ITI Daily News Roundup

03/03/2015

Key Issues

Tech Business

Huawei plans big push to sell its phones, wearable devices in U.S. Two years after U.S. legislators branded it a national security threat, China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] is planning a campaign to win over U.S. consumers, rolling out new mobile phones and wearable devices backed by a marketing effort. (Reuters) 

March comes in like a Wall Street lion. The Nasdaq composite capped its long march back to 5000 on Monday, eclipsing, then closing above the long-hallowed mark for the first time since March 2000. (USA Today)

Obama sharply criticizes China's plans for new technology rules. President Barack Obama on Monday sharply criticized China's plans for new rules on U.S. tech companies, urging Beijing to change the policy if it wants to do business with the United States and saying he had raised it with President Xi Jinping. (Reuters)

Washington says waiting for China response on tech rule concerns. The Obama administration is waiting for China to respond to concerns raised about planned new rules pushing Chinese banks to purchase high-tech products from domestic vendors, a senior State Department official said on Monday. (Rueters) 

Net Neutrality

After Net Neutrality Vote, Wheeler Turns to Salesmanship. Tom Wheeler has gone from policeman to salesman. (NY Times)

Republican makes plea on net neutrality bill. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) on Monday asked the White House to turn off Democrats' "shock collars" and let members negotiate a legislative deal on net neutrality. (The Hill)

Privacy

Congress to blame if NSA program lapses, spy head warns. Lawmakers in Congress will be on the hook if they allow a spying program to expire, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned on Monday. (The Hill) 

Privacy groups balk at Senate cyber bill. Privacy and civil liberties groups are coming out against the Senate Intelligence Committee’s new cybersecurity bill before it is even released. (The Hill)

Cybersecurity

Costly shift to new credit cards won't fix security issues. New technology about to be deployed by credit card companies will require U.S. consumers to carry a new kind of card and retailers across the nation to upgrade payment terminals. But despite a price tag of $8.65 billion, the shift will address only a narrow range of security issues. (Reuters) 

Workforce

Challenge to tech: Reveal pay inequity. We who live and breathe innovation, who succeed only by imagining new realities, must channel our world-changing energies into fixing this most essential of injustices. If not us, who? (USA Today Op-Ed)

IP Enforcement

As GOP targets ‘patent trolls,’ old battle lines take shape. Republicans blamed Harry Reid and trial lawyers when a push to curb frivolous patent lawsuits fell apart last year, and they’ve vowed to press ahead now that they control both chambers of Congress. (Politico Pro) 

Patent trolls hurt R&D say scholars in letter to Congress. “Be careful about changing patent law — it could harm innovation,” is a favorite talking point for those who oppose plans to reform to America’s troubled patent system. But what if the opposite is true? What if it’s the status quo, in which patent trolls sock productive companies with abusive lawsuits, that is hurting innovation? (Gigaom)

We Need a Patent System That Works for All Innovators. The heart and soul of American innovation has always been the individual inventor — that special, inspired person who toils for days, months and even years in a garage, at a computer, or in a laboratory to create the next product, service or cure that will change the way we live our lives. (Re/code Op-Ed) 

Global Trade

EPP Chief Touts Support For TTIP In Parliament; Reding Says Data Deals Prerequisite. The president of the European Parliament's largest political group last week drove home the message to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and House Ways & Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) that there is strong support in the parliament for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), despite vocal opposition to the negotiations by some European lawmakers and civil society groups. (World Trade Online) 

Expected Abe visit adds urgency to TPA talks. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s expected visit to Washington in late April is raising hopes of a possible conclusion to Asia-Pacific trade talks in the next two months, but slow action in Congress on trade promotion authority could ruin a dream moment for U.S.-Japan relations. (Politico Pro) 

‘Ship to Cuba’ Option Shows Up on Amazon Amid Diplomatic Talks. Less than three months after U.S. and Cuban officials agreed to restore diplomatic ties, Amazon appears to be laying the groundwork to ship packages to Cuba. (Re/code) 

US, China making progress on investment treaty. Progress is being made on a U.S.-China bilateral investment treaty (BIT) that would expand trade between the world's two largest economies, a top State Department official said Monday. (The Hill)

Public Sector

Cloud adoption gains traction with state, local agencies. The breadth of state and local governments embracing cloud computing came into sharper focus late last week when Microsoft released new figures showing that 395 state and local government agencies and 150 federal agencies are now making use of the company’s Azure Government community cloud. (StateScoop)

Industry dives into NS2020 draft. Industry is beginning to digest the 13 documents and several hundred pages of the draft request for proposals for the General Services Administration's next big telecommunications effort. ITI’s ITAPS is quoted. (FCW) 

OMB turns up heat on agencies to implement smart ID cards for computer access. Agencies faced a 15 percent increase in the number of cybersecurity incidents in fiscal 2014. (Federal News Radio) 

VA officials misused millions in funding for new IT system — IG. The VA said it may take administrative action against the retired managers implicated in the report. (FedScoop) 

Environment and Sustainability

Here's how to update electricity pricing for the 21st century. There is a looming disconnect between the rapidly evolving new world of distributed energy technologies and the old world of electricity pricing, where relatively little has changed since the early 20th century. (GreenBiz)

This data project could help save forests being destroyed by insects. A new project that combines satellite data, airplane mapping data and on-the-ground field data of the forests of the Pacific Northwest over several decades could help researchers better manage future forest insect outbreaks across the globe. (Gigaom) 

Innovation

Google, Stanford say big data is key to deep learning for drug discovery. A team of researchers from Stanford University and Google have released a paper highlighting a deep learning approach they say shows promise in the field of drug discovery. What they found, essentially, is that that more data covering more biological processes seems like a good recipe for uncovering new drugs. (Gigaom)

ULA ready to compete against Elon Musk’s space startup, CEO says. Faced with mounting pressure from Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the United Launch Alliance’s new chief executive said Monday he has been re-configuring the company in order to compete, slashing the cost of national security launches and developing a new launch system. (Washington Post)

Mobility

Free Wi-Fi On Buses Offers A Link To Future Of 'Smart Cities'. Board any city bus in Portugal's second-largest municipality, Porto, and you've got free Wi-Fi. More than 600 city buses and taxis have been fitted with wireless routers, creating what's touted as the biggest Wi-Fi-in-motion network in the world. (NPR)

ITI Member News

Google: Tech, Telecom Must Work Together. At a private meeting with top European telecommunications firms in December, a Google Inc. envoy made a surprising pitch: let’s bury the hatchet. (WSJ) 

Google to launch small US mobile network. Google is launching its own mobile network in the US, threatening to become a powerful competitor to telecoms groups unless they move quickly to support its ambitious efforts to improve internet access globally. (FT) 

HP to Buy Wi-Fi Equipment Maker Aruba Networks for About $3 Billion. Hewlett-Packard agreed on Monday to buy Aruba Networks, a maker of Wi-Fi access equipment for businesses, for about $3 billion in HP’s biggest deal in more than three years. (NY Times) 

Microsoft Plays Waiting Game in Smartphone Race. Microsoft Corp. has a new fix-it plan for the company’s smartphone business: Wait a little longer. (WSJ)

On Yahoo's 20th anniversary CEO Mayer counts her achievements. Steven Levy on Medium's Backchannel, has an exclusive interview with Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, to mark the 20th anniversary of Yahoo and celebrate some of her achievements. (ZDNet)

SAP inks partnerships to extend Internet of Things services. SAP is collaborating with a number of companies to develop Internet of Things (IoT) services for the enterprise. (ZDNet)

Sony Mobile head says division is not being sold: Le Figaro. The head of Sony Mobile told French daily newspaper Le Figaro that the division is not being sold, only two weeks after Sony Corp (6758.T) Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said he would not rule out considering an exit strategy. (Reuters) 

Zuckerberg Moves to Mend Fences With Telecom Industry. Facing criticism from carriers that say Facebook Inc. is hurting their business models, Mr. Zuckerberg struck a conciliatory tone Monday, saying the only way to expand Internet access around the world is if carriers’ revenue grows too. (WSJ)

1600 Penn.

In the afternoon, President Obama will meet with Secretary of Defense Carter in the Oval Office. Afterward, the president and the first lady will deliver remarks about expanding efforts to help adolescent girls worldwide attend and stay in school. Later in the afternoon, the president will meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office.

Today on the Hill

The House will meet at 9:30 a.m. for legislative business and recess immediately. The House will reconvene at approximately 10:45 a.m. for a Joint Meeting of Congress. The Senate will convene at 9:45 a.m. for morning business and recess at 10:30 a.m. to attend a joint meeting of Congress to receive His Excellency, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel.

 

 

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