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Tech News Roundup - 10/03/2017

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D.C. tech trade association staffs up in Europe. A major Washington, D.C., technology trade association which represents the likes of Amazon, Google and Apple, is ramping up its focus in Europe as the continent increases its grip on technology companies. (ITI Dean Garfield quoted, The Hill)

Special Report: HP Enterprise let Russia scrutinize cyberdefense system used by Pentagon. Hewlett Packard Enterprise allowed a Russian defense agency to review the inner workings of cyber defense software used by the Pentagon to guard its computer networks, according to Russian regulatory records and interviews with people with direct knowledge of the issue. (Reuters)

Facebook's Russia-Linked Ads Came in Many Disguises. The Russians who posed as Americans on Facebook last year tried on quite an array of disguises. (New York Times)

Facebook is hiring another 1,000 people to review and remove ads. Facebook is making changes to its advertising policies in the wake of an investigation that confirmed the company unknowingly sold ads to Kremlin-backed sources trying to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (Recode)

Top House Intelligence Democrat intends to make sample of Russia-bought Facebook ads public. The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said on Monday he intended to make a "representative sampling" of Facebook Inc political ads believed to have been purchased by Russia available to the public later this month and that he hoped to make them all public eventually. (Reuters)
What to expect from Equifax's back-to-back hearings on Capitol Hill this week. As Equifax heads to the Hill this week for a round of back-to-back hearings on its massive security breach, some lawmakers plan to not only grill the embattled credit reporting agency but also to cue up a fight for tighter data security standards that they and consumer advocates have long wanted. (Washington Post)
Facebook Estimates 10 Million Users Saw Russian-Backed Ads. Facebook Inc. on Monday said it estimates 10 million people saw ads it has discovered on its platform paid for by Russian entities, but warned that it may not have uncovered all malicious activity that attempted to interfere in the American political process. (Wall Street Journal)
Russians took a page from corporate America by using Facebook tool to ID and influence voters. Russian operatives set up an array of misleading Web sites and social media pages to identify American voters susceptible to propaganda, then used a powerful Facebook tool to repeatedly send them messages designed to influence their political behavior, say people familiar with the investigation into foreign meddling in the U.S. election. (Washington Post)

Rand Paul: "This is a GOP tax plan?". Sen Rand Paul tweeted a shot across the bow to Congressional Republicans over the GOP tax plan this afternoon. (Axios)

FBI doesn't have to say who unlocked San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, judge rules. The FBI does not have to reveal the identity of a vendor that helped it unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters in the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack, or the price it paid for the vendor's services, a federal judge ruled. (Los Angeles Times)
Global Trade
Brexit minister: Transition must not cut off trade 'opportunities'. A post-Brexit transition period must not be so long that it "cuts off opportunities" for future free trade deals, Brexit Minister Steve Baker said Monday. (Politico Pro)

We Should Make AI And Blockchain Boost Global Trade. It is time to build an intelligent tech and trade initiative. (Huffington Post)

Artificial Intelligence

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd: AI shouldn't be a standalone application. At the annual OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, Calif., this week, Oracle is introducing a slew of artificial intelligence-enabled products and capabilities across its portfolio, including an autonomous database and automated cybersecurity system, as well as AI-enhanced SaaS applications. (ZDNet)


IBM sends 'Dreamer' employees to help save DACA. IBM is launching a major lobbying effort to urge Congress to find a legislative fix that will let so-called "Dreamers" stay in the country. But instead of relying on lobbyists, the company is letting its own employees do the talking: IBM will bring some of its more than 30 Dreamers on staff to Washington to share their stories with lawmakers. (Axios)

Oracle Co-CEO questions policies on student visas. Oracle Corp Co-Chief Executive Mark Hurd on Monday said he does not understand Trump administration immigration policies that make it difficult for foreigners to work in the United States after earning an education here. (Reuters)

Trump to talk immigration with Republicans at White House dinner. President Donald Trump will dine Monday night with several influential Republican lawmakers who play a major role on immigration policy, according to multiple sources. (Politico Pro)

Intellectual Property

Apple faces down Qualcomm, Ericsson over EU patent fees. The European Union is drawing up guidelines on how much patent holders should charge for their technologies, a thorny issue that pits Apple and other users against Qualcomm and Ericsson. (Reuters)


Google critic takes on tech giants. Barry Lynn has been pushing the government to crack down on corporate power for 16 years, but his ideas never received as much attention as when they cost him his job at a Google-sponsored think tank. (The Hill)

Public Sector

Making sense of the IT modernization challenge. Government has the chance to cut costs while also streamlining operations -- but only if agencies embrace a continuous innovation model. (Federal Computer Week)

New DHS dashboard will provide 'game-changing' view of federal network. The Department of Homeland Security will soon build on its continuous diagnostics and mitigation program with a new dashboard that can provide a full view of federal network activity. (FedScoop)

OPM names new CIO. The Office of Personnel Management has a new CIO. Former Maryland CIO David Garcia will replace David DeVries, who resigned in September. (Federal Computer Week)

What CIO vacancies mean for modernizing government. President Donald Trump's new tech-themed White House team has made upgrading government technology a key talking point, but many federal agencies' top technology positions remain unfilled and it's unclear how quickly interim chief information officers can act. (NextGov)


Equifax says cyber attack may have hit 2.5 million more U.S. consumers. U.S. credit reporting firm Equifax Inc (EFX.N) said about 2.5 million additional U.S. consumers may have been impacted by a cyber attack at the company last month. (Reuters)

Former Equifax CEO apologizes for data breach and details ways the company messed up. The former chief executive of Equifax Inc. plans to apologize for the credit reporting company's massive data breach when he testifies Tuesday before a congressional committee, as well as detail the missteps in response to the hack that exposed the Social Security numbers and birthdates of as many as 143 million people. (Los Angeles Times)

Treasury agency's biggest focus in 2018 will be cybersecurity. The Treasury Department's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's top priority for 2018 will be cybersecurity. (FedScoop)

SEC initially said 2016 hack did not expose anyone's personal information. Now it says it was wrong. The Securities and Exchange Commission acknowledged Monday that a major hack of some of its key software had exposed two unnamed people's personal information, including Social Security numbers. (Washington Post)

Two People's Information Compromised in SEC Data Breach. Only two people's personal information was compromised in a 2016 breach of the Securities and Exchange Commission's online filing system, the agency announced Monday. (NextGov)


Big Tech Eyes Supreme Court's Employee-Arbitration Case. Earlier this year, Susan Fowler sparked an uproar in the technology industry with allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination at Uber. Fowler, and Uber executives, will be among those watching closely Monday when the Supreme Court hears arguments on whether contract provisions such as Fowler's are enforceable. (WIRED)

Black and Latino representation in Silicon Valley has declined, study shows. Black and Latino representation has declined in Silicon Valley, and although Asians are the most likely to be hired, they are the least likely to be promoted, according to a new study exposing persistent racial prejudice in the tech industry. (The Guardian)

Start-Ups Use Technology to Redesign the Hiring Process. Iris Bohnet, a behavioral economist and professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, spoke to the founders of two behavioral design start-ups, Kate Glazebrook of Applied and Frida Polli of Pymetrics, for the latest on the algorithmic design revolution that is transforming hiring practices. (New York Times)

Internet of Things

A Mapathon to Pinpoint Areas Hardest Hit in Puerto Rico. Satellite images of rural outposts and grooved mountainsides dominated the computer screens inside a room in Manhattan, where more than 60 volunteers sat. One woman huddled over her laptop, carefully watching a thick red square bloom from the pen tool as she traced over a building. (New York Times)


What civilians can learn from military investments in solar. As the U.S. military increases its use of drones in surveillance and combat overseas, the danger posed by a threat back at home grows. (GreenBiz)

G.M. and Ford Lay Out Plans to Expand Electric Models. In a push to produce cars powered by batteries or fuel cells, General Motors on Monday laid out a strategy to vastly expand the number of electric models in the marketplace. (New York Times)

China, With Methodical Discipline, Conjures a Market for Electric Cars. Nearly half of all plug-in vehicles are sold in China, driven by relentless subsidies and regulations. (Wall Street Journal)

Tech Business

Goldman Sachs Explores a New World: Trading Bitcoin. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. GS 1.46% is weighing a new trading operation dedicated to bitcoin and other digital currencies, the first blue-chip Wall Street firm preparing to deal directly in this burgeoning yet controversial market, according to people familiar with the matter. (Wall Street Journal)

ITI Member News

Supreme Court rejects Samsung appeal in warranty dispute. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a bid by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to force customers who have filed proposed class-action lawsuits against the company to arbitrate their claims instead of bringing them to court. (Reuters)

Why Apple Rival Samsung Also Wins If iPhone X Is a Hit. South Korean giant stands to make billions of dollars supplying screens and chips for competitor's new phone. (Wall Street Journal)

Google Updates Policy on News Pay Walls. 'First Click Free' to End. Publications like The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The New York Times have long asked readers to pay for access to online articles. But many reading this article online are probably familiar with an easy workaround: Plug a search term or headline into Google, and voilà! Free access to articles normally locked behind pay walls. (New York Times)
Intel and Intelsat partner on plan to free up 5G airwaves. Intel and satellite company Intelsat are joining forces to propose making airwaves used by satellites available for 5G wireless networks that are vital to the growing Internet of Things. They've filed their proposal with the FCC in response to the agency's request for ideas on using certain types of wireless spectrum for 5G. (Axios)
Facebook announces ad updates in response to Russia probe. Facebook has started laying out promised changes to its ad policies, spurred by concerns that Russians potentially used the company's platform to interfere with the 2016 election. (Axios)

Today on the Hill

The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Lee Francis Cissna to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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