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Tech News Roundup - 02/09/2018

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Global Trade

A trade war with china could catch tech in the crossfire. The Doomsday Clock now stands at two minutes until midnight, meaning that, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, humanity is closer to nuclear war than we've been since 1953. Economists are worried about a different kind of conflict: a trade war with China. (ITI Josh Kallmer, Wired)
Anti-China bill being softened after U.S. companies complain. Proposed legislation in Congress aimed at preventing China from acquiring sensitive technology is being softened after protests by big U.S. companies that fear a loss in sales, four people with knowledge of the matter said this week. (ITI Josh Kallmer, Reuters)


House Passes Budget Deal to Raise Spending and Reopen Government. The House gave final approval early Friday to a far-reaching budget deal that will reopen the federal government and boost spending by hundreds of billions of dollars, hours after a one-man blockade by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky delayed the votes and forced the government to close. (New York Times)
12 of the most important things in Congress's massive spending deal. Leaders in Congress have reached a deal to spend a lot more money. (Washington Post)
Tech Politics

Twitter executive on fake news: 'We are not the arbiters of truth'. There are lots of things you can't do on Twitter. You can't threaten violence, post pornography or wear a swastika in your profile pic. (Washington Post)
Twitter failed to remove hundreds of Russian propaganda videos aimed at Americans. Twitter left hundreds of Russian propaganda videos, with millions of views, on its video platform Vine for months after it should have known they were posted by a Kremlin-linked troll group. (CNN)

Members of the U.K. Parliament grill American tech giants over the spread of fake news. Eleven members of parliament from the United Kingdom journeyed to a large ballroom in Washington D.C. Thursday to learn about fake news from three U.S. social media giants, Google, Facebook and Twitter. (Washington Post)
India's antitrust watchdog fines Google for abusing dominant position. India's antitrust watchdog on Thursday imposed a 1.36 billion rupees ($21.17 million) fine on Google for "search bias" and abuse of its dominant position, in the latest regulatory setback for the world's most popular internet search engine. (Reuters)

Public Sector

How the Fed Tech accelerator makes the most of hot ideas in federal labs. Technology transfer from the federal government doesn't often get a lot of attention, and yet investment in federal labs and grant programs has yielded some big wins in the private sector - think baby formula, barcodes and weather apps. (Fed Scoop)
Christopher Krebs picked to lead NPPD. The White House has nominated Christopher Krebs for undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security's National Programs and Protection Directorate. (FCW)


Winter Olympics' Security on Alert, but Hackers Have a Head Start. The Department of Homeland Security is warning Americans planning to attend the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang that cybercriminals are likely to be targeting the Games. (New York Times)
Microsoft Vet to Lead DHS Cyber and Infrastructure Division. Christopher Krebs has been acting chief of the cyber and infrastructure protection division since August. (Next Gov)
With 5G coming to IoT, Zangardi says the future of cyberdefense is 'originality'. As the development of next-generation wireless internet opens the door for a greater expanse of connected devices, Pentagon CIO John Zangardi said Thursday that the key ingredient for cyberdefense will be "originality." (Fed Scoop)

Google-Nest merger raises privacy issues. Tech giant Alphabet is merging its Google and Nest divisions together. The firm suggests the move will aid its efforts to build hardware and software to "create a more thoughtful home". (BBC)


Tech, Advocacy Groups Join Trump's Cuba Internet Task Force. Seven governmental, trade and advocacy groups will combine forces to promote and issue recommendations on internet expansion in Cuba. (ITI Ashley Friedman Quoted, BNA)
Internet giants back Senate effort to reinstate net neutrality rules. A trade group representing internet giants including Google and Facebook is throwing its support behind a bill that would reverse the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules. (The Hill)
How some cities are attracting 5G investments ahead of others. As communities across the United States wait to learn how high-speed mobile networks will figure in a long-promised infrastructure plan, some cities are already attracting private investment in next-generation 5G networks. (Washington Post)
Internet of Things

Outdated auto safety regulations threaten the self-driving revolution. The federal government's failure to modernize auto regulations is already denying consumers safer and superior products, and this problem will only grow larger as automated driving systems near the deployment stage. (Wired)


Big Oil Is Rewarding Investors Again. Total becomes latest energy company to boost dividends amid recovery. (Wall Street Journal)
Oil slides towards steep weekly loss as supply fears mount. Oil prices fell for a sixth day on Friday, and were on track for their biggest weekly losses in 10 months, as record-high U.S. crude output added to concerns about a sharp rise in global supplies. (Reuters)


To Power the Future, Carmakers Flip On 48-Volt Systems. While automakers sketch out a world of sleek and silent electric cars or even self-driving pods that are more den than dragster, the all-electric future is farther off than it may appear. (New York Times)

EPA brings in billions in enforcement fines - but most stem from Obama era. The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday released annual data about how it is enforcing the nation's environmental laws, saying it had racked up nearly $5 billion in criminal fines and civil penalties, as well as significant commitments from companies to clean up contaminated sites around the country. (Washington Post)

Tech Business
Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom's Latest Proposal. Chip maker says new $121 billion bid undervalues it but offers to meet with Broadcom. (Wall Street Journal)

ITI Member News

The Corporate Giant Lurking Behind the Winter Olympics. Samsung's once-disgraced chairman, an Olympics bigwig, helped bring the Games to Korea, and the company is now ubiquitous. (Wall Street Journal)
Ahead of Olympics, Iran and South Korea spar over Samsung phones and sanctions. The event has unexpectedly caused problems between the host country and another nation before it has even begun - as Iran summoned Seoul's envoy in Tehran on Thursday in a dispute over smartphones and sanctions. (Washington Post)
Trade Secrets and Theatrics: Inside the Waymo v. Uber Courtroom. The case pits two of the world's best-known technology companies against each other, but it hasn't all been serious allegations and rebuttals. (Wall Street Journal)
Russian watchdog says to examine Facebook in second half. Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said on Thursday it would carry out an audit into Facebook's compliance with Russian legislation in the second half of the year. (Reuters)
YouTube found no evidence of Russian interference in Brexit referendum. YouTube found no evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum, a senior executive told a British parliamentary committee inquiry into fake news. (Reuters)
Why Twitter is now profitable for the first time ever. Twitter posted a surprise profit in its Thursday earnings report - marking the first time it's ever made money as a public company. (Washington Post)
Amazon adds a new Prime benefit: Free Whole Foods delivery in two hours. Amazon has begun delivering Whole Foods groceries - including meat, produce and alcohol - free and within two hours to Prime subscribers in four U.S. cities, bringing a new level of competition to the already booming food-delivery business. (Washington Post)
Facebook testing 'downvote' button. Facebook is testing a new "downvote" button that will let people hide comments and provide feedback about them. (BBC)

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