OVERNIGHT TECH: Tech companies eager for immigration plan

Tech companies have also been pressing lawmakers to attach green cards to the diplomas of foreign graduates who receive advanced degrees from American universities in science, math and engineering. Additionally, start-ups have been pressing for the creation of a new visa category for foreign entrepreneurs that want to launch their businesses in the U.S.

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Tech companies will likely align the Gang of Eight's bill with the provisions included in the Immigration Innovation Act, or I-Squared, which was introduced by a group of senators earlier this year and was heavily backed by the tech sector. The bill proposed to significantly increase the number of H-1B visas for high-skilled foreign workers and free up more green cards for them. 

Lautenberg worried about hacking airplanes: Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) is worried that a hacker could use software to remotely hijack an airplane.

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Lautenberg urged the government to take steps to investigate and address the vulnerability.

A German security consultant demonstrated tools last week that he said could be used to take over an airplane. The Federal Aviation Administration said the claim is not a threat to commercial flights, but Lautenberg wrote that "any technology that could be used to attack and exploit airline security software should be thoroughly investigated."  

"There is no margin for error when it comes to the lives of passengers traveling in our airspace," he added.


ON TAP

The House Rules Committee will meet Tuesday afternoon to approve the rule for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, which will determine what amendments will be voted on the floor. The House is slated to begin considering the bill on Wednesday, and finish its work on Thursday. 

House members have until Tuesday morning to file their amendments. So far, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) have confirmed that they plan to file privacy-focused amendments to the Rules panel. 

The House Judiciary subcommittee on Intellectual Property and the Internet will hold a hearing on Tuesday afternoon to examine abusive patent litigation. A panel of business representatives complained to the Judiciary Committee at a hearing last month about the problem of “patent trolls” — firms that exist solely to extort settlements through frivolous patent lawsuits. Tuesday’s hearing will focus particular attention on the role of the International Trade Commission in patent disputes.

The witnesses will be former ITC Chairwoman Deanna Okun, former Patent Office Director Jon Dudas, Avaya’s Russell Binns, attorney F. David Foster and law Professor Colleen Chien.

The Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Competition will hold an oversight hearing of the antitrust agencies on Tuesday afternoon. William Baer, the head of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, and Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez will testify.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Genachowski to join Aspen Institute: The Aspen Institute announced on Monday that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will become a senior fellow at the nonpartisan think tank after he steps down from his post.

Genachowski will be the fifth FCC chairman in a row to join the Washington, D.C.-based policy organization after leaving the commission. He will work on the Aspen Institute's communications policy program.

Senate to mark up email privacy bill: The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up legislation on Thursday morning that would require police to obtain a warrant to search emails and other private online content.

App developers want to delay privacy rules: Developers of smartphone apps pressed regulators on Monday to push back the implementation date of revised children's online privacy rules to the beginning of 2014. In a letter sent to the head of the Federal Trade Commission, Application Developers Alliance President Jon Potter said developers and publishers need more time to adapt to the revised rules and implement any changes to their apps. 

Four Democrats rally against CISPA: A group of House Democrats circulated a letter Monday calling on lawmakers to oppose a controversial cybersecurity bill up for a vote this week unless additional privacy protections are adopted into the measure. 

Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Rush Holt (D-N.J.) said the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) as written "would undermine the interests of citizens and their privacy" despite the addition of five privacy-focused amendments adopted to the bill last week. 

Dish looks to buy Sprint: Satellite television provider Dish Network offered to buy Sprint-Nextel for $25.5 billion on Monday. The unsolicited offer is an attempt to top the bid from Japanese cellphone carrier SoftBank.

Boston police deny shutting down cell service: The Associated Press initially reported that police had shut down cellphone service to prevent remote detonations of explosives, but police and cell carriers denied the report. 


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