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Russia backtracks on internet governance proposals. Russian-backed proposals calling for 193 countries to be given "equal rights to manage the internet" have been pulled at a UN conference in Dubai. (BBC)

United Behind the Free Flow of Information. Across his Administration, President Obama has taken bold steps advancing a digital environment that rewards innovation and empowers individuals the world over. These ideas, and the policies that support them, are cornerstones of America’s economy. But the benefits from this approach extend well beyond the United States; they are equally important to the social and economic wellbeing of Internet users across the globe. (The White House)


Opinion: A Fairer Immigration System Is Within Reach.  Sreekumar is a software engineer from India who earned a doctorate at an American university and came to work for Intel at its Folsom, Calif., facility, just outside Sacramento. (National Journal)

5 Republicans who matter on immigration. They lack the stature of the Big Three Republicans in the immigration reform debate: Marco Rubio, John McCain and Lindsey Graham. But just below that senatorial trio, there’s another group of lesser-known GOP lawmakers expected to play an outsize role — both within the party and negotiating with Democrats — as Congress delves into an issue that could consume much of its bandwidth next year. (Politico)

STEM Education

U.S. Students Still Lag Globally in Math and Science, Tests Show. Fourth- and eighth-grade students in the United States continue to lag behind students in several East Asian countries and some European nations in math and science, although American fourth graders are closer to the top performers in reading, according to test results released on Tuesday. (NYT)

ITI Member News

Texas Instruments Forecasts Sales In Line With Estimates. Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN), the largest maker of analog chips, gave an updated fourth-quarter sales forecast that was in line with analysts’ estimates as customers seek to keep inventory low amid lackluster demand. (Bloomberg)

Adobe Brings Retina Display Support To Photoshop And Illustrator CS6 As A Free Update For All Users. Adobe has made good on its promise to deliver Retina Display support to two of its most-used graphics programs, Photoshop and Illustrator CS6. That means owners of Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro (both the 13- and 15-inch versions) will now be able to edit and create graphics using the programs in native resolution, instead of seeing the admittedly ugly non-optimized visual resources both previously provided. (TechCrunch)

Intel says on track to launch smaller mobile chips.  Intel presented new manufacturing technology that it said keeps it on track to launch a new generation of chips for smartphones and tablets as it rushes to catch up with Qualcomm and other rivals in the fast-growing mobile market. (Reuters)

Google teaming with Israeli high-tech startups. Google is searching for promising Israeli high-tech companies. The international technology giant on Monday launched its "Campus Tel Aviv," a 1,500 square foot (140 square meter) space that will hold regular events for local entrepreneurs and offer access to Google staff and other industry experts. (San Jose Mercury News)

Motorola Mobility Sheds Manufacturing Bases In China, Brazil; Singapore Electronics Maker Flextronics To Take Over Operations.  Google-owned Motorola Mobility is shedding its manufacturing operations in Tianjin, China, and Jaguariuna, Brazil — with long-time manufacturing partner Flextronics agreeing to acquire the factories and take on management and operation.  (TechCrunch)

1600 Penn.

The President has no public events on his schedule today.

Today on the Hill

The House will convene at 2p.m. and a vote on a motion to go to conference on the fiscal 2013 defense authorization is expected.

The Senate will convene at 10a.m. and will continue work on a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation program. The chamber is scheduled to vote on cloture on the bill at 2:15 p.m. The Senate will also consider two nominations.