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08/31/2016

Key Issues

Tax

EU's tax swoop on Apple is 'economic war'. The EU has started “an economic war” with the US by ordering Apple to pay Ireland up to €13bn plus interest in back taxes. (ITI Jennifer McCloskey Quoted, The Guardian)

Apple move 'will chill foreign investment'. As the Government was last night groping for a unified response, industry experts warned of a "chilling" effect on transatlantic commerce. (ITI Dean Garfield Quoted, Irish Independent)

Here's What You Need To Know About Apple's $14.5 Billion EU Tax Bill. The European Union has just hit Apple with a record-breaking tax bill of €13 billion ($14.5 billion) plus interest, after finding that Ireland granted the company illegal state aid over many years. (ITI Dean Garfield Quoted, Fortune)

Irish cabinet may need more time to decide on Apple appeal: minister. Ireland's cabinet may be given more time to decide on whether to back the finance minister's recommendation that Dublin appeal the European Commission's ruling against its tax dealings with Apple (AAPL.O), another minister said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Ryan: EU's $14.5B tax ruling against Apple 'awful'. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday ripped the European Union’s "awful" determination that Apple should pay Ireland $14.5 billion in back taxes. (The Hill)

Tax Experts Check Out Arguments From Apple Over Ruling. Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, issued a defiant letter to his European customers on Tuesday after the region’s antitrust enforcer ordered Ireland to collect 13 billion euros, or about $14.5 billion, in back taxes from the company. (New York Times)

Apple rips into 'unprecedented' $14.5B tax bill from EU. The European Union on Tuesday hit Apple with a $14.5 billion tax penalty, ruling its deal with Ireland was illegal. (CNET)

5 questions about the EU's tax ruling against Apple. On Tuesday, The European Union ruled Apple must pay Ireland $14.5 billion in back taxes for receiving illegal tax breaks in the country over several years. (USA Today)

Apple, Congress and the Missing Taxes. Apple and the United States are crying foul over the ruling in Europe that Apple received illegal tax breaks from Ireland and must hand over 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion), a record tax penalty in Europe. (New York Times)

In Apple’s Wake, Facebook’s Tax Arrangements in Ireland Raise Questions. Apple Inc.’s Irish tax woes could ensnare another tech giant already facing a tax investigation: Facebook Inc. (Wall Street Journal)

Global Trade

German, French broadsides dash last hopes for TTIP. Any hope for a 2016 conclusion to the transatlantic trade talks evaporated this week after French and German officials declared the already-languishing talks had failed. (Politico Pro)

The sky fell on the U.S. poultry industry last year. But NAFTA and the TPP helped protect U.S. exports. Migrating birds don’t pay much attention to border regulations, it turns out. But last year’s “bird flu” outbreak, a huge blow to parts of the U.S. poultry industry, offers a clear example of why humans should take a closer look at the value of global trade agreements. (Washington Post)

Blunt now says he is concerned about Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. One more sign that President Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade is in trouble. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

In Asia, Obama faces trade pact test amid U.S. opposition. When President Barack Obama travels to Asia next week, he will try to reassure leaders in the region that he still has the clout to deliver U.S. approval for the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership, even though the two candidates vying to succeed him and a congressional leader have said the 12-nation trade deal should not move forward. (Washington Examiner)

U.S. won in Rio — but it's not winning on trade. Watching the Olympics closing ceremony in Rio on Aug. 21, we felt a swelling sense of national pride. With 46 gold medals and 121 total medals — more than any other nation — the United States is a winner in the pool, on the mats, on the courts and around the track. (Washington Examiner)

Trans-Pacific Partnership not good for Oregon jobs. The TransPacific Partnership (TPP) will not be good for jobs in Oregon. (The Oregnonian)

Encryption

FBI wants deeper conversation on encryption. Although terrorists don't rank high on FBI director James Comey's list of top cyberthreats -- state-sponsored groups, organized crime and hacktivists are all greater concerns -- the bureau's ability to track terrorists through their digital devices remains a priority. (FCW)

Tech Politics

Hillary Clinton doubles haul from tech donors. In just one month, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton nearly doubled her fundraising haul from tech donors, raking in roughly $3 million in July from engineers, executives and investors in Silicon Valley and other parts of the country. (Politico Pro)

Broadband/Communications

Court rejects challenge to aspect of FCC's spectrum sale. A federal court on Tuesday ruled against a challenge to part of the Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing process of reassigning valuable wireless spectrum to mobile providers. (The Hill)

Fastest mobile 4G network speed record 'broken'. A new record has been set for the world's fastest 4G mobile internet speed, according to a network operator. (BBC News)

Cybersecurity

White House blames US cyber woes on GOP. The White House on Tuesday blamed the state of U.S. cybersecurity on congressional Republicans. (The Hill)

Lawmakers want cyber on the agenda at the G20 summit in China. Six Democratic senators have asked President Barack Obama to raise the issue of cyberattacks on financial institutions when he meets with China's President Xi Jinping on Sept. 2 as part of his final G20 Leaders Summit. (FCW)

FBI's Comey: Businesses need to tell us if they've been breached. FBI Director James Comey wants to see private businesses report data breach incidents and other detected cyber intrusions directly to the Bureau more than they are already doing so. (FedScoop)

Former White House cyber director: Expect another Shadow Brokers incident. Another incident in which a trove of previously undiscovered software vulnerabilities are publicly posted online should be expected in the “near future,” said former White House National Security Council Senior Director for Cybersecurity Ari Schwartz. (FedScoop)

Net Neutrality

EU's net neutrality guidelines get published. The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (Berec) - which represents all the EU's communications regulators - has finally published guidelines clarifying how telecom companies should treat the data they handle, months after a law concerning the matter was published. (BBC News)

Europe's net neutrality guidelines seen as a victory for the open web. Europe's telecommunications regulator has published final guidelines on how the EU will implement net neutrality rules that were adopted last year, in what digital rights groups are hailing as a victory for the free and open internet. (The Verge)

Internet of Things

Garage Startup Uses Deep Learning to Teach Cars to Drive. In a cavernous garage just off the freeway, a team of young scientists with Stanford University degrees is laboring to create yet another technological revolution. (USA Today)

(Self-Driving) Car Wars Heat Up. If you need a sure sign that the race to develop self-driving cars is no longer just an interesting science project, David Drummond's departure from Uber's board is it. (USA Today)

Public Sector

GAO: Performance.gov needs big improvements. The government reports efforts to execute on agency and cross-agency goals on the Performance.gov website. (FCW)

NIST publishes major revisions to digital authentication guidance. Hoping to balance today’s requirements with future needs, the National Institute of Standards and Technology released a major update to Special Publication 800-63 for digital authentication. (Federal News Radio)

2017 NDAA has veto ‘baked in’. Last year former Defense Department official Andrew Hunter said the defense authorization bill had a 99 percent chance of being vetoed by the President. (Federal News Radio)

For feds, DevOps raises cyber questions. DevOps, the trendy management philosophy that aims at rapidly developing and deploying software, raises important, even "philosophical," questions about the role of cybersecurity in a government agency, two officials said Tuesday. (FedScoop)

How officials are trying to make open data gains last. As the Obama administration comes to a close, the White House is seeking to highlight progress it's made to open and use data over the past eight years — while pushing those inside and outside government to continue the momentum. (FedScoop)

California gov. signs bill setting clear digital, electronic signature guidelines. California Gov. Jerry Brown just put pen to paper on a bill aimed at cutting through some confusion in the state’s statutes surrounding how government agencies accept signatures on documents electronically. (StateScoop)

California bill to treat ransomware as form of extortion heads to governor. A California bill that would classify the use of ransomware as a form of extortion is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. (StateScoop)

Environment/Sustainability

The Challenge of Cutting Coal Dependence. It won’t be easy to get rid of coal. Worried the nation might miss its 2020 target to drastically cut emissions of carbon dioxide, the German government proposed a steep levy last year on the most heavily polluting generators. (New York Times)

EPA challenges communities to develop air sensor data platforms. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it would start accepting applications for a competition to help communities develop new strategies for collecting and distributing data from air sensors. (FedScoop)

Tech Business

Alphabet Expands Car-Pooling Project, Casting Shadow on Uber. Alphabet and Uber are inching closer to a showdown. (New York Times)

Message to Tech Firms From Palo Alto Mayor: Go Away. Please.. My phone connection kept dropping out, which didn’t make sense because I was in the heart of Silicon Valley. (New York Times)

Synthesised speech deserves recognition. In one of the least attractive — or necessary — deals in the telecoms market, the UK provider BT runs an automated clock which, for 45p a minute, tells you the time of day. (Financial Times)

ITI Member News

Dell poised to seal $63.4bn EMC purchase. The largest-ever technology industry acquisition is set to close next week, following the announcement on Tuesday that Chinese regulators have approved Dell’s $63.4bn cash and stock purchase of computer storage company EMC. (Financial Times)

China Grants Clearance for Dell-EMC Merger. Dell Inc. Tuesday said it received regulatory clearance from China and intends to complete its merger with EMC Corp. on Sept. 7. The $60 billion deal will be the largest technology merger ever. (Wall Street Journal)

Google Is About to Take On Uber in a Big Way. Google is expanding a ride-sharing service that would directly compete with Uber and similar companies, The Wall Street Journal reports, the latest development in the two firms’ dissolution from partners to rivals. (TIME)

“We’re a tech company, we’re not a media company,” says Facebook founder. Facebook faces more pressure from lawmakers in Europe, after Germany's interior minister called on the company to quickly remove hateful and illegal posts—on the same day that its chief Mark Zuckerberg reiterated that the free content ad network wouldn't morph into a media empire. (Ars Technica)

Apple’s little-known (and somewhat unsexy) secret to success. One of the things most consumers do not know about Apple is that its supply chain and manufacturing is one of the best in the world. (Recode)

Threat to Apple’s brand image more serious than bottom line hit. For a ruling that has been looming for more than two years, the timing of the European Commission’s €13bn tax penalty could not have come at a worse moment for Apple. (Financial Times)

Facebook Faces Trending News Problems After Firing Curators. On Friday, news site Quartz reported that Facebook fired its "news curators" and replaced them with algorithms to compile the news that ends up on Facebook's "Trending" news section. (NPR)

Twitter is finally paying its best users to create videos. Twitter wants the kind of video creators YouTube has — and the massive audiences that come with them. (Recode)

Exclusive: SWIFT discloses more cyber thefts, pressures banks on security. SWIFT, the global financial messaging system, on Tuesday disclosed new hacking attacks on its member banks as it pressured them to comply with security procedures instituted after February's high-profile $81 million heist at Bangladesh Bank. (Reuters)

Palo Alto forecasts revenue below estimates, shares drop. Cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks Inc forecast current-quarter revenue and profit below analysts' estimates, sending its shares down 3 percent in extended trading on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Intel Pushes 4K Video With Latest Chip Line. Intel Corp. is betting that better video will convince people to buy new personal computers. (Wall Street Journal)

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 shipments delayed due to quality testing. Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday shipments of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone are being delayed as the firm conducts additional quality control testing for the premium device. (Reuters)

1600 Penn.

Today, in the morning, the President will travel to Lake Tahoe, Nevada. While in Nevada, the President will deliver remarks at the 20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit and highlight his commitment to protecting the environment and addressing climate change. In the evening, the President will depart Nevada en route Honolulu, Hawaii. In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the 2016 Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders. The President will remain overnight in Hawaii.

Today on the Hill

Today, the House is not in session.

Today, the Senate is not in session.