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Tech News Roundup - 07/10/2017

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Germany says cyber threat greater than expected, more firms affected. Germany's BSI federal cyber agency said on Friday that the threat posed to German firms by recent cyber attacks launched via a Ukrainian auditing software was greater than expected, and some German firms had seen production halted for over a week. (Reuters)

Kansas nuclear operator is victim in hacking spree. Hackers recently breached a Kansas nuclear power operator as part of a campaign that breached at least a dozen U.S. power firms, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing current and former U.S. officials who were not named. (Reuters)

Lasting Damage and a Search for Clues in Cyberattack. As investigators continue to gather clues about the cyberattacks that hit computers around the world last week, some big companies and other organizations are still reckoning with the damage. (New York Times)

Are you mentally prepared for a cyber attack?. Earlier this spring, political scientists in Israel published one of the first-ever experiments on the psychological effects of cyber attacks. The question was simple: do random acts of cyber terror increase feelings of anxiety, stress and panic in individuals? (Financial Times)

Trump says discussed forming cyber security unit with Putin. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Sunday that he discussed forming a cyber security unit to guard against election hacking with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Reuters)

Survey: Cyber pros fear attack on critical infrastructure. "The 2017 Black Hat Attendee Survey," a Dark Reading and Black Hat survey of management and staff security professionals. (FCW)
Public Sector

Is government ready for AI?. Artificial intelligence is helping the Army keep its Stryker armored vehicles in fighting shape. (FCW)

IG: DHS botched management software rollout. A $24 million Department of Homeland Security software-as-a-service personnel talent management system doesn't deliver the savings or functionality that was promised, according to an oversight report from the Office of Inspector General. (FCW)

Stay or go? 18F and USDS insiders debate what it means to be in public service. On Nov. 9, 2016, Noah Kunin published a short Medium post explaining his decision to stay at 18F regardless of the results of the election. The rationale? (FedScoop)

Artificial Intelligence

Google gives journalists money to use artificial intelligence in reporting. Google is giving British journalists more than 700,000 pounds to help them incorporate artificial intelligence into their work. (The Hill)

NVIDIA and Baidu Join Forces in Far-Reaching AI Partnership. Over the past several years, progress in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) has reached a fever pitch. You can find AI on the agenda of nearly every large tech company in the world, and experts in the field are in high demand. (Fox News)


Feds: 2017 is US's second-warmest year on record so far. The contiguous United States is experiencing its second-warmest year on record so far in 2017, federal scientists announced Friday. (The Hill)

World Leaders Move Forward on Climate Change, Without U.S.. World leaders struck a compromise on Saturday to move forward collectively on climate change without the United States, declaring the Paris accord "irreversible" while acknowledging President Trump's decision to withdraw from the agreement. (New York Times)
G20 communique exposes divide with U.S. on climate policy. A final statement agreed on Saturday by the leaders of the Group of 20 economic powers exposed a divide between the United States and other G20 members on the Paris climate accord aimed at combating climate change. (Reuters)
G20 summit: Leaders agree to disagree on climate change. Deadlock over the issue had held up the last day of talks in Hamburg but a final agreement was eventually reached. (BBC News)
Utilities fighting against rooftop solar are only hastening their own doom. Several of the big trends in clean electricity depend, in one way or another, on batteries. How fast batteries get better and cheaper will help determine how fast renewable energy grows, how fast fossil fuel power plants get shut down, and how fast the vehicle fleet electrifies. (Vox)
Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists. Over the past six years, rooftop solar panel installations have seen explosive growth - as much as 900 percent by one estimate. (New York Times)


Once Dominant, the United States Finds Itself Isolated at G-20. For years the United States was the dominant force and set the agenda at the annual gathering of the leaders of the world's largest economies. (New York Times)

G-20 Leaders Set to Reach Compromise on Trade at Summit. World leaders are set to vow to fight protectionism and secure fair trade at the Group of 20 summit, officials said Saturday, as the world's major economies sought to defuse President Donald Trump's threats of unilateral measures. (Wall Street Journal)

What the U.S. trades with other world powers. Today is the last day of the G20 Summit, where President Trump is discussing trade with leaders of the world's economic powers. Trump, who has often claimed the U.S. is getting "ripped off" when it comes to trade with other countries, is seeking an overhaul of the international trade order, but what exactly does that entail? (Axios)

G20 summit in Hamburg concludes with compromise on trade and dissent on climate. Angela Merkel is happy world leaders forged a compromise on trade at the G20, the German Chancellor said as she wrapped up a summit where she faced an unpredictable line-up of controversial world leaders and thousands of angry protesters on the streets of Hamburg. (Politico Pro)

Trump's nationalists triumphant after Europe trip. President Donald Trump's trip to Europe was a victory for his nationalist advisers over their so-called globalist rivals as the two camps gird for more showdowns this summer. (Politico Pro)

Top trading countries seek new international arbitration system. Some of the world's largest economies on Monday will push for a radical overhaul of the framework through which massive international corporations can sue governments. (Politico Pro)


Apple Expands Bet on Cutting Edge Privacy Technology. Last year, Apple Inc. kicked off a massive experiment with new privacy technology aimed at solving an increasingly thorny problem: how to build products that understand users without snooping on their activities. (Wall Street Journal)


Group asks FCC to delay net neutrality repeal proceeding. A public interest group wants the Federal Communications Commission to hold off on its proposal to kill net neutrality regulations. (The Hill)

FCC chair, GOP senator take rural broadband pitch to West Virginia. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is heading to West Virginia to pitch his campaign to "bridge the digital divide. (The Hill)

Here's how top tech companies will rally to support net neutrality next week. Some of the internet's biggest brands - from web giants like Amazon and Google to dating apps, porn sites and streaming-video staples - will try to mobilize their users beginning Wednesday in a bid to stop the U.S. government from scrapping its net neutrality rules. (Recode)

Artificial Intelligence

Career of the Future: Robot Psychologist. Artificial-intelligence engineers have a problem: They often don't know what their creations are thinking. (Wall Street Journal)


Data reveal: how automation is suppressing wages. It's the great economic conundrum of our day: if the unemployment rate is so low, why aren't wages growing faster? (Axios)

500 Startups' Mission for Women Takes a Hit. 500 Startups has long cultivated an image of itself as a leader in diversity and inclusion in the tech industry globally. (Wall Street Journal)

Sexism in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley and the wider tech industry have a problem with women. At least, that is what you might conclude after a week that has seen a leading tech investor resign after admitting his involvement in sexual harassment. (BBC News)


GOP Tax Overhaul's Fate Rests on 'Big Six' Talks. Republican dreams for revamping the tax code rest, for now, in the hands of six men. (Wall Street Journal)
Treasury plans changes to anti-inversion rules, other tax regulations. The Treasury Department said Friday it's targeting rules designed to curb corporate inversions and seven other tax regulations for changes, including possible repeal, as part of a regulatory review ordered by President Donald Trump. (Politico Pro)
Plan for U.S. tax increase on rich not being considered. The Trump administration is not considering a plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans in order to pay for tax breaks for the middle class, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Sunday. (Reuters)

A new study shows how little tax the super-rich pay. OF LIFE's two certainties, death cannot be dodged even by the well-to-do. Taxes are another matter. Quantifying quite how much they manage to keep from the taxman, however, has always been tricky. One common approach governments take is to conduct randomised audits of tax returns. (The Economist)

Internet of Things

Michigan's New Motor City: Ann Arbor as a Driverless-Car Hub. As the world looks ahead to a future of interconnected, self-driving cars, this college town 40 miles west of Detroit has emerged as a one-of-a-kind, living laboratory for the technologies that will pave the way. (New York Times)

Waymo, Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving car division, dropped three of four patent-infringement claims in its lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc.over the startup's autonomous vehicle program. (Bloomberg)

Larry Page Ordered to Answer Questions in Uber Lawsuit. Alphabet Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Page was ordered to submit to questioning by Uber Technologies Inc. in his company's lawsuit over trade secrets for self-driving car technology. (Bloomberg)

The Smart-Medicine Solution to the Health-Care Crisis. The controversy over Obamacare and now the raucous debate over its possible repeal and replacement have taken center stage recently in American politics. But health insurance isn't the only health-care problem facing us-and maybe not even the most important one. (Wall Street Journal)

Cars are full of tech that gets outdated fast - so people are leasing, not buying. Buy a smartphone, use it for a couple of years, then ditch it for something new and improved. (LA Times)


Trump plans to halt entrepreneur visas. In the coming days, the Trump administration will take steps to delay and ultimately rescind an Obama administration rule allowing foreign entrepreneurs to come to the U.S. to start companies, sources familiar with the situation tell Axios. (Axios)

Trump, Peña Nieto Discuss Mexican Guest-Worker Proposal. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and U.S. President Donald Trump, at their first one-on-one meeting since Mr. Trump took office, agreed Friday to explore new ways of allowing Mexican workers to temporarily enter the U.S. to help the agriculture industry. (Wall Street Journal)

Hawaii takes another legal swat at Trump travel ban. Lawyers for the state of Hawaii are making yet another bid to rein in President Donald Trump's travel ban executive order, returning to a federal judge who rejected a similar request just one day earlier. (Politico Pro)
Tech Business

News Outlets to Seek Bargaining Rights Against Google and Facebook. Google and Facebook continue to gobble up the digital advertising market, siphoning away revenue that once paid for the quality journalism that Google and Facebook now offer for free. (New York Times)

ITI Member News

Apple Fires Back at Supplier Imagination in Contract Dispute. When the iPhone supplier Imagination Technologies Group Plc announced in April that Apple Inc. would no longer be using its graphics technology, investors in the small U.K. company were shocked. The graphics provider's stock collapsed more than 60 percent. (Bloomberg)

Today on the Hill

The Senate will convene at 3:00 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.
The House is not in session today.
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