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Tech News Roundup - 07/06/2017

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Jared Polis on Why He Should Be Elected Colorado Governor in 2018. The rep for Colorado's 2nd Congressional District, which includes Boulder, Polis is the sixth major gubernatorial hopeful to participate in a Westword Q&A. (Westword)

Zuckerberg: Universal basic income is a 'bipartisan idea'. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is floating the idea of creating a universal basic income in the United States. (The Hill)


U.N. survey finds cybersecurity gaps everywhere except Singapore. Singapore has a near-perfect approach to cybersecurity, but many other rich countries have holes in their defenses and some poorer countries are showing them how it should be done, a U.N. survey showed on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Public Sector

NATO, DHS probe Petya attack. NATO believes a nation state is likely behind the Petya/NotPetya malware attack and is contemplating response options as a former Pentagon official takes over the alliance's tech and cyber office. (FCW)


Google to start getting Norwegian wind power by September. Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google unit expects to receive its first wind power from Norway by early September, the company told Reuters on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Trump May Find Some Allies on Climate Change at G-20 Meeting. Western European efforts to isolate President Trump for rejecting the Paris climate change agreement appear to be faltering as leaders gather for a summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany, at the end of the week. (New York Times)

Scientists are starting to clear up one of the biggest controversies in climate science. How much Earth will warm in response to future greenhouse gas emissions may be one of the most fundamental questions in climate science - but it's also one of the most difficult to answer. (Washington Post)

A landmark climate lawsuit against Trump is scheduled for trial next year. Here's what to expect.. A trial date has finally been set for a groundbreaking, climate-change lawsuit being brought against the federal government after multiple hurdles in the past year threatened to prevent it from moving forward. Last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin ordered that the trial begin Feb. 5, 2018. (Washington Post)


EU asks expert panel to check Google Android case. EU antitrust regulators have appointed a panel of experts to give a second opinion on their case against Google's Android mobile operating system, two people familiar with the matter said, as they weigh another record fine against the company. (Reuters)

FTC competition chief retires. Tad Lipsky, the acting director of the Federal Trade Commission's competition bureau, has retired, the agency announced Wednesday. (The Hill)

Artificial Intelligence

Why the Robot Takeover of the Economy Is Proceeding Slowly. Vik Singh's company has powerful artificial intelligence software that helps firms hunt down the best sales leads. Getting somebody to use it -- well, that's a story that says a lot about the U.S. expansion. (Bloomberg)

Why Google's newest AI team is setting up in Canada. DeepMind, Google's London-based artificial intelligence research branch, is launching a team at the University of Alberta in Canada. (Recode)

Alphabet's AI arm DeepMind opens research lab in Canada, first outside the U.K.. Alphabet's artificial intelligence (AI) subsidiary DeepMind has opened its first international research lab in Edmonton, Canada, in partnership with the University of Alberta (UAlberta). (Venture Beat)


Trump's long list of disagreements with G20 nations. US President Donald Trump's policies and statements have ruffled the feathers of many world leaders since he took office. (CNN)

Japanese leaders launch last push for trade deal in Brussels. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida flew into Brussels on Wednesday for the final sprint toward what promises to be the world's biggest trade deal. (Politico Pro)

Trump boosts free trade - outside the U.S.. Turns out President Donald Trump can make huge trade deals happen. They just don't involve America. (Politico Pro)


Big campaign donations raise the stakes for Illinois' attempt to pass data privacy legislation. The battle over data privacy law in Illinois' legislature earlier this month illustrates how much the debate has become a state issue since the Trump administration's April rollback of Obama-era FCC protections. (StateScoop)


Afghan girl roboticists denied US visas. President Trump recently ordered a ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries, but Afghanistan was not included on the list. (BBC News)


Inclusion 101: Tech's Future Founders Get Schooled on Diversity. As a slew of Silicon Valley companies confront accusations of unfair treatment of women and minorities, Stanford University's Graduate School of Business is trying to help would-be entrepreneurs create more conscientious companies. (Wall Street Journal)

Democratic Senate staffers are mostly white and women, new report says. People working for Democratic senators are overwhelmingly white and mostly women, according to a first-of-its-kind report on diversity in some congressional offices. (Washington Post)


Trump administration backs Apple's appeal of EU tax case. The Trump administration is backing Apple's appeal of a European Union order that it pay $14.8 billion in back taxes to Ireland. (The Hill)

EU Backs New Tax Transparency Rules For Multinationals. European Union lawmakers backed new rules that would force large multinational companies operating within the bloc to give detailed information on where profits are made to prevent them from reducing tax bills. (Wall Street Journal)

Tech think tank urges Congress to expand research tax credit. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is urging Congress to expand the research and development tax credit as lawmakers work on legislation to overhaul the tax code. (The Hill)

Internet of Things

Baidu Head Takes Self-Driving Car to Beijing AI Conference. Self-driving cars may be the future of personal transportation, but they are still forbidden on the crowded streets of China's capital city-as Baidu Inc. BIDU +2.68% Chief Executive Robin Li was reminded Wednesday. (Wall Street Journal)

China's Baidu taps 50 partners to help advance self-driving. Baidu Inc, the top Chinese internet search firm, has formed a broad alliance to promote self-driving cars, pitting its Apollo platform against Alphabet Inc's system, it said on Wednesday, in hopes of getting the vehicles on the road in China by 2019. (Reuters)

Car companies' vision of a gradual transition to self-driving cars has a big problem. An important moment in the self-diving car debate came on May 7, 2016, when Joshua Brown lost his life after his Tesla vehicle crashed into a semi-truck trailer. Brown had engaged Tesla's Autopilot feature, and the software didn't detect the white side of the trailer against the daytime sky. (Vox)

Tech Business

Israel and India Take 'Giant Step Forward' With Tech Fund. Israel and India launched a technology fund Wednesday aimed at growing the countries' business relationship, and signed seven accords boosting cooperation in areas ranging from space research to water and agriculture. (Bloomberg)

Op-Ed: Cities Need Data From Uber and Lyft. With the ouster of Travis Kalanick, its founder and chief executive, Uber has vowed to mend an array of broken and frayed relationships. (Bloomberg)

Drone makers zero in on commercial opportunities. They have been used to shoot weddings, Hollywood movies and terrorists. But now drones, and their makers, are navigating a third path between hobbyists and warfare into the industrial world, threatening a shake-up of the burgeoning $6bn industry. (Financial Times)

How the iPhone changed the telecommunications industry. Before the first iPhone went on sale, Apple had gotten good at building computers and making iPods. But in the early 2000s, engineers at Apple had started working on something entirely new - a mobile device that combined a phone, an iPod and a computer. (USA Today)

Why I outsourced to Michigan instead of India. For one CTO, offshoring software development seemed like a good idea. Six years ago, the CTO joined a fintech company that had a history of sending coding projects to India, China, Vietnam, and Ukraine. (Venture Beat)

Zuckerberg: Universal basic income is a 'bipartisan idea'. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is floating the idea of creating a universal basic income in the United States. (The Hill)

Ohio is now the fifth U.S. state to permit delivery robots on sidewalks. Ohio is now the fifth U.S. state to pass a law permitting the use of delivery robots on sidewalks and in crosswalks statewide. (Recode)

Listen up, Alibaba is joining Amazon and Google in the smart speaker game. There's a big new player in the competition to infiltrate homes with smart speakers: Chinese online sales giant Alibaba. (USA Today)

ITI Member News

Google's battle with the European Union is the world's biggest economic policy story. The European Union leveled a $2.7 billion fine against Google this month for allegedly illegally disadvantaging several European e-commerce sites by algorithmically favoring Google Shopping results over their own. (Vox)

Try, Then Buy? Amazon's Move Is Part of a Shopping Trend. When I was a child, I would watch my grandmother try on dresses and coats she had brought home on "appro" (or approbation) from Mrs. Downey's boutique in Dungarvan, Ireland: deciding, at her leisure, what to buy and what to return. (New York Times)

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