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Tech News Roundup - 08/15/2017

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Global Trade

Trump Orders an Investigation Into China's Intellectual Property Practices. President Donald Trump on Monday authorized an inquiry into China's alleged theft of intellectual property in the first direct trade measure by his administration against Beijing, but one that is unlikely to prompt near-term change. (ITI's Dean Garfield Quoted, Fortune)
Progressive groups pushing administration to reveal discussion points during NAFTA talks. Progressive groups are urging President Donald Trump and his administration to engage in a robust dialogue with stakeholders and interest groups as the latest NAFTA talks progress, urging negotiators to make U.S. proposals available to the public. (Politico Pro)

Trump signs memo on technology transfer, setting up potential trade showdown with China. President Donald Trump took a step toward a potential showdown with China on trade by signing an executive memorandum Mondaydirecting U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to explore ways to confront Beijing over forced technology transfers and the theft of U.S. intellectual property. (Politico Pro)

Trump orders probe of China intellectual property practices. President Donald Trump on Monday authorized an inquiry on whether to investigate China's alleged theft of intellectual property, the first direct action by the White House against a country Trump has painted as the U.S. chief trade villain. (Reuters)
Op-Ed: China must stop forcing U.S. firms to share intellectual property: Trump trade official. President Trump is scheduled to sign an executive action Monday directing the United States Trade Representative to determine whether to investigate any of China's acts, policies or practices that may be harming American intellectual property, innovation and technology by encouraging or requiring the transfer of American technology to China. (USA Today)
Op-Ed: American genius is under attack from China.The US Department of Commerce houses the patent and trademark office, whose mission is to protect our nation's innovators and their intellectual property. Above our entrance is inscribed a quote from Abraham Lincoln: "The patent system added fuel to the fire of genius." (Financial Times)
Freeland sets down Canada's red lines in NAFTA talks. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland predicted the upcoming NAFTA talks will feature some moments of unavoidable "drama" as Canada stands strong to defend its interests. (Politico Pro)
Trump may not get the 'win' he seeks in NAFTA talks. As a candidate, Donald Trump constantly called NAFTA the worst trade deal in history and promised "to get a better deal for our workers." (Politico Pro)
Seeking Greater Global Power, China Looks to Robots and Microchips. In Chinese schools, students learn that the United States became a great nation partly by stealing technology from Britain. In the halls of government, officials speak of the need to inspire innovation by protecting inventions. (New York Times)
Trump signs memo on Chinese trade practices. President Trump on Monday signed an executive action calling on his trade representative to decide whether to launch an investigation into China's alleged theft of American intellectual property. (The Hill)
Trump starts slow-burning fire under China intellectual property practices. President Donald Trump, who won office threatening to slap a huge tariffs on Chinese goods, suddenly appears to be shifting to a more calculated trade policy. (Politico Pro)

Trump to seek NAFTA fix for southeastern produce growers. The Trump administration plans to come to the bargaining table during this week's opening round of NAFTA talks with a proposal aimed at protecting U.S. produce farmers from cheaper Mexican imports, POLITICO has learned. (Politico Pro)

Tech Politics

Tech CEOs face renewed pressure to back away from Trump. Tech-industry CEOs who advise the White House faced renewed pressure Monday to distance themselves from the administration after President Donald Trump was slow to condemn racially charged violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. (Politico Pro)

Intel CEO is the latest to leave Trump's manufacturing council. He follows the chiefs of Merck (MRK) and Under Armour (UA), who announced their decisionsearlier Monday amid the fallout over Trump's response to violence over the weekend at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. (CNN)

Here are the business leaders who are - and aren't - officially advising Trump. From immigration to climate change, President Donald Trump repeatedly has found himself at odds with some of the country's corporate leaders - including those who advise him. (Recode)


Editorial: Congress starts work on net neutrality - but does it understand the issue?. Pushed by its new Republican chairman, Ajit Pai, who seems to have never met a regulation he didn't want to kill, the Federal Communications Commission has proposed repealing the tough net neutrality rules his predecessor, Democrat Tom Wheeler, adopted in 2015 and replacing them with ... well, that part's not clear. (LA Times)
Democrats Ask FCC Why It's Helping a Pro-Trump Media Company Consolidate Power. Democratic lawmakers are demanding answers from President Trump's top telecom regulator about an obscure policy change that will allow a pro-Trump media giant to grow even larger. (Motherboard)

How a Conservative TV Giant Is Ridding Itself of Regulation. The day before President Trump's inauguration, the top executive of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation's largest owner of television stations, invited an important guest to the headquarters of the company's Washington-area ABC affiliate. (New York Times)
Opponents to Sinclair-Tribune merger rally in new 15-member coalition. Opponents to the $3.9 billion merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media are coalescing in a new 15-member alliance being unveiled Tuesday. (Politico Pro)
WannaCry foiler pleads not guilty in malware case. Marcus Hutchins, the young security researcher who was arrested for allegedly helping create notorious banking malware, pleaded not guilty Monday in a federal courtroom in Wisconsin. (Politico Pro)
Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry Pleads Not Guilty to Creating Banking Malware. Monday, the well-known security researcher who became famous after helping to stop the destructive WannaCry ransomware outbreak pleaded "not guilty" to creating software that would later become banking malware. (Motherboard)

California plans suit over Trump sanctuary city policy. California will become the first state to sue the Trump administration over its anti-sanctuary-cities policy, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Monday. (Politico Pro)

The Economic Benefits of the H-1B Visa Program. Gaurav Khanna, University of Michigan postdoctoral fellow, discusses the economic benefits of the H-1B visa program with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde on "Bloomberg Technology." (Bloomberg)
Artificial Intelligence

How A.I. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art. In the mid-1990s, Douglas Eck worked as a database programmer in Albuquerque while moonlighting as a musician. (New York Times)

China's Plan for World Domination in AI Isn't So Crazy After All. Xu Li's software scans more faces than maybe any on earth. He has the Chinese police to thank. (Bloomberg)

Where the robots are. Robots are coming, but, at least in the United States, they're landing in clusters. Most are in Michigan and Ohio, the base of the U.S. auto industry, and the home of one of every five robots in the U.S. (Axios)

Public Sector

Time to start planning for a government shutdown. A possible shutdown double whammy is looming after Labor Day, as the government rapidly approaches both the statutory limit on federal borrowing and the start of fiscal year 2018 without the needed spending appropriations. (FCW)

DHS elevates Driggers to senior cyber post. Rick Driggers, the current principal deputy director of the national cyber situational awareness, incident response and management center at the Department of Homeland Security, will move over to the agency's Cybersecurity and Communications Office in the National Protection and Programs Directorate, agency officials confirmed to FCW. (FCW)
Modernizing Government Technology Act to get second path to passage in Senate NDAA. Nearly every major technology reform bill has followed a similar path over the last 30 years. After being introduced as standalone legislation, lawmakers eventually attach it as an amendment to the defense authorization bill. (Federal News Radio)

NASA taps contractor for $180 million IT contract at Jet Propulsion Lab. Northern Virginia contractor ManTech has landed an information technology contract worth a potential $450 million with NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. (FedScoop)

Open data for economic growth: A Priority for the Trump administration. Open government data - data that anyone can use, reuse and republish - has been recognized as a major economic resource. (FedScoop)


Self-Driving Cars Could Transform Jobs Held by 1 in 9 U.S. Workers. Self-driving vehicles have the potential to reshape a wide range of occupations held by roughly one in nine American workers, according to a new U.S. government report. (Wall Street Journal)
From Google to Yahoo, Tech Grapples With White Male Discontent. Google isn't the only Silicon Valley employer being accused of hostility to white men. (Bloomberg)

Op-Ed: How Tech Companies Lose Women During the Hiring Process. I am the co-founder of a company that helps clients find ways to diversify their work force. We recently set up an interview at a major company for a senior African-American woman software engineer. (New York Times)

Internet of Things

Our Homes May Get Smarter, But Have We Thought It Through?. John Essey and family live in a modest, two-story home on a tree-lined street in the suburbs north of Pittsburgh. From the outside, it looks like any other house in the neighborhood. But this house has a brain. (NPR)

Camp's tax plan gets a second look. When then-House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp rolled out a detailed tax reform plan in 2014, it wasn't exactly welcomed with open arms. (Politico Pro)

Tech Business
The Gray Divide: Aging and employment in Utah's tech sector. When fine lines turn to creases and those three gray hairs proliferate into hundreds more, many workers across the country get anxious about job security. (Utah Business Journal)
Uber investor Benchmark trades new barbs with Kalanick. Venture capital firm Benchmark took to email on Monday to defend its controversial lawsuit against former Uber boss Travis Kalanick, days after launching its legal broadside to force him off the company's board. (Financial Times)
Pandora, After Shakeup, Picks New C.E.O.. Pandora Media, the struggling internet radio giant, appointed a new chief executive on Monday, after a shakeup in June that installed SiriusXM as an influential new investor. (New York Times)

U.S. judge says LinkedIn cannot block startup from public profile data. A U.S. federal judge on Monday ruled that Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) LinkedIn unit cannot prevent a startup from accessing public profile data, in a test of how much control a social media site can wield over information its users have deemed to be public. (Reuters)

ITI Member News

Beijing transit opens smartphone payments to all except Apple. Everyone in Beijing can now get on to public transport with the tap of a smartphone - everyone except Apple iPhone users. (Financial Times)

In Germany, Churchgoers Are Encouraged To Tweet From The Pews. In Germany this year, the Protestant church is celebrating 500 years since Martin Luther brought about the Reformation. (NPR)
Facebook expands Marketplace trading service across Europe. Facebook is stepping up its modest moves into e-commerce by expanding its service for connecting local buyers and sellers into 17 new European markets, the U.S. company said on Monday. (Reuters)

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