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Tech News Roundup - 08/07/2017

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Energy Suppliers Find Fresh Lift From Offshore Wind. For more than three decades, Gulf Island Fabrication Inc. has built foundations to anchor offshore-oil platforms to the ocean floor. (Wall Street Journal)
Trump Vow to Keep Door Open to Climate Deal Convinces Few . President Donald Trump's vow to keep the door open to an international climate deal-even as he notifies the UN the U.S. is out-rings hollow given he has long derided it as bad for the economy. (BNA)
We only have a 5 percent chance of avoiding 'dangerous' global warming, a study finds. In recent years, it has become increasingly common to frame the climate change problem as a kind of countdown - each year we emit more carbon dioxide, narrowing the window for fixing the problem, but not quite closing it yet. After all, something could still change. (Washington Post)

Tech industry touts global use of NIST framework to mitigate botnet threats. The Information Technology Industry Council is promoting expanded use of the voluntary framework of cybersecurity standards issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to mitigate the threat of automated cyber attacks by addressing the global implications of those attacks, promoting regulatory streamlining and reducing supply-chain risks. (ITI Mentioned, Inside Cybersecurity)

Cyber Community Shocked by U.K. Hacking Expert's Arrest in the U.S.. The arrest in the U.S. on hacking-related charges of a British computer whiz hailed for slowing a massive global cyberattack in May has stunned and divided the cybersecurity community. (Wall Street Journal)

Germany needs tougher laws against cyber crime, top policeman tells paper. Germany's top police official has called for tougher laws to fight cyber crime on the illegal internet - the Darknet - and other organized criminal structures, in an interview published on Saturday. (Reuters)

UK government sets out tougher guidelines to protect smart cars from hackers. The British government issued new guidelines on Sunday requiring manufacturers of internet-connected vehicles to put in place tougher cyber protections to ensure they are better shielded against hackers. (Reuters)

Top U.S. tech companies founded by immigrants are worth over $3 trillion. As the Trump Administration attempts to decrease the number of legal immigrants it allows into the U.S., it's helpful to remember that we are a country of immigrants. More than half of the 25 most valuable tech companies in the U.S. have a founder that was either a first- or second-generation American. (Recode)

Op-Ed: Why Trump Supporters Distrust Immigration and Diversity. President Trump's support for a proposal from Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue that slashes legal immigration and reports about the Justice Department's renewed interests in scrutinizing college affirmative action programs should come as no surprise. (New York Times)

Op-Ed: Ignorant Immigration Reform. This week the Republican senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia introduced a bill that they said would cut legal immigration to the United States by 50 percent. (New York Times)

The Real History of American Immigration. The United States is currently experiencing a "historic flow of unskilled immigration," warned Stephen Miller in a bruising news conference last week that saw the White House senior policy adviser harangue a CNN reporter over the famous Emma Lazarus poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty. (Politico)
Global Trade

U.S. Trade Gap Narrows 5.9%. The U.S. trade gap narrowed sharply in June as a strengthening global economy pushes up demand for American exports overseas. (Wall Street Journal)

Trump's trade pullout roils rural America. On a cloud-swept landscape dotted with grain elevators, a meat producer called Prestage Farms is building a 700,000-square-foot processing plant. The gleaming new factory is both the great hope of Wright County, which voted by a 2-1 margin for Donald Trump, and the victim of one of Trump's first policy moves, his decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Politico)
Trump's attack on Chinese trade gets sidelined over North Korea. An opportunity to hit North Korea with new United Nations sanctions has sidelined President Donald Trump's bid to punish China for its alleged unfair trade practice. (Politico Pro)

Here's What British Business Wants From Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May is stepping up her interactions with business leaders as Britain's split from the European Union nears. (Bloomberg)

Trump's NAFTA Renegotiations Could Put Canadians' Personal Data At Risk. Canada and the US are getting ready to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)-something president Trump has been vocal about changing-and on the table are rules defining where online information will be stored. (Motherboard)

When Foreign Companies Are Making, Not Killing, U.S. Jobs. At the airport here, there is a reminder to travelers of the jobs that global trade can bring. A shiny 2017 Volkswagen Passat is stationed near the entryway and labeled: "Designed in Germany. Built in Chattanooga." (New York Times)


Taxes top tech firms' list of worries. Tax liability is among the tech industry's biggest concern when it comes to regulatory issues affecting their business, according to a BDO analysis of recent annual shareholder reports from the 100 largest publicly traded firms. Potential U.S. tax reform and global tax regulations top the list. (Axios)

Tax Reform: Where Are We Now? . Lawmakers started the year with high hopes of passing a health bill quickly and then turning to one of the GOP's favorite legislative projects: a bill that would cut tax rates and simplify the tax code. (BNA)
Rise of the machines. The workers of the first shift had just finished their morning cigarettes and settled into place when one last car pulled into the factory parking lot, driving past an American flag and a "now hiring" sign. (Washington Post)
Public Sector

What DOD's reorg means for tech and acquisition. The Pentagon has released its long-anticipated report detailing plans to restructure the organizations that manage acquisition and technology research for the Department of Defense. (FCW)

IGs build one-stop shop for oversight. The federal government is setting up a transparency website for the public to view audits, investigations and other reports by federal inspectors general. (FCW)

DHS, vendor warn on automotive cyber flaws. The Homeland Security cybersecurity response team has notified automobile makers they should take a look at new research illustrating flaws in vehicle control modules to set the systems up for denial-of-service attacks and other mischief. (FCW)

Tucked in the House legislation funding the Defense Department for 2018 is a provision that basically gives the Pentagon a $28.6 billion check to spend however it desires. (Federal News Radio)

What does EIS mean for IT modernization?. The big splash of this week's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions award was not lost on any federal agency that is eager to upgrade its telecommunications. (FedScoop)

Information security still lagging at OPM, report finds. While the Office of Personnel Management's information security practices have improved since the 2015 breach, OPM still has some work to do, a new Government Accountability Office report concludes. (FedScoop)


Google's New Diversity Chief Criticizes Employee's Memo. Google's new diversity chief criticized the contents of an employee's memo that went viral inside the company for suggesting Google has fewer female engineers because men are better suited for the job. (Wall Street Journal)
Diversity programs at Google discriminatory, says engineer's anti-diversity manifesto. A document written by an unnamed senior software engineer at Google suggesting the company encourage "ideological" rather than gender diversity, is generating anger within the company and in Silicon Valley. (USA Today)
Google just hired a diversity VP - just as it struggles with a sexist memo from an employee. Google recently announced a new head of diversity, just as it has had to deal with a controversial 3,000-word internal memo sent across the company by an employee. (Recode)

The Trump administration is waging war on diversity. Stephen Miller stood in front of a gaggle of reporters this week and declared that "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" was an embarrassing footnote in American history. (Vox)

Women and baby boomers power the great American jobs machine. It took eight years, but U.S. employment - at least when it comes to the numbers of jobs - is finally back from the recession. And women, African-Americans and baby-boomers have led the way. (Axios)

What jobs will be left in a robotic nation?. Tony Hughes has been a long-haul truck driver for more than 20 years. But today, all he has to do is sit back and relax. (CBS)
Internet of Things

Back To The Future: Chip Makers Are Putting The Silicon Back In Silicon Valley. It may be true that software is "eating the world," and every company on the planet is going digital. (Forbes)

Five actions Congress may take on self-driving cars. Lawmakers are exploring ways to speed up the deployment of self-driving cars as the auto industry and safety advocates clamor for action at the federal level. (The Hill)

Tech Politics

Here's where Mark Zuckerberg, would-be presidential candidate, stands on the issues. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn't running for president. (Recode)

Yelp to open DC office. Yelp announced on Friday that it's opening a new office in Washington, D.C., as the digital small business directory beefs up its federal lobbying efforts. (The Hill)

Tech Business

A San Francisco Hotel Wired for a Tech Central Crowd. The Axiom Hotel aims to reflect the city that it's in. Being tech-forward is the focus of this six-story, 152-room hotel, which opened in February 2016. Developed by Host Hotels & Resorts and managed by Kokua Hospitality, this property in the heart of downtown San Francisco opened as the Axiom after about a yearlong renovation of the 1908 building once home to the Powell Hotel. (New York Times)

Facebook made $188,000 per employee last quarter, four times as much as Google. Silicon Valley companies are more efficient at making money than traditional industries, as evidenced by net income and revenue per employee in their latest quarterly filings. (Recode)

TV's Sports Problem. Are you ready for some football? is. A few months ago, it agreed to pay the National Football League $50 million for streaming rights to 10 Thursday Night Football games starting on Sep. 28. That's five times what Twitter paid for a similar deal last season. (Baron)

Dems introduce legislation to protect manned aircraft from drones. A pair of Rhode Island Democrats on Friday rolled out legislation that, if passed, would regulate drone use more tightly, with the intention of protecting manned aircraft. (The Hill)

Op-Ed: The 'haves and have-mores' in digital America. Is monopoly power one of the reasons that the equity markets remain high nearly 10 years into a bull market? (Financial Times)

ITI Member News

For Toyota, New U.S. Factory Offers More Than Plaudits From Trump. Toyota Motor Corp.'s TM 0.81% move to build a new factory in the U.S. won immediate praise from President Donald Trump, but it is just one facet of a larger plan that also involves boosting production of high-margin trucks and SUVs in Mexico and Canada. (Wall Street Journal)
The real reasons behind the Toyota and Mazda announcement of a new U.S. factory. Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda earned a lot of political capital from President Donald Trump on Friday after they announced plans to build a new $1.6 billion joint production facility in the United States, creating as many as 4,000 new jobs. (Politico Pro)

Trump hails $1.6bn US investment by Toyota and Mazda. The new factory aims to produce 300,000 vehicles a year and expects to employ about 4,000 people. (BBC News)

How This U.S. Tech Giant Is Backing China's Tech Ambitions. As the Chinese government develops drones, the American technology giant Qualcomm is helping. (New York Times)
Facebook is starting to put more posts from local politicians into people's News Feed. Facebook is testing a new feature that inserts posts from local politicians into users' News Feeds, even if they don't necessarily follow those politicians. (Recode)

Google Is Developing Technology for Snapchat-Like Media Content. Google is developing technology to let publishers create visual-oriented media content along the lines of Snapchat's "Discover," according to people familiar with the situation, upping the ante in a race among tech giants to dominate news dissemination on smartphones. (Wall Street Journal)
Apple Plans to Release Watch With Wireless Functionality. Apple Inc. AAPL 0.53% is planning to introduce a smartwatch this year capable of connecting to cellular networks, according to people familiar with the matter, marking the first step in liberating the device and possibly consumers from their iPhone dependency. (Wall Street Journal)

Toshiba to Cut Off Western Digital's Future Supply of Chips. Toshiba Corp. took another stab at its U.S. joint venture partner, Western Digital Corp., saying it has no rights to new chip production that's vital to the future of both companies. (Bloomberg)

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