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Tech News Roundup - 06/13/2017

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U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS. America's fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have in recent years blown up nuclear centrifuges in Iran and turned to computer code and electronic warfare to sabotage North Korea's missile launches, with mixed results. (New York Times)

Cyber Experts Identify Malware That Could Disrupt U.S. Power Grid. Computer security researchers said Sunday they have discovered the malicious software that knocked out electricity in Ukraine's capital last year, and warned U.S. companies that the code could be repurposed to disrupt their systems. (Wall Street Journal)

Broadband speeds have soared under net neutrality rules, cable lobby says. The cable industry's top lobbying group has consistently claimed that the US' current net neutrality rules harm network investment and raise costs for consumers. (Ars Technica)

FCC announces updates to Mapping Broadband Health initiative. The FCC's Connect2Health task force has updated and expanded data sets that track the association between broadband access and community health across the U.S. (FedScoop)

Public Sector

CSRA wins $500M milCloud 2.0 contract. The Defense Information Systems Agency is moving forward with milCloud 2.0 with the award of a maximum $500 million Phase 1 contract to CSRA. (FCW)

Two execs to leave GSA in wake of reorg. In the wake of an organizational shakeup, two of the top acquisition executives at the General Services Administration have given notice they intend to leave the agency. (FCW)

Trump to create new council, office to fast-track infrastructure projects. President Donald Trump announced the creation of a new council and a new office to make the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects faster and more transparent. (FCW)

State seeks contractor to help modernize consular systems. The Department of State has begun a modernization program intended to increase efficiency as well as ease user-access for the department's consumers, and it is looking for a contractor to help with implementation. (FedScoop)

How modern analytics will inform government in 2017. In 2016, a wave of self-service analytics swept across the enterprise. Governments began embracing the modern approach to business analytics, with IT and public sector leadership partnering to derive maximum value from their data. (StateScoop)


This is what the U.S.'s new global isolation on climate change looks like. Now that the Trump administration has withdrawn from the Paris climate deal, we're starting to see concretely what that means on the world stage. (Washington Post)

'We're still on fast-track to trial': Kids' climate lawsuit against Trump administration stays alive. Late last week, a federal judge denied a Trump administration move to prevent a major climate change lawsuit from going to trial. (Washington Post)

Internet of Things

Investors cheered when Google announced its reorganization into Alphabet in October 2015. The takeaway was its new penny-pinching CFO would ax company science projects and unlock shareholder value. (Forbes)


Electric sector, feds rush to thwart 'milestone' cyber weapon. Government officials and energy sector leaders scrambled Monday to analyze a newly discovered cyber weapon that researchers are calling a "milestone" for hackers hoping to cripple power grids. (Politico Pro)

Tech groups want digital issues addressed in new NAFTA. As the U.S. Trade Representative begins weighing changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, groups representing the nation's largest technology companies are pushing for digital provisions that address industry concerns about constraints on data and e-commerce. (ITI Mentioned, Politico)

Digital Trade and U.S. Trade Policy. As the rules of global Internet develop and evolve, digital trade has risen in prominence on the global trade and economic agenda, but multilateral trade agreements have not kept pace with the complexities of the digital economy. (Bgov)

Farm Bureau: Change NAFTA, but spare farmers new trade barriers. The American Farm Bureau Federation on Monday outlined changes it would like the Trump administration to pursue in the renegotiation of NAFTA, but also called on negotiators to protect market access U.S. farmers enjoy in Canada and Mexico. (Politico)

AFL-CIO pushes for big changes in NAFTA negotiations. Top labor union officials say they won't tolerate anything less than a major overhaul of NAFTA but have been wary of President Donald Trump's mixed messages on his vision for a revised deal. (Politico Pro)

Intellectual Property

Supreme Court to rule on legality of patent review system. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a federal administrative process frequently used by technology companies to ward off patent infringement lawsuits violates the constitutional rights of patent owners. (Reuters)


Ninth Circuit Court Declines to Reinstate Trump Travel Ban. A West Coast federal appeals court on Monday blocked President Donald Trump from enforcing an executive order seeking to temporarily ban U.S. travel for people from six Muslim-majority countries, dealing another legal blow against the order. (Wall Street Journal)

Spicer says Trump's travel ban will ultimately prevail in court. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that the U.S. needs "every available tool at our disposal" to keep terrorists out of the country, maintaining that President Donald Trump's travel ban executive order is lawful despite another legal setback earlier in the day. (Politico Pro)

Why migrant crossings plummeted at U.S.-Mexico border. Those who live and work near the U.S. border with Mexico agree with the Trump administration on one thing: The number of migrants arriving here each day from other parts of Mexico and Central America has dropped sharply. (USA Today)


You're Hired: Trump Plans to Build U.S. Workforce With Apprenticeships. President Donald Trump next week will make expansion of apprenticeship programs the center of his labor policy, aimed at filling a record level of open jobs and drawing back Americans who have left the workforce. (Wall Street Journal)


Why breaking encryption to combat terrorism carries risks. Many things in life are desirable but unachievable. Personally, I would love to play chess as well as Magnus Carlsen but I somehow doubt that is going to happen. (Financial Times)

Tech Business

Cash Faces a New Challenger in Zelle, a Mobile Banking Service. The days of cash as king may be a step closer to ending. (New York Times)

Uber CEO Kalanick likely to take leave, SVP Michael out: source. Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] Chief Executive Travis Kalanick is likely to take a leave of absence from the troubled ride-hailing company, but no final decision has yet been made, according to a source familiar with the outcome of a Sundayboard meeting. (Reuters)

Jeffrey Immelt to Retire as General Electric Chief. General Electric, the sprawling maker of jet engines, light bulbs, M.R.I. machines and countless other products, is getting new leadership for the first time in 16 years. (New York Times)

Jeff Immelt to Step Down as CEO of GE; John Flannery Takes Role. General Electric Co. GE 3.58% said longtime leader Jeff Immelt will step aside as chief executive on Aug. 1, ending a 16-year run atop the conglomerate that he reshaped after the financial crisis but recently has struggled to boost profit. (Wall Street Journal)

Tech rout sparks search for value. The "sell in May" memo arrived a bit late in some investors' inboxes this year. (Reuters)

Exclusive - Foxconn says Apple, Dell join its bid for Toshiba chip business. Apple Inc and computing giant Dell Inc will join a Foxconn-led consortium bidding for Toshiba Corp's highly prized chip unit, the CEO of the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer told Reuters on Monday. (Reuters)

Cypress Semiconductor Founder Scores Win in Proxy Fight. The board of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. CY 0.29% has shuffled its ranks amid a bruising proxy fight led by company founder and former chief executive T.J. Rodgers. (Wall Street Journal)

China's top bike-sharing company rolls into UK. China's leading bike-sharing company Mobike is riding into Europe with a UK launch in Manchester and Salford. (Financial Times)

How Uber's Chief Is Gaining Even More Clout in the Company. Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, already wields plenty of control over the company because it is structured to favor its founders. But Mr. Kalanick is quietly amassing even more control than entrepreneurs typically enjoy at their start-ups. (New York Times)

ITI Member News

U.S. top court rules for Microsoft in Xbox class action fight. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Microsoft Corp in its bid to fend off class action claims by Xbox 360 owners who said the popular videogame console gouges discs because of a design defect. (Reuters)

Apple Is Making Old iPhones New Again to Win India. Varuni T.V., a business professor in India, had her eye on a particular smartphone for months. She coveted its look, its camera, its user-friendly features. (Bloomberg)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing. The President will then meet with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. In the afternoon, the President will have lunch with members of Congress. The President will then depart the White House for Joint Base Andrews, en route to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with Obamacare victims. The President will then give remarks on healthcare. Later in the afternoon, the President will tour Waukesha County Technical College. The President will then lead a workforce development roundtable discussion. In the evening, the President will give remarks at a Friends of Governor Scott Walker reception. The President will then depart Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Washington, D.C., en route to the White House.

Today on the Hill

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

10:00 a.m.: Convene and begin consideration of the motion to discharge S.J.Res.42, relating to the disapproval of the proposed export to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of certain defense articles. Thereafter, resume consideration of S.722, the Iran Sanctions bill.

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