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Tech News Roundup - 02/02/2018

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Tech Giants Power to New Heights. Three of the biggest tech companies reported record quarterly financial results on Thursday as they extended their dominance over swaths of the global economy. (Wall Street Journal)
Amazon's Quarterly Profit Tops $1 Billion for First Time. Company's profit was helped by a tax benefit of $789 million as part of the new tax overhaul. (Wall Street Journal)
Google Parent Alphabet's Revenue Rises, but Profit Comes Up Short. One-time tax hit caused a $3 billion loss in quarter, but revenue rose 24%; EPS miss. (Wall Street Journal)
Apple Posts Record Results Even With Fewer iPhones Sold. Tech giant says smartphone revenue rose 13% but projects weaker-than-expected sales for current quarter. (Wall Street Journal)
As Amazon headquarters race heats up, concerns about a subsidy war grow. As officials in 20 finalist locations scramble to provide additional data to in their quest to land the company's second headquarters, urban development expert Richard Florida and dozens of his cohorts are urging governors and mayors to join a "Non-Aggression Pact" against offering huge taxpayer subsidies. (Washington Post)
Nokia mobile networks 'coming back very fast', says CEO. The mobile networks business of Nokia is showing signs of a rebound and gaining market share from rival Ericsson, Chief Executive Rajeev Suri said on Thursday. (Reuters)
Dell, VMware decide to explore options including merger - sources. U.S. computer maker Dell Technologies Inc and business software provider VMware Inc have decided to explore options that could include a potential merger of the two companies, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. (Reuters)

Artificial Intelligence

The New Robot Revolution in Manufacturing. Some economists are saying that the world is entering a "second machine age." Artificial intelligence and other advancements are enabling robots to perform tasks that, until recently, only human eyes, hands and minds could handle. (Wall Street Journal)
Inside Amazon's artificial intelligence flywheel. How deep learning came to power Alexa, Amazon Web Services, and nearly every other division of the company. (Wired)

A revolution in health care is coming.
Medical data may not seem like the type of kindling to spark a revolution. But the flow of information is likely to bear fruit in several ways. (The Economist)

Trump Pressures Democrats to Bargain on Immigration. President Trump turned up the pressure on Democrats on Thursday to come to an agreement with Republicans on protections for young undocumented immigrants, asserting that opposition leaders "talk a good game" but cared more about politics than actually resolving the matter. (New York Times)
At GOP retreat, Trump to ask Senate to vote on immigration bill. President Donald Trump will champion his administration's immigration proposals and tout the package of tax reforms he helped shepherd across Capitol Hill last year in a speech Thursday at Congressional Republicans' retreat in West Virginia, according to excerpts released by the White House. (Politico Pro)


Germany opens anti-trust probe into online advertising. Germany's anti-trust regulator is opening an investigation into online advertising, responding to concerns expressed by advertisers and publishers over the "significant" market position of U.S. platforms Google and Facebook. (Reuters)

Public Sector

Dallas Innovation Alliance Accelerates Smart City Projects. The Smart Cities Living Lab is a test bed for numerous smart technologies in downtown Dallas that has become a mecca for tourism and the arts. (Gov Tech)

Emerging Tech 2018: 7 technologies poised to disrupt government. If 2017 was the year federal agencies began to seriously explore adopting cutting-edge emerging technologies, 2018 could, in many senses, be the year many of those innovations become commonplace around government. (Fed Scoop)


Rosenstein's 'Responsible Encryption' Proposal is Nonsensical, Privacy Expert Says. Companies could build backdoor access into products, but it leaves users vulnerable. (Next Gov)


House panel presses DHS, FBI to help small biz with cyber defense. Small businesses are facing big hurdles when it comes to implementing cybersecurity defenses -- and some in Congress think they can help. (Federal Computer Week)
House committee threatens subpoena in Kaspersky doc request. The chairman of the House science committee told the Homeland Security Department secretary he would subpoena documents related to the government's purge of Kaspersky Lab software if they weren't shared voluntarily. (Federal Computer Week)
Automation proves useful for agencies' cyber defense strategies. As federal technology systems continue to grow in size and complexity, agencies are turning to automation to plug some of the cybersecurity gaps that the IT workforce has been unable to monitor. (Federal News Radio)
Evolving identity management crucial for federal cybersecurity, but budget woes slow adoption. A new survey of federal IT leaders cites identity management as one of the most important methods for protecting agency networks, but slimmed-down budgets make it hard to implement effectively. (Fed Scoop)

The Military's Losing War Against Data Leakage. The Defense Department can't stop the rising river of of digital metadata - or prevent enemies from dipping into it. (Defense One)

San Francisco seeks universal fiber broadband with net neutrality and privacy. Affordable broadband and consumer protections for all-that's the plan at least. (Ars Technica)

Statehouses Are The New Arena In the Battle for Net Neutrality. States' rights are back in vogue. After the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) vote to repeal net neutrality last December, Republicans, and Democrats across the US are looking at executive orders and bills that limit ISPs ability to flout net neutrality principles. (NextGov)


Women Once Ruled the Computer World. When Did Silicon Valley Become Brotopia?. How the tech industry sabotaged itself and its own pipeline of talent. (Bloomberg)

Internet of Things

Could Self-Driving Trucks Be Good for Truckers?. That's what a new study from Uber's self-driving-truck team says, and a variety of trucking experts think they might be right. (The Atlantic)


Trump administration tears down regulations to speed drilling on public land. The Trump administration is aggressively sweeping aside regulations protecting public land to clear a path for expanded oil and gas drilling. (Washington Post)


The Environmental Toll Of Our Smart Tech Obsession. A smiling, talking fridge might seem fun. But what happens when it has said all it has to say? (ITI Rick Goss Quoted, Huffington Post)

ITI Member News

Appeals court: Twitter can't be sued for 'material support' of terrorism. An appeals court has ruled that Twitter is not liable for the deaths of two American military contractors who were killed in Jordan in 2015. (Ars Technica)
Businesses Look at Washington and Say, 'Never Mind, We'll Do It'. Can private businesses solve public policy problems better than the government? It's a question that has persisted for decades and taken on new resonance now that a career businessman is in the White House. (New York Times)
Employer Health Insurance: Often-Hated, Sometimes Pioneering, and Now on Amazon's Radar. Everyone likes to complain about our company-based system, but there have been real examples of innovation. (New York Times)
A Wristband to Track Workers' Hand Movements? (Amazon Has Patents for It). What if your employer made you wear a wristband that tracked your every move, and that even nudged you via vibrations when it judged that you were doing something wrong? (New York Times)
Survey: College students prefer Amazon's HQ2 in Atlanta. Of the 20 cities Amazon shortlisted for its second headquarters, Atlanta appears to be the number one choice for college students, according to a new survey. (Axios)
YouTube's emerging markets-focused app expands to 130 countries. Alphabet Inc's Google extended its YouTube Go video app, designed for emerging markets where consumers may have cheaper phones and limited Internet access, to more than 115 additional countries on Thursday, the company said. (Reuters)
Google Weighs Unusual Bid With Giant Oil Firm Aramco to Rev Up the Saudi Tech Sector. Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant and Google parent Alphabet Inc., two of the world's biggest companies, are in talks about jointly building a large technology hub inside the kingdom, people familiar with the potential deal said. (Wall Street Journal)

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