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Cellphone Roaming Charges End in Europe. Many Respond With a Yawn.. After a decade of debate, Europe will finally abolish cellphone roaming charges this week, allowing people from Britain to Bulgaria to call, send text messages and surf the web without incurring eye-watering charges when traveling across the 28-nation bloc. (New York Times)

President Donald Trump has nominated Jessica Rosenworcel as an FCC commissioner. U.S. President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the open Democratic slot at the Federal Communications Commission. (Recode)
Public Sector

FedRAMP trimming approval time, officials say. The time needed for cloud services to receive authorization under the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program has been significantly shortened thanks to the FedRAMP Accelerated process. (FCW)
DISA and DOD work through shared pain points. The Department of Defense's Joint Information Environment campaign to standardize systems and move to shared services is demanding what is sometimes painful change within the Pentagon, the services and the Defense Information Systems Agency. (FCW)
CIA CIO: Private cloud 'the best decision we've ever made'. More than four years have passed since the CIA announced its watershed deal with Amazon Web Services to build out a private cloud for the intelligence community. According to CIA CIO John Edwards, "it's the best decision we've ever made." (FCW)
Security no longer CIOs' top concern in the cloud, AWS's Carlson says. Security in the cloud is still a major concern for federal CIOs, but it's not the leading concern it once was, says Teresa Carlson, head of public sector for Amazon Web Services. (FedScoop)
CSRA snags potential $498M DOD contract for milCloud 2.0. CSRA has secured a potential $498 million contract to provide commercial infrastructure services to the Defense Department for the milCloud 2.0 on-premise cloud platform, the department said. (FedScoop)

19 cloud innovation winners announced at Amazon Web Services summit. Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the winners of its fourth annual AWS City on a Cloud Innovation Contest Wednesday at its eighth annual AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, D.C. Overall, 19 winners were recognized over three categories including: Best Practices, Dream Big, and Partners in Innovation. (StateScoop)


California and New York just sued to protect Obama's final energy rules. Eleven states, led by California and New York, have sued the Trump administration for failing to finalize energy-efficiency regulations for portable air conditioners, walk-in coolers and other products. (Washington Post)

Apple raises $1bn through 'green bond' in environmental push. Apple has raised $1bn in debt in a "green bond" to fund environmentally focused initiatives, weeks after the company's chief executive criticised President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate pact. (Financial Times)

Trump clings to coal as worldwide demand plummets. Market demand for the dirtiest of fossil fuels is plummeting worldwide, according to industry data published Tuesday, even as President Donald Trump has made reviving the long-struggling U.S. coal mines the bedrock of his administration's energy policy. (Star Tribune)

How Retiring Nuclear Power Plants May Undercut U.S. Climate Goals. Over the last decade, a glut of cheap natural gas from hydraulic fracturing has driven hundreds of dirtier coal plants in the United States out of business, a big reason carbon dioxide emissions fell 14 percent from 2005 to 2016. (New York Times)


Tech firm contested feds' digital spying request, documents show. Three years ago a private company challenged a U.S. government request to collect the online activity of a foreign intelligence target, according to newly disclosed documents. (Politico Pro)

Uber faces FTC probe into privacy practices: report. Uber is reportedly facing a new probe from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its privacy practices. (The Hill)


McAuliffe urged Trump to hike cybersecurity funding for states. Gov. Terry McAuliffe told President Donald Trump at a National Governors Association reception that the federal government needs to ship more money for cybersecurity to states, Virginia's chief executive said today. (Politico Pro)

In joust with self-driving vehicle industry, senators demand minimum cybersecurity standards. With heavy liabilities for the auto industry at stake, state senators are investigating whether federal cybersecurity requirements for self-driving vehicles are necessary. (StateScoop)

Internet of Things

Self-Driving Car Legislation Possible by August: Peters . The Senate could propose legislation on self-driving cars before the August recess, Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) said today after a hearing on the subject at the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (BNA)

Automakers Want to Test More Self-Driving Cars on U.S. Roads. Automakers -- and aspiring automakers -- are seeking permission to put more experimental self-driving cars on the road to speed their development. (Bloomberg)

Senators eye lifting brake, pedal requirements for more driverless cars. A Senate panel is eyeing legislative steps to make it easier for driverless cars to be exempt from brake and pedal requirements. (The Hill)


French court advisor says Google not liable for back taxes. U.S. internet giant Google should not be held liable for over one billion euros ($1.13 billion) in back taxes in France, an independent court advisor recommended to French judges, a court official said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Google Gets Boost in Fight Over $1.3 Billion French Tax Bill. Google should be let off the hook from a 1.12 billion-euro ($1.3 billion) tax recovery order in France even though fiscal authorities in the country are seeking to recoup that amount, according to an adviser at the Paris administrative court. (Bloomberg)

Indonesia Says It Has Tax Deal With Google. AlphabetInc.'s Google unit has agreed the amount of tax arrears Indonesia says the technology company hasn't paid since 2009, a government official said Tuesday. (Wall Street Journal)

Global automakers bring concerns about border adjustment tax to White House. The Association of Global Automakers raised concerns about the House GOP's border adjustment plan in a meeting today with National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn. (Politico Pro)


U.S. regulators might block the merger of FanDuel and DraftKings. Staff at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have raised serious competition concerns with the proposed merger of FanDuel and DraftKings, according to three sources familiar with the matter, raising the specter that the government agency could soon block the deal. (Recode)


Trump tweaks travel ban timing. President Donald Trump modified the timing of his travel ban executive order Wednesday in an apparent bid to bolster his chances of persuading the Supreme Court to revive the embattled measure. (Politico Pro)

Artificial Intelligence

'US rethinks Chinese investment in AI start-ups'. The news agency says a leaked report proposes that export controls be updated to stop Chinese organisations being able to invest in some start-ups. (BBC News)


Adviser suggests Trump will sign apprenticeship executive order tomorrow. A top adviser to President Donald Trump indicated that Trump would give his address on apprenticeships tomorrow and sign a related executive order. (Politico Pro)

Nebraska to Get New $2.7M Technical Education Center. A collaboration between a city and several northeast Nebraska educational institutions has announced plans to build a $2.7 million training facility meant to expand career and technical education in the region. (AP)

Trump Administration to Scrap Obama-Era Rules on For-Profit Colleges. The Trump administration is set to announce Wednesday that it will scrap Obama-era rules designed to shut for-profit colleges that leave students with high debt burdens and weak job prospects. (Wall Street Journal)

Computer Science Graduates Are Disappearing From Software Development. According to the just-released Stack Overflow annual developer survey-a sampling of some 64,000 workers in the software industry from around the world-the proportion of new software devs entering the workforce with computer science degrees has dipped significantly. (Motherboard)

The Universal Phenomenon of Men Interrupting Women. For women in business and beyond, it was an I-told-you-so day. (New York Times)

Tech Business

One Way to Fix Uber: Think Twice Before Using It. You gasp with each new report on Uber's toxicity. On Tuesday, there was the harassment and discrimination documented in an endless list of internal recommendations by Eric H. Holder Jr., the former attorney general, who was hired to peer into Uber's ugly depths. Then, while presenting the report to employees, an Uber board member made a sexist remark. (New York Times)
The big problem for Uber now: Attracting talent. Last year, software engineer Elizabeth Ford got what many young engineers in Silicon Valley once considered the dream job pitch: Would she be interested in working at Uber? (Washington Post)
The G.E. Puzzle, and the Pieces a New Chief Will Have to Make Fit. John Flannery, the new leader at General Electric, has some breathing room. He told G.E. employees on Monday that he would "take a fresh look at the company" and do so with "a sense of urgency." (New York Times)

ITI Member News

Nokia targets web giants with fastest routers on market. Nokia (NOKIA.HE) launched the world's fastest network chips on Wednesday, marking a breakthrough into the core router market dominated by rivals Juniper (JNPR.N) and Cisco (CSCO.O), while giving a boost to its existing network business. (Reuters)

Google Will Buy Modular Homes to Address Housing Crunch. Soaring home prices and apartment rents in Silicon Valley have become a growing headache for technology titans. Google owner Alphabet Inc. is taking a step toward addressing the issue. (Wall Street Journal)

Facebook to add fundraising option to 'Safety Check'. Facebook said on Wednesday it would soon allow its U.S. users to raise and donate money using its "Safety Check" feature, to make it easier for people affected by natural disasters and violent attacks to receive help. (Reuters)

IBM Pairs With BMW to Market Connected Car Services. International Business Machines Corp. IBM -0.27% said Wednesday it is pairing with BMW BMW -1.12% to provide cloud-based data management for the German auto maker's recently launched connected car initiative, a move by the centenarian tech giant to deepen its move into passenger vehicles. (Wall Street Journal)

Microsoft issues more security patches for older Windows, citing cyber attack risk. In the wake of last month's WannaCry malware outbreak, Microsoft has once again issued patches to programs it no longer supports, citing vulnerabilities in their code that could make them vulnerable to cyber attacks by nation-states or copycat organizations. (USA Today)

Today on the Hill

Today, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Today the Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of S.722, the Iran Sanctions bill.
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