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Tech News Roundup - 08/14/2017

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Deployment of 5G networks expected in 2019. Senator Maggie Hassan, D-NH, joined Senators Roger Wicker, R-MS, and Brian Schatz, D-HI, last week, in introducing a bipartisan resolution in support of deploying 5G mobile broadband technology across the country. (ITI's Vince Jesaitis Quoted, New Hampshire Business Journal)

FCC faces backlash for saying Americans might not need fast home Internet. American Internet users are telling the Federal Communications Commission that mobile broadband is not a full replacement for fast home Internet service. (Ars Technica)

FCC extends deadline for net neutrality comments. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday agreed to extend a deadline for submitting comments on its proposal to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules. (The Hill)

HBO offered $250,000 to hackers in bid to delay data release. Time Warner Inc's (TWX.N) HBO network last month offered $250,000 to cyber criminals who hacked into its computer system, asking them to extend a deadline for paying a much larger ransom, according to an email reviewed by Reuters. (Reuters)
Cybersecurity could make an appearance in NAFTA talks. The technology sector is trying to nudge cybersecurity and other tech issues a little higher up on the priority list for next week's launch of the North American Free Trade Agreement modernization talks in Washington. (ITI's Ed Brzytwa, Washington Examiner)

Foreign travel to U.S. fell during 2016 election year, hurting overall economy. Europeans sharply scaled back their travel to the United States in 2016, during one of the ugliest U.S. presidential campaigns in modern history. But visits by big-spending Chinese tourists surged 15 percent to a record 3 million, the U.S. Commerce Department said Friday. (Politico Pro)

Global Trade

More U.S. companies push back on foreign must-store-data-here rule. Linkedin recently threw in the white towel on operating in Russia. (ITI's Josh Kallmer Quoted, USA Today)
Ex-Im nomination drives wedge between Republicans. The debate over who will lead the Export-Import Bank is exposing deep fissures in the Republican Party. (Politico Pro)
Cohn: White House wants limited NAFTA renegotiation. The Trump administration is seeking a limited renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement that looks to preserve current benefits for American farmers, White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn said in a statement short on specific details. (Politico Pro)

Trump Administration to Begin Probe of Alleged Chinese Technology Theft. The Trump administration announced plans Saturday to pressure China over alleged intellectual property theft, adding the threat of trade retaliation to an ongoing campaign seeking greater cooperation from Beijing in the North Korean nuclear crisis. (Wall Street Journal)
White House details plan to ratchet up trade pressure on China. Senior administration officials today outlined the White House's plan to pressure China over policies that "force or coerce" American companies to hand over valuable technology to do business there - but they denied the effort was motivated by the crisis over North Korea. (Politico Pro)

President Donald Trump hoped Chinese President Xi Jinping's April visit to Mar-a-Lago would reset the United States' complicated relationship with Beijing, even going so far as to bring his granddaughter Arabella to serenade Xi and his wife in Mandarin. (Politico Pro)

NAFTA Revamp Talks to Launch This Week . The Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel will be ground zero Aug. 16-20 for an army of North American trade negotiators launching talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, where red lines have already been drawn. (BNA)
Nafta talks: The view from the free trade front lines. Every day some 8,000 trucks travel the 2.8km (1.75 miles) between border checkpoints at Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, under the steel arches of the Ambassador Bridge and over the Detroit River. (BBC News)


Number of Americans Caught Underpaying Some Taxes Surges 40%. Attention gig workers, retirees, business owners and investors: Double-check your estimated-tax payments to Uncle Sam. (Wall Street Journal)

Trump aides predicting 'brutal' September. Inside President Donald Trump's White House, no one seems to be looking forward to September. (Politico Pro)
Apple Said Close to Deal Protecting Ireland in EU Tax Fight. Ireland and Apple Inc. are close to a deal to protect the Irish government from any losses that could occur while it holds as much as 15 billion euros ($17.7 billion) of the IPhone maker's money during a tax fight with European Union regulators, according to two people familiar with the matter. (BNA)
Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk: AI more concerning than North Korea. Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday said that people should be more concerned with Artificial Intelligence (AI) than the risk posed by escalating tensions with North Korea. (The Hill)

Teaching A.I. Systems to Behave Themselves. At OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab founded by Tesla's chief executive, Elon Musk, machines are teaching themselves to behave like humans. But sometimes, this goes wrong. (New York Times)

Public Sector

Trump administration still riddled with key vacancies. The Senate ended its bitterly partisan health care debate last week with little-noticed harmony on confirmations, as more than five dozen picks by President Donald Trump were cleared for senior posts across the government. (Politico Pro)
Census walks back tech solution to population count. After cancelling another program designed to reduce costs, the Census Bureau expects to nearly double the number of in-person household visits during its critical dress rehearsal test. (FCW)

IT firms part of $16M false claims settlement. Virginia-based contractor ADS Inc. said it would pay the federal government $16 million to settle bid-rigging conspiracy and false claims allegations brought in a whistleblower lawsuit. (FCW)
Secretary Mattis ready to 'enthusiastically embrace' DIUx. During a visit Thursday to the Department of Defense's Defense Innovation Unit Experimental outpost in Silicon Valley, Secretary Jim Mattis expressed his admiration and support for the Obama-era creation. (FedScoop)


STEM gender gap spurs push to support research. A gender gap persists in science, technology, engineering and math, a problem that researchers say could begin to be understood and then solved through research. (Las Vegas Sun)
'Thought Bullies' or Right Move: A Divide Over James Damore Firing. Google on Monday fired an employee, James Damore, over an internal memo he wrote that questioned the company's diversity efforts and claimed that women were less likely to succeed in technical positions because of biological differences rather than gender discrimination. (New York Times)

Expanding the cyber talent pool. Attracting younger and more diverse talent to the government to fill the growing cybersecurity skills gap requires outreach from agencies as well as some policies from Congress. (FCW)
With a December deadline fast approaching to recode IT, cybersecurity and other cyber-related positions as required under the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act of 2015, agencies now have a key piece to that effort. (Federal News Radio)

Colleges Have Increased Women Computer Science Majors: What Can Google Learn?. A Google engineer who got fired over a controversial memo that criticized the company's diversity policies said that there might be biological reasons there are fewer women engineers. (NPR)

A top venture capital lobbyist says more sexual harassment allegations will emerge from Silicon Valley. The venture capital industry has been careening from crisis to crisis spurred by a series of sexual harassment allegations. Firms are now looking inward, and so is the lead trade group. (Recode)

Op-Ed: What the Google Controversy Misses: The Business Case for Diversity. The memo written by a Google employee that went viral earlier this month hit a raw nerve. (Wall Street Journal)

Internet of Things

How states are preparing for connected vehicles in 2018. As the auto industry urges Congress to rush self-driving vehicles onto America's roadways, a quieter discussion is happening inside state government transportation authorities around the country. (StateScoop)

Tech Business

Uber Investor Sues Travis Kalanick for Fraud. Travis Kalanick, who built Uber into a transportation behemoth, was ousted as chief executive of the ride-hailing company in June by unhappy investors. (New York Times)

Snap shares hit record low as user growth miss unnerves investors. Snap Inc's (SNAP.N) shares fell more than 14 percent to hit a record low on Fridaymorning after messaging app Snapchat's daily active user growth missed expectations for the second quarter in a row. (Reuters)
Forever Young: Tech Startups, Like Hollywood Celebrities, Fudge Their Age. Hollywood celebrities have been known to deduct a few numbers when declaring their ages. Turns out Silicon Valley startups do the same thing. (Wall Street Journal)

ITI Member News

Amazon looks to new food technology for home delivery. Inc is exploring a technology first developed for the U.S. military to produce tasty prepared meals that do not need refrigeration, as it looks for new ways to muscle into the $700 billion U.S. grocery business. (Reuters)
Wrath of right falls on Google. The firing of a Google programmer who authored a controversial memo criticizing the company's diversity initiatives has become a cause célèbre for many on the right. (The Hill)

EBay's Founder Has a New Idea: Build a Dairy in Hawaii. If Pierre Omidyar gets his way, 699 dairy cows will soon enjoy a glorious view of the Pacific Ocean, framed by a pristine beach. (New York Times)
Facebook Covertly Launches Mobile App in China. Facebook Inc. covertly launched a mobile app in China, marking a shift from the company's public campaign to woo Beijing officials who have blocked the social network. (Wall Street Journal)

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