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Tech News Roundup - 07/07/2017

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Even as they criticize Trump's agenda, tech execs like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk are backing Republican campaigns. Even some of the tech industry's most prominent critics of President Donald Trump are opening their checkbooks and donating to Republican lawmakers, as Silicon Valley sets its sights on the 2018 midterm election. (Recode)

Square picks up new lobbying firm. Square, Inc., a digital payments company, is recruiting the help of a new Washington, D.C., lobbying firm, according to a disclosure form released on Wednesday. (The Hill)


Bombs May Not Defeat ISIS (but Maybe the Internet Will). A Syrian man risks his life to expose ISIS atrocities. He's now asking Silicon Valley to do more to help. (New York Times)


Maersk says shipments back to normal next week after cyber attack. Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) expects container shipments to be back to normal early next week, it said on Thursday, as the impact of last week's cyber attack extends into its third week. (Reuters)

Public Sector

Steve Rice, former TSA CIO, is now principal deputy CIO at DHS. Steve Rice is now the principal deputy chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He took the position in January and has been overseeing the "management, security, and sharing of DHS information technology" since then, the agency told FedScoop. (FedScoop)

Military testing behavioral ID technology that would replace CAC card. The Pentagon has finally inked a deal to pilot behavioral biometric technology to identify those using its computer networks, more than a year after then-CIO Terry Halvorsen first pledged to get rid of the ubiquitous Common Access Card. (FedScoop)

As the MGT Act faces the Senate, are you ready for what's next?. Leaders in Congress, the administration and across industry are all on the same page: Federal IT is in need of a historic transformation and we are going to work together to get it done. (FedScoop)
Las Vegas innovation district garners support from Cisco, IoT startups. Las Vegas is doubling down on its smart city efforts through a series of new partnerships with Internet of Things (IoT) startups and Cisco. (StateScoop)


France Plans to End Sales of Gas and Diesel Cars by 2040. France is joining a growing movement to force the extinction of vehicles that run on fossil fuels, saying on Thursday that it would aim to end the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2040. (New York Times)
Trump, risking isolation over climate, arrives for G20. U.S. President Donald Trump arrived for a G20 summit in Hamburg on Thursday risking isolation on climate policy and the wrath of anti-capitalist protesters threatening to disrupt the meeting of the world's leading economic powers. (Reuters)


Trump's CNN war could affect decision on approving Time Warner-AT&T merger: report. President Trump's aides have reportedly discussed the forthcoming merger between AT&T and CNN's parent company as possible leverage amidst escalating tensions between the White House and the news network. (The Hill)

Intellectual Property

Qualcomm Seeks Limited Ban on iPhone Shipments, Sues on Patents. Qualcomm Inc. is suing Apple Inc. for patent-infringement, the latest volley in an increasingly bitter legal battle over whether Apple should pay for Qualcomm technology used in the iPhone. (Bloomberg)

Qualcomm asks U.S. to block Apple imports amid legal feud. Qualcomm is asking U.S. trade authorities to ban imports of Apple products like iPhones that don't use its processing chips. (The Hill)


How the Growth of E-Commerce Is Shifting Retail Jobs. Online shopping accounts for only 8.4 percent of all retail sales in the United States, but it has had an outsize effect on the retail workforce. (New York Times)

U.S. Trade Deficit Narrowed 2.3% in May. The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in May as exports rose to their highest level in more than two years. (Wall Street Journal)

Japan's Abe hails "win-win" trade agreement with EU. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday welcomed political agreement on free trade with European Union, saying that the accord demonstrated both regions' will to counter a rising tide of protectionism. (Reuters)

Trade war starts new chapter in age of Trump. The 2008 recession hit Columbus, Ind., hard. (The Hill)

Australia 'actively' working on TPP with signatories. Australia is "actively" working on pushing through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with the remaining 11 signatories, the federal government has said. (ZDNet)

EU-Japan trade deal hits the U.S. heartland. U.S. agriculture groups watched from the sidelines Thursday as European Union farmers clinched massive new market opportunities in Japan for pork, beef, wine and cheese. (Politico Pro)


Blackburn's online privacy play hits Democratic wall. After leading the charge to use an obscure law to rescind Obama-era internet privacy rules, Rep. Marsha Blackburn found herself the target of a billboard in her Tennessee congressional district, declaring "Blackburn betrayed you" and accusing her of selling out to big telecom companies. (Politico Pro)

As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency. In a bygone analog era, lawmakers and corporate chiefs traveled great distances to swap secrets, to the smoke-filled back rooms of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, or the watering holes at the annual Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. (New York Times)

The Global Web That Keeps North Korea Running. North Korea may be one of the world's most isolated countries, but the tightening sanctions regime it has lived under for the past two decades is anything but impermeable. (Wall Street Journal)

More than 1,000 income-subsidized housing units in San Francisco are getting free gigabit internet. Today, when residents at San Francisco's Hunters Point East and West low-income, federally subsidized housing complex went online, many had access to free gigabit speed internet for the first time. (Recode)

Report: U.S. will fall behind on 5G without massive fiber investment. The U.S. is moving toward the launch of fifth-generation mobile networks (5G), but its fiber optics infrastructure may not be able to keep up. (StateScoop)

YouTube stars urge FCC to save net neutrality. A group of more than 100 YouTube stars is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to preserve its net neutrality rules, which are currently in the process of being repealed. (The Hill)


Silicon Valley's gender woes more troubling at VCs. Silicon Valley likes to pat itself on the back for being both an open network and a meritocracy. In this complacent self-image, the world's smartest people come to hang out, plug in, and make money. (Financial Times)

This camp at a Northern Virginia university shows girls a future in STEM. Jhalak Singh slipped her boat, created out of aluminum foil, into a plastic container filled with water. Then she watched as Amber Smith-St. Louis began to fill it with blue marbles, counting aloud each time one dropped in. (Washington Post)


How Uber's Tax Calculation May Have Cost Drivers Hundreds of Millions. Amid the turmoil at Uber that resulted in Travis Kalanick's stepping down as chief executive, the company announced a series of changes in late June aimed at improving its drivers' work experience, including a new tipping option in its passenger app. (New York Times)

Internet of Things

Click around the complex web of relationships as Detroit and Silicon Valley try to reinvent the car. Fresh off recovering from a deep recession, the automotive industry was poised for yet another major upheaval as companies like Uber and Lyft entered the fray with the intention of ending personal car ownership. (Recode)

Right to Repair

The European Parliament Wants Europeans to Have the Right to Repair. It might soon be easier than ever to fix your devices, at least in Europe. (Motherboard)
Tech Business

A Highflying Tech Entrepreneur Falls Back to Earth. Entrepreneur Jia Yueting likes to say that Apple Inc. AAPL -0.84% is outdated, China's big technology companies are innovation-killing monopolies and his company, LeEco Holdings, is the real industry disrupter. (Wall Street Journal)

Can Snapchat's New 'Snap Map' Bring The World Closer Together?. Tap into Snapchat's newest feature, Snap Map, and get a peek into people's lives around the world. You might see a woman playing with her puppies in Guatemala or a view from the car window on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean. (NPR)

ITI Member News

Report: Amazon, Dish Network exploring wireless partnership. Amazon and Dish Network are reportedly exploring ways to partner in order to tackle the wireless market. (The Hill)

Microsoft begins latest round of layoffs amid reorganization. Microsoft has started cutting thousands of positions, mostly in its sales department, days after announcing it would shift its sales strategy to focus more on cloud services than on its traditional server and desktop businesses. (Washington Post)

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