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08/23/2016

Key Issues

Tech Politics

Silicon Valley Keeps Its Distance From Donald Trump. Republicans have been trying to strengthen their ties to Silicon Valley, in part to boost support from its wealthy executives. Donald Trump, the party’s presidential nominee, hasn’t followed suit. (Wall Street Journal)

Trump gets little backing from Silicon Valley. Donald Trump has received almost no financial backing from the technology and communications sector, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. (The Hill)

Want More Accurate Polls? Maybe Ask Twitter. IN A PUBLIC Policy Polling survey, quite a few Texans say they’ll vote for Harambe for president in November. (Wired)

Global Trade

Toomey and TPP. Now that U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., claims he opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, he should pledge to oppose it in the lame-duck session as well. (The Post Gazette)

Broadband/Communications

FCC chairman doubles down on political hubris after court decision. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), at the urging of the White House, voted along party lines to preempt portions of Tennessee and North Carolina laws designed to delineate the terms and conditions under which municipalities may construct and deploy broadband internet networks in order to offer advanced communications services to the general public. (The Hill)

Privacy

Tech slams DHS on social media screening. Internet giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter on Monday slammed the Obama administration for a proposal that could prompt some foreign visitors to provide their social media accounts before they enter the United States. (Politico Pro)

Proposal to monitor social media comes under criticism. A coalition of 28 organizations including the ACLU and the Center for Democracy and Technology signed a letter on Monday expressing opposition to the Department of Homeland Security’s proposal to include social media in its review of visa-waiver applicants. (The Hill)

Rights groups decry plan to inspect social media of US-bound tourists. Calling it "highly invasive" and "ineffective," more than two dozen rights groups urged the US Department of Homeland Security on Monday to scrap a proposal asking the millions of tourists entering the country each year to reveal their "online presence," such as social media identities. (Ars Technica)

Intellectual Property

BlackBerry’s new round of patent lawsuits targets BLU—and Android. Over the years, BlackBerry has amassed a giant portfolio of patents, but it hasn't used them to sue others—until now. (Ars Technica)

Tax

Republicans step up push against Section 385 regulations. Republican tax-writers are upping the ante in their push against Treasury’s Section 385 regulations with coordinated letters calling for Treasury to overhaul the proposal and underlining concerns that the department took procedural shortcuts to fast-track the rule. (Politico Pro)

Internet of Things

Delphi, Mobileye Join Forces to Develop Self-Drive System. Top auto-parts suppliers Delphi Automotive PLC and Mobileye NV are joining forces to develop a fully autonomous driving system that car makers could begin placing in their vehicles beginning in 2019. (Wall Street Journal)

Self-driving cars don't care about your moral dilemmas. As self-driving cars move from fiction to reality, a philosophical problem has become the focus of fierce debate among technologists across the world. But to the people actually making self driving cars, it’s kind of boring. (The Guardian)

Driverless taxis could be the bullet train of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just tipped a red, cartoonish cap toward what the next summer games will look like in 2020. (CNET)

Public Sector

A word of caution on category management. Erica McCann, director of federal procurement at the IT Alliance for Public Sector (ITAPS), offered a word of caution on category management. (ITAPS Erica McCann Quoted, Government Matters)

The IT leadership that agencies need. The federal CIO community has a bit of a problem. (FCW)

GSA’s 4th quarter buying event turns category management talk into action. Over the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about the goals of the Obama administration’s category management initiative, particularly around getting agencies to buy as one entity. (Federal News Radio)

DoD targets 3,000 civilian workers for new Cyber Excepted Service. In the initial phases of what the Defense Department says will be a multi-year effort to stand up its new Cyber Excepted Service, DoD will ask around 3,000 current employees to move from the traditional civil service system to one that offers them fewer job protections but might also boost their pay and promotion prospects. (Federal News Radio)

NTIA wants more info on adopting IPv6. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is looking for more information about adopting a next-generation internet protocol that could accommodate the growing number of internet-connected “smart” devices, such as phones, watches and cars. (FedScoop)

Patent office launches Cancer Moonshot challenge. The Patent and Trademark Office launched a contest Monday that encourages the public to glean new insights about cancer research from the agency’s intellectual property data. (FedScoop)

Experts: States play key role in coordinating FirstNet, next-gen 911 efforts. As states look to team up on the development of a nationwide broadband network for first responders and move to “next-generation” 911 services, IT shops have a key role to play in coordinating these complex projects, according to a panel of public safety communications experts. (FedScoop)

More IoT devices mean states must get smarter about management — panel. As mobile devices become increasingly connected to the Internet of Things, IT leaders from the public and private sectors see challenges mounting for governments looking to keep data secure and organized effectively. (StateScoop)

Open data advocate: States, cities can link IoT procurement to data management. State and local governments need to develop fast-moving purchasing practices to fully embrace the Internet of Things, and tackle the daunting task of managing the data “smart” devices produce, according Waldo Jaquith, a software developer and open data advocate. (StateScoop)

Pennsylvania Launches Open Data Portal. Following an executive order in April, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Aug. 22 the launch of the state's first statewide open data portal, called OpenDataPA. The data portal includes the release of 12 new data sets, centered around the governor’s platform of education, economy and improved government operations. (StateScoop)

Tips for local agencies choosing a vendor to update their systems. Many state software systems are almost half a century old, and the older they get, the more vulnerable they become. As a result, government agencies leave themselves susceptible to crashes, malware and data breaches that they simply cannot afford. (StateScoop)

Environment/Sustainability

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm May Power Up a New Industry. The towering machines stand a few miles from shore, in a precise line across the seafloor, as rigid in the ocean breeze as sailors reporting for duty. (New York Times)

English Village Becomes Climate Leader by Quietly Cleaning Up Its Own Patch. This small village of about 1,000 people looks like any other nestled in the countryside. (New York Times)

Workforce/Diversity

IT now accounts for 4.6 million jobs — and most of them are going to men. The percentage of women working in IT has always been relatively low, but it didn't used to be as low as it is now. (Washington Post)

If you can’t hire black and Latino tech workers, you’re not really looking, says Walker & Company CEO Tristan Walker. On paper, Tristan Walker could check off a lot of the standard boxes for "Silicon Valley entrepreneur." He has an MBA from Stanford and a résumé that includes Twitter, Foursquare and four years as entrepreneur-in-residence at Andreessen Horowitz. (Recode)

Future-readying the federal workforce. An FCW article earlier this year on defense technology innovation outlined concerns that the U.S. was falling behind its rivals. To remain a global leader, the U.S. must be fast, smart and constantly innovating. Technology drives productivity, which drives innovation. (FCW)

Tech Business

Bay Area Start-Ups Find Low-Cost Outposts in Arizona. Three years ago, Kate Rogers was caught in the Bay Area struggle. She paid the astronomical rents. She did the crushing commute. She lived the frustration of always thinking about money even though she was a well-paid professional in the booming technology industry. (New York Times)

This Silicon Valley venture fund keeps betting millions on D.C.’s cyber community. Bessemer Venture Partners is one of California’s more successful technology investors, an early backer in the likes of Yelp, LinkedIn and Skype. (Washington Post)

China’s Kingsoft Aims to Take on Alibaba in Cloud Computing. Kingsoft Corp Ltd., the Chinese software company whose chairman is Xiaomi Corp. co-founder Lei Jun, is preparing to go head-to-head with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in the rapidly growing market for cloud-computing services. (Bloomberg)

Ascending Tech Dominates S&P 500 Like No Time Since Dot-Com Bust. Don’t look now, but technology companies are exerting more control over the U.S. stock market than any time since the internet bubble. (Bloomberg)

Kobe Bryant and Jeff Stibel Unveil $100 Million Venture Capital Fund. Meet Kobe Bryant, venture capitalist. The retired NBA star today unveiled his venture-capital fund, a $100 million vehicle for investing in technology, media and data companies. (Wall Street Journal)

Japan, Seeking to Regain Manufacturing Might, Bets on Aerospace. Kato Manufacturing, based in the blue-collar enclave of Gifu Prefecture, in central Japan, is a microcosm of the country’s industrial evolution. (New York Times)

Chinese investors buy ad tech startup Media.net for $900 million. Advertising technology startup Media.net, founded by tech entrepreneur Divyank Turakhia, said on Monday it had been acquired for about $900 million by a group of Chinese investors. (Reuters)

Renesas in Talks to Buy U.S. Chip Maker for $3 Billion. Japanese chip maker Renesas Electronics Corp. on Monday said it is in talks to buy U.S.-based chip maker Intersil Corp., a move that could strengthen the Japanese company’s business of making semiconductors for automobiles. (Wall Street Journal)

T-Mobile strikes a nerve with move to single unlimited data plan. Has T-Mobile finally jumped the shark with its latest "Uncarrier" move? (CNET)

Gun crime tech 'failed to save lives' in Chicago. In 2013, the city's police began using algorithms to create a list of people deemed to be most at risk of being shot dead. (BBC News)

Werner Herzog Has Met The Internet and It Is Us. Look, the internet is so many things, everywhere and nowhere, necessary but often completely obscure to us. (Motherboard)

FBI Releases Mobile App for Finding Bank Robbers. Have you ever wanted to keep track of bank robberies in your neighborhood or city? Or maybe you've always wanted to help the FBI catch a bad guy? As you've no doubt heard before, there's an app for that. (NPR)

ITI Member News

Facebook can climb more than 20 percent on ad growth: Barron's. Facebook Inc stock has the potential to climb by more than 20 percent over the next year given the growing advertising revenue among its platforms, according to a Barron's report on Sunday. (Reuters)

Facebook launches Lifestage app for school teens. Members of Lifestage, currently only available on Apple devices in the US, upload pictures and videos based around feelings, likes and dislikes. These are then turned into video profiles. (BBC News)

Cook must transcend Jobs’ legacy at Apple. At the end of each Apple board meeting, Tim Cook, chief executive, raises the question of who should succeed him if he “[steps] off the wrong curb or something”. It is a tribute to Mr Cook after five years at the helm of the world’s most valuable company that an accident is more likely to finish him than investor discontent. (Financial Times)

Apple acquires AI medical start-up Gliimpse: report. One of Silicon Valley’s tech behemoths is taking a step further into digital medicine. (USA Today)

Google keeps ex-Googlers close by investing in their startups. Not long ago, Google had one of the biggest social networks — at least in Brazil and India. (Recode)

Russian court ruling could hit Google. A recent court decision could see Google’s market share in online search drop significantly in Russia and have repercussions for a similar antitrust case in the EU, according to Yandex, Google’s main competitor in Russia. (Financial Times)

What Is Amazon’s Core Tech Worth? Depends on Which Taxman Asks. Jeff Bezos’s relentless focus on user experience has helped him make Amazon the most valuable e-commerce company in the world. But regulators in Europe and the U.S. say that the value Amazon places on the technology behind that experience varies radically depending on which side of the Atlantic it’s on -- and which appraisal will lower its tax bill. (Bloomberg)

Amazon wants to sell a cheaper music subscription service that will only work on its Echo player. Amazon wants to launch a music subscription service that would work the same way services from Apple, Spotify and many others work: $10 a month, for all the music you can stream, anywhere you want to stream it. (Recode)

Microsoft is buying another AI startup. This one automatically schedules meetings. The buying spree of machine intelligence startups continues, with Microsoft announcing Monday that it is acquiring automated calendaring service Genee. (Recode)

Samsung plans refurbished smartphone program: source. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. (Reuters)

Samsung Electronics says to sell third Tizen OS smartphone in India. South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it will start selling its third smartphone powered by the company's own Tizen mobile operating system in India next week. (Reuters)

Sony to Sell Updated Model of Standard PlayStation 4. Sony Corp. plans to introduce a new PlayStation 4 standard model alongside a high-end version next month, people familiar with the matter said, in an effort to maintain demand for the best-selling videogame console. (Wall Street Journal)

Two new PlayStations could signal major change in console industry. If you were planning to give the gamers in your life new consoles before they head back to school, you may want to pump the brakes. (Washington Post)

1600 Penn.

Today, in the morning, the President will travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he will get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods on the community and hear from federal, state, and local officials about the response and assistance efforts to help the people of Louisiana rebuild During his visit, the President will tour an affected neighborhood in the Baton Rouge area and deliver a statement to the press. In the evening, the President will depart Baton Rouge, Louisiana en route Washington, DC.

Today on the Hill

Today, the House is not in session.

Today, the Senate is not in session.