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Tech News Roundup - 07/05/2017

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Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman are launching a new group to rethink the Democratic Party. Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman want to hack the Democratic Party. (Recode)


Germany big target of cyber espionage and attacks. Germany is a big target of spying and cyber attacks by foreign governments such as Turkey, Russia and China, a government report said on Tuesday, warning of "ticking time bombs" that could sabotage critical infrastructure. (Reuters)
Stockport student charged over global cyber attacks. Jack Chappell, 18, from Stockport, is accused of running a web business supplying software used to attack the websites of several multinational firms, including Amazon and Vodafone. (BBC News)
Why government should let industry drive cybersecurity. The expression "public-private partnership" in cybersecurity has reached the point of being a meaningless cliché and needs to be replaced with a new focus on government collaborating with and facilitating industry, say agency officials and industry leaders. (FCW)
Why the cyber EO won't solve botnets. The distributed denial-of-service attack that hobbled Internet serviceacross the U.S. in October 2016 showed how vulnerable connected devices are to botnets, said officials tasked with researching the problem. (FCW)

Public Sector

What Jared's office actually does. When a dozen and a half CEOs of the world's biggest tech companies descended on the White House last month, it turned a spotlight on one of the bigger mysteries of a mysterious White House: They were convened by the Office of American Innovation, the new operation being run by presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. (ITI's Dean Garfield Quoted, Politico)
New report details infighting amid founding of GSA tech hub. Months before two of the General Services Administration's top acquisition officials abruptly left the agency in early June, there were bitter words, internal struggles and administrative retaliation over control of the funds used for the Technology Transformation Service, according to a newly released agency Inspector General's whistleblower investigation. (FCW)

DOD CIO explains FITARA fail. In June, the Department of Defense ended the school year with an "F+" on the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act's Scorecard 4.0 - a mark the DOD's CIO says the department is taking steps to boost. (FCW)

DHS needs better information security practices, audit says. The Department of Homeland Security needs to up its game on information security, according to an audit released last week. (FedScoop)

Pittsburgh's new innovation lead turns agency's attention inward. When Debra Lam, Pittsburgh's first "chief of innovation and performance," announced she was leaving the city in December, a replacement was already being groomed to continue her work, but with a few minor adjustments. (StateScoop)


Court Blocks E.P.A. Effort to Suspend Obama-Era Methane Rule. Dealing a legal blow to the Trump administration, a federal appeals court ruled on Mondaythat the Environmental Protection Agency cannot suspend an Obama-era rule to restrict methane emissions from new oil and gas wells. (New York Times)

Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, E.P.A. Chief Is Off to a Blazing Start. In the four months since he took office as the Environmental Protection Agency's administrator, Scott Pruitt has moved to undo, delay or otherwise block more than 30 environmental rules, a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the agency's 47-year history, according to experts in environmental law. (New York Times)

A Remote Chinese Province Uses Its Climate To Grow A Big-Data Industry . To the rest of China, the remote, landlocked region known as Guizhou province has been a wild and rugged backwater, for all but the last 500 years of the country's history. Now, it's at the leading edge of China's technological ambitions. (NPR)


The systemic reach of big tech. The European Commission's fine imposed on Google has focused attention on the concentrated market share of internet groups in search, social media and other platform businesses. (Financial Times)

Europe Is Becoming a Bigger Problem for Silicon Valley. A deep cultural divide between the U.S. and Europe in their approaches to Silicon Valley has thrust European officials into the role of global tech-industry cops. (Wall Street Journal)


Trump Talks Trade and Climate With Merkel Ahead of G-20 Summit. President Donald Trump had an "extensive" conversation about trade and climate issues with German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, the White House said Monday. (Wall Street Journal)

Digital Economy Council aims to boost UK tech sector. The government will today host the first meeting of its Digital Economy Council, which aims to provide a "forum for collaboration" between Whitehall, industry and academia, as well as delivering new jobs and growth in the tech sector. (Computer Week)

Solar Trade Case, With Trump as Arbiter, Could Upend Market. Millions of Americans now get their electricity, at least in part, from the solar panels that have rapidly spread throughout the country since 2010, thanks to their sharply declining cost. (New York Times)

China, Germany Step Up as U.S. Retires From World Leadership. The two industrial powerhouses of Asia and Europe are being nudged into an informal alliance to pick up the leadership baton that the U.S. is accused of having dropped since President Donald Trump's inauguration earlier this year, according to diplomats and officials from several Group of 20 members. (BNA)

Trudeau: EU-Canada trade deal is 'model to the world'. The trade deal between the EU and Canada is a "model to the world" that will benefit people on both sides of the Atlantic, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a visit Tuesday with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. (Politico Europe)


Google DeepMind NHS medical trial broke UK privacy law. The ICO censured the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust about data handed over during trials of a novel way to detect kidney injuries. (BBC News)


How Trump's travel ban evolved. The version of President Trump's travel ban that finally went into effect last week is a far cry from the administration's original vision for curtailing immigration and beefing up national security. (The Hill)


Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment. Their stories came out slowly, even hesitantly, at first. Then in a rush. (New York Times)

A Backlash Builds Against Sexual Harassment in Silicon Valley. The upheaval over sexual harassment in the technology start-up industry mushroomed on Monday, with the resignation of a prominent Silicon Valley investor who said he had been "a creep"and more women saying they would come forward to talk about their experiences. (New York Times)

Harassment in the Tech Industry: Voices Grow on Social Media. The New York Times recently spoke with more than two dozen women in the technology start-up industry about sexual harassment, provoking a range of reactions with their accounts. (New York Times)

Facebook's and Twitter's executive leadership are still the most white among big Silicon Valley companies. Google's latest diversity report confirmed what we all know about prestige jobs at Silicon Valley tech companies: Despite incremental gains in diversity, these jobs still overwhelmingly go to white males. (Recode)

How Can the U.S. Get More Women Into the Workforce? Ask Canada. During the decades after World War II, a growing share of U.S. and Canadian women participated in the workforce, boosting household incomes and national production, while opening new opportunities for women themselves. (Wall Street Journal)


Trump reopens fight on internet sales tax. President Trump's recent tweet about Amazon is putting the issue of online sales taxes back in the spotlight. (The Hill)

Internet of Things

Makers Of Self-Driving Cars Need Programs To Dodge Animals. Good morning. I'm Mary Louise Kelly with news of a setback for the makers of self-driving cars. A challenge has been programming them to dodge animals. In Sweden, Volvo researchers have figured out how to break for big, slow animals, like moose and reindeer. (NPR)

Tech Business

How the iPhone Built a City in China. Farmer Zhang Hailin remembers the day in 2010 when he watched as helicopters flew in over fields of corn and wheat here, hovering in spots to drop balloon-shaped markers. (Wall Street Journal)

After Trump: Techies 'boomerang' to Midwest to spread wealth. Shaken by the outcome of the presidential election, Brian McClendon left his job at Uber and returned to the Midwest after three decades in Silicon Valley. (USA Today)

The South Park Commons Fills a Hole in the Tech Landscape. Ruchi Sanghvi was the first female engineer at Facebook, where she helped create the news feed that now serves as the primary window into the world's largest social network. (New York Times)
Op-Ed: Echoes of Wall Street in Silicon Valley's grip on money and power. Have we reached a market top in technology stocks and, in particular, those of the Fangs: Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google? (Financial Times)

In Russia's Siberian Silicon Valley, Business Is Good But Risks Can Be High. Residents in a suburb of Siberia's capital, Novosibirsk, like to say the world's smartest street runs through their leafy community. (NPR)

Glitch causes prices of Apple, Google, other stocks to appear off. The prices of several big-name Nasdaq-listed (NDAQ.O) stocks appeared on some websites to either spike or plummet well after the closing bell on Monday, seemingly due to a glitch related to the market data that runs the largely automated markets. (Reuters)

Yelp's Six-Year Grudge Against Google. Jeremy Stoppelman, chief executive of Yelp, the local search and reviewing site, would like this article to be focused on his company's growth, or on how its reviews help independent businesses, or on pretty much anything besides what it is about: how Yelp became Google's most tenacious pest. (New York Times)

ITI Member News

Microsoft to cut 'thousands' of staff, report says. As corporate America kicks back a gear for the Fourth of July weekend, Microsoftemployees could face a different reality when they return to work, with the company reportedly set to lay off thousands of employees as part of a major staffing reshuffle. (CNET)
Apple Disrupts Silicon Valley With Another Eye-Catcher: Its New Home. Things change when a spaceship comes to town. (New York Times)

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