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Tech Politics

Obama calls Issa 'the definition of chutzpah'. Note to Rep. Darrell Issa from President Barack Obama: If you want to call him one of the most corrupt presidents in history, say he should be impeached and question whether he was telling the truth about his birth certificate, maybe don't then brag about working with him in a campaign mailer as you try to hang onto your seat. (Politico Pro)

Facebook co-founder drops unprecedented cash to stop Trump. If the first $20 million yielded cheers, the second $15 million generated stunned silence. (Politico Pro)

Warren wing wants Clinton to get tough with Silicon Valley. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her progressive allies are pushing Hillary Clinton to curb the market power of tech giants like Apple, Amazon and Google — putting the Democratic nominee in a bind over how hard to police an industry that's showered her with money and support in 2016. (Politico Pro)

Global Trade

Tim Kaine Leaves Door Open to (Non-TPP) Asia Trade Deal. Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine opened the door a bit to a Clinton presidency pushing an Asian trade deal, although not the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Wall Street Journal)

Conservative leader says next president can't abandon free trade. The head of a leading conservative group said the United States would be at risk for a major economic downturn if the next president abandons free trade. (The Hill)


Community broadband advocates butt heads with North Carolina officials on best path forward. North Carolina lawmakers could soon help close the divide in high-quality broadband access between the state’s urban and rural areas. (StateScoop)


A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices. When surveillance cameras began popping up in the 1970s and ’80s, they were welcomed as a crime-fighting tool, then as a way to monitor traffic congestion, factory floors and even baby cribs. (New York Times)

'Smart' home devices used as weapons in website attack. Hackers used internet-connected home devices, such as CCTV cameras and printers, to attack popular websites on Friday, security analysts say. (BBC News)

Internet of things botnet helped down Twitter, Spotify, others, researchers say. Several security researchers have identified the malware known as Mirai, recently responsible for one of the largest denial-of-service attacks of all time, as being at least partly to blame for felling major websites Friday. (Politico Pro)

Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S.. Major websites were inaccessible to people across wide swaths of the United States on Friday after a company that manages crucial parts of the internet’s infrastructure said it was under attack. (New York Times)

Russian Suspected of Hacking U.S. Tech Companies Is Indicted. A Russian man accused of breaking into computer systems at three internet companies in 2012 has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Oakland, Calif. (New York Times)


Senate committee on antitrust to 'carefully examine' AT&T-Time Warner deal. An acquisition of Time Warner Inc by AT&T Inc. could raise significant antitrust issues that the U.S. Senate committee on antitrust would carefully examine, the chairman and ranking member of the committee said Sunday. (Reuters)

Artificial Intelligence

As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential. Imagine receiving a phone call from your aging mother seeking your help because she has forgotten her banking password. (New York Times)

Artificial intelligence 'judge' developed by UCL computer scientists. Artificial intelligence software that can find patterns in highly complex decisions is being used to predict our taste in films, TV shows and music with ever-increasing accuracy. And now, after a breakthrough study by a group of British scientists, it could be used to predict the outcome of trials. (The Guardian)

This AI Can Accurately Predict the Outcome of Human Rights Trials. In 2015, the European Court of Human Rights, which rules on alleged human rights violations in the EU, received double the complaints than it did the year before. Many of these were dismissed either because they were improperly completed, covered ground already ruled on by the court, or simply didn’t hold water. (Motherboard)

Intellectual Property

Newly formed patent troll makes vast claim to Web video, sues 14 big media companies. These days, it seems like software patents are falling down right and left. Hundreds of them have been invalidated by US federal judges since the Supreme Court's 2014 Alice Corp v. CLS Bank. decision, and more patent-holders are getting sanctioned for their behavior in court. The economics of the patent-trolling business are changing in fundamental ways, and lawsuits are down. (Ars Technica)

Internet of Things

The next president should make driverless cars a White House priority, group says. The next president should move supervision of driverless vehicles under the umbrella of the White House to better keep up with the rapid pace at which the technology is emerging, according to a report released Thursday. (Washington Post)


Elizabeth Warren Warns Democrats Not To Cave On Corporate Tax Reform. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is gearing up for a major tax battle next year, warning Democrats not to cave to corporate pressure in a coming push for comprehensive tax reform. (Huffington Post)

UK could slash corporation tax to 10 percent if EU blocks Brexit trade deal. Britain could slash corporation tax to 10 percent if the European Union refuses to agree a post-Brexit free trade deal or blocks UK-based banks from accessing its market, the Sunday Times reported, citing an unidentified source. (Reuters)

Zombie EU Tax Plan Haunts Ireland After Brexit: Brussels Beat. Ireland is facing another tax battle with the European Union and this time it will have to fight its own corner. (Bloomberg)

The First Broken Promise of Hillary Clinton's Presidency. Hillary Clinton said nothing on Wednesday night that should derail her considerable chances of winning the presidency on November 8. But if she wins, one simple promise she repeated over and over again could come back to haunt her reelection bid in 2020. (The Atlantic)

Public Sector

There’s still hope for IT modernization funding. Before House lawmakers left last month to campaign for re-election, they passed the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, which combines elements of two previous proposals. (FCW)

DARPA transfers powerful space telescope to the Air Force. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has formally transferred ownership of a sophisticated space telescope built to survey and track satellites and space debris in Earth's orbit to the Air Force Space Command. (FCW)

Commerce taps big-data development partners. The Commerce Department's National Technical Information Service has selected 35 organizations to help turn oceans of raw federal data into innovative services and capabilities. (FCW)

Pentagon names firms to run bug bounty program. The Defense Department is making the pursuit of cybersecurity vulnerabilities easier for the armed services through a new contracting effort. (FCW)

A return of the ‘minibus’ for 2017?. An idea that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had once floated to fund the government appears to be percolating again in Congress. (Federal News Radio)

Senate committee backs IG community’s pursuit for better records access. The Senate gave the federal watchdogs a shot in the arm this week with the release of a new report that confirmed some long-held concerns within the inspectors general community. (Federal News Radio)

U.S. Cyber Command acquisition experiment begins broader cyber self-assessment. The federal government’s cybersecurity policy has reached a crossroads, and the upcoming presidential transition is an opportunity to take a long, hard look in the mirror, and decide how to move forward. (Federal News Radio)

Some agencies spending 90-percent of IT budget on legacy systems — report. Some agencies are spending 90 percent or more of their IT budgets on operations and maintenance, a report released last week found. (FedScoop)

FCC modernization not without challenges. The Federal Communications Commission is often touted as the golden agency for its massive IT overhaul efforts, but one FCC official said Thursday that work isn’t always painless. (FedScoop)

Evanston, Ill.'s Inaugural CIO Focuses on Melding of Technology and Community. There are two approaches to hiring a new CIO. The first is to look for a candidate who has been there and done that — someone with laser focus and a battle-tested pattern of action. (GovTech)


Why it's a brilliant time for companies to invest in solar power. Onsite solar can achieve corporate sustainability targets, but optimal implementation often stymies decision-makers. Done incorrectly, it’s easy to end up with a system that falls short of expected returns. Nevertheless, there’s no time like the present for taking advantage of this opportunity. (GreenBiz)

Tech Business

Silicon Valley: Under pressure to float. Walter Price cannot get enough technology stocks. “I was looking at the Bloomberg terminal and all the public tech companies that have disappeared,” says Mr Price, who manages $4bn of equities for Allianz Global Investors. “It would be nice to have some more of them,” he adds longingly. (Financial Times)

For AT&T, Time Warner was always on the menu. When Time Warner Inc's (TWX.N) Jeff Bewkes welcomed AT&T Inc's (T.N) Randall Stephenson for lunch at Time Warner Center in New York in late August, their meeting was supposed to be one of the catch-ups the two chief executives have had over the years. (Reuters)

Regulatory Microscope Lies Ahead for AT&T and Time Warner. A cable and internet provider decides to buy an entertainment conglomerate. (New York Times)

AT&T Reaches Deal to Buy Time Warner for $85.4 Billion. AT&T Inc. has reached an agreement to buy Time Warner Inc. for $85.4 billion in a deal that would transform the phone company into a media giant. (Wall Street Journal)

AT&T-Time Warner deal sparks calls for scrutiny in Washington. AT&T Inc's (T.N) agreement to acquire Time Warner Inc (TWX.N) for $85 billion drew skepticism from both Democrats and Republicans on Sunday, making it more likely that regulators will scrutinize the effort to create a new telecommunications and media giant. (Reuters)

The ghost of AOL will haunt the Time Warner-AT&T deal. In the end, I guess you could finally say Steve Case was right. (Recode)

AOL Co-Founder Steve Case on the Rise of Second Cities. SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS ago, Silicon Valley was little more than an orchard, while Detroit was one of the most innovative and prosperous metropolises in America. (Wall Street Journal)

China’s Internet Reflects Power of the Checkbook. China’s internet industry is dominated by a trio of giants, and one of the biggest weapons they use to maintain their dominance is their checkbook. (Wall Street Journal)

Airbnb Sues Over New Law Regulating New York Rentals. Hours after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York signed a bill that would impose steep fines on Airbnb hosts who break local housing regulations, Airbnb filed a federal lawsuit contending the new law would cause it “irreparable harm.” (New York Times)

Uber Skips World's Biggest Cab Market for Japan's Tiniest Towns. In a small coastal town on the Sea of Japan, Uber Technologies Inc. is deploying an unusual strategy. (Bloomberg)

ITI Member News

Microsoft to increase UK prices of enterprise products, citing falling pound. Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said it will be increasing pricing for its enterprise software and cloud services in the UK in the wake of the sterling's plunge since Britons voted to leave the EU. (Reuters)

Watch Out Wal-Mart. Amazon Is Coming After the Grocery Business. For years, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has followed Inc., putting inventory online and starting its own version of a marketplace where third-party merchants can sell their wares. Now Amazon is returning the favor. (Bloomberg)

Amazon's virtual assistant gets election fact-check feature. Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant product has a new trick: It will help you fact-check the presidential candidates. (The Hill)

Qualcomm Agrees on Deal for NXP at $110 a Share. Qualcomm Inc. has agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors NV for $110 a share in a deal likely to be announced next week, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter. (Bloomberg)

In insurance Big Data could lower rates for optimistic tweeters. When people take to Twitter to comment on the great evening they enjoyed with good food and wonderful friends, reducing their monthly insurance bill is probably the last thing on their mind. (Reuters)

The Fatal Mistake That Doomed Samsung’s Galaxy Note. After reports of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones catching fire spread in early September, Samsung Electronics Co. executives debated how to respond. Some were skeptical the incidents amounted to much, according to people familiar with the meetings, but others thought the company needed to act decisively. (Wall Street Journal)

1600 Penn.

Today, in the morning, the President will deliver remarks at a Hillary Victory Fund reception at a private residence in San Diego, California. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Los Angeles, California. Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live! In the evening, the President will participate in a DNC and Hillary Victory Fund roundtable at a private residence. The President will remain overnight in Los Angeles.