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08/30/2016

Key Issues

Tax

EU demands Apple pay Ireland up to 13 billion euros in tax. EU antitrust regulators ordered Apple (AAPL.O) on Tuesday to pay up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in taxes plus interest to the Irish government after ruling that a special scheme to route profits through Ireland was illegal state aid. (Reuters)

Apple Must Pay Billions for Tax Breaks in Ireland, E.U. Orders. Europe’s antitrust enforcer ordered Ireland on Tuesday to claw back billions from Apple over illegal tax breaks, a move that will ramp up trans-Atlantic tensions over how much global companies should pay to countries where they do business. (New York Times)

Apple faces multibillion tax bill in EU ruling. Apple will on Tuesday be hit with Europe’s largest tax penalty after Brussels ruled that the company received illegal state aid from Ireland. (ITI’s Dean Garfield Quoted, Financial Times)

Apple Is Said to Owe Back Taxes to Irish Government. The European Union’s competition authorities are poised to announce a major tax ruling against Apple’s tax dealings with the Irish government on Tuesday, a decision that will likely increase trans-Atlantic tension over how some of the world’s largest companies pay taxes on their global operations. (New York Times)

EU to hand Apple Irish tax bill of over 1 billion euro, source says. The European Commission will rule against Ireland's tax dealings with Apple (AAPL.O) on Tuesday, two source familiar with the decision told Reuters, one of whom said Dublin would be told to recoup over 1 billion euros in back taxes. (Reuters)

Ireland: We didn’t give state aid to Apple. Ireland reinforced its opposition to any potential European Union tax decisions that it would find unfavorable amid a looming ruling on the country's tax practices with Apple Inc., Bloomberg News reports. (The Hill)

EU Set to Rule as Soon as Tuesday Apple Tax Deals With Ireland Illegal. The European Union’s executive body is poised to rule as soon as Tuesday that Apple Inc.’s tax arrangements with Ireland have breached the bloc’s state-aid rules, according to people familiar with the matter. (Wall Street Journal)

US tech warns Netherlands over tax regime. A body representing 80 of the biggest US technology companies has warned the Netherlands that it risks job losses and lower investment unless the country preserves its favourable tax regime and pushes back against an EU crackdown on tax avoidance. (Financial Times)

After years of debate, House committee chair seeks online sales tax compromise for states. A top House Republican is hoping to strike a deal on the contentious issue of how states levy taxes on online transactions, circulating a draft of a compromise bill just ahead of the end of Congress’ summer break. (StateScoop)

Trump tax-plan muddle continues. The Trump tax-plan muddle continues. (Politico Pro)

Global Trade

TTIP: Are US-Europe trade talks tanking?. The talks began in 2013 with the aim of reducing or removing a wide range of barriers to transatlantic trade and investment - but they have proved controversial in both Europe and America. (BBC News)

EU-U.S. Trade Talks Are Languishing Across the Pond. As Americans weigh the merits of trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Europeans have been engaged in a similarly impassioned debate over whether to enter into a major agreement with the United States. (Morning Consult)

Is the TTIP Doomed?. Negotiations between the U.S. and EU members over the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership “have de facto failed,” Germany’s economic minister said Sunday. (The Atlantic)

Cornyn: In Texas, trade is not a dirty word. Free trade has taken a lot of hits this campaign season. Candidates from both parties have argued that this core tenet of capitalism should be completely rewritten, if not entirely erased. (Houston Chronicle)

Trade advocate: Lower or abolished barriers bring prosperity, productivity. Has trade been positive for the U.S. economy? For those still interested in facts in this "post-factual" era, here are a few. (Orlando Sentinel)

Trade deal should be supported. Despite the political rhetoric, the facts about trade still stand: The Trans-Pacific Partnership will take time, cost and complexity out of trade, especially for small and medium-sized businesses, while stimulating much-needed economic growth here in Tennessee. (The Tennessean)

More trade means more jobs. Despite the political rhetoric from political pundits and candidates, the facts about trade still stand: The TPP will take time, cost and complexity out of trade, especially for small and medium sized businesses, while stimulating much needed economic growth here in Western North Carolina. (Ashville Times)

Trump, Clinton have more power than you think to kill TPP deal. Donald Trump has vowed to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal — and as president he’d be empowered to stop the trade agreement even if Congress passes it. (Politico Pro)

Tech Politics

How Does Net Neutrality Fare in the 2016 Presidential Election?. When the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve net neutrality rules last year, many people saw it as a done deal. (GovTech)

Broadband/Communications

Tech sector cites voluntary efforts in opposition to FCC regulation of automotive cybersecurity. The technology sector is citing the success of public-private partnerships to develop cybersecurity standards as a reason to steer clear of approaches that stray from this collaborate approach, in comments to the Federal Communications Commission on a petition to regulate cybersecurity in automobiles. (ITI Quoted, Inside Cybersecurity)

FCC Won’t Appeal Municipal Broadband Defeat to Supreme Court. The Federal Communications Commission will not appeal a recent court decision that kneecapped the agency’s power to promote municipal broadband development nationwide, a FCC spokesperson told Motherboard on Monday. (Motherboard)

FCC admits defeat in municipal broadband, won’t appeal court loss. The Federal Communications Commission has decided not to appeal a court decision that allows states to impose laws restricting the growth of municipal broadband. (Ars Technica)

Iran rolls out domestic internet. An inauguration ceremony was held on Sunday by the country's communications and information technology minister, Mahmoud Vaezi. (BBC News)

Net Neutrality

U.S. appeals court dismisses AT&T data throttling lawsuit. A federal appeals court in California on Monday dismissed a U.S. government lawsuit that accused AT&T Inc (T.N) of deception for reducing internet speeds for customers with unlimited mobile data plans once their use exceeded certain levels. (Reuters)

Cybersecurity

Exclusive: Six senators urge Obama to prioritize cyber at G20 in China. Six U.S. senators have urged President Barack Obama to prioritize cyber crime at a this weekend's G20 summit in China in the wake of the $81-million heist from Bangladesh's central bank, according to a letter obtained by Reuters. (Reuters)

China invites foreign firms to cybersecurity bill proceedings. China is inviting foreign tech companies to take part in deliberations over cybersecurity rules, according to The Wall Street Journal — a marked shift in policy. (The Hill)

Privacy

Facebook Slapped With FTC Complaint Over WhatsApp Data Grab. Consumer privacy watchdogs filed a federal complaint Monday against Facebook over the tech titan’s decision to begin harvesting phone numbers from its popular WhatsApp messaging service. (Motherboard)

UK data privacy regulator to monitor WhatsApp's data sharing with Facebook. The UK’s data privacy regulator said on Friday it would monitor how popular messaging service WhatsApp shares data with parent Facebook under a new privacy policy. (The Guardian)

U.S. and EU need secure threat sharing. The United States and the European Union are deepening their information sharing regarding potential terrorist threats in hopes of preventing more Paris or Brussels-style attacks. (FCW)

Internet of Things

As tech advances, we still need to keep our eyes on the road. “The world is going to go to self-driving and autonomous,” says Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalancik, noting that if Uber didn’t lead that trend “the future passes us by basically, in a very expeditious and efficient way. (Washington Post)

Humans are the main obstacle to the driverless revolution. Brilliant technologies transform the magical into the banal. An idea that seems outlandish to one generation becomes commonplace to the next. So it has been with electricity, space flight and the internet. So it is likely to prove with driverless cars. (Financial Times)

Public Sector

Cloud server an avenue for foreign nationals to use certain U.S. nuclear codes. A cloud-based server at a national lab allows researchers from across the globe access to computer codes that could help them design safer nuclear reactors, or safely transport nuclear material. (FedScoop)

Complexity problems growing worse, fed IT pros say. Complexity and budget constraints are the biggest problems faced by federal IT departments, according to a new survey. (FedScoop)

Environment/Sustainability

California is about to find out what a truly radical climate policy looks like. California has long prided itself on being a world leader on climate change — and with good reason. (Vox)

Obama to join Paris climate pact 'as soon as possible'. President Obama is planning to formally join the Paris climate agreement “as soon as possible,” a top adviser said. (The Hill)

Why Electric Cars Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think. In 2015, about one in every 150 cars sold in the U.S. had a plug and a battery. But mass adoption of electric vehicles is coming, and much sooner than most people realize. (Wall Street Journal)

Why measuring impacts can drive business value. In a report published in June, the US SIF Foundation acknowledged that while “the work of sustainable investors for the last 30 years — across asset classes — as investments meant to make impact, there is no doubt that the emergence of 'impact investing' has brought new interest and investors to the field.” (GreenBiz)

Workforce/Diversity

Nextdoor Uses Algorithms, Outreach to Curb Racial Profiling. Imagine inviting a few friends over only to learn afterward that a neighbor has reported them as possible car thieves, drug dealers or gang members. (GovTech)

Tech Business

Explosion of Gig Economy Means There’s an App for Juggling Jobs. One of the reasons Mustafa Muhammed finally broke down and bought a smartphone was because he needed to find a job. (Bloomberg)

Inside Silicon Valley’s most grueling ritual: Raising cash. The second floor of the Computer History Museum here was a sea of young entrepreneurs and top Silicon Valley investors going on speed-dates, and Qasar Younis was the matchmaker. (Washington Post)

Now Arriving on the New York Subway: Free E-Books, Timed for Your Commute. Rainier Velardo watched the basketball-player-tall man in the blue shirt who sat down next to him — the man had gotten on at the last subway stop, West Fourth Street in Manhattan, and this was an F train going to Brooklyn. (New York Times)

FAA Expects 600,000 Commercial Drones In The Air Within A Year. We are in "one of the most dramatic periods of change in the history of transportation," says Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. (NPR)

A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions. Isaac Asimov inspired roboticists with his science fiction and especially his robot laws. (NPR)

Fitbit steps up digital health ambitions. Fitbit is updating its two most popular activity trackers, as it expands its digital health ambitions into stress management and more sophisticated fitness benchmarking. (Financial Times)

Has consumer tech forgotten the baby boomers?. Even for those who never watched “The Brady Bunch,” it’s a well-known meme. (Recode)

ITI Member News

Facebook CEO says group will not become a media company. Facebook Inc. will not become a media company, its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday, telling students the firm would remain a technology platform. (Reuters)

Germany wants Facebook to take initiative in fight against online hate. Germany's interior minister visited Facebook's offices in Berlin on Monday and said it should be more proactive in removing forbidden content from its social network platform. (Reuters)

Apple is sued over unresponsive iPhone 6 touchscreens. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has been sued by owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones who say a design defect causes the phones' touchscreens to become unresponsive, making them unusable. (Reuters)

The Autonomous Vehicle Market has Caught Up with Google. The sudden acceleration in deployment of self-driving technology could confront Google with a choice: stick to its fundamental plan to develop fully autonomous vehicles or downshift to join rivals who are poised to put less-advanced semi-autonomous cars on the road first. (GovTech)

The Google X moonshot factory is struggling to get products out the door. Google's famed corporate research lab, first launched as Google X, was a sandbox for the company founders and its band of experimental scientists. (Recode)

Fiat Chrysler CEO Flirts With Samsung in Hunt for Tech Partner. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne is looking into a tie-up with Samsung Electronics Co., as the Italian-American company widens its search for a technology partner to gird against being left behind in the race to develop self-driving cars. (Bloomberg)

VMware New Cloud Plan: Sell Stuff for Rival Clouds. VMware Inc. is set to unveil new products in a bid to eke out greater relevancy for the company in internet-based cloud-computing. (Bloomberg)

1600 Penn.

Today, in the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. In the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of Health and Human Services Burwell in the Oval Office.

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Today, the Senate is not in session.