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Tech News Roundup - 02/26/2018

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Tech and telecom lobbying groups announce joint cybersecurity initiative. Lobbying groups representing major technology and telecommunications firms are teaming up to jointly tackle cybersecurity issues. (ITI Mention, The Hill)

Telco ISPs, Tech Cos. Team Up for Cybersecurity. USTelecom and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) have formed the Council to Secure the Digital Economy (CSDE). (ITI Mention, MultiChannel)
New cyber council takes shape. IBM, Intel, Verizon and AT&T are among the founding members of a new industry council that will propose policy ideas to combat cybersecurity attacks as more devices connect to the internet and transmit sensitive information. (ITI mention, Politico: Morning Tech)

New industry group takes flight. A new coalition of big internet and communications companies is launching today, vowing to devote itself to tackling the biggest current and future cyber threats. (ITI Mention, Politico: Morning Cybersecurity)
Cyber Threats Top Concerns for U.K. Investors, Business Leaders.Investors and chief executives say cyber attacks pose the greatest threat to businesses operating in the U.K., outweighing other material risks including populism, trade protectionism and over-regulation, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. (Bloomberg)
Global Trade
Global Trade Flows Rise at Quickest Rate Since 2011. Despite the increase, few economists expect a sustained return to rapid rates of expansion of precrisis years. (Wall Street Journal)
New NAFTA talks aim to clear pathway to toughest issues. Mexico and Canada aim to finish reworking less contentious chapters of the NAFTA trade deal with the United States in new talks that began on Sunday, hoping to clear the path for a breakthrough on the toughest issues before upcoming elections. (Reuters)
Top Chinese Official Plans U.S. Trip to Address Trade Friction. President Xi Jinping of China is sending his top economic policymaker to Washington on Tuesday in a bid to reduce trans-Pacific trade tensions before China's congress convenes for its annual session. (New York Times)
U.S. Blocks a Chinese Deal Amid Rising Tensions Over Technology. United States officials have torpedoed a Chinese state-backed group's plan to buy an American electronics company, signaling the Trump administration's continuing skepticism toward Chinese investment deals, particularly those that involve transferring technological know-how. (New York Times)
Breakdown in NAFTA could hinder new tax reform law, Rick Snyder cautions. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday he's "concerned" about the talks to renegotiate NAFTA, warning that if there is a breakdown in free trade, it could ultimately harm Republicans' new tax reform law, H.R. 1 (115). (Politico Pro)

Inside the White House trade fights. Bloomberg scooped on Friday that Trump wants the Commerce Department to seek the harshest maximum tariffs on global steel imports: 24 percent. (Axios)

Tech Politics

How the Internet Is Changing Life for the World's Poorest People (Smartphones Optional). Micro loans led the way, and now the internet has made all kinds of transactions cheap-which means serving the poor can be profitable. (Wall Street Journal)

Dem senator: 'Great idea' to fine social media companies over bots. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on Sunday said she supports imposing fines on social media companies that do not rid their platforms of bots after the government identifies the automated accounts. (The Hill)

The Russian Bots Are Coming. This Bipartisan Duo Is On It. One of the goals of the Kremlin's social media disruption campaign, Special Counsel Robert Mueller unequivocally demonstrated in his recent indictment of 13 Russians, was to elect Donald Trump. Another, according to the indictment, was even simpler: "to sow discord in the U.S. political system." (Politico)
Washington's Fight Over Taxes Is Only Beginning. Never mind that "once in a generation" tax bill that passed last year. Congress is headed for years more of battles over taxes, particularly those for individuals. (New York Times)


Experts Doubt Trump's Infrastructure Plan Will Boost Economy. Independent analysts are beginning to forecast that President Trump's infrastructure plan will pack much less of an economic punch than the administration predicts and is unlikely to jump-start new spending on roads, bridges and other critical projects. (New York Times)
Artificial Intelligence

China's Authoritarian State Has an Edge in Artificial Intelligence Development. A wealthy repressive state can press ahead with tech innovation unimpeded by privacy concerns. (Wall Street Journal)


Senate pivots to stopgap 'Dreamers' deal. The Senate is weighing a short-term fix for "Dreamers" as lawmakers struggle to break a stalemate that has stalled the chamber's debate. (The Hill)

The antitrust case against Google. In "The Case Against Google" - the cover story of tomorrow's N.Y. Times Magazine - Charles Duhigg (author of the bestselling "The Power of Habit") explores the antitrust case against Google, and whether the company's algorithmic alchemy stacks the deck against its competitors. (Axios)
Public Sector
USDA to rename Client Technology Services under IT modernization drive. As part of an ongoing federal information technology modernization, the Agriculture Department plans to rename one of its IT service providers to reflect a doubling down on customer service. (Federal News Radio)
GAO positions AI, blockchain as society-altering tech. The Government Accountability Office's new five-year strategic plan calls for more federal research and development spending to drive the potential of five emerging technologies it says could change society. (Fed Scoop)

Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Public-Sector Unions. Public-employee unions face a reckoning Monday when the Supreme Court hears a long-anticipated lawsuit seeking to strip them of the power to bill collective-bargaining costs to employees who don't want to pay. (Wall Street Journal)

Apple to Start Putting Sensitive Encryption Keys in China. Codes for Chinese users of iCloud will be kept in a secure location, company says. (Wall Street Journal)

Supreme Court to hear arguments in global digital privacy case. The Supreme Court is poised to weigh in on a global battle between governments and privacy advocates over access to people's digital data as they increasingly conduct their lives online. (Politico Pro)

Europe seeks power to seize overseas data in challenge to tech giants.The European Union is preparing legislation to force companies to turn over customers' personal data when requested even if it is stored on servers outside the bloc, a position that will put Europe at loggerheads with tech giants and privacy campaigners. (Reuters)

Wireless Companies to Start Small With 5G Rollouts. Verizon, AT&T, others expect to offer services this year, but most fall short of carriers' visions of what 5G ultimately will be. (Wall Street Journal)
Internet of Things

Self-driving cars with "remote" drivers could test on Calif roads in April: DMV. Self-driving cars that back up their computerized system with a remote human operator instead of a fallback driver at the wheel could be tested on California roads as early as April, the state department of motor vehicles said. (Reuters)

The Venezuelan oil industry is on a cliff's edge. Trump could tip it over. The Trump administration is threatening to embargo Venezuelan oil, a potentially ruinous blow to the Saudi Arabia of South America. But here in the home of the world's largest crude reserves, Venezuela is killing its largest industry all on its own. (Washington Post)
Trump should be great for oil and gas. He's not. The oil and natural gas industry is running into a rough patch with President Trump. (Axios)
Tech Business
Firms Pursue Upgraded Internet Access on Airplanes. Airbus, Delta, Sprint seek faster, seamless in-flight connections to web. (Wall Street Journal)

Dropbox files for IPO of up to $500 million. Data-sharing business Dropbox Inc on Friday filed for an initial public offering of up to $500 million with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. (Reuters)

How Samsung moved beyond its exploding phones. Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant, was flying high as it prepared to launch the Note 7 smartphone in late summer 2016. (Washington Post)
Google raises price of YouTube TV, adds sports, Turner. Alphabet Inc's Google is raising the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner Inc's Turner, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday. (Reuters)
How Old Tech could roar back. For several years, one of the greatest fears of the world's legacy companies has been disruption by an Uber or Airbnb - an adroit new startup with a cheap, market-shattering idea. But a surprising new reality led by the confluence of big data and artificial intelligence has softened their anxiety, and made them think they - and not startups - are the new, new thing, according to a new study. (Axios)

ITI Member News

Major firms learning to adapt in fight against start-ups: IBM. Major corporations are learning to defend against start-ups that threaten their business models, hitting back by adopting the disruptors' playbook, according to a survey of top executives by computer services firm IBM. (Reuters)
Facebook and Google Struggle to Squelch 'Crisis Actor' Posts. On Wednesday, one week after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Facebook and YouTube vowed to crack down on the trolls. (New York Times)
Facebook pulls VR shooting game out of "respect" for Parkland victims. Facebook has shut down a demo of a virtual reality shooting game in its booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference out of "respect for the victims" of the Florida school shooting, BBC's Dave Lee reports. (Axios)

Today on the Hill

The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
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