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Tech News Roundup - 08/08/2017

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Data cap analysis found almost 200 ISPs imposing data limits in the US. A company that tracks ISPs and data caps in the US has identified 196 home Internet providers that impose monthly caps on Internet users. Not all of them are enforced, but customers of many ISPs must pay overage fees when they use too much data. (Ars Technica)


Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.. The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration. (New York Times)
The Arctic's fabled passage is opening up. This is what it looks like. The Canadian icebreaker - a ship about as long as a football field - shudders as it makes contact, and then crashes through what appears to be more than five feet of ice, bound for a stretch of ocean the scientists on board have been trying to study for years. (Washington Post)
Spurned by Trump, Can Green Energy Count on Big Tech?. Before June, I will admit I had never heard of ARPA-E. Have you? The Department of Energy wing, formed in 2009, is charged with investing in new approaches to power energy. Its model agency is DARPA, the wacky Defense unit that birthed many things (GPS, advanced aircraft, the internet) that are now central to the technology industry. (Bloomberg)

Tech industry urges U.S. to include cyber priorities in NAFTA negotiating goals. The Information Technology Industry Council is urging the Trump administration to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement in a way that advances development of technology and addresses cybersecurity. (ITI's Ed Brzytwa Quoted, Inside Cybersecurity)

Pentagon's 'see something, say something' program unveils thousands of digital flaws. The Pentagon has fixed nearly a thousand bugs uncovered through a first-of-its-kind program that encourages freelance researchers to report weaknesses they've uncovered in the military's public websites. (Politico)

Despite concerns over cyber diplomacy, State works to align internal efforts. With all of the rising concerns about the future of cyber diplomacy at the State Department, there is new hope that the agency is finally getting its internal IT security processes aligned to be more effective. (Federal News Radio)

Rubio: Trump-backed immigration bill won't pass Senate. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is predicting that a White House-backed bill aimed at curbing legal immigration won't have enough support to pass the Senate. (The Hill)

Around the country, ICE is arresting immigrants when they show up to court. The courthouse is supposed to be a place where justice is not only meted out to the perpetrators of crimes but offered as protection to its victims. (Vox)

Op-Ed: If Trump were an immigrant, he'd probably be deported. How might President Trump fare in the "merit-based" immigration scheme he just endorsed? (San Francisco Chronicle)

Global Trade

Info-technology group urges USTR to 'enhance' NAFTA objectives. The Information Technology Industry Council, the self-described "global voice of the tech sector," is weighing in on the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations, calling on the Trump administration to "enhance its negotiating objectives" by adding more tech priorities. (ITI's Ed Brzytwa Quoted, Inside World Trade)
Trump's Stalled Trade Agenda Leaves Industries in the Lurch. Donald J. Trump promised Americans that they would be exhausted from "winning" on trade under his presidency. But nearly seven months after Mr. Trump took office, the industries he vowed to protect have become tired of something else: waiting. (New York Times)


Microsoft's state, local income tax bill is lowest in 15 years. Microsoft said it expects to pay $30 million in U.S. state and local income taxes for its just-completed fiscal year, the smallest annual bill since the company started reporting the figure in 2003. (Seattle Times)

Trump White House quietly courts Democrats for tax overhaul. The Trump White House is quietly courting a few dozen House Democrats on tax reform - eager to avoid the fate of the GOP's straight party-line attempt to jam through a repeal of Obamacare. (Politico Pro)

Norquist: 6 reasons Congress shouldn't have any trouble passing tax reform. ObamaCare repeal was defeated in the Senate by Arizona Sen. John McCain's unexpected "no" vote. (The Hill)

UK data protection laws to be overhauled. Citizens will be able to ask for personal data, or information posted when they were children, to be deleted. (BBC News)

Op-Ed: Consumers win a victory on protecting their data. Consumer data make up the secret sauce in many super-profitable digital businesses. Whenever we search online, socialise, shop, or navigate, the online titans add to their files about us. (Financial Times)
Pizza over privacy? Stanford economist examines a paradox of the digital age. People say they want to protect their personal information, but new research shows privacy tends to take a backseat to convenience and can easily get tossed out the window for a reward as simple as free pizza. (Stanford)
Boxed Pays for Worker Weddings. Will the Perk Survive Automation?. Tech entrepreneurs have long lavished perks on coders and engineers, the free massages, ping pong tables and free food of Valley lore. (Bloomberg)
Industrial robots lack smart, strong, sensitive human touch. On the front line of automation, where robots truly are poised to displace humans from their jobs, some cutting-edge technology is testing the best minds in Japanese industry. (Financial Times)

Warren blocking Trump's pick for antitrust chief. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is blocking the Senate confirmation of President Trump's nominee to run the Justice Department's antitrust division. (The Hill)

Public Sector

POLITICO Pro Q&A: Acting U.S. Chief Information Officer Margie Graves. Margie Graves, as the acting U.S. chief information officer, is responsible for overseeing the $80 billion-plus the federal government spends annually on technology. (Politico Pro)

Mattis to make first visit to DIUx, tour Google and Amazon. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will visit the headquarters of Amazon and Google and make his first visit to the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit Experimental during a trip to the West Coast later this week. (Politico Pro)

Op-Ed: We need a smart border wall, not a 3rd century solution. We have driverless vehicles, we can use facial recognition software as payment for goods, and outer space is the next hot commercial traveldestination. Yet we continue to debate the efficacy of a third century solution to secure our nation's southern border. (USA Today)

More funding, accountability for VA Choice program proposed, now what?. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin received his wish last week as the House passed a bill that will add an additional $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program. (Federal News Radio)

Report: Don't Neglect Legacy IT While Waiting For The Cloud. With agencies slow to take up the government's push to the cloud, their aging legacy IT needs serious upgrades to patch security gaps. (NextGov)


Google Fires Employee Behind Controversial Diversity Memo. Alphabet Inc.'s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company's diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley. (Bloomberg)
It's not just Google - many major tech companies are struggling with diversity. An internal memo written by a male Google engineer has reignited a heated debate about representation in Silicon Valley. (Recode)
Google Grapples With Fallout After Employee Slams Diversity Efforts. In a 3,300-word document that has been shared across Google's internal networks, an engineer at the company wrote that "biological causes" are part of the reason women aren't represented equally in its tech departments and leadership. The document also cited "men's higher drive for status." (NPR)

U.K.'s Booming Jobs Market Leaves Firms Struggling to Fill Posts. Britain's job market is booming, but concern is increasing about where companies are going to keep finding workers. (Bloomberg)
Internet of Things

Atlanta Smart Corridor evolves into a springboard for autonomous vehicles, IoT and more. Atlanta's new Smart Corridor is not a place for theoretical technology initiatives - it's a research and development hub to scale proven technology across the city. (StateScoop)

Carmakers have regained some of the upper hand in self-driving. In 2014, Uber and Lyft were the future. Automakers like Ford and GM were under pressure as these fledgling startups threatened to cause a fall in sales, as they aimed to curb the need for personal car ownership. (Recode)

First we got self-driving cars. Now we could get self-driving planes. The "next big transformation in the aviation industry" could be pilotless planes according to Doug Davis. (USA Today)

Tech Politics

Peter Thiel Has Been Hedging His Bet On Donald Trump. Donald Trump's most prominent Silicon Valley supporter has distanced himself from the president in multiple private conversations, describing at different points this year an "incompetent" administration, and one that may well end in "disaster." (BuzzFeed)

Tech Business

The End of Typing: The Next Billion Mobile Users Will Rely on Video and Voice. The internet's global expansion is entering a new phase, and it looks decidedly unlike the last one. (Wall Street Journal)

Countering West Coast Pull, by Helping Finance Start-Ups Sell in New York. When Jeff Bezos, then a New York hedge fund employee, decided to start Amazon in 1994, he quickly moved to the West Coast. So did Mark Zuckerberg, who moved from Harvard to California in 2004 to find the technology talent and financing needed to build up Facebook. (New York Times)

Sprint, Looking to Get Bigger to Survive, Weighs Deal-Making. Masayoshi Son, the Japanese telecommunications mogul, has always been known as an inveterate deal maker. (New York Times)
Tesla seeks $1.5 billion junk bonds issue to fund Model 3 production. Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) said on Monday it would raise about $1.5 billion through its first-ever high-yield junk bond offering, as the U.S. luxury electric car maker seeks fresh sources of cash to ramp up production of its new Model 3 sedan. (Reuters)

CBS signs with AT&T to stream networks on DirecTV Now. CBS Corp said on Monday it signed a deal for its shows to feature on AT&T Inc's DirecTV Now online streaming service. (Reuters)

Netflix Makes Its First Acquisition, Comic-Book Producer Millarworld. Netflix Inc. NFLX +0.59% has made the first acquisition in its 20-year history, buying comic-book producer Millarworld amid plans to develop original content based on the publisher's characters and titles such as "Kick-Ass," "Old Man Logan" and "Kingsman." (Wall Street Journal)

Op-Ed: Why Facebook should pay us a basic income. The idea of guaranteeing a basic income for everybody has many obvious flaws but one overwhelming virtue. It enshrines the principle that every citizen is a valued member of society and has a right to share in its collective wealth. (Financial Times)
Companies consider blockchain to keep an eye on food. As people become more interested in understanding where their food is coming from, blockchain technologies are being eyed as a way to track and record the source of food from the farm to the dining room table, Bloomberg reports. (Axios)
Uber Touts 'Blood, Sweat and Tears' While Waymo Sees Deeper Plot. When Uber Technologies Inc. called an all-hands meeting to boost the confidence of its driverless-car engineers the day after Waymo filed its trade-secrets lawsuit, James Haslim showed the group the laser he built. (Bloomberg)

Uber co-founder: Kalanick 'not returning as CEO'. One of Uber's co-founders is tamping down rumors that Travis Kalanick, the company's former CEO, will eventually return. (The Hill)

ITI Member News

As Samsung Executive Awaits Verdict, Company Surges. When Samsung Electronics became the world's most profitable technology company last month, its de facto leader was in jail. (New York Times)

Samsung's Lee Shown 'No Mercy'. The South Korean prosecutor dubbed the "Chaebol Grim Reaper" is living up to that moniker, demanding that Samsung Group's Jay Y. Lee spend 12 years in prison for his alleged role in a bribery scandal that toppled the nation's president. (Bloomberg)

Amazon owns a whole collection of secret brands. When you go to, what are you looking for? Products from the brands you recognize, or perhaps just the cheapest ones-assuming the ratings aren't terrible? (Quartz)

Today on the Hill

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