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Tech News Roundup - 06/05/2017

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America's CEOs fall out of love with Trump. The relationship between corporate America and Donald Trump's White House has chilled. (Politico Pro)
When the Federal Trade Commission leveled deceptive advertising allegations against DirecTV in 2015, all five FTC commissioners were on the job. There were four whenWalgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Rite Aid Corp. began trying to win antitrust clearance for a proposed merger later that year. And when the FTC sued Qualcomm Inc. early this year, there were three. (Wall Street Journal)
Issa walks fine line at town hall in divided district. John Mathews, a self-described retired technology guru and life-long Republican from the coastal town of Del Mar, Calif., is a Darrell Issa voter. (Politico)
Democrats' tech experts fire back at Clinton's criticism of her own party. Some of the Democratic Party's technology and data experts expressed deep frustrations this week after Hillary Clinton appeared to attribute some of her troubles in the 2016 presidential election to the party's own campaign and fundraising team. (Recode)

Twitter's Pro-Trump Bot Crisis Is Really A Human Crisis. On May 30th, Empty Lighthouse Magazine published an article with an alarming headline: "Why Did Trump Get Millions Of Twitter Bots To Follow Him This Week?" (Buzzfeed News)


Facebook, Twitter and Google face criticism following London attack. Facebook, Google and Twitter all rushed to defend themselves on Sundayagainst criticism from Theresa May, the British prime minister, in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack. (Financial Times)


Watch Mary Meeker give her 2017 internet trends report. Legendary dot-com-era internet stock analyst Mary Meeker, now a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, delivered her annual "internet trends" report this week at the Code Conference in California. (Recode)

Net neutrality opponents agree: FCC fake comments are a problem. Supporters on both sides of the net neutrality issue have problems with the Federal Communications Commission's comments process. (USA Today)


Trump plans week-long focus on infrastructure, starting with privatizing air traffic control. President Trump will seek to put a spotlight on his vows to privatize the nation's air traffic control system and spur $1 trillion in new investment in roads, waterways and other infrastructure with a week-long series of events starting Monday at the White House. (Washington Post)

Trump pivots to infrastructure as he enters bruising week. The White House next week plans a full-throated infrastructure push, including unveiling more details on its vision for overhauling both the nation's air traffic control system and federal permitting requirements for road projects. (Politico)

White House wooing conservatives on infrastructure plan. A White House official briefed representatives from more than a dozen conservative groups on Thursday, hoping to bring them into the fold as the administration readies to push its $1 trillion infrastructure vision forward, two people who attended the meeting. (Politico)

Public Sector

AT&T seeks tough standards for FirstNet opt-outs. AT&T, which won the $6.5 billion contract to build and operate the planned wireless broadband public safety network FirstNet, wants tough standards for states that want to opt out and build their own systems. (FCW)

10 bills you missed while you were focused on the budget. While much of the recent attention has fallen on the president's proposed budget, Congress has still been introducing and passing legislation. Here are a few bills worth knowing about that might have slipped through the cracks. (Federal News Radio)

Trump budget would crush DHS research arm. Critics say the Trump administration's proposed budget cuts to the Department of Homeland Security's scientific research and development programs could decimate DHS efforts to develop tomorrow's cybersecurity technologies. (FedScoop)


Trump Believes Climate Change Is Real, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Says. President Donald Trump agrees that the world's climate is changing and that human actions are part of the cause, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said in an interview set to air Sunday. (Wall Street Journal)

Trump pulling out of the Paris climate agreement is great news ... for China. President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement caused anger and anxiety across the world, with one major exception: China. (Vox)

Why it's a mistake to compare Trump's Paris decision to Nicaragua's. President Trump's announcement Thursday that the United States would withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement unleashed a backlash on Twitter. (Washington Post)

These titans of industry just broke with Trump's decision to exit the Paris accords. Thirty states and scores of companies said Thursday that they would press ahead with their climate policies and pursue lower greenhouse gas emissions, breaking sharply with President Trump's decision to exit the historic Paris climate accord. (Washington Post)
EPA chief leads Trump admin's Paris defense. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made the Sunday talk show rounds to defend the White House decision to abandon the Paris climate accord. (Axios)

Kerry says Trump's decision was 'a day of craven ignorance'. John Kerry sat in front of the United Nations, his 2-year-old granddaughter, Isabelle, in his lap as he affixed his signature to a historic climate accord. He smiled. He gave Isabelle a peck on the cheek. He blew a kiss into the crowd. (Boston Globe)

Why Trump Actually Pulled Out Of Paris. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement was not really about the climate. And despite his overheated rhetoric about the "tremendous" and "draconian" burdens the deal would impose on the U.S. economy, Trump's decision wasn't really about that, either. America's commitments under the Paris deal, like those of the other 194 cooperating nations, were voluntary. So those burdens were imaginary. (Politico Magazine)

Pittsburgh, the City Trump Prefers to Paris, Plans to Go Green. Donald Trump looked to the U.S. Rust Belt to explain why he's withdrawing from the global effort to fight climate change, saying, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris." (BNA)

The Biggest, Strangest 'Batteries'. It's a question that inventors have been tackling for decades. No one wants the fridge, or the hospital, going on the blink when demand surges or the power plant needs repairs. (New York Times)

Economic Fallout of Climate Move? It Depends on How We Value Time. President Trump's decision to abandon the Paris climate accord - and his broader unwillingness to fight climate change - will have broad economic consequences. (New York Times)

Tony Fadell and HP's Meg Whitman are matching donations to the Environmental Defense Fund. Nest co-founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers - and others including HP CEO Meg Whitman - are matching donations to the Environmental Defense Fund at ratios of up to 5 to 1 until Monday morning. (Recode)


Not Coming to America. Signs are emerging that the $1.6 trillion U.S. tourism industry could suffer this summer as overseas travelers stay away. (Wall Street Journal)

Artificial Intelligence

Summers: Automation is the middle class' worst enemy. For Americans, it seems like a terrific jobs market, with an astonishingly low,4.3% unemployment rate. Yet a closer look reveals a middle class hollowed out by automation, says Larry Summers, the former Treasury Secretary. (Axios)

Take care that ethical not evil algorithms help win elections. Disclaimer: I just spent 10 days in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, where I met visionary entrepreneurs and visited Facebook, Google, Apple and Tesla. I am also a wanna-be-tech-savy-middle-aged-man who reads up on this stuff on a regular basis. (Financial Times)


Trump administration rolls out social media vetting of visa applicants. Visa applicants who the US State Department suspects may pose a danger if allowed into the country will be required to provide their social media handles on a new application (PDF) the government just unveiled. (Ars Technica)

New visa vetting to include social media handles. The State Department will begin seeking social media histories from visa applicants deemed to pose a potential risk of terrorism. (FCW)

Spying critics see upper hand in congressional time crunch. Although the year isn't half over, the congressional calendar is rapidly dwindling for lawmakers working to reauthorize controversial digital spying programs, creating an unexpected boon for those looking to rein in the efforts. (Politico)

Editorial: It would be a mistake for Congress to prohibit targeted advertising online. The Internet has democratized access to information and delivered a dazzling array of free online services, like search, news, maps, and social media. (The Hill)

Internet of Things

G.M. Wants to Drive the Future of Cars That Drive Themselves. The chief executive of General Motors, an automaker synonymous with Detroit, saw the future of driving not in the Motor City but on the streets of San Francisco. (New York Times)

San Jose invites self-driving vehicle pilots for fall launch. When it comes to self-driving vehicles, the city of San Jose, California, intends to chart its own path forward, and on Thursday, solicited the private sector for pilot projects to guide its future policies and regulations. (StateScoop)

Editorial: Intel Thinks Self-Driving Cars Will Be A $7 Trillion Economy - A Possible Underestimate. Intel has a new report out in which they suggest that self-driving cars could lead to the creation of another $7 trillion in economic activity. (Forbes)

Editorial: Self-driving cars should help pay to pave the way for the future. We all know self-driving cars are poised to redefine how people and goods move. Less well-known is how these autonomous vehicles will also upend traditional funding streams for transportation investments. (The Hill)

Berkeley duo's plan to solve traffic jams: hyper-fast lanes for self-driving cars. These days there are so many self-driving cars coming down the pipeline it seems inevitable they'll soon be stuck in a robot traffic jam - just like the human-piloted cars of today. Well, not if Anthony Barrs and Baiyu Chen get their way. (The Guardian)


GOP Senators Weigh Taxing Employer-Health Plans. Senate Republicans set on reworking the Affordable Care Act are considering taxing employer-sponsored health insurance plans, a move that would meet stiff resistance from companies and potentially raise taxes on millions of people who get coverage on the job. (Wall Street Journal)


Ross urges patience as trade deficit rises under Trump. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross today downplayed the rise in the U.S. trade deficit witnessed in most months since President Donald Trump took office, arguing it's "too soon" for the administration's efforts to reduce the yawning trade gap to show up in the data. (Politico)

Tech Business

Here's How a Chinese Tech Firm Borrowed $2.1 Billion in a Hurry. When a Chinese tech company with global ambitions began to run short of cash last year, it sought billions of dollars from new investors. One of them was a music teacher. (New York Times)

Crippling China Delivery Dispute Is All About the Data. A rift between an affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.BABA 0.13% and one of China's largest delivery businesses is underscoring the value of customer data in online retailing. (Wall Street Journal)

The Tech Sector Catches Fire. By now it's no epiphany that technology stocks are in favor. AppleAAPL 1.48% recently passed $800 billion in market value for the first time, and both AMZN 1.08% and Alphabet, the parent of Google, are each hovering around the rarely seen $1,000-a-share level. (Wall Street Journal)

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase seeks new funds at $1 billion valuation. Bitcoin exchange Coinbase Inc is in talks with potential investors on a new round of funding at a valuation of more than $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. (Reuters)

Wal-Mart reassures employees as it touts tech investments. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) executives on Friday reassured workers they remained integral to the company's success as they highlighted investments in online sales and other technology to compete with rivals like Inc (AMZN.O). (Reuters)

In an Uber and Lyft world, ride-sharing start-ups struggle to get off the ground. In the weeks leading to its abrupt shutdown this spring, van-pooling service Bridj was planning a major expansion in the District. (Washington Post)

Spotify Calms Investors, Saying Listing Plans Still an Option. Spotify Ltd. moved quickly to assure investors that plans to go public are still on track for the music streaming service after co-founder and board member Martin Lorentzon told Swedish radio that reports of an impending New York Stock Exchange listing were false. (Bloomberg)

We've always been afraid of technology. Technology evolves fast. We are hearing a lot of questions about where we're headed as a society, and whether or not robots will take over our lives completely. (Axios)

ITI Member News

Apple Piles On the Features, and Users Say, 'Enough!'. As Apple prepares to show off new features for the iPhone and other devices at its developer conference on Monday, the company is grappling with an uncomfortable issue: Many of its existing features are already too complicated for many users to figure out. (New York Times)
Apple set to expand Siri, taking different route from Amazon's Alexa. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is expected to announce plans next week to make its Siri voice assistant work with a larger variety of apps, as the technology company looks to counter the runaway success of Inc's (AMZN.O) competing Alexa service. (Reuters)
Amazon Wins the Race to $1,000. In the race to reach $1,000, Inc. AMZN 1.08% got there first. (Wall Street Journal)
Toyota flying car? Automaker pursues 'aerial solutions,' backs start-up. It would be a truly Olympic feat.A start-up backed by Japanese automaker Toyota revealed a rudimentary prototype of a flying car, aiming to whisk a driver through the air to light the Olympic torch in Tokyo in summer 2020. (USA Today)

Toyota-Tesla Tie-Up Terminated. Toyota Motor Corp. TM 0.89% sold its stake in Tesla Motors Inc. TSLA -0.15% some time last year, the company said, formally ending a partnership between the car makers. (Wall Street Journal)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing. The President will then announce the Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative. In the afternoon, the President will have lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. In the evening, the President and First Lady Melania Trump will host a reception for Gold Star Families.

Today on the Hill

On Monday, the House is not in session. No votes are expected in the House.
3:00 p.m.: Convene and resume consideration of S.Res.176, a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
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