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Tech News Roundup - 06/07/2017

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The internet is getting faster - but how fast depends on where you live. Good news for anyone reading this site: Internet speeds are getting faster. (Recode)

Tech Politics

Trump, GOP plot path for agenda. President Trump and Republican leaders presented a unified front at the White House Tuesday amid growing doubt over the president's ability to pass his agenda on Capitol Hill. (The Hill)


Warner: Russian cyberattacks 'much broader than has been reported'. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Russian cyberattacks on U.S. election systems "is much broader than has been reported so far," according to USA Today. (Politico Pro)

DHS chief doubles down on critical infrastructure designation for voting systems. In the wake of a leaked intelligence document describing Russian attempts to hack voting systems, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly doubled down on maintaining the designation of voting systems as critical infrastructure. (FCW)

Why there's no silver bullet for cyber deterrence. Ever since Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 election came to light, U.S. officials -- particularly a number of senators -- have been calling for a comprehensive cyber deterrence strategy. While a number of former officials have testified that a silver-bullet deterrence strategy is unlikely, one former Pentagon executive said deterrence is possible, but complicated. (FCW)

Intellectual Property

Michelle Lee resigns from top spot at Patent Office. U.S. Patent Office Director Michelle Lee resigned on Tuesday, a White House official confirmed. (The Hill)

The U.S. government's patent chief has just resigned. The leader of the U.S. government's leading patent agency, Michelle Lee, has unexpectedly resigned from her post, according to multiple sources familiar with her plans. (Recode)

Public Sector

Trial by Twitter for acquisition pros. The Trump administration is hoping to inject more speed and efficiency into the federal acquisition process, but that approach is still evolving and has some rough edges, according to procurement experts. (FCW)

Government IT can't modernize without reforming procurement practices. Federal chief information officers may have one of government's hardest jobs: protecting our country's largest networks against rapidly evolving cyber threats, while being stuck with technology that's often decades old. Add to the mix a set of bureaucratic rules dictating how they buy IT, and it's nearly impossible for them to upgrade to the modern, best-in-class technology they need. (Federal News Radio)

Leaders must collaborate inside and outside of government for IT modernization to work, brief says. As federal agencies shelve their floppy disks and retire outdated code, it is crucial for leaders to collaborate with other key technology players on IT modernization, a new report says. (FedScoop)

NASA research surge could bring drones, autonomous technology to cities faster. New research announced by NASA on Monday could hasten the arrival of autonomous technology like self-driving vehicles and aerial drones to the nation's urban areas. (StateScoop)

Massachusetts proposes IT restructuring, consolidation. Massachusetts is continuing pursuit of a consolidated IT enterprise following new legislation filed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday. (StateScoop)

85 percent of the top science jobs in Trump's government don't even have a nominee. Presidents invariably encounter key moments where they need to rely on scientific expertise. George W. Bush faced an anthrax attack after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Barack Obama faced the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the Ebola outbreak. Now President Trump has made a momentous decision about climate change. (Washington Post)


Reality checking the We Are Still In climate push. The sheer number of backers of a new coalition seeking to meet America's commitment under the Paris climate deal is impressive - more than 1,200 states, cities, businesses and universities. But the leaders, regions and businesses in the U.S. that have the biggest impact in cutting carbon emissions are so far not represented. (Axios)

Snubbing Trump's Paris climate accord withdrawal, California proposes to price out polluters. While Trump retreats from the Paris climate accord, California legislators are pushing for a bill that could eventually price out polluters and generate hundreds of millions of dollars for clean energy research. (StateScoop)

Scientists just linked another record-breaking weather event to climate change. Last year, a remarkable April heat wave shattered all-time temperature records across Southeast Asia, prompting public health concerns, killing at least one elephant and making international headlines. (Washington Post)

French ambassador: Trump climate decision puts U.S. 'on the wrong side of history'. President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is part of "the erosion of the moral and political leadership of the United States," France's top diplomat at the United Nations said Tuesday. (Washington Post)

Net Neutrality

Major Internet Companies Like Reddit and Mozilla Are Readying a Net Neutrality Protest. That's when a coalition of some of the largest and most influential internet companies on the planet-including Amazon, Reddit, Mozilla, and GitHub-will participate in what's been dubbed an "Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality." (Motherboard)

Amazon, Kickstarter, Reddit and Mozilla are staging a net neutrality online protest. Some of the Internet's biggest names are banding together for a "day of action" to oppose the Federal Communications Commission, which is working to undo regulations for Internet providers that it passed during the Obama administration. (Washington Post)

Artificial Intelligence

The construction industry is short on human workers and ripe for a robotic takeover. Construction is a $10 trillion global industry. It's also mired by waste, severe worker shortages and weak productivity growth - all of which mean the business of building is ripe for a robotic takeover. (Recode)

GOP bill would cement controversial expiring surveillance programs. Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are introducing legislation that would make permanent powerful but controversial foreign surveillance tools set to expire soon. (Politico Pro)
Blackburn pitches Democrats on online privacy bill. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's office reached out to the entire Democratic House conference today asking for co-sponsors for her proposed BROWSER Act, which would require tech companies as well as ISPs to get permission from consumers before using their data for advertising. (Politico Pro)


Feds fight demand for Trump campaign draft of travel ban. The Justice Department is fighting a legal attempt to force disclosure of a campaign document that may have served as the basis for President Donald Trump's travel ban executive order. (Politico Pro)

Hassett, Trump's pick for economic adviser, defends immigration. Kevin Hassett, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Council of Economic Advisers, defended immigration and assured senators that 3 percent economic growth was possible with the right tax and financial reforms. (Politico Pro)

Kelly fields question about travel ban review. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly fielded questions today about whether his department has moved forward with a security review at the center of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban order. (Politico Pro)

Internet of Things
U.S. Congress plans self-driving car legislation to speed rollout. The U.S. Congress is working on national self-driving vehicle legislation that could replace state-by state rules and make it easier for automakers to test and deploy the technology, senior U.S. House and Senate lawmakers told Reuters on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Silicon Valley Has Explaining to Do on Robo Cars, Chao Says. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao called on Silicon Valley to "step up" and explain self-driving technology to help the public overcome its fears of robots taking the wheel. (BNA)

Lyft Partners With Self-driving Startup NuTonomy. Ride-hailing company Lyft is forming a research partnership with self-driving vehicle startup nuTonomy. (AP)

Lyft shows just how serious it is about self-driving cars. The ridesharing giant announced a research partnership with self-driving company nuTonomy Tuesday. Select Lyft customers in Boston will be able to order self-driving rides in nuTonomy vehicles in the coming months. (CNN)

Trump admin revising driverless car guidelines. The Trump administration is reportedly revising Obama-era guidelines for driverless vehicles. (The Hill)

Driverless vehicles learn to get along with city transport. On the path along the waterfront of the Greenwich peninsula, on the river Thames in east London, residents have become used to encountering a four-wheeled pod trundling among the runners, walkers, cyclists and dogs. (Financial Times)


Spicer defends tax reform timeline. White House press secretary Sean Spicer today defended the pace of tax reform efforts, saying "it's a big undertaking" and "we need to get this right." (Politico Pro)

Corporate CEOs Say Urgent Tax Overhaul Would Boost Hiring and Investment. Chief executives of America's largest companies say failure to pass sweeping tax-policy changes soon could damage hiring and investment. (Wall Street Journal)

CEOs hopeful for tax and regulatory reform. CEOs of the largest U.S. companies are optimistic there will be meaningful tax and regulatory reform within the next year, based on a quarterly outlook survey by the Business Roundtable. (Politico Pro)


Merkel to talk trade, climate and Trump in Latin America. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will this week discuss two issues on which she and other world leaders have repeatedly clashed with President Donald Trump: trade and climate change. (Politico Pro)


Michelle Obama to Silicon Valley: 'Make room' for women. Former first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday urged tech companies in Silicon Valley to "make room" for more women in their ranks as the industry struggles to overcome its diversity problems. (The Hill)

Uber fires 20 staff after harassment investigation. The taxi-app firm said the sackings related to sexual harassment, bullying and issues about poor company culture. (BBC News)

Uber Fires 20 Amid Investigation Into Workplace Culture. Uber has fired more than 20 employees in conjunction with an internal investigation into its workplace culture, according to a current Uber employee. (New York Times)

Diversity and Inclusion: What Does This Look Like for the Workforce of the Future? . Corporate Diversity and Inclusion ("D") programs have evolved from the concern of a few forward-thinking corporations over 25 years ago, to a mainstream business imperative today. Rapid U.S. population demographic changes are remaking the workforce. Companies large and small are already facing the reality of increasingly diverse applicant pools. (BNA)

Tech Business

The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America's Schools. In San Francisco's public schools, Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce, is giving middle school principals $100,000 "innovation grants" and encouraging them to behave more like start-up founders and less like bureaucrats. (New York Times)

The Internet Is Where We Share - and Steal - the Best Ideas. In April, a photograph of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o taken at a Miu Miu fashion show three years ago began recirculating online. (New York Times)

Streaming revenue to surpass physical music sales this year. Internet streaming will become the largest source of global recorded music sales this year as revenues from services including Spotify and Apple Music surpass sales of CDs and vinyl records for the first time, according to a new forecast from professional services firm PwC. (Financial Times)

ITI Member News

Apple Needs to Reinvent Itself. It Just Might Be Doing So.. One of Apple's greatest strengths is timing. The company that's hailed for innovation does not often invent things first - it didn't create the first personal computer, the first digital music player or the first smartphone. Instead, Apple reinvents, slipping in and producing something more original than what we used to use. (New York Times)

As states battle opioid addiction, IBM's Watson joins the fray. IBM's Watson supercomputer has applied its cognitive talents to transportation, finance, education and the Internet of Things - and now its algorithms will fight relapses in opioid addiction. (StateScoop)

AMD rallies as cryptocurrency miners snap up graphics chips. Shares of Advanced Micro Devices surged nearly 9 percent on Tuesday boosted by strong demand for its chips from cryptocurrency miners, leaving short sellers at a loss for the year. (Reuters) Inc. AMZN -0.82% launched the latest salvo in an e-commerce battle with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT -1.66% by targeting its stronghold: lower-income consumers. (Wall Street Journal)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing. The President will then depart the White House for Joint Base Andrews en route to Cincinnati, Ohio. In the afternoon, the President will meet with Obamacare victims. The President will then give remarks on his infrastructure initiative. Later in the afternoon, the President will depart Cincinnati, Ohio for Washington, D.C., en route to the White House.

Today on the Hill

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Last votes expected 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m.: Convene and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.722, Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017.

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