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Tech Politics

Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump on science, energy, and the climate. "I believe in science." With that comment, said during her acceptance speech with a bit of a bemused smile, Hillary Clinton sought to differentiate herself from Donald Trump. The Democratic presidential nominee next noted a consequence of that belief: climate change is real, and we can do something about it. (Ars Technica)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says Donald Trump is ‘eroding our democracy’. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is not shy about his feelings toward Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump: He’s not a fan. (Recode)

Thiel to Speak in Washington Oct. 31 to Address Election. Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Donald Trump supporter, will give a speech in Washington on Oct. 31 to address the election, spokesman Jeremiah Hall said. (Bloomberg)


To beat crypto, feds have tried to force fingerprint unlocking in 2 cases. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles have been successful in getting judicial approval for two highly unusual searches. The warrants allowed the authorities to force suspects, who were inside their California homes, to press their fingerprints on a seized smartphone to see if it would unlock, Ars has learned. (Ars Technica)

Global Trade

Poll shows overwhelming support for free trade, but opposition to TPP. A Wednesday poll from the Consumer Technology Association showed that most registered American voters are in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the landmark trade agreement being roasted along the campaign trail, while having an overwhelmingly positive view about the benefits of free trade. (Business Insider)

China is the big winner as Clinton, Trump disavow hard-fought Asia-Pacific trade deal. It was perhaps the only point that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton agreed upon during the entire debate: The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a mammoth trade agreement between the United States and 11 other Asia Pacific countries, is not a good idea. (Washington Post)

How to make free trade an easier sell. Until recently, most Republicans believed that free trade was good for jobs, profits and the U.S. economy overall. Democrats, never big fans of free trade, went along if the federal safety net provided for workers who were harmed by import competition. (Salt Lake Tribune)


Bank regulators mull new cyber standards. The three big federal banking regulatory agencies are seeking input on a set of proposed cyber risk management and resilience standards. (FCW)

Michigan may boost penalties for hacking self-driving cars. The state known as the traditional home of the auto industry is preparing to handle one of the dark sides of the coming self-driving car revolution. (USA Today)

Artificial Intelligence

Stephen Hawking - will AI kill or save humankind?. Two years ago Stephen Hawking told the BBC that the development of full artificial intelligence, could spell the end of the human race. (BBC News)


Yahoo “demands” feds confirm secret mass snooping order “if it exists”. Yahoo’s top lawyer published an open letter on Wednesday, "demanding" that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence “provide clarity” about whether the company was ordered to perform mass spying on all of its users. (Ars Technica)

Internet of Things

Tesla Will Make Its Cars Fully Self-Driving, but Not Turn the System On Yet. Tesla Motors said on Wednesday that it would equip all of its new vehicles with technology that enables fully autonomous driving, but would not activate the system until it undergoes further testing. (New York Times)

Tesla’s deep dive into driverless: ‘This is the most exciting time to be in transportation since the Model T’. Tesla said Wednesday that its new cars now have all the cameras, sensors, radar technology and computing power they need to truly drive themselves. (Washington Post)

Green light for self-driving car tests in Massachusetts. Massachusetts officials took another step toward allowing driverless cars on the roads, saying Thursday that the state will issue permits for test projects in Boston and other cities while lawmakers work on explicitly legalizing the rapidly developing technology. (Boston Globe)

Human Errors Drive Growing Death Toll In Auto Crashes. Our cars and trucks are being made with more safety features. New technologies such as lane departure warnings, blind spot detection, vehicle stabilizers and anti-lock brakes can, and do, save lives. (NPR)

Public Sector

Tech sector praises Gov. McAuliffe’s cybersecurity initiative, calls for additional steps. The Information Technology Industry Council on Thursday applauded Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) focus on developing policies to better secure state cyber networks, while urging states to continue improving their cybersecurity posture. (ITAPS Liam Crawford Quoted, Inside Cybersecurity)

FedRAMP overhaul begins paying dividends. The Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program’s (FedRAMP) new streamlined, simplified process is paying off. The program is boasting increased authorizations and return business, and the new dashboard is making it easier for feds to use the program. (Federal News Radio)

Census calls off 2017 field tests, cites funding uncertainty. Less than six months before field tests were scheduled to begin, the Census Bureau has called them off, citing budget uncertainty. (FCW)

OMB director announces new digital privacy office. The White House has established a new digital privacy office -- and an accompanying senior career position -- to oversee agency privacy and data collection programs and develop interagency privacy policies. (FCW)

NTIS selects new data-focused joint venture partners. The National Technical Information Service has selected 35 new joint venture partners, the Commerce Department agency announced Wednesday. (FedScoop)

NSA official calls for new federal cyber structure. The three-way split of U.S. cyber defense responsibilities between the National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI isn’t working and the new president should consider uniting elements of the three departments into a single cyberdefense agency, a senior NSA official said. (FedScoop)’s current and future usefulness. has caught a lot of flack recently for hosting unstructured data formats, and while the General Services Administration is working to improve the site, its chief architect says there's an explanation for the predominance of such files. (FedScoop)

DOT recruiting transportation automation advisory committee. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Wednesday he will create an advisory committee on automation in transportation, which would review existing policy on everything from autonomous vehicles to drones and make recommendations. (FedScoop)

D.C. joins international Cisco-supported smart cities effort, unveils next phase of PA 2040. The nation’s capital will become Cisco’s first “Lighthouse City” in the United States, the company’s CEO and the city’s mayor jointly announced Thursday. (StateScoop)

‚ÄčMinnesota hopes to spur agencies to action with cyber score cards. It's not enough to know that cybersecurity is important — government has to act on it, said Thomas Schaeffer, assistant commissioner and executive director of enterprise operations at MN.IT Services, Minnesota's state IT office. (StateScoop)

Moving toward computing at the speed of thought. The first computers cost millions of dollars and were locked inside rooms equipped with special electrical circuits and air conditioning. (GovTech)


Dow Chemical, Tiffany & Co. join a rising tide for ocean cleanup. The future of humanity depends on the health of the oceans. They provide half of the oxygen we breathe and absorb about 30 percent of the carbon dioxide we generate. They're worth at least $24 trillion to the global economy, according to a 2015 WWF report that valued marine and coastal goods and services at about $2.5 trillion each year, making the “blue" economy the seventh largest in the world in terms of Gross Domestic Product. (GreenBiz)

Dear UN Secretary-General Guterres: Deliver on climate action. Dear António Guterres, First and foremost, congratulations on your election as the next secretary-general of the United Nations, the world’s most important institution for international cooperation. (GreenBiz)

Remember When We Thought Climate Change Would Matter This Election?. This was supposed to be the election where climate change really mattered. Only, anyone watching the presidential debates wouldn’t have a clue that 1) 2016 has been history’s hottest year on record, and 2) our future leaders give any sort of crap about it. (Motherboard)


Women in computing to decline to 22% by 2025, study warns. New research warns that at the rate we're going, the number of women in the computing workforce will decline to 22% from 24% by 2025 if nothing is done to encourage more of them to study computer science. (USA Today)

In US, getting women into tech is everyone's business -- study. Despite efforts to increase diversity in tech, women's share of computing jobs in the US could be even smaller by 2025 than it is today. (CNET)

Biggest Ever Women-in-Computing Conference Belies Fragile Gains. The 12,000 women technology workers cheering at Houston’s Toyota Center arena this week are a far cry from the 500 who showed up for the first Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. (Bloomberg)

Sequoia Capital has hired Polyvore’s Jess Lee as its first woman investment partner. Ten months after Sequoia Capital chairman Mike Moritz put his foot in his mouth when he said the famed firm wouldn’t “lower our standards” to hire a woman, Sequoia has hired entrepreneur Jess Lee as an investing partner. (Recode)

Tech Business

French banks, retailers team up to launch online payment app. Two French banks and a group of retailers are teaming up to launch a smartphone app next year that will help customers pay for purchases in stores and online, gather loyalty benefits or transfer money using a single "mobile payment solution". (Reuters)

Silicon Valley should be worried by SoftBank’s tech ambitions. This was supposed to be the year the air went out of Silicon Valley’s bubble. A market stumble in the middle of 2015, followed by a second bout of volatility at the start of this year, appeared to signal an end to the almost unbroken upward climb since the financial crisis. The tech start-up world tightened its collective belt, waiting for the inevitable reckoning. (Financial Times)

U.S. start-up R3, banks test Ripple's cross-border payments technology. U.S.-based financial innovation start-up R3, along with 12 global banks, have completed the test of a cross-border payment system powered by blockchain technology and developed by financial technology company Ripple. (Reuters)

China's Internet Stars Embrace Lowbrow — And Aim For High Profits. Huang Xian'er came of age while watching Internet celebrities' streaming videos on her smartphone in western China's Yinchuan city. (NPR)

Nintendo Unveils New Console ‘Switch’. Nintendo Co. unveiled its next videogame platform, a console-and-hand-held hybrid called Switch that the company hopes will connect with consumers who mostly turned their backs on the last big introduction of its hardware. (Wall Street Journal)

Nintendo Switch Reaches for a New Market With Home-and-Mobile Console. Throughout its history, Nintendo has alternated between bursts of innovation that redefined gaming and slumps where it fell behind rivals after misjudging trends. Now the company has revealed a big part of its plan for regaining its leadership in gaming. (New York Times)

Nintendo unveils next-gen gaming console Nintendo Switch. Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd launched Nintendo Switch, its next-generation gaming console, as the company looks to catch up with rivals Sony Corp and Microsoft Corp. (Reuters)

Verizon braced for drawn out battle over Yahoo acquisition. Verizon has set the stage for a protracted battle over its acquisition of Yahoo’s core business, signalling that it intends to demand a discount on the $4.8bn pricetag after the internet company fell victim to a massive cyber attack. (Financial Times)

Agony, Alarm and Anger for People Hurt by Theranos’s Botched Blood Tests. Sheri Ackert worried she might have a new tumor. Steve Hammons stopped taking his blood-thinning medication. Kimberly Toy emptied the pasta and sweets from her cupboards and said: “I can’t believe this happened.” (Wall Street Journal)

AT&T Seeks to Shake Up Pay TV. After spending nearly $50 billion in the summer of 2015 to acquire DirecTV, AT&T Inc. is preparing to roll out an internet video service that could upend its satellite-television business along with the rest of the pay-TV industry. (Wall Street Journal)

LeEco who? Meet China's Apple-Samsung-Netflix-Tesla mashup. LeEco thinks of itself as the single source for all things tech. (CNET)

PayPal adds more features for sending money overseas. PayPal's goal to become a bigger part of our payment lives took another step forward Thursday, with the company adding more money-transfer features to its platform. (CNET)

Lyft boosts lobbying amid race for driverless cars. Lyft’s federal lobbying skyrocketed in the third quarter of 2016, according to a disclosure form filed by the company. (The Hill)

ITI Member News

Microsoft adjusted revenue, profit beat Street; shares hit record level. Microsoft Corp reported adjusted revenue and profit that blew past analysts' estimates on Thursday, as soaring sales from its cloud business pushed the technology giant's shares to an all-time high. (Reuters)

Microsoft’s cloud business continues to shine as earnings again top estimates. With its cloud business continuing to grow, Microsoft on Thursday turned in financial results ahead of what many analysts were expecting. (Recode)

AMD revenue beats on demand for chips used in gaming consoles. Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc reported a better-than-expected 23.2 percent increase in quarterly revenue, helped by higher demand for graphics chips used in gaming consoles. (Reuters)

Apple Says Many ‘Genuine’ Apple Products on Amazon Are Fake. Apple says it has been buying Apple chargers and cables labeled as genuine on and has found nearly 90 percent of them to be counterfeit. (Wall Street Journal)

Facebook accused of removing breast cancer awareness video. Facebook has removed a video on breast cancer awareness posted in Sweden after it considered the images "offensive", a group says. (BBC News)