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07/29/2016

Key Issues

Global Trade

Coons: Won't argue with idea TPP is dead for year. The next administration will have to work hard to shore up relations in the Asia-Pacific region because there appears to be little chance of passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year, Sen. Chris Coons said Thursday. (Politico Pro)

Is trade really so unpopular with both parties?. Convention platforms rarely endure. Written by a committee, incorporating uneasy compromises and reflecting a single candidate's campaign priorities, these documents often have a short shelf life. (The Hill)

McAuliffe fuels new distrust of Clinton over her position on trade. Gov. Terry McAuliffe fueled new distrust of Hillary Clinton among liberal Democrats this week with a declaration that the presidential nominee was likely to reverse her position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the election. (Washington Post)

Left’s TPP opposition is no passing fad. Bernie Sanders’ “revolution” has awakened a hostility to the Trans-Pacific Partnership that goes deeper than a hollow applause line. (Politico)

NY Dems want to send TPP 'to the grave'. New York Mayor Bill De Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sounded like GOP nominee Donald Trump Wednesday as they railed against the Trans-Pacific Partnership at a labor council event held in Philadelphia. (Washington Examiner)

FOIA update puts pressure on contractors to protect trade secrets. The new update to the Freedom of Information Act signed into law earlier this month mandates a presumption of openness, and adds new appeal rights for citizens whose requests are denied. (Federal News Radio)

Privacy

Search engines' role in radicalisation must be challenged, finds study. More than 484,000 Google keyword searches a month from around the world, including at least 54,000 searches in the UK, return results dominated by Islamist extremist material, a report into the online presence of jihadism has revealed. (The Guardian)

Broadband/Communications

The FCC is pushing Internet innovation forward — and holding it back. The FCC published a pair of decisions last week that show in sharp contrast the right and wrong ways regulators use their authority to shape the trajectory of disruptive technologies. This time, the continuing evolution of the Internet is at stake. (Washington Post)

Google Plots Cheaper Wireless Future to Expand Fiber Project. Google will use know-how from recent acquisition Webpass Inc., and its own wireless technology, to expand its Fiber fast internet business without having to spend so much. (Bloomberg)

AT&T violated rule requiring low prices for schools, FCC says. AT&T overcharged two Florida school districts for phone service and should have to pay about $170,000 to the US government to settle the allegations, the Federal Communications Commission said yesterday. (Ars Technica)

Tax

Facebook May Owe Billions More in Taxes. Facebook Inc. said it could be on the hook for $3 billion to $5 billion in additional taxes as a result of an Internal Revenue Service investigation into how the social network transferred assets overseas. (Wall Street Journal)

Cybersecurity

Before The Hacker Space And Makers Fair, This Man Hacked Housing And Transportation. Consider the bullhorn. In the ’60s, Buckminster Fuller brought one to conferences with him. (Forbes)

Is D.N.C. Email Hacker a Person or a Russian Front? Experts Aren’t Sure. Who is Guccifer 2.0, the self-proclaimed Romanian “lone hacker” responsible for copying thousands of emails and other files from the Democratic National Committee — a real person, or a front created by Russian intelligence officials? (New York Times)

Are Data Breaches Becoming More Common?. It feels as if data breaches are becoming more and more frequent. Pretty much every week recently, a website has announced it was hacked, or a dump of user data has been listed for sale online. (GreenBiz)

Internet of Things

As driverless cars grow closer, a delicate balance between rules and guidelines. Imagine almost bumper-to-bumper traffic speeding around Washington’s Capital Beltway at 60 miles an hour. A ridiculous notion now, but in a world when cars drive themselves, it may not be far-fetched. (Washington Post)

Apple Hires BlackBerry Talent With Car Project Turning to Self-Driving Software. Apple Inc. has hired the former head of BlackBerry Ltd.’s automotive software division as new leadership at the iPhone-maker’s car team places increased emphasis on developing self-driving technology, according to people familiar with the project. (Bloomberg)

Mercedes rejects claims about 'misleading' self-driving car ads. Mercedes-Benz has defended an advertising campaign for its new E-Class against allegations that consumers were being misled about the car's self-driving capabilities, the latest backlash by consumer groups in the wake of a fatal Tesla accident. (Reuters)

Public Sector

Federal digital transformation: What's next for USDS and 18F?. It's no secret that exciting Digital Age technologies such as cloud, mobile and social media are allowing us to connect and create value across boundaries and changing the nature of human interaction and invention. (FCW)

GSA seeks IT exec to help with enterprise cloud. If you know your way around the cloud and understand how it can fuel enterprise infrastructure, the General Services Administration wants to hear from you. (FCW)

What feds must do to get a handle on water data. The federal government does not know how much water Americans used this week, this month or even this year. (FCW)

FOIA update puts pressure on contractors to protect trade secrets. The new update to the Freedom of Information Act signed into law earlier this month mandates a presumption of openness, and adds new appeal rights for citizens whose requests are denied. (Federal News Radio)

EPA offers rough timeline for new agile contracting vehicle. The Environmental Protection Agency could start awarding vendors positions on its new technology purchasing system as soon as November, agency officials said. (FedScoop)

Environment/Sustainability

U.S. crude hits three-month low again on reported Cushing build. Oil prices fell again on Thursday, with U.S. crude hitting three-month lows after a fresh stock build at the delivery hub for U.S. crude futures added to concerns that producers were pumping more than needed. (Reuters)

French Utility to Build Britain’s First Nuclear Plant in Years. The French utility EDF said Thursday that its board had approved a plan to build the first nuclear power plant in Britain in a generation. (New York Times)

Shared vehicles could make our cities dramatically more livable. The technological pieces of self-driving, self-charging, electric vehicles are quickly falling into place. (Vox)

Transit of the future needs smarter routes, not more gadgets. Technology is changing the commuting experience across the board, and politicians looking to present a forward-thinking image are trying to embrace it. (Vox)

The big lesson big companies can teach their utilities. For the last several years, a fundamental question has hung over sustainability conferences like the proverbial elephant in the room: how can the world’s largest companies truly be green when their business models are predicated on selling – and therefore making – more stuff? (GreenBiz)

Why Starbucks issued its first 'sustainability' bond. Slowly but surely, U.S. companies are waking up to the notion that bonds can be a useful financing mechanism for all manner of corporate sustainability projects. (GreenBiz)

Workforce/Diversity

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer is a reminder that CEO is still elusive for women. In the same week the United States gained its first female presidential nominee for a major political party, the country also lost one of its highest-profile female CEOs, with the announced $4.8bn acquisition of Yahoo’s core assets by Verizon. (The Guardian)

Tech Business

Alphabet boosted by advertising growth. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, shook off recent worries about a slowdown in its advertising business as it reported its fastest growth rate in two years, and revenues and earnings well ahead of analysts’ expectations. (Financial Times)

Record online orders boosts GrubHub revenue, shares soar. GrubHub Inc's revenue increased more than expected in the second quarter as a record number of people used its service to order meals online, sending the company's shares surging to a new year-high. (Reuters)

Android Handset Makers’ Advance Squeezes Apple. Earnings reports from the world’s top smartphone makers this week highlight how fortunes are diverging in the mobile-phone market as competition intensifies. (Wall Street Journal)

China gives go-ahead to Uber and other ride-hailing services. China announced its intention to formally sign-off on ride-hailing services like Uber on Thursday, potentially fueling the battle between the American giant and a Chinese rival. (The Hill)

Startup Investors Are Still Finding Ways to Cash Out Despite the IPO Drought. Startup investors are hitting the exits even as companies keep delaying going public. (Bloomberg)

Uber Starts Mapping Roads in Mexico. Uber Technologies Inc. is expanding its road-mapping effort to Mexico, as part of a larger strategy to build up its map data for its ride-hailing service and to rely less on potential competitors like Google. (Bloomberg)

Writing Data Onto Single Atoms, Scientists Store The Longest Text Yet. A group of nano-scientists has discovered a way to arrange individual atoms to store and rewrite data 500 times more efficiently than the best hard drives on the market. (NPR)

Fast-changing employment picture requires workers to stay on toes, NOVA Workforce director says. Kris Stadelman and the organization she heads, NOVA Workforce Services, are in the proverbial trenches and the front lines of the job market in Silicon Valley. (San Jose Mercury News)

These businesses are booming thanks to Russian hackers. When the Democratic National Committee discovered in April that its computer networks had been hacked, leaders there did not just alert government intelligence. (Washington Post)

You’ll be able to watch Olympics highlights on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Olympics video content is super expensive, which is why NBC*, which owns the rights to distribute said content, has never shared it on any platforms that weren’t owned by NBC. (Recode)

ITI Member News

Oracle to Acquire NetSuite for $9.3 Billion. When Evan M. Goldberg founded NetSuite in 1998, he did so with backing from his former boss, Lawrence J. Ellison, who started the software giant Oracle. (New York Times)

Apple’s Hard-Charging Tactics Hurt TV Expansion. Apple Inc. executives had every reason for optimism when they approached Walt Disney Co. in early 2015 to join the streaming television service Apple planned to launch. Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger is an Apple director and had said he was keen to strike a deal. (Wall Street Journal)

Facebook shares hit record high as it beats estimates again. Facebook Inc is growing so fast analysts can't keep up. (Reuters)

Facebook Dominance in Mobile Ads Leaves Twitter Behind: Chart. Facebook Inc. surged to an all-time high on the strength of its dominance in generating revenue from mobile advertising. (Bloomberg)

Facebook wants to celebrate your birthday with a video. In case a flurry of greetings on your News Feed weren't enough, Facebook wants to celebrate your birthday with a video. (USA Today)

Amazon’s sales surge at fastest rate in 4 years. Amazon reported strong sales growth during the second quarter, with revenues rising to $30.4bn on the back of vigorous retail demand, a year-on-year increase of 31 per cent that represents its fastest growth rate in four years. (Financial Times)

Nestle says to collaborate with Samsung to explore nutrition science. Nestle said it is teaming up with Samsung in a research project to explore the potential of nutrition science and digital sensor technologies. (Reuters)

Google just showed Wall Street growth where it needed to — in its non-ads business. Facebook isn’t the only tech giant keeping Wall Street happy. (Recode)

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