Overnight Tech: White House unveils tech education initiative | Bannon reportedly sought to spy on Facebook | Uber CEO to appeal London ban | John Oliver rips AT&T-Time Warner merger

Overnight Tech: White House unveils tech education initiative | Bannon reportedly sought to spy on Facebook | Uber CEO to appeal London ban | John Oliver rips AT&T-Time Warner merger
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WHITE HOUSE ROLLS OUT NEW COMPUTER SCIENCE INITIATIVE: The White House will put at least $200 million in grant funding towards bolstering tech and engineering education, including computer science, "particularly among historically underserved groups," the administration announced Monday.

"Given the growing role of tech in American Industry, it is vital that our students become fluent in coding and computer science," said Ivanka Trump on a press call with reporters, noting "the programs be designed with gender and racial diversity in mind."


The private sector is expected to add to the Education Department's commitment, and senior administration officials plan to announce those partners later this week. The money will be available to schools across the country to improve their science and technology programs, at the start of the fiscal 2018 year.

A senior administration official said the White House spoke to school superintendents and governors across the country, encouraging them to take advantage of the funding.

A majority of high schools in the U.S. do not currently offer computer science courses and 40 percent do not offer physics courses.

The administration's push comes as technology companies seek more skills training and high-skilled worker visas to fill a large number of technology and engineering posts. An administration official told reporters on a call that the initiative was the result of companies seeking more workers with so-called STEM --science, tech, engineering and math -- educations.

Read more here.


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UBER CEO APOLOGIZES AFTER LONDON BAN, VOWS TO APPEAL: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi apologized to London residents and vowed an appeal after the city's transportation authorities decided not to renew the company's license.

"While Uber has revolutionised the way people move in cities around the world it's equally true that we've got things wrong along the way," Khosrowshahi wrote in an open letter published by the Evening Standard. "On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologise for the mistakes we've made."

"We will appeal this decision on behalf of millions of Londoners, but we do so with the knowledge that we must also change," the letter continued. "As Uber's new CEO, it is my job to help Uber write its next chapter."

Read more here.


REPORT: BANNON WANTED TO SPY ON FACEBOOK: Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon tried to spy on Facebook by planting a mole in the company, BuzzFeed reported.

According to internal emails obtained by the news outlet, Bannon was seeking to gain insight into Facebook's hiring process.

"There is one for a DC-based 'Public Policy Manager' at Facebook's What's APP [sic] division. LinkedIn sent me a notice about some job openings," Chris Gacek, a former congressional staffer who works for the conservative Family Research Council, wrote on Aug. 1, according to Buzzfeed. Gacek reportedly gave Bannon the idea of infiltrating Facebook.

Read more here.


DELOITTE HIT BY CYBERATTACK: Deloitte was hit with a cyberattack that allowed hackers access to company emails and possibly confidential client information, the Guardian reported Monday. 

A spokesman for the firm confirmed to The Hill in an email that Deloitte suffered a "cyber incident," saying that an attacker accessed data from an email platform. The company, which conducted a review of the breach, said that "very few clients were impacted" and concluded that "no disruption has occurred to client businesses, to Deloitte's ability to continue to serve clients, or to consumers."

According to the Guardian, the hack was discovered in March, but hackers potentially had access to the company's systems as far back as October or November of 2016 -- meaning the access went undetected for as many as six months.

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AT&T FACES ANOTHER DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT: A prominent civil rights attorney is accusing AT&T of discriminating against low-income minority communities within Detroit in a complaint filed with the Federal Communications Commission on Monday.

The complaint is the second in as many months from Daryl Parks, a lawyer known for representing the family of Trayvon Martin after the 17-year-old black teenager was killed by George Zimmerman in 2012. Last month, Parks filed a similar complaint against AT&T on behalf of Cleveland residents.

Both filings accuse the telecommunications giant of withholding quality internet service from minority neighborhoods with high poverty rates.

The Monday complaint alleges that AT&T is responsible for a "pattern of long-term, systematic failure to invest in the infrastructure required to provide equitable, mainstream Internet access to residents of the central city (compared to the suburbs) and to lower-income city neighborhoods."

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JOHN OLIVER WEIGHS IN ON AT&T MERGER: Late-night host John Oliver took on the planned AT&T-Time Warner merger during a segment of his HBO show "Last Week Tonight" on Sunday.

Oliver took shots at the companies and other giants who are consolidating across markets, which he says will harm innovation and consumers.

"Even our own company, Time-Warner, is trying to merge with AT&T, which makes this story a little dangerous to do. That is presuming AT&T executives get their shitty service working long enough to see it," Oliver joked.

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AT&T will host an event on privacy at 1:00 p.m.

The Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight will release a new report on cybersecurity at 2 p.m.

BSA, a tech trade association, will hold an event at 3 p.m. on digital privacy and law enforcement featuring remarks from Sens. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators MORE (R-Utah) and Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsThe United States broken patent system is getting worse Biden faces scrutiny for his age from other Democrats Democrats press FBI for details on Kavanaugh investigation MORE (D-Del.).

Software.org will host a reception on the economic impact of software at 5:30 p.m. featuring remarks from Reps. G.K. ButterfieldGeorge (G.K.) Kenneth ButterfieldDemocrats call for increased security after 'send her back' chants The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment MORE (D-N.C.) and Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksHouse Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad The House Republicans and Democrats not seeking reelection in 2020 Mellman: Is the DCCC in successful chaos? MORE (R-Ind.).



Chelsea Manning barred from travel in Canada due to US conviction

Researcher: ISIS hackers not 'as capable as most cybercriminal groups'

Wall Street Journal: Joint Interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Bill Gates

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Richmond makes a play for Amazon

The Guardian: Uber isn't as popular as you think it is

The Ringer: Would you become an Airbnb host for a down payment?

BSA a tech trade association, releases an explainer on the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)