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Tech News Roundup - 08/22/2017

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Tech Goes From White House to Doghouse in Trump's Washington. Google once had Barack Obama's ear, served as a revolving door for White House staff and saw its political agenda advance. In Donald Trump's Washington, some conservatives say it's gotten so powerful it should be regulated like a public utility. (Bloomberg)

Trump reportedly eyeing Zuckerberg as a 2020 threat. President Trump apparently sees Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a threat to his reelection campaign in 2020. (The Hill)

Even Business Leaders Who Abandoned Trump's Councils May Not Stray Far. That's the question being not-so-quietly whispered around the business world these days, whether one of the former business leaders in President Trump's inner circle will resign, following the unraveling of the president's various business councils last week. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin? Gary Cohn, the president's chief economic adviser? (New York Times)

Global Trade

Jeff Flake says he's not worried about Trump attacks. Sen. Jeff Flake -- who weeks ago published a book accusing President Donald Trump of having a corrosive impact on the Republican Party -- was eager to talk about anything but the President on Monday, one day before Trump visits Arizona for a campaign-style rally. (CNN)

Flake says Trump trade policy could give China an advantage. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Monday that President Trump's trade policies could hurt the U.S. trade stature and give China a global advantage. (The Hill)

Europe's Populists, Back on their Heels, Rethink Anti-EU Stance. Europe's populist politicians hoped this would be the year they rocked the Continent's establishment. Instead, their assault on the European Union has brought election defeats, recriminations and self-doubt. (Wall Street Journal)

The elephant in the room at the NAFTA talks. The first round of long-awaited talks on modernizing NAFTA finished Sunday, with Canada, Mexico and the United States issuing a statement that they had made "detailed conceptual presentations " of their positions. Negotiators from the three countries will meet again in Mexico on September 1 to continue trying to revise the trade pact. But while all say they are keen to see a new deal emerge, they still have to navigate the political risks attached to any commercial agreement. (Reuters)

In U.S. Trade Fight With Canada, the Border Watches, Warily. The river that divides the U.S. and Canada in this border town also cuts directly through the Twin Rivers Paper Co.'s wood pulp and paper operation. (Wall Street Journal)

Trump's new attack on the Chinese economy, explained. President Donald Trump is pursuing an unconventional and controversial strategy for pressuring China to open up its doors wider to American business. (Vox)


Who Owns the Internet?. On the night of November 7, 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes's wife, Lucy, took to her bed with a headache. (New Yorker)

New York on track to bring 'broadband for all' by end of 2018. Leaders of New York Broadband for All program report that the state is still coverage for all residents by the end of 2018. (StateScoop)

Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk joins call to crack down on killer robots. Tesla founder Elon Musk is joining a group of researchers and business leaders to warn of the potential dangers posed by autonomous weapons. (The Hill)

Elon Musk, tech execs warn against killer robots. Call it the revenge of the CEOs against the revenge of the killer robots. (San Jose Mercury News)


A controversial California effort to fight climate change just got some good news. A controversial California climate program got a shot of good news this month when a study suggested it is successfully reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions and providing other environmental benefits on the side. (Washington Post)

5 leading candidates to helm elevated Cyber Command. President Donald Trump's decision to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to its own unified military command has sparked speculation about who might helm the newly empowered organization. (Politico Pro)


You Can Be Forgotten Online, But Not in the British Library. Before Google, if you wanted to find out about a person, you had to go to a library to pore through newspaper archives and public records. (Bloomberg)

Public Sector

Will government tech exec departures impact IT modernization momentum?. The plan to modernize the federal systems has hit a crossroads. (FedScoop)

Does the IRS have a cloud strategy?. Does the IRS have a cloud strategy? (FCW)

Drones and weather balloons team up in Arctic tests. Arctic tests that paired drones and weather balloons could help improve data collection and provide a model for agencies looking to operate unmanned aerial systems in extreme climates. (FCW)

Investigation: Navy shipyard wasted $21 million building off-the-books police force. For the better part of a dozen years, a group of employees and managers at the Navy's largest public shipyard operated what amounted to an unsanctioned, off-the-books police force, equipping it with illegally or improperly obtained weapons, vehicles and fuel, wasting an estimated $21 million in public funds in the process. (Federal News Radio)

The White House once again tapped a CIA veteran to be the next chief information officer of the intelligence community. (Federal News Radio)


Trump's team and lawmakers making strides on tax reform plan. President Donald Trump's top aides and congressional leaders have made significant strides in shaping a tax overhaul, moving far beyond the six-paragraph framework pushed out in July that stoked fears about their ability to deliver on one of the GOP's top priorities. (Politico Pro)


Bro culture is under attack, but women say it's far from tamed. Women are hopeful bro culture could be mortally wounded, but they aren't quite prepping for its funeral. (USA Today)
Tech Business

Coal country is ready for tech jobs - if techies will just give them a chance. A major theme of the 2016 election that has carried over into 2017 is the future of work - will all the new jobs be on the coasts, or can people struggling in the middle of the country get opportunities in tech, too? (Recode)

How Hate Groups Forced Online Platforms to Reveal Their True Nature. White supremacist marchers had not yet lit their torches when the deletions began. (New York Times)

Crowded TV Marketplace Gets Ready for Three Tech Giants. Apple has more than $1 billion budgeted for original programming, Facebook wants its own version of "Scandal" and Google is ready to spend up to $3 million per episode on a drama. (New York Times)

HTC Joins Facebook in Slashing VR Headset Price. HTC Corp. is dropping the price of its Vive virtual-reality headset by $200,
weeks after Facebook Inc. FB +0.05% made a similar price cut for its Oculus Rift goggles. (Wall Street Journal)

Wal-Mart Extends Online Grocery Home Delivery to Dallas and Orlando. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has brought its online grocery delivery service to two more cities, extending a program that could attract new customers as it battles Inc. and brick-and-mortar rivals. (Bloomberg)

Bitcoin Analysts Compete for the Highest Price Forecast. Even the skeptics can't avoid weighing in on bitcoin. (Bloomberg)

Flying-car company Lilium has hired ex-Gett and Airbus execs to help make its on-demand air taxis a reality by 2025. It turns out that Jetsons-like "flying cars" may eventually become a reality. (Recode)

TV is moving to the internet faster than you probably think. Since I became the CEO of a publicly traded company, I have yet to take a meeting with Wall Street where some version of this question isn't asked: "When is traditional TV finally going to move over to connected TV?" (Recode)

ITI Member News

Apple's 'hidden' job ad found online. The text begins: "Hey there! You found us", and says the firm is looking for "a talented engineer to develop a critical infrastructure component". (BBC News)

Intel Says New PC Chip Is 'Once-in-a-Decade' Performance Boost. Intel Corp., the biggest maker of semiconductors, said its new processors are going to deliver the biggest bump in performance that personal computer users have experienced in years. (Bloomberg)

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