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07/07/2015

Key Issues

Tech Business

China economic uncertainty a potential risk for U.S. chipmakers. Tumbling markets and economic uncertainty in China pose a risk to major chipmakers such as Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) that derive a big portion of their sales from the world's second-largest economy. (Reuters)

Global Trade

Customs bill could prime USTR enforcement pump. Lawmakers have yakked for years about the need for stronger enforcement of trade agreements. Now they may back up that big talk with $150 million over the next 10 years. (Politico Pro)

Mexico Official Sees Deal on Pacific Trade Zone in Late July. Mexico is confident that an agreement on a major free-trade pact spanning the Pacific Ocean can be reached in late July in what would be a milestone with the potential to reshape economic ties between Asia and the Americas, a top government official said Monday. (WSJ)

Obama to talk TPP with Vietnam’s top leader. President Barack Obama will welcome Vietnam’s communist party leader, Nguyen Phu Trong, to the White House on Tuesday for talks on human rights, defense and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact, which both sides hope will strengthen bonds between the former enemies 40 years after the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. (Politico Pro)

TPP leak shows divide on liability for online piracy. Countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks are fighting hard to keep their own systems for stopping online piracy rather than be forced to implement a one-size-fits-all approach under the proposed trade deal, a leaked section of the pact shows. (Politico Pro)

TPP Ministerial Set For July 28-29 In Hawaii; Cutler Headed To Tokyo. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade ministers are set to meet for two days beginning July 28 in Maui, Hawaii, to try and hammer out a deal, following several days of meetings there between chief negotiators, according to informed sources. Another source gave slightly different dates for the ministerial meeting, saying it would last four days instead of two. (World Trade Online)

Net Neutrality

Pro-net neutrality group gets Times Square billboard. Internet advocacy group Free Press now has access to a particularly large megaphone: a billboard in New York’s Times Square. (The Hill)

Tax

U.S. Sided With Tax-Avoiding Companies Over Contracting Ban. The Obama administration quietly handed a victory to U.S. companies that avoid taxes by claiming a foreign address, suggesting that virtually all of them are still eligible for government contracts. (Bloomberg)

Privacy

A company that sells hacking tools to governments just got hacked. Hacking Team, a surveillance company known for selling spyware to governments around the world, got hacked. (Washington Post)

Consumer group wants government to make Google give Americans the ‘right to be forgotten’ online. Internet users in Europe have something Internet users in the U.S. don't have: a right to be forgotten online. Thanks to a 2014 court case, Europeans can ask search giants to remove results that are outdated, inaccurate, or irrelevant -- giving them more control over their online reputations. (Washington Post)

A Timeline Of Government Data Breaches. Since April 2013, six hacks targeted OPM and its contractors, resulting in the theft of millions of federal workers' personal data. (National Journal)

FBI Director: 'I Really Am Not a Maniac' About Encryption. Previewing a round of testimony before Congress later this week, James Comey warned that too-tough-to-crack encryption allows bad actors to “communicate with impunity.” (National Journal)

T-Mobile was asked to turn over more customer info than its larger rivals. The nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier fielded more government data requests than AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. (CNET)

Cybersecurity

Congress returns with a short calendar for action on cybersecurity issues. Congress returns on Tuesday to begin a five-week stretch with significant implications for the fate of cybersecurity legislation this year, and perhaps next year as well. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Environment and Sustainability

How the world's power mix is about to change. Big changes are afoot for the energy sector in the next 25 years. Coal and gas are headed out and solar and wind are rushing to take their place on a multi-trillion dollar investment bonanza, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance that scopes out the power generating landscape through 2040. (GreenBiz)

Public Sector

From CDOs to CIOs: Agencies must find balance between hip, cool and timeworn, true. The Obama administration likes to say it is the most data-driven presidency ever. The White House launched Data.gov and hired three chief technology officers whose focus has been, in part, on unlocking the data from the bowels of the government. And now, agencies are on the hunt for chief data officers, data scientists and experts to fill similar roles. (Federal News Radio)

Investigators Use New Tool To Comb Deep Web For Human Traffickers. NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Dan Kaufman of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency about a sophisticated Internet search engine developed to help police track down human traffickers. (NPR)

NASA extends earth data contract with Raytheon. The defense contractor will continue to manage a system that distributes 27.9 terabytes of data per day to users. (FedScoop)

NGA embarks on ‘odyssey’ toward a transparent future. In a new strategy report, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency reinforces its Team GEOINT initiative, embracing open data and transparency. (FedScoop)

New Va Cio Gets To Work. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ new IT chief is now on the job. (NextGov)

One company shows how it is embracing agile. The scrum starts, and some dozen members of a team spread across the country fire off status updates, questions and a “balance score.” (FCW)

Innovation

Car dashboards that act like smart phones raise safety issues. When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. (Reuters)

Japanese Company Accepts Robot Duel Challenge From U.S. Japanese robots have typically been humanoid helpers that provide assistance or serve as loving pet companions. Soon they may be known for fiercer skills. (WSJ)

Mobility

Free Hotel Wi-Fi Is Increasingly on Travelers’ Must-Have List. Travelers sometimes compare Wi-Fi to hot water, electricity or air — and when wireless access at a hotel shows up as a line item on their bill, they tend to make a few other comparisons as well. (NY Times)

ITI Member News

Chipmaker AMD cuts revenue estimate, citing weak PC sales. Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc lowered its revenue estimate for the second quarter, below analysts' average estimate, saying the demand for personal computers was weaker-than-expected. (Reuters)

Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg joins board of SurveyMonkey. Facebook Inc's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is taking a seat on the board of SurveyMonkey, the online polling company that was run by her late husband, Dave Goldberg. (Reuters)

Fujitsu, Google to deliver managed chromebook services to ANZ enterprises. Fujitsu and Google plan to deliver a managed chromebook service by targeting sectors in health, education, and retail. (ZDNet)

Samsung profit falls for seventh consecutive quarter. Samsung Electronics reported a seventh straight year-on-year fall in quarterly operating profit, reinforcing worries that sales of the new Galaxy S6 smartphone have fallen short of expectations. (FT)

Sony, Yahoo Japan Look To Shake Up Real Estate Business. Yahoo Japan, a leading Internet portal, will invest ¥1.8 billion ($14.7 million) in Sony Real Estate Corp. by acquiring new shares, while Sony itself is injecting ¥1 billion. (WSJ)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, President Obama will hold a bilateral meeting with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong of Vietnam. In the afternoon, the president will meet with Secretary of Defense Carter in the Oval Office. In the evening, the president will meet with the Senate Democratic Caucus in the State Dining Room.

Today on the Hill

The House will meet at 2 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

The Senate will convene at 2:30 p.m. and proceed to the consideration of Calendar #63, S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of a nomination.