. (The Hill)

Airbnb and Uber to Democrats: You Need Us. The Democratic National Convention is relying heavily on Airbnb to house attendees, and the company wants to remind the visiting politicians that it could use their support, too. (Bloomberg)

Airbnb, Uber see crucial role in 2016 vote. The giants of the on-demand economy took to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, making the case that their users were crucial to the 2016 election. (The Hill)

Airbnb’s plan to win over the DNC crowd is all about why Airbnb is good for the middle class. Michael Nutter, the former Democratic mayor of Philadelphia, has a 4.8 customer rating on Uber and says he’s a “heavy, heavy” user of sharing economy services. (Recode)

Blackberry battles on with Dtek50 Android phone. The company says its Dtek50 smartphone offers improved security over rival Android devices, and will cost less than its previous handset Priv. (BBC News)

O2 customer data sold on dark net. The data was almost certainly obtained by using usernames and passwords first stolen from gaming website XSplit three years ago to log onto O2 accounts. (BBC News)

Thinking About Suing Uber? Let This Be a Warning. When Uber’s chief executive was sued last winter in an antitrust case, the company’s general counsel, Salle Yoo, wanted a bit of intelligence on the opposition. (New York Times)

$1 Billion for Dollar Shave Club: Why Every Company Should Worry. Unilever is paying $1 billion for Dollar Shave Club, a five-year-old start-up that sells razors and other personal products for men. Every other company should be afraid, very afraid. (New York Times)

Mobileye Ends Partnership With Tesla. Auto-safety supplier Mobileye N.V., is ending its supply agreement with Tesla Motors Inc. following a high-profile traffic fatality in May that has been connected to semi-autonomous technology it sold to the Silicon Valley electric-vehicle maker. (Wall Street Journal)

Analog Devices in advance talks to buy Linear Technology. Analog Devices Inc (ADI.O) is in advanced talks to buy fellow chipmaker Linear Technology Corp (LLTC.O), Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. (Reuters)

The Big Internet Brands Of The '90s — Where Are They Now?. Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.8 billion, acquiring its "core Internet assets" — search, email, finance, news, sports, Tumblr, Flickr — in essence writing the final chapter of one of the longest-running Internet companies. (NPR)

Ever get the feeling the technology industry is trolling you?. Don’t have time to pick up your dog’s excrement but do have time to snap a photo and log its location in a smartphone app so that some poor soul can schlep across town to do it for you? Then Pooper is for you. (The Guardian)

Americans love technology, but we aren’t so sure about using it to enhance our bodies. It's clear from our screen-obsessed society that people love technology. But how do we feel about implanting new technology into our own bodies? Do people who never let their smartphone out of their grip necessarily want a chip in their brains? (Washington Post)

ITI Member News

Facebook to pledge 1,500 housing units for general public. As the influx of Facebook employees continue to drive the demand (and prices) of housing in Menlo Park, Calif., where its headquarters are located, the company is trying something different. (CNET)

For Yahoo, Question Is What to Do With $40 Billion in Leftovers. Yahoo has agreed to sell the bulk of what people know as Yahoo — its mail services, its news sites, the Tumblr social network — to Verizon for nearly $5 billion. (New York Times)

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)

Google-Backed Chinese Smartwatch to Go Head to Head With Apple. Mobvoi Inc., the Chinese AI startup backed by Google, intends to go toe-to-toe with Apple Inc. when it begins selling its smartwatches in the U.S. in September. (Bloomberg)

Apple Sales Continue to Drop, but Services Are a Bright Spot. Have consumers lost their affection for Apple gadgets, or are they just waiting for the new iPhones to come out in September? (New York Times)

Apple's proposal could transform how streaming services pay songwriters and music publishers ... but beware the fine print. There is plenty of evidence that on-demand streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music are disrupting the way people listen to music. Between them, the two companies have almost 50 million paying subscribers and are generating annual revenue in the billions. (Recode)

Twitter reports slowest quarterly revenue growth since IPO. Twitter Inc reported its slowest growth in quarterly revenue since going public in 2013 as the company faces intensifying competition from fast-growing competitors such as Snapchat and Instagram. (Reuters)

Twitter still has revenue problems, and its stock is down big. Twitter reported Q2 earnings on Tuesday and investors aren’t happy. (Recode)

1600 Penn.

Today, in the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. In the evening, the President will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Later in the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the Democratic National Convention. Afterward, the President will depart Philadelphia, Pennsylvania en route Washington, DC.

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