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Tech News Roundup - 07/20/2017

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White House Scaling Back Goals for Business Tax Cuts. With President Trump's promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act nearly dead, administration officials are scaling back their ambitions to cut the corporate tax rate sharply, apparently taking a more pragmatic approach as they scramble to secure a major legislative victory this year. (New York Times)

Op-Ed: Just. Cut. Taxes.. In some alternate America, some Earth-2 (or Earth-27), there is a Republican Party capable of putting together a health care bill that isn't incoherent and unpopular. (New York Times)

Tax reform becomes a must-win issue for the White House. With President Donald Trump's effort to undo Obamacare derailed by opposition from Republican senators, the White House has turned its attention to its next big shot at a big win: tax reform. (New York Times)

Energy and Environment

How Y2K Offers a Lesson for Fighting Climate Change. Last week, New York magazine published a riveting and frightening look at the future of the planet we call home. (New York Times)

Public Sector

DHS authorization could give acquisition a boost. A House bill that would officially authorize the Department of Homeland Security is set for a floor vote on July 20, according to Ryan Consaul, staff director of the House Homeland Security Committee's Oversight and Management Efficiency subcommittee. (FCW)

Survey: DevOps a bright spot among public-sector uncertainty. Confidence in public sector IT may be on the decline, according to the 2017 Splunk Public Sector IT Operations Survey, and a greater reliance on DevOps could be key to navigating the way forward. (FCW)

Lawmaker pushes DHS to adopt secure email authentication protocol. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wants the federal government to adopt a protocol that would defend and protect government offices from email spoofing and phishing attempts. (FedScoop)

Internet of Things

House subcommittee approves self-driving car legislation. A House panel advanced a bill on Wednesday that would ease restrictions on self-driving cars, allowing automakers to manufacture up to 100,000 autonomous vehicles a year. (The Hill)

Greylock and SoftBank are leading a $159 million round into a driverless-car tech startup. Greylock Partners and SoftBank are leading a $159 series B round into auto-tech startup Nauto. As part of the investment, Greylock partner and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman as well as SoftBank partner Shu Nyatta will be joining the board. (Recode)

U.S. House panel approves broad proposal on self-driving cars. A U.S. House panel on Wednesday approved a sweeping proposal by voice vote to allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards and bar states from imposing driverless car rules. (Reuters)

Congress Struggles To Keep Up With Regulations For Self-Driving Cars. Cars that drive themselves are a thing of the not-so-distant future. But Congress is having a hard time keeping up regulations to go with the technological change. (NPR)

House subcommittee approves self-driving car legislation. A House panel advanced a bill on Wednesday that would ease restrictions on self-driving cars, allowing automakers to manufacture up to 100,000 autonomous vehicles a year. (The Hill)


Trump wants to make Nafta more like the TPP, the trade deal he killed on his third day in office. One of the very first things Donald Trump did after becoming president was to pull the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). (Quartz)

Key Republican Sees NAFTA Redo as Precedent Setting . North American Free Trade Agreement modernization will be a template for other trade pacts, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, a key Republican lawmaker said. (BNA)

As NAFTA Renegotiation Comes Closer, Debates From TPP Re-Emerge. As the Trump administration moves closer to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, it's becoming increasingly clear that some of the key debates from the now-dormant Trans-Pacific Partnership will persist throughout the upcoming NAFTA talks. (Morning Consult)

Trump NAFTA plan draws cautious response from business, labor. Lawmakers and business and labor groups reacted cautiously to President Trump's proposed agenda for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. (Washington Examiner)

U.S. Opens Difficult China Trade Talks. The Trump administration launched its first economic talks with China on Wednesday, amid signs that new difficulties were emerging in the friendly dialogue the two governments have been holding over the past three months. (Wall Street Journal)

U.S.-China trade talks close with scant progress. The United States and China wrapped up high-level trade talks today with little progress to announce, an outcome that could motivate President Donald Trump to accelerate his consideration of tariffs to restrict steel and aluminum imports. (Politico Pro)

Mnuchin and Ross talk tough to China over trade deficit. The Trump administration claimed a "very big step forward" had been achieved toward addressing the trade deficit with China as two of the president's top economic lieutenants said they expected to hold discussions with Beijing on targets aimed at paring back the imbalance. (Financial Times)


EU Court to Rule on 'Right to Be Forgotten' Outside Europe. The European Union's top court is set to decide whether the bloc's "right to be forgotten" policy stretches beyond Europe's borders, a test of how far national laws can-or should-stretch when regulating cyberspace. (Wall Street Journal)

French court refers 'right to be forgotten' dispute to top EU court. EU judges will have to decide whether Alphabet's Google has to remove certain web search results globally to comply with a previous privacy ruling after France's supreme administrative court referred the issue to the top EU court. (Reuters)

Facebook Challenged by Activist Who Broke EU-U.S. Data Pact. Facebook Inc. finds itself fighting an old foe, the Austrian activist who took on the social-media giant and brought down an international data-sharing pact two years ago. (Bloomberg)


Supreme Court Delivers Compromise in Latest Ruling on Trump Travel Ban. The Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated part of the Trump administration's latest plans for implementing its temporary travel ban, a second compromise action by the justices in the hot-button case. (Wall Street Journal)


At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers. Talk to the teenage girls studying cybersecurity at New York University this summer, and you'll get an earful about their determination to protect their country, safeguard privacy, and conquer their fair share of a male-dominated field. (Wall Street Journal)

Robots Are Replacing Workers Where You Shop. Last August, a 55-year-old Wal-Mart employee found out her job was being taken over by a robot. Her task was to count cash and track the accuracy of the store's books from a desk in a windowless backroom. She earned $13 an hour. (Wall Street Journal)

Artificial Intelligence

Getting Really Smart About Artificial Intelligence.Chances are, you've already encountered artificial intelligence today. (NPR)

Tech Business

Airbnb is on track to rack up more than 100 million stays this year - and that's only the beginning of its threat to the hotel industry. In less than a decade, Airbnb has transformed how millions of people travel, building a global marketplace around short-term apartment and room rentals. It has also become a real threat to the hotel industry - a rivalry that is likely to intensify as Airbnb'ing continues to expand in popularity. (Recode)
Smartphone Makers Join Apple's Battle Against Qualcomm. A group of leading smartphone manufacturers joined Apple Inc. AAPL 0.63% in a legal battle against Qualcomm Inc., QCOM 0.87%claiming that the chip maker charges excessive patent licenses and violates antitrust laws. (Wall Street Journal)
After 17 years, S&P tech index breaks record. It took 17 years, but the S&P 500 information technology index has finally recovered from the implosion of the dot-com bubble. (Reuters)

ITI Member News

Facebook Launches News Analytics Tool in Partnership with Nielsen. In its continuing efforts to sell publishers on the benefits of Instant Articles, Facebook Inc. FB 0.79% is launching a new analytics tool in partnership with Nielsen that will give news outlets more data on how their stories perform on the platform. (Wall Street Journal)
With Entry Into Interest Curation, Google Goes Head-To-Head With Facebook. There's a good chance you're hungry for information you didn't even know you wanted, but Google knows - and the tech giant is going to spoon-feed it to you. (NPR)

Today on the Hill

Today, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Today the Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of John Kenneth Bush, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
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