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Tech News Roundup - 08/25/2017

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Global Trade
Amsterdam's Secret Brexit Sauce Is a Friendly Regulator. Frankfurt has the banks, and Paris has the culture, but for trading firms looking for a post-Brexit European home, Amsterdam may have the best attraction of all: a friendly regulator. (Bloomberg)

Brexit: UK seeks data transfer pact with EU. It argues the UK starts from "unprecedented" alignment with EU law, but acknowledges collaboration will be needed to protect British interests. (BBC News)

Britain wants EU to accept its data protection after Brexit. Britain said on Thursday it wanted to co-operate with the European Union over data protection and have its rules accepted by the bloc after it leaves. (Reuters)
3 business groups' support for NAFTA 2.0 could hinge on ISDS. Three top business organizations are urging the Trump administration to preserve the controversial investor-state dispute settlement provision in NAFTA 2.0, warning that their support for the renegotiation will wane if the mechanism is weakened or eliminated. (Politico Pro)

Top Hillary Adviser Reveals TPP 'Absolutely' Big Factor in Loss. One of Hillary Clinton's top and most important advisers admitted on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal-and Clinton's waffling on it-was a vital reason why Trump pulled off his historic 2016 upset. (Breitbart)

Trade Divide Grows Between Trump and Big Cities. The country's largest metropolitan areas benefit from exporting services, even as the Trump administration turns away from free trade. (National Journal)


Verizon reports spike in government requests for cell 'tower dumps'. Government requests for the mass disclosure of every caller who connected to a particular cellphone tower have spiked during the first half of 2017, according to Verizon's latest transparency report. (The Hill)


AT&T's slow 1.5Mbps Internet in poor neighborhoods sparks complaint to FCC. AT&T is facing a complaint alleging that it discriminates against poor people by providing fast service in wealthier communities and speeds as low as 1.5Mbps in low-income neighborhoods. (Ars Technica)


Naval War College tests cyber attack defenses. The Naval War College recently conducted a Navy-Private Sector Critical Infrastructure Wargame to find out just what might happen if some nation launched a major cyber attack on the U.S. Federal News Radio's Eric White spoke to Jackie Schneider, an assistant professor in the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies at the Naval War College and one of the game's creators, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. (Federal News Radio)

Public Sector

Can reorg plans get agencies off the high-risk list?. As agencies continue preparations to submit their reorganization plans, many also have to reckon with their places on the Government Accountability Office's high-risk list. (FCW)

Are federal agencies ready to bail on data centers?. Government IT leaders are becoming increasingly vocal about leveraging the cloud to get out of the data center business for good. (FCW)

Evolving Government: With legal tech, government can be quicker than you think. Conservative. Rule-bound. Slow. That sounds like a critique of big government, but it's also how people see the legal industry. (FedScoop)

California HHS hires 2 new officials to lead ambitious child welfare project. Taking aim at one of California's most innovative procurements in recent years, California Health and Human Services (CHHS) has called on Adam Dondro to be its agency information officer (AIO) and Tony Fortenberry to be its deputy director for the Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS). (StateScoop)


Big net migration fall since Brexit vote, latest estimates show. Net migration - the difference between those entering and leaving the UK - fell 81,000 to 246,000 in the year to March 2017. (BBC News)


As Coding Boot Camps Close, the Field Faces a Reality Check. In the past five years, dozens of schools have popped up offering an unusual promise: Even humanities graduates can learn how to code in a few months and join the high-paying digital economy. (New York Times)

Ex-Uber Engineer Takes Her Tale of Harassment to Supreme Court. Susan Fowler, whose blog post helped drive Uber Technologies Inc.'s Travis Kalanick out of his job, is now weighing in about toxic workplaces at the U.S. Supreme Court. (Bloomberg)

A black man went undercover online as a white supremacist. This is what he learned.. As soon as Theo Wilson started making YouTube videos about culture and race, trolls using racial slurs started flocking to his page. (Washington Post)

Silicon Valley Scandals Open Dialogue Between Male VCs and Female Founders. Julie Fredrickson has received more than a dozen texts, tweets and phone calls in recent months that follow a similar pattern: A male venture capitalist asks whether she took offense or harbors ill will because of some past behavior. (Washington Post)


Trump MIA so far on August tax reform push. August was supposed to be the month that President Donald Trump sold tax reform. (Politico Pro)
Intellectual Property

Trump administration's China IP push puts big tech in a bind. A new initiative from the Trump administration drew a decidedly halfhearted cheer from Silicon Valley last week. (Financial Times)

Internet of Things

Tesla's Push to Build a Self-Driving Car Sparks Dissent Among Its Engineers. TeslaInc.TSLA 0.05% Chief Executive Elon Musk jolted the automotive world last year when he announced the company's new vehicles would come with a hardware upgrade that would eventually allow them to drive themselves. (Washington Post)

The U.S. government's self-driving car council has fallen apart under Trump. Appearing at a gathering of U.S. governors this February, the Trump administration's top transportation official pledged she would work swiftly to help put more self-driving cars on the country's roads. (Recode)

Advisory group on self-driving cars stalls under Trump. The government's council on self-driving cars, which was working to speed up efforts to bring autonomous vehicles to the road, has stalled under the Trump administration. (The Hill)

Tech Business

Disney, Ditching Netflix, Grabs a New Key to the Kingdom. Is content still king? It was Bill Gates of Microsoft who declared it so in 1996, but the proposition has been repeated so often by Disney executives that it could have served as the company's corporate slogan. (New York Times)

The great Silicon Valley land grab. The city of East Palo Alto, a wedge of modest houses and light industrial sites in the heart of Silicon Valley, has been passed by in the great tech boom. A historically black area, it has seen a big Hispanic influx in the past two decades, with more than three out of four residents now coming from one of those two groups. (Financial Times)

YouTube Stars Stress Out, Just Like The Rest Of Us. Think today's kids want to be doctors or lawyers? Nope. YouTube stardom is the No. 1 dream career for young people today, at least according to a widely publicized surveyby a British newspaper last spring. (NPR)

Spotify just signed the last big music label deal it needs to go public. Spotify has cleared what ought to be the last major hurdle before it goes public: It has renewed a licensing deal with Warner Music Group. (Recode)

Snapchat is still bigger than Instagram for younger U.S. millennials. Snap's stock is struggling thanks to increased competition from Facebook, but Snapchat is holding off Facebook-owned Instagram in a key area: Younger users. (Recode)

After Charlottesville, Even Dating Apps Are Cracking Down on Hate. The Silicon Valley companies that make money off social media and online services have started to enact strong measures against extremism, banning white nationalists, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and others who follow creeds they deem racist and hateful. (New York Times)

ITI Member News

Jay Y. Who? Samsung Verdict May Not Matter to Family Businesses. During the months-long corruption trial of Jay Y. Lee, the billionaire heir to Samsung Group and his former deputies testified that he wasn't really involved in making decisions at South Korea's biggest conglomerate. (Bloomberg)

Samsung working on home smart speaker. DJ Koh, head of Samsung's mobile division, told CNBC News: "I am already working on it." (BBC News)

Apple's next data center will be in Iowa. Apple's newest data center is coming to the Midwest. (CNET)

Amazon will lower Whole Foods prices right away and Prime members will get special discounts. Amazon is wasting no time putting its stamp on Whole Foods. (Recode)
Apple to build Iowa data center, get $207.8 million in incentives. Apple Inc will build a $1.375 billion data center in Waukee, Iowa, Apple and state officials said on Thursday, with $207.8 million in incentives approved by the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Waukee city council. (Reuters)
Toyota Finds New Customers: People Who Don't Like Toyotas. Toyota Motor Corp. TM -0.56% says its new C-HR compact crossover is the car for people who dislike Toyotas. If early sales data are any indication, there are a lot of Toyota critics out there. (Wall Street Journal)
Apple, Citing U.S. Sanctions, Removes Popular Apps in Iran. Officially, Apple has no presence in Iran. Because of American sanctions against the country, the company's iPhones are not legally available for sale here, and Apple does not offer a version of its App Store in the country. (New York Times)

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