ITI Daily News Roundup

07/23/2014

Key Issues

Net Neutrality

Verizon, Netflix continue net neutrality war of words. Level 3 had its say on how Verizon was slowing Netflix videos, and now Verizon is firing back. At the same time, Netflix lashed out at ISPs for slowing its traffic. (ZDNet)

Tax

Congress Is Split on Taxing of Corporate InversionsLawmakers widely concerned about the wave of companies reincorporating overseas to avoid U.S. taxes split along partisan lines Tuesday over whether any legislation should take aim at businesses that have already relocated. (Wall Street Journal)

Senate Panel Takes On Tax InversionsThe chorus of voices on Capitol Hill calling for an end to corporate inversions grew louder on Tuesday as the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the issue of American companies reincorporating abroad, and legislators proposed new punitive measures against inverted companies. (New York Times)

Workforce

Obama Signs New Job-Training LawPresident Obama, citing a “skills gap” that prevents many unemployed workers from qualifying for new jobs, signed legislation on Tuesday to bolster federal job-training programs. (New York Times)

Internet Governance

NTIA’s Strickling: ICANN oversight transition won’t harm Internet. The Internet will be fine. That was the overall message Tuesday as Strickling, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, spoke about plans for the United States to transfer its oversight of Web domains to an international consortium as soon as next year. (FedScoop)

U.S. says it can hold back ITU web power grab. The U.S. is confident it can hold back efforts to expand the UN International Telecommunication Union’s authority over the Internet at October’s plenipotentiary meeting, a senior State Department official said Tuesday. (Politico Pro) 

Privacy

.gov sites employ advanced tracking tech. More than a dozen federal websites use a free website plug-in that tracks users in a way difficult or impossible for individuals to block, underlining the often unintended consequences of using third-party software. (Politico Pro) 

Privacy board, DHS to discuss cybersecurity next month. An independent privacy board will meet next month with the Department of Homeland Security to discuss cybersecurity matters, according to the panel's executive director. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Putin signs data retention law. Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a new law requiring internet companies to retain the personal data of their Russian customers, or face being blocked from access in the country. (ZDNet) 

Senator 'within inches' of NSA reform deal. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is close to an agreement with Obama administration on how to rein in government surveillance. (The Hill)

Cybersecurity

9/11 panel: ‘History may be repeating itself’. Ten years after releasing a landmark report on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the members of a former government commission are raising new alarms about the threat of cyberterrorism. (The Hill) 

Hacking experts build device to protect cars from cyber attacks. Two security experts who a year ago exposed methods for hacking the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape say they have developed technology that would keep automobiles safe from cyber attacks. (Reuters) 

STELA

House passes satellite TV law reauthorization bill. The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to reauthorize a law allowing satellite providers such as Dish Network Corp and DirecTV to bring in TV signals from other markets when subscribers cannot pick up local stations. (Reuters) 

Global Trade

Conflict Over Russia’s Role in Ukraine Spills Into Tech Sector.  The international conflict over Russia’s involvement in Ukraine and its possible link to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has spilled into the western technology sector. (Wall Street Journal)

De Gucht Puts Onus On India, South Africa To Drop Opposition On Trade Facilitation. European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht today (July 22) publicly called out India and South Africa for blocking the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), and said it is up to these two countries to change their positions ahead of a key July 31 deadline for adopting a protocol of amendment that will enshrine the deal in the legal framework of the World Trade Organization. (World Trade Online)

De Gucht Says U.S. Not Dragging Feet On TTIP, Lauds Technical Work. European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht today (July 22) rejected the notion that U.S. officials are "dragging their feet" in the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and indicated he was pleased by the amount of "technical analysis" the U.S. had put into the talks so far. (World Trade Online)

IP Enforcement

Spotify hopes to help fight piracy in Brazil. Spotify hopes to become instrumental in the fight against music piracy in Brazil, according to one of the company's top executives. (ZDNet) 

Public Sector

New Indiana Data Hub Tracks State, Local Government Effectiveness. Gov. Mike Pence said he wanted state and local government databases and transparency websites combined into a single, easy-to-use performance-monitoring center that could reveal overlooked efficiencies and track the progress of his "road map" goals. (GovTech)

Nominee promises digital answers to VA problems. The Obama administration’s attempt to move past the multitude of problems plaguing the Veterans Affairs Department moved to Capitol Hill on July 22 with the confirmation hearing for former Procter & Gamble chief executive Robert McDonald. (FCW)

Environment and Sustainability

Climate change hits all Pentagon operations, official says. All Pentagon operations in the U.S. and abroad are threatened by climate change, according to a Defense Department official. (The Hill) 

Dispute over 'bonkers' EU energy savings plan. EU commissioners are meeting today to agree an energy savings target for 2030 amid serious disagreement about how ambitious it should be. (BBC)

USGS 3-D mapping data aims to save lives and money. The White House earlier this year reported in its third National Climate Assessment that climate change is taking a major toll on the nation’s environment. In an effort to combat those perceived changes President Obama has since introduced several actions to create a more-resilient infrastructure, one of which is an initiative to develop advanced 3-D mapping data and tools. (FedScoop)

ITI Member News

For Apple, iPhone Roars and iPad Whimpers. Ahead of a refresh of the iPhone, Apple Inc. reported 12% profit growth and strong sales of its current handset, especially in markets far afield from its traditional customer base in the U.S. (Wall Street Journal)

Google funds million-dollar contest for better power electronicsThe Little Box Challenge is designed to shrink the size of power inverters, devices used in solar panels and electric cars. It's part of Google's effort to improve its green-tech image. (CNET)

Microsoft sees end to Nokia losses, shares rise after hours. Microsoft Corp said it aims to get its loss-making Nokia phone unit to break even within two years, helping its stock rise in after-hours trade. (Reuters) 

Oracle Data Cloud builds off BlueKai merger for social, marketing deals. Despite nearing the dead middle of summer, it's already been a big time for big data at Oracle. (ZDNet)

PayPal signs "ten of thousands" customers in Nigerian launch. PayPal has signed up "tens of thousand" of Nigerians in its first week of operating in Africa's biggest economy, with consumers already purchasing items from Britain, China and the United States via its online platform, a company official said. (Reuters) 

Samsung shakes up workforce in challenging times. The world’s largest electronics business by revenue said the redeployed staff will be assigned to different divisions - either mobile, consumer electronics or components - and sent to Suwon or Samsung’s operations base outside the Korean capital, Seoul. (ZDNet)

Sony invests in image sensor production amid 'selfie' boom. Sony Corp said on Thursday it would invest 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, as the company courts handset makers to get more orders for front-facing camera sensors, used to take selfies. (Reuters)

Teradata's Hadoop dreams lead to two company acquisitions. Teradata announced Tuesday that is has acquired the big data companies Revelytix and Hadapt. (ZDNet)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, President Obama will attend a House Majority PAC event at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco. In the afternoon, the president will attend a DCCC event at a private residence. Later, the president will travel to Los Angeles, California. The president will attend a DNC event at a private residence and remain overnight in Los Angeles.

Today on the Hill

The House will meet at 10 a.m. for morning hour and 12 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2 - 3 p.m. Last votes expected: 5 - 6 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m., the House Financial and Contracting Oversight Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the National Technical Information Service and "Let Me Google That for You Act".

The Senate will meet at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to calendar #453, S.2569. At 11 a.m., there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act, followed by voice votes on 3 nominations.

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