Skip to main content

Tech News Roundup - 06/28/2017

Tech News Roundup

Go Back

Key Issues

Tech Politics

Intraparty Disputes Stall Republicans' Legislative Agenda. The Republican-controlled Congress is struggling to overcome intraparty fissures that have been expanding since the rise of the Tea Party in 2010, threatening to derail their legislative ambitions this year. (Wall Street Journal)
Congressional Republicans are facing strident opposition and provoking deep anxieties over a proposal to turn an obscure technical agency into the federal government's cybersecurity auditor. (Politico Pro)

Cyberattacks Hit Major Companies Across Globe. Cyberattacks wreaked havoc across Europe and the U.S. on Tuesday in a confidence-shaking attack that appeared to stem in part from an obscure Ukrainian tax software product. (Wall Street Journal)

Global Cyberattack: What We Know and Don't Know. A quickly spreading ransomware attack is hitting countries across the world including Ukraine, Russia, Spain, France and the United States, just weeks after a ransomware attack known as "WannaCry." (New York Times)
New Cyberattack Goes Global, Hits WPP, Rosneft, Maersk. A new cyberattack similar to WannaCry is spreading from Europe to the U.S., hitting port operators in New York and Rotterdam, disrupting government systems in Kiev, and disabling operations at companies including Rosneft PJSC, advertiser WPP Plc. and the Chernobyl nuclear facility. (Bloomberg)

NSA-linked tools help power second global ransomware outbreak. Security researchers are racing to analyze and contain a new form of ransomware that has begun seizing computer networks around the world, just weeks after a similar cyberattack crippled an unprecedented number of businesses and hospitals. (Politico Pro)
NSA-linked tools help power second global ransomware outbreak. Security researchers are racing to analyze and contain a new form of ransomware that has begun seizing computer networks around the world, just weeks after a similar cyberattack crippled an unprecedented number of businesses and hospitals. (Politico Pro)


Google's $2 billion antitrust fine is the biggest yet from the European Union. The European Union fined Google parent company Alphabet $2.7 billion (€2.42 billion) for manipulating search results in favor of its own shopping service - its biggest antitrust settlement ever. (Recode)

Google Slapped With $2.7 Billion EU Fine Over Search Results. The European Union's antitrust regulator on. (Wall Street Journal)

Global first as Vestager hits Google with record €2.42B fine. The European Commission issued Google a fine of €2.42 billion Tuesday for abusing a dominant position over internet search, concluding a landmark inquiry that dragged on for seven years and handing Silicon Valley its largest regulatory setback to date. (Politico Pro)

Judge Denies Qualcomm Motion to Dismiss FTC's Competition Lawsuit. A U.S. federal judge ruled against Qualcomm Inc.'s QCOM -2.00%motion to dismiss a Federal Trade Commission case that alleges the large supplier of smartphone chips used its position in the market to compete unfairly. (Wall Street Journal)

U.S. Rivals Behind EU Push to Force Google to Fix Search Results. It's not only the European Union that has it out for Google. (Bloomberg)

Washington lobbyists pushed anti-EU letter ahead of Google decision. As Europe geared up to hit Google with a record-breaking €2.4 billion fine over allegations it abused its dominance in online search to harm smaller rivals, some Washington lobbyists started to play defense. (Politico)

parent, Alphabet Inc. GOOGL -2.47% But the implications of the case are anything but puny for Google and other tech giants. (Wall Street Journal)

GOP senator calls for tight scrutiny on AT&T's proposed Time Warner merger. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told the Department of Justice on Mondaythat she wants closer scrutiny of AT&T's merger with Time Warner. (The Hill)

Public Sector

Can tech geeks crack the codes of Congress?. The Library of Congress is calling on citizen coders for ideas for modernizing the American public's access to and understanding of the legislative process. (FCW)

PSC wants OMB to tweak its regs memo. While a coalition of technology and professional services companies agreed with the White House's overall effort to get rid of old, unnecessary regulations, it has a bone to pick. (FCW)

Lira: IT modernization needs new 'organizational structure'. The recent gatherings of tech company executives and agency leaders convened by the White House are all about creating a lasting culture of continual tech modernization, according to one of the administration's top tech specialists. (FCW)

McCain closes doors to public on NDAA sausage making. This year the Senate Armed Services Committee is working on its marquee bill behind closed doors. (Federal News Radio)

Applet service IFTTT launches project to expand use of government information. IFTTT, a free service that connects and automates tasks across mobile apps, has announced its Data Access Project, a new suite of services intended to promote access to information from local, state, national, and international governmental bodies as well as various other organizations. (FedScoop)


Rick Perry talks nuclear energy research investment, Paris Agreement. Energy Secretary Rick Perry spoke briefly this afternoon to a group of reporters to address topics in energy. The Trump administration has deemed this week "Energy Week" and tasked its appointees, including Perry, to pitch what an "energy-dominant America" looks like to the American people. (Ars Technica)

E.P.A. Moves to Rescind Contested Water Pollution Regulation. The Trump administration on Tuesday took a major legal step toward repealing a bitterly contested Obama-era regulation designed to limit pollution in about 60 percent of the nation's bodies of water. (New York Times)

On Capitol Hill, EPA chief gets an earful about Trump's 'downright offensive' budget plan. Another trip to Capitol Hill for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, another reminder that lawmakers from both parties have no intention of approving the deep cuts President Trump is seeking at the agency. (Washington Post)


Some would-be immigrants left in limbo after Supreme Court travel ban order. Without close family in the United States, Elly and her husband had few options for getting permission to immigrate to America from Iran. So when they won a U.S. government lottery last September for a so-called "diversity visa" allowing them to resettle in the United States, the couple was thrilled. (Reuters)

Internet of Things

Republicans want to open U.S. roads for companies testing self-driving cars. Greg Walden recently was riding comfortably in his Subaru Outback, the cruise control guiding his car, when a "big black bird" - a crow, he suspects - swooped down in front of him. (Recode)
House panel spars over self-driving car rules. Republicans and Democrats in Congress sparred on Tuesday over U.S. states setting rules for testing and deployment of self-driving cars and a proposal to allow automakers and technology companies to bypass existing regulations in introducing autonomous cars. (Reuters)

The internet of things: industry's digital revolution. Amtrak's Northeast Corridor is the busiest railway in North America, and also the most grumbled about. Its reliability is about average for the government-owned network - about one in five of its trains ran significantly late last year - but because it connects the centres of US financial and political power, it is the subject of the loudest complaints about slow service. (Financial Times)
Driving The Future: How Smart Can A Smart Car Be?. Car owners form special relationships with their vehicles - they give them names, customize them and get to know their intricacies and quirks. But what if the car could do the same for the driver? (NPR)
The hottest self-driving car startup you've never heard of. Silicon Valley-based announced Tuesday that Andrew Ng has joined its board of directors. Ng was the chief scientist at Chinese tech giant Baidu until March, and previously founded and led the Google Brain project, an artificial intelligence effort. (CNN)
Volvo's driverless cars 'confused' by kangaroos. Volvo's self-driving technology is struggling to identify kangaroos in the road. (BBC News)


NAFTA Seen Likely to Reach Accord on Digital Trade . Issues related to cross-border data flows and prohibitions on localization requirements should find common ground in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization talks, an industry official told Bloomberg BNA. (BNA)

Merkel to Trump: We provide you jobs. Germany creates American jobs, Angela Merkel said Tuesday, in response to criticism from the White House over Germany exporting significantly more than it imports. (Politico Pro)

NAFTA talks will stall if Mexican labor issues are left unaddressed. Any updated NAFTA agreement needs to tighten Mexican labor standards and force the country to overhaul its current system, Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) said Tuesday. Failure to do so will lead to lost votes in Congress and hinder the administration's efforts to pull together an updated deal, he added. (Politico Pro)

DeLauro: Will oppose any NAFTA rewrite that includes ISDS. A leading House Democratic foe of free trade agreements said Tuesday she will oppose any rewrite of NAFTA that includes an investor-state dispute settlement provision, raising the bar for President Donald Trump to win congressional approval of a revised deal. (Politico Pro)


How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms. At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation's needs. (New York Times)


Fight between GOP House chairs imperils budget deal. A fight between House Republican chairmen is threatening to upend a tentative budget deal enabling the chamber to take the first steps toward tax reform, forcing the budget panel to cancel plans to begin work this week. (Politico Pro)

Artificial Intelligence

IBM is telling Congress not to fear the rise of an AI 'overlord'. The brains behind IBM's Jeopardy-winning, disease-tracking, weather-mapping Watson supercomputer plan to embark on a lobbying blitz in Washington, D.C., this week, hoping to show federal lawmakers that artificial intelligence isn't going to kill jobs - or humans. (Recode)

Tech Business

The app economy will be worth $6 trillion in five years thanks to mobile commerce. In five years, the app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion, up from $1.3 trillion last year, according to a report released today by app measurement company App Annie. (Recode)

ITI Member News

Op-Ed: 24/7 Banking Is 50 Years Old. It's the golden anniversary of the ATM. On June 27, 1967, a Barclays Bank branch in London unveiled the world's first automated teller machine. (Wall Street Journal)
Facebook now has two billion monthly users. It's official: Facebook now has two billion monthly users. In other words, more than 25 percent of the entire world's population uses Facebook every month. (Recode)

Facebook vows to do better combating hate speech. Even Facebook admits it's having a hard time tackling hate speech. (CNET)

Facebook backs California law to give internet to incarcerated youth. "Many teens are placed in locations far from their homes and families, making availability of electronic communication to maintain supportive relationships even more important," Ann Blackwood, Facebook (FB, Tech30) policy head for western states, wrote in a letter supporting the bill. (CNN)

Facebook's social network now has 2 billion monthly active users -- about a quarter of the world's population and more than half of the people on the internet. (Bloomberg)

Micron Will Keep Defying the Skeptics. It's telling that just when Micron is back to making serious money, the first question is: how long can that last? (Wall Street Journal)

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 votes expected: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m. and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Neomi Rao, of the District of Columbia, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
Share this News Roundup on: