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Tech News Roundup - 08/09/2017

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One broadband choice still counts as "competition" after court decision. A Federal Communications Commission decision to eliminate price caps in much of the business broadband market can remain in place after a federal judge denied a petition to halt the FCC order. (Ars Technica)


Court strikes down EPA limits on HFCs. A federal court today struck down EPA's attempt to ban a powerful heat-trapping gas under its authority to regulate substances that deplete the ozone layer. (Politico Pro)
EPA report shows economic growth, environmental rules can co-exist. The Trump administration's argument that "job-killing" environmental regulations are stifling U.S. economic growth is being undercut by ... the Trump administration. (USA Today)
U.S. envoys told to be coy on re-engaging in Paris climate deal . U.S. diplomats should sidestep questions from foreign governments on what it would take for the Trump administration to re-engage in the global Paris climate agreement, according to a diplomatic cable seen by Reuters. (Reuters)
US government scientists finish climate study-will it be published?. In 1990, during the presidency of the first George Bush, Congress passed the Global Change Research Act. Along with reorganizing government-funded climate research, the Act stipulates that, every four years, the federal agencies involved provide an update on the state of climate science. (Ars Technica)


Hackers 'could target electricity grid' via solar panel tech. Willem Westerhof found 17 vulnerabilities in inverters, which convert electricity produced by the panels so it can be used on the grid. (BBC News)
Veteran cyber official to fill senior White House role. The Trump administration will tap a longtime cyber expert to fill a vacant senior role on the National Security Council's cyber team. (Politico Pro)


The Danger From Low-Skilled Immigrants: Not Having Them. Let's just say it plainly: The United States needs more low-skilled immigrants. (New York Times)

Global Trade

Who knew? Global trade is complicated. Donald Trump delivered shortly after his inauguration on a promise to pull out of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade pact that was supposed to end punitive tariffs on U.S. agriculture producers. (Arkansas Times)
When Protectionism Is Not Protectionism. In the Wall Street Journal last week, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross shared some of his views about free trade and protectionism, which were widely and deservedly criticized for their misguided obsession with trade deficits and their mercantilist disregard for U.S. consumers. (Forbes)

ITC sends Congress final recommendations for miscellaneous tariff bill. The U.S. International Trade Commission today delivered its final recommendationsfor a new "miscellaneous tariff bill," setting the stage for Congress to act on the legislation for the first time in five years. (Politico Pro)

France, Germany aim to close tax loopholes for US tech companies. France and Germany are teaming up with other partners to close tax loopholes for U.S. tech giants like Apple and Google. (The Hill)
Intellectual Property
ITC to investigate if Apple iPhones infringe Qualcomm patents. The U.S. International Trade Commission voted Tuesday to investigate whether to ban imports and U.S. sales of Apple iPhones and iPads on the grounds they violate patents held by Qualcomm. (Politico Pro)

Public Sector

CIO Rob Foster departing Navy. Rob Foster is leaving his role as Navy CIO, FedScoop has learned. (FedScoop)
OPM CIO Dave DeVries to leave government. Dave DeVries, the Office of Personnel Management's chief information officer, is set to leave government, FedScoop has learned. (FedScoop)


Where the tech jobs are: Seattle, S.F., D.C.. Tech job seekers take note: Go west, or head to our nation's capital. (USA Today)
Op-Ed: Anita Hill: Class Actions Could Fight Discrimination in Tech. The recent leak of a Google engineer's screed against the company's diversity initiatives is a reminder that the notion of Silicon Valley as the seat of human progress is a myth - at least when it comes to way the women behind the latest in technology are treated. (New York Times)
A Promising Career at Google Derailed by Contentious Memo. After leaving Harvard's doctorate program in systems biology to join Google as a software engineer in 2013, James Damore joked on his Facebook page that he knew he had made the right move as he enjoyed a morning smoothie with oats. (New York Times)
Wall Street outpaces Silicon Valley on gender equality. J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon today said in a CNBC interview that he believes that Wall Street is ahead of Silicon Valley in terms of gender equality. And he's right, based on an Axios analysis of corporate diversity reports for a selection of the country's largest banks and technology companies. (Axios)
Right to Repair

Why Apple and other tech companies are fighting to keep devices hard to repair. Apple is the largest company on Earth by market cap, and its success is derived from selling brand-new high-end smartphones consistently month after month. (The Verge)
Internet of Things

General Motors employees get free self-driving car rides. Cruise, the self-driving arm of General Motors, has launched a private app for employees to request a free self-driving ride almost anywhere in the city. (CNN)

No, that wasn't a driverless car driving around Washington. If you thought you'd seen a van without a driver motoring around the Washington, D.C., area recently, you weren't alone. (USA Today)

Autonomous cars race narrows on doubts about clear path to profit. BMW and Daimler, the world's top luxury carmakers, have announced alliances with suppliers, talking up the virtues of having a bigger pool of engineers to develop a self-driving car. (Reuters)
Tech Business

Impossible Burger's 'Secret Sauce' Highlights Challenges of Food Tech. One of the chief selling points of the Impossible Burger, a much ballyhooed plant-based burger patty, is its resemblance to meat, right down to the taste and beeflike "blood." (New York Times)

Uber Plans to Wind Down U.S. Car-Leasing Business. Uber TechnologiesInc. is winding down its U.S. auto-leasing business, according to people familiar with the matter, after the ride-hailing company discovered it was losing 18 times more money per vehicle than previously thought. (Wall Street Journal)

How a Lifelong Quest for Flying Cars Sparked Frenzy, Then Bankruptcy. Silicon Valley currently has a serious case of flying car fever, but this isn't the first time enthusiasm for these vehicles has gripped the industry. This week, Bloomberg Technology's Alistair Barr and Aki Ito visit the man who's spent his entire life trying to turn his Jetson-like vision into reality. (Bloomberg)

ITI Member News

Apple faces US agency investigation in Qualcomm legal spat. A key US agency has officially stepped into the legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm. (CNET)

China's Dream Is Apple's Nightmare: U.S. Tech Firms Cave to Beijing's Rules. In his 2005 book "One Billion Customers," a how-to guide for navigating the China market, James McGregor offered this advice: "Never 'tremble and obey' if doing so will damage or destroy your business in China." (Wall Street Journal)
Apple's Expensive Game of Catch-Up. Apple Inc.'s AAPL 0.80% new 10th Anniversary iPhone is still sight unseen, yet a glance at the company's latest quarterly results also raises the question of what else may be coming. (Wall Street Journal)

Senate Dem wants closer look at Russia's fake news operation on Facebook. The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said that he would like to have more talks with Facebook about Russia's possible use of the platform to push misinformation during the 2016 presidential race. (The Hill)

Today on the Hill

Both Chambers are not in session today.

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