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Tech News Roundup - 06/22/2017

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Senate panel to review regulatory 'burdens' on cybersecurity. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today will consider industry perspectives on how burdensome, duplicative cybersecurity regulations are having a negative impact on securing IT systems and networks, as part of what Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) has described as an effort to focus policy discussions on security over regulatory compliance. (ITI Dean Garfield Mentioned, Inside Cybersecurity)

Intel to collaborate with Israel's Team8, Illusive on cybersecurity. Intel Corp. (INTC.O) has joined Team8, an Israeli creator of cybersecurity start-ups, as a strategic partner and will help with the formation of companies that address the largest cybersecurity problems, Team8 said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Former DHS boss says 'no evidence' of tampering in 2016 vote count. At a House hearing, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified that Russian interference in U.S. elections did not extend to manipulating vote counts, as far as he knows. (FCW)

DHS: Russia tried to hack voting systems in 21 states. According to Department of Homeland Security officials, Russian hackers probed election-related systems in 21 different states in the run-up to the 2016 election. The officials said they could not disclose the states on that list, other than Arizona and Illinois, which have made their own public disclosures. (FCW)

Public Sector

DHS considers expansion to the cloud for federal CDM dashboard. As the Homeland Security Department prepares to launch the federal continuous diagnostics and mitigation dashboard later this summer, DHS is thinking about how it can utilize the cloud to manage more CDM tools in the future. (Federal News Radio)
Department of Education on the lookout for new CISO. The Department of Education is on the hunt for a new CISO. (FedScoop)

The convergence of IT and OT - and how federal CIOs can plan for it. The coming convergence of information technologies (IT) and operational technologies (OT) presents a new era of data-driven opportunities for organizations - and a new set of technical challenges for enterprise CIOs. (FedScoop)

Raytheon scores $1B cyber contract with DHS. Raytheon won a $1 billion, five-year cybersecurity contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a project called DOMino, short for Development, Operations and Maintenance, after years of protest. (FedScoop)


Trump plans to address broadband in White House infrastructure proposal. President Donald Trump will include broadband internet in his infrastructure plan, he said tonight in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The White House will include "a provision in our infrastructure proposal - $1 trillion proposal, you'll be seeing it very shortly - to promote and foster enhanced broadband access for rural America," he promised. (Politico Pro)

White House aims to speed U.S. drone, wireless technologies. The White House is bringing together drone makers, wireless companies and venture capitalists on Thursday to look at ways government can help speed new technologies to the marketplace. (Reuters)
President Trump will talk policy with drone makers, wireless companies and tech investors on Thursday. President Donald Trump will gather the leaders of major drone manufacturers, wireless companies and venture capital firms at the White House on Thursday to discuss how the U.S. government can help advance emerging technologies. (Recode)
Will 5G Change Lives? Infrastructure Providers, Carriers, Even Dell EMC And HPE Are Betting It Will. Do you feel the need for speed? Imagine the ability to move from 100s of megabits per second today to 10,000+ in the future on your smartphone or tablet. 5G will turn all of that into a reality. (Forbes)

Democrats urge Trump administration to block AT&T/Time Warner merger. A group of mostly Democratic senators led by Al Franken (D-Minn.) today urged the Department of Justice to block AT&T's proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc. (Ars Technica)

Tech Politics
White House looks to bridge gap between Silicon Valley and the rest of America. The White House is gathering technology leaders on Thursday to discuss how the industry aims to drive economic growth in emerging technology areas like wireless broadband and drones. (The Hill)


How midsize cloud player Akamai buys clean power. While major renewable power purchase contracts typically have been the province of corporate behemoths such as Google and Microsoft, smaller companies are beginning to get in the game in a more visible way. (ITI Mentioned, GreenBiz)

Saudi Prince's Elevation Will Have Far-Reaching Consequences in Energy. As the new heir apparent to the throne of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed bin Salman will play an even more influential role in world oil markets at a time when big crude-producing nations are struggling to prop up prices. (New York Times)


Trump administration expected to kill startup visa rule. The Trump administration plans to delay and then scrap a rule allowing foreign entrepreneurs to enter the U.S. in order to build companies, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, citing an anonymous administration official. (Axios)

Homeland Security Department to Issue More Visas for Summer Workers. The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday it would make more visas available for seasonal summer workers, responding to complaints from businesses and members of Congress about a significant shortfall. (Wall Street Journal)


California may restore broadband privacy rules killed by Congress and Trump. A proposed law in California would require Internet service providers to obtain customers' permission before they use, share, or sell the customers' Web browsing history. (Ars Technica)

Internet of Things

Cities, Feds Must Find Balance in Smart Cities Build-Out . Striking the right balance between municipal control and federal coordination is essential to building smart cities, government officials and company representatives said during a panel discussion June 21. (BNA)

Green light for UK driverless car road trials. Autodrive - a collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors - showed off how autonomous cars can talk to each other. (BBC News)

Self-driving vehicles: Nevada and Texas join growing pool of states to pass laws. Nevada and Texas governors each signed bills addressing self-driving vehicles this month, joining 16 other states and Washington D.C. in the quest to regulate and capitalize on a rapidly advancing technology. (FedScoop)

Driverless shuttle service to launch at University of Michigan. The University of Michigan will launch a driverless shuttle service on campus beginning this fall, giving the school another piece of technology that will keep it at the forefront of autonomous vehicle research. (USA Today)


Hatch warns Trump: Don't use national security tools to meet trade goals. Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch expressed concern Wednesday about the Trump administration's consideration of restricting steel and aluminum imports in the name of national security, citing the potential for that course to jeopardize the United States' ability to sanction countries that pose legitimate national security threats. (Politico Pro)

Brexit: The POLITICO policy guides. After nearly a year of disappointment, triumphalism, hand-wringing, head-scratching and confusion, Brexit talks are finally underway. (Politico)
Lighthizer's pledge: A NAFTA both parties can support. The Trump administration is well aware that trade agreements typically gain approval in the U.S. (Politico Pro)

The UK-based Polish entrepreneurs unbowed by Brexit. Polsteel hires only Polish people, provides services mainly to small Polish construction companies, and even has the proud "pol" prefix in its name. Yet Michael Krajewski, the company's Polish founder, voted Leave in the referendum last June. (Financial Times)

Artificial Intelligence

These 20 Leading Technologists Are Driving China's AI Revolution. China's leading technology companies are on fire, heavily investing in artificial intelligence and building true global presences. (Forbes)

Google's DeepMind Is Teaching AI How to Think Like a Human. Last year, for the first time, an artificial intelligence called AlphaGo beat the ranking human champion in a game of Go. (Motherboard)

Tech Business

Uber CEO Is Pushed Out as Company Tries to Clean Up Its Act. Under Travis Kalanick's leadership, Uber's "Animal House"-style business plan was to grow as quickly as possible, steamrolling regulators while flouting the rules of workplace conduct. (AP)
How Uber Backers Orchestrated Kalanick's Ouster as CEO. Travis Kalanick's decision to step down as chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc. stunned his more than 12,000 employees and rippled through Silicon Valley, but it was the culmination of weeks of maneuvering by some of the firm's biggest backers to oust the nearly $70 billion company's co-founder. (Wall Street Journal)

Kalanick's departure gives Uber a chance for a reset. The resignation of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick offers the embattled ride-hailing giant a chance to reset its often-poisonous relationship with regulators across the country and the world - and make a fresh start with Washington as it considers rules for Uber's next big thing: self-driving cars. (Politico Pro)

Uber's Lesson: Silicon Valley's Start-Up Machine Needs Fixing. Travis Kalanick's spectacular rise and fall at Uber contains many lessons for the technology industry. But one lesson should rise above the others: This was not just Mr. Kalanick's failure - it was far bigger. (New York Times)

How Battling Brands Online Has Gained Urgency, and Impact. Until last week, Travis Kalanick, a founder of Uber and its chief executive, ruled his company absolutely. That was the Silicon Valley way; ever since Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple in the 1980s, tech founders have demanded, and been awarded, enormous deference by investors and corporate boards. (New York Times)

Deep in the Malls of Texas, a Vision of Shopping's Future. Scott Beck, the chief executive of a local real estate company, remembers riding his bike as a child to Valley View Center, a shopping mall in North Dallas. Cars filled the vast parking lot and anchor stores like Bloomingdale's, J. C. Penney and Sears teemed with customers. (New York Times)

Wal-Mart to Vendors: Get Off Amazon's Cloud. The battle between the King Kong and Godzilla of retail has moved into the cloud. (Wall Street Journal)
Car Buyers Complain About Semiautonomous Features. Auto makers are trying to take a giant leap forward by developing driverless cars. They appear to be stumbling as they take baby steps toward accomplishing the goal. (Wall Street Journal)

The Economy Needs Amazons, but It Mostly Has GEs. When Inc. announced Friday it was buying Whole Foods, the stock market got a taste of something long missing: volatility. (Wall Street Journal)

ITI Member News

Toshiba Picks Preferred Bidder for Microchip Business. As Toshiba, the embattled technology giant, battles for survival, it has turned to a group led by the Japanese government to buy its prized microchip business, although its plans still face a legal challenge by an American business partner. (New York Times)
Amazon's grocery push playing catch up with Chinese e-commerce giants. As Inc (AMZN.O) looks to swallow U.S. grocery chain Whole Foods, China's tech giants are already digesting hefty bricks-and-mortar deals, taking the lead in the battle to transform supermarket shopping with big data and better supply chains. (Reuters)

Intel Signs On As An Olympic Sponsor, Promising Virtual Reality And 360-Degree Video. Intel says it will bring virtual reality, drones and 360-degree to future Olympics, after signing a deal to become a worldwide Olympic partner through 2024. The company says it will bring its technical prowess to the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (NPR)

Today on the Hill

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

The Senate will convene at 11:00 a.m. and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Marshall Billingslea to be Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, Department of the Treasury.

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