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Would Trump undo Obama's 'tech president' legacy?. President Barack Obama-era consumer-focused tech and telecom policies are a thorn in the side of conventional Republicans. (Politico Pro)

Key GOP senators on cyber issues locked in close re-election races. Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) remain in close races three weeks before Election Day, with Burr maintaining a slight lead in his campaign while Johnson appears in some polls to have closed within a few points of his challenger after trailing badly for months. (Inside Cybersecurity)

How Silicon Valley Treats a Trump Backer: Peter Thiel. Peter Thiel made a relatively modest investment in the presidential candidacy of Donald J. Trump, but it is generating a major uproar in Silicon Valley. (New York Times)

Zuckerberg: white male Facebook board member's Trump support provides 'diversity'. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook board member Peter Thiel’s support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in a post that invoked the importance of “diversity” for the social media company. (The Guardian)

Mark Zuckerberg Upholds Peter Thiel's $1.25 Million Trump Donation. Despite shaking up the Silicon Valley political landscape by donating $1.25 million to support Donald Trump's race to the White House, venture investor and Facebook board member Peter Thiel has received support from the Menlo Park company's CEO, according to The Verge. (NBC)


If elected, Clinton would support an "Encryption Commission" to help feds. Last week, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign team released a plan to address "the cyber," as the candidate had promised to do in a speech he gave earlier this month. (Ars Technica)

Global Trade

Schumer says Pacific trade pact may have enough votes to pass the Senate. The expected future leader of Senate Democrats said Tuesday that there is a chance the upper chamber will pass an Asia-Pacific trade agreement this year while acknowledging there is a tougher road in the House. (The Hill)

Froman: USTR working hard to resolve TPP concerns. The Obama administration is working hard to resolve Republican concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership to set the stage for a lame-duck vote on the pact, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Wednesday. (Politico Pro)

If Trump starts a trade war, California could lose 640,000 jobs. Los Angeles would be the worst affected county in America, losing 176,000 jobs by 2019, if Donald Trump is elected president and fulfills his campaign pledge to unleash trade wars with China and Mexico. (LA Times)

Clinton plots mop-up of Trump’s global mess. Hillary Clinton’s campaign is already plotting out what she will do on the international front to reassure allies, deter enemies and otherwise repair the damage to America's reputation caused by Donald Trump — should she prevail on Nov. 8. (Politico)


FCC Airwaves Auction Fails to Draw Enough Bids, Again. The latest stage of the U.S. government’s massive airwave auction unexpectedly ended Wednesday after a single round of bidding, triggering a new stage of the complex process that aims to free up spectrum for wireless services. (Wall Street Journal)

Telecom’s Next Battle Will Take Place in the Web’s Slow Lane. After decades spent developing ever-faster networks that can do everything from stream Beyonce videos to steer driverless cars, the telecom industry has found a new battleground: slower, narrowband systems. (Bloomberg)

Swiss beat UK's BT to next-gen broadband. Switzerland is the first country in Europe to deliver so-called ultrafast broadband to customers through traditional copper infrastructure, according to service provider Swisscom. (BBC News)

San Francisco bill would give renters access to all internet providers. San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell wants to give renters access to any internet provider they choose, whether that’s big companies like AT&T or emerging vendors like the San Francisco Bay Area's Sonic. (StateScoop)


U.S. Chamber of Commerce calls for cyber (anti-)regulation czar. The next president should appoint an official whose job it is to cut excessive red tape related to cybersecurity, the nation’s leading business lobby group said in a open letter released Tuesday. (FedScoop)

Russian Hacker, Wanted by F.B.I., Is Arrested in Prague, Czechs Say. A man identified as a Russian hacker suspected of pursuing targets in the United States has been arrested in the Czech Republic, the police announced Tuesday evening. (New York Times)

Artificial Intelligence

AI might take jobs, but we can take steps to limit that, says U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker elaborated on a recent White House report that predicted both positive and negative consequences of the rise of artificial intelligence. (Recode)

Elon Musk says all Teslas will now be built to be fully self-driving. All Teslas will now be manufactured with hardware that will enable the vehicle to completely drive itself in all situations, CEO Elon Musk announced Wednesday. (Recode)

Administration doubles down on AI for benefit of government, society. When it comes to benchmarking the White House’s vision for artificial intelligence, even the administration isn’t quite sure how to quantify it. (Federal News Radio)


FCC chief: We're here to reinforce consumer rights. If you are a consumer who feels like you're being taken advantage of, where do you turn for help? (CNET)

Economists say FCC draft rules understate costs of restricting use of consumer data. The Federal Communications Commission's proposed cybersecurity and privacy regulations for internet service providers would impose a costly societal burden by restricting the innovative use of data, according to economists critical of the regulatory plan. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Microsoft to show code in Brazil to calm fears about spy 'back doors'. Microsoft Corp, still stung by accusations that it installed "back doors" for the U.S. government to access customers' communications, opened a center in Brazil on Wednesday where officials will be able to inspect its programming code, in an attempt to allay suspicions in the region that its software programs are vulnerable to spying. (Reuters)

Yahoo seeks clarity from U.S. on national security orders to companies. Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) said on Wednesday it formally urged the United States to provide clarification around national security orders that the government issues to internet companies to obtain user data. (Reuters)

Privacy fears stall yet another trade deal. The European Union will likely miss a December 5 target for the Trade in Services Agreement because it cannot agree on how to ensure data privacy internationally. (Politico Pro)

Internet of Things

Google, automakers object to California rules for self-driving cars. Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google unit and automakers objected on Wednesday to California proposals to set new, mandatory rules for testing self-driving cars in the state, which industry officials said could hobble their efforts in the home to much of self-driving vehicle testing and development. (Reuters)

Commerce Dept. official outlines potential ‘vision’ for IoT security policy. Internet of Things devices could be certified and categorized based on their compatibility for security upgrades, a senior official from the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration said today, as NTIA launches a new “multistakeholder” process designed to create a policy framework for IoT security. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Public Sector

Microsoft slates new cloud centers dedicated to Defense Department. Microsoft plans to open two new regional Azure cloud computing facilities dedicated exclusively to the Defense Department, company officials announced Tuesday. (FedScoop)

Navy creates new framework, governance council to improve civilian workforce. The Chief of Naval Operations is in charge of manning, training and equipping the Navy. And Adm. John Richardson, the current CNO, says that means civilians too. (Federal News Radio)

Interior CDM effort 'immature,' says watchdog report. More than a year after it projected having Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Phase 1 protections in place, the Interior Department still has work to do on its cybersecurity efforts, according to a partially redacted report released by the agency's inspector general on Oct. 17. (FCW)

The secret to USDS, 18F hiring success. The 18F and U.S. Digital Service teams have each now grown to more than 200 members on their teams — most of them young technologists early in their careers. (FedScoop)

Wisconsin Considers Spending Energy Fees on Broadband Expansion. Wisconsin energy regulators are considering a move to expand funding for broadband Internet services via fees collected on monthly electric and natural gas bills. (GovTech)

Big Data and Health Care: Extracting Insights from Bringing Together Disparate Data. UnitedHealth Group is the owner of a mind-bending amount of information on the people it insures — some 28 petabytes of deidentified patient data, covering 160 million lives, is housed in its Optum Labs subsidiary alone. (GovTech)


The Clean Power Plan desperately needs business support. A little more than a year ago, the Paris Agreement on climate change launched a cleaner, more stable, job-generating economy, with the global opportunity for $13.5 trillion dollars in investments (PDF). (GreenBiz)


How to solve for the lack of women in technology. It has been said that women hold up half the sky — and they account for more than half of the users of technology products and websites. However, in 2015 according to the National Center for Information & Technology, a mere 25 percent of the computing workforce were women. (Recode)

Government in Competition with Private Sector for Cybersecurity Experts. Want a career with zero chances of going jobless? Try the booming field of cybersecurity. Companies can’t hire fast enough. In the United States, companies report 209,000 cybersecurity jobs that are in need of filling. (GovTech)

Tech Business

Silicon Valley’s Miserable Euro Trip Is Just Getting Started. Outside the gated, 19th century building that serves as Google’s French headquarters in downtown Paris, there’s a placard that reads “I’m Feeling Lucky,” a wink to the company’s home page. The irony couldn’t have been lost on government authorities when they walked by in May, on their way to raid Google as part of a tax-avoidance investigation. (Bloomberg)

Exclusive: Blockchain platform developed by banks to be open - source. A blockchain platform developed by a group that includes more than 70 of the world's biggest financial institutions is making its code publicly available, in what could become the industry standard for the nascent technology. (Reuters)

VC funding drops for European technology start-ups. Venture capital investment in European companies fell sharply in the third quarter, which will fuel concerns that uncertainty surrounding Britain’s exit from the EU is damping investor enthusiasm for start-ups across the region. (Financial Times)

Whoever Wins the White House, This Year’s Big Loser Is Email. Every four years, pundits race to anoint this or that newfangled tech trend as the next disruptive force to forever alter the mechanics of American democracy. (New York Times)

Airbnb Proposes Cracking Down on New York City Hosts. Airbnb said on Wednesday that it was willing to crack down on individuals in New York City who rent out multiple homes, bowing to pressure from politicians and tenants’ rights groups who say the company has worsened affordable housing issues in the city. (New York Times)

Airbnb touts policy proposals as new regulations loom. Airbnb promoted a series of policy proposals on Wednesday that the home rental company said would address concerns raised by officials in New York and San Francisco over how the company operates. (Reuters)

An Internet-Powered Beer-Making Robot…What Could Go Wrong?. Fresh beer tastes best but, for the love of Duff, do you know what a pain it is to make? After you dedicate a day to simmering sugar out of grains, you’re stuck for a couple weeks babysitting yeast as it works its magic. Miss any minutiae, and congratulations, you’ve got skunk juice. (Wall Street Journal)

SoFi, an Online Lender, Is Looking for a Relationship. Alyson Casey recently received an invitation to a singles event in Manhattan from a start-up. But it didn’t come from a dating service. It came from the company that had recently refinanced her student loan: SoFi. (New York Times)

Don't Look Now! How Your Devices Hurt Your Productivity. I'll admit it. I even take my phone with me when I head to the restroom, to fire off a few texts. Or I'll scroll through my email when I leave the office for lunch. My eyes are often glued to my phone from the moment I wake up, but I often reach the end of my days wondering what I've accomplished. (NPR)

ITI Member News

Facebook to Add Food-Delivery Option. Facebook Inc. wants to be a one-stop shop for its 1.7 billion users. (Wall Street Journal)

EU court adviser backs Intel fight against record EU fine. Intel's (INTC.O) fight against a record 1.06 billion euro ($1.16 billion) EU antitrust fine received a boost on Thursday when a top Europe court adviser questioned whether the U.S. chipmaker's actions had really harmed competition. (Reuters)

Any business on Facebook can now sell goods right from its Page. Facebook is ramping up its e-commerce ambitions, announcing today that any business can now allow customers to make purchases right from the business’s Facebook Page. Facebook had been testing the capability with a limited set of small businesses, but is now opening it up as a tool available to all businesses globally. (Recode)

Google Signs Up CBS for Planned Web TV Service. Google Inc. has reached an agreement with CBS Corp. to carry the broadcast network on its soon-to-be-launched web TV service, people familiar with the matter said. (Wall Street Journal)

LinkedIn says hacking suspect is tied to breach that stole 117M passwords. An alleged Russian hacker arrested in the Czech Republic following an FBI-coordinated tip-off is suspected of taking part in a 2012 breach of LinkedIn that resulted in the theft of more than 117 million user passwords, representatives of the professional networking site said Wednesday. (Ars Technica)

1600 Penn.

Today, in the morning, the President will travel to Miami, Florida. In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks about the Affordable Care Act and the progress made in ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at a Hillary for America campaign event. In the evening, the President will participate in a DGA roundtable. In the evening, the President will depart Miami, Florida en route Washington, DC.