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Kaine would offer cyber jobs, digital deterrence focus for Clinton ticket. Sen. Tim Kaine, a front-runner to become Hillary Clinton’s presidential running mate, has spent time in Congress promoting initiatives to boost cyber jobs and urging military leaders to produce a cyberattack response plan. (Politico)

Possible VP Warren made mark pressing banks on cyber. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who liberals hope Hillary Clinton will pick as her running mate, has mostly confined her cybersecurity interests to the financial sector. (Politico)

As VP, Labor head would bring experience funding cyber jobs programs. Tom Perez, who is reportedly being considered for Hillary Clinton’s running mate, has promoted a number of cyber workforce initiatives during his time as secretary of Labor. (Politico)

The Peter Principle: Why Thiel’s GOP convention speech will be about him and not about Silicon Valley. Okay, I will just say what pretty much everyone in tech thinks, even if they never seem to be able to say it out loud: Peter Thiel is a very odd character, even by Silicon Valley standards. (Recode)

Donald Trump, Peter Thiel and the death of democracy. Tonight, tech billionaire Peter Thiel will speak at the Republican national convention and make his case for why Donald Trump should be the next president of the United States. (The Guardian)

Global Trade

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Good for America, good for the world. Going back as far as the nation's founding, a streak of protectionism runs through our common American experience like a thread. (Washington Examiner)

Musicians, actors set to campaign against the Pacific trade deal. A group of entertainers is hitting the road this weekend to kick off a campaign to build opposition against a Pacific trade agreement, adding some star power to an otherwise wonky effort. (The Hill)


FCC seeks to salvage prison phone call caps. The FCC is making tweaks to its effort to reduce the cost of prison phone calls as it tries to navigate a legal challenge and salvage a policy it's championed as protecting vulnerable families. (Politico Pro)

F.C.C. Backs Swedish Company to Run American Phone Routing System. The Federal Communications Commission has decided to make a European-owned company the clearinghouse for routing billions of cellphone calls and text messages across the United States, despite claims by critics that the plan poses national security risks, officials said on Thursday. (New York Times)

Facebook Moves One Step Closer to Light-Based Wireless Communication. The internet is often called the “World Wide Web,” but it’s not actually accessible to residents of a large portion of the world. Today, four billion people are offline, and 1.6 billion of them live in sparsely populated areas around the world. (New York Times)

Facebook hails first test flight of Aquila internet drone. Facebook has completed the first full-scale test flight of its Aquila drone, designed to beam the internet to remote corners of the world. (Financial Times)


Are U.S. chemical plants ready for cyberattacks?. A top cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security said the coordinated cyberattack on the Ukrainian power grid last year should be a wake-up call for critical infrastructure providers in the U.S. (FCW)

Supercomputers power cyber-as-a-service offering. Cybersecurity as a service, powered by supercomputers analyzing huge volumes of network data, looks like the next big thing in enterprise defense. (FedScoop)

DHS to chemical industry: Sensitive information about cyber vulnerabilities is safe with us. Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Andy Ozment urged chemical industry officials to sign up for the department's information-sharing and other cyber assistance programs, suggesting that the chemical makers may not be as secure as they think by citing the recent attacks on the Ukrainian power grid as an example of what could happen to them. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Telecom executive warns presidential cybersecurity commission on 'regulatory creep'. The presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity should consider streamlining and consolidating government initiatives on securing data and networks, according to a telecommunications executive, who also warns of “regulatory creep” that could undermine public-private partnerships on cybersecurity. (Inside Cybersecurity)


Microsoft fires back on Safe Harbor violations. Microsoft is pushing back a key component of a French government agency’s recent accusations. (The Hill)

Intellectual Property

The EFF is suing over one of the worst US copyright rules. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is attempting to overturn a US copyright provision that can stop people from doing anything from remixing videos to fixing cars. (The Verge)

EFF: Controversial copyright law unconstitutional. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the government to remove a controversial clause in a long-controversial copyright law. (The Hill)

Internet of Things

Elon Musk’s Vision for Tesla: More Models, More Self-Driving. Despite federal safety investigations of Tesla’s self-driving cars, the company’s chief executive, Elon Musk, is hardly backing off on his grand plans for autonomous vehicles. (New York Times)

Public Sector

CMS seeks new CTO. The Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is looking for a new CTO. (FCW)

Congress presses agencies on ‘burrowing in,’ as Trump suggests he has solution. As some members of Congress continue the conversation around “burrowing in,” the topic is gaining special attention from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. (Federal News Radio)

SafeLogic saves the day for feds' use of OpenSSL. A Silicon Valley-based company has done the federal government a huge solid, allowing feds to sustain use of a certain type of open source encryption. (FedScoop)

NTIA unveils draft guidance for states weighing FirstNet options. State officials are about to get their first glimpse of details that will help them to decide whether to opt in or out of a nationwide broadband network for first responders. (FedScoop)

HHS demands transparency from health care groups on ransomware. The Department of Health and Human Services has distributed new guidelines to emphasize when health care groups must report incidents of ransomware attacks, given that some hospitals are shirking the process altogether. (FedScoop)

Consumer advocates: State AGs need to spread the word about malware risks on pirate sites. State law enforcement leaders need to do more to make people aware about the risks of downloading pirated versions of Hollywood movies, TV shows and computer games, according to a consumer advocacy group. (StateScoop)


Facebook tests full-scale solar-powered Internet drone. Facebook's Connectivity Lab announced today that the company has for the first time test-flown a full-scale version of Aquila, the solar-powered high-altitude drone that Facebook hopes to use to deliver Internet connectivity to the remotest populated corners of the Earth. (Ars Technica)

3 key battlegrounds for cities in the war against climate change. "If you want to win the climate change battle, it will be fought in the cities of the world," WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer told participants at a forum on the role of urban areas in the global shift to clean energy. (GreenBiz)

Can Nashville Serve as a Transit Model for Sun Belt Cities?. Nashville officials released their much-anticipated 2020 transportation plan Wednesday, offering a series of recommendations they believe will create a more efficient system of movement and better use of public space in the rapidly-growing city. (GovTech)


Education startup Udacity will teach you how to build a self-driving car. Udacity, the startup that offers online courses for careers in tech, is adding a new speciality curriculum: A training program for becoming a self-driving car engineer. (Recode)

Tech Business

America wants to believe China can’t innovate. Tech tells a different story. Silicon Valley may be powered by organic kale, but when Chinese tech gurus gather at 3W, a coffee shop-slash-incubator in the Chinese capital, they want sunflower seeds. And they want them fast. (Washington Post)

Mind the gap in tech reporting numbers. You might think the risk of being disrupted was now simply part of the normal course of business in the tech industry. But you would not know that from the way some of the biggest companies report their earnings. (Financial Times)

EBay Posts Second Straight Quarter of Sales Gains. EBay Inc. posted its second straight quarter of sales gains, suggesting the online retailer may be turning the corner after a rocky start as an independent company free of payments unit PayPal. (Wall Street Journal)

Japan warns on Pokemon GO safety as impatient gamers await launch. Gamers in Japan, home of Nintendo's Pokemon, are still impatiently awaiting the launch of the smash-hit Pokemon GO game but the government is already preparing for an invasion of little cartoon monsters, issuing a safety warning. (Reuters)

Elon Musk’s Futuristic Plans Give Shareholders Cause to Worry. Elon Musk’s new master plan will test the Tesla shareholder faithful. In a blog post late on Wednesday, the electric carmaker’s boss laid out his vision for the next decade or so. (New York Times)

Tinder launches Social to let users hang out in groups. Now, you can use Tinder to plan a night out and take along your friends to meet strangers. (Reuters)

Tinder launches group dates feature. Tinder is launching a new feature that allows groups of friends to discover each other and meet up. (BBC News)

Comcast to offer prepaid TV and internet service. Comcast Corp, the No. 1 U.S. cable company, said on Thursday it will introduce prepaid TV and internet services to attract customers whose credit ratings do not quality them for postpaid services. (Reuters)

Apple to make $3bn in revenue from Pokémon Go, say analysts. Apple stands to rake in $3bn in revenue from the Pokémon Go craze in the next one to two years as gamers buy “PokéCoins” from its app store, according to analysts. (The Guardian)

AT&T Sales Grow, But Video Effort Lags. AT&T Inc.’s quarterly profit and revenue got a lift from its acquisition of DirecTV but the company reported declining numbers of core wireless phone and pay television connections. (Wall Street Journal)

ITI Member News

Facebook 2026. By nearly any measure, Facebook has had a remarkable year. More than 1.65 billion people use the service every month, making it the world’s largest social network by a considerable margin. (The Verge)

Facebook Banned Gun Sales. So Why Is It Still ‘Full of Them’?. A discussion group on Facebook called Texas Pew Pew Pew Show & Tell warned its users that it was intended to host conversations “about anything that goes pew pew pew,” but not to facilitate the sale or trade of firearms. (New York Times)

Facebook Takes Flight. At 2AM, in the dark morning hours of June 28th, Mark Zuckerberg woke up and got on a plane. (The Verge)

How Facebook Has Become a Staple of Expat Life. All relationships mature and evolve, and the one that I’ve had with Facebook is no different. In no way is this more apparent than in how I’ve used the social networking site during my two stints as an expat. (Wall Street Journal)

USA Basketball Exhibition Games Will Stream Live on Facebook. Facebook and Twitter live video rivalry goes beyond Periscope and Facebook Live. (Wired)

Facebook's drones - made in Britain. Or, to put it less dramatically, the social network's plan to connect millions in developing countries is proceeding. (BBC News)

Samsung Acquires Stake in China’s BYD. Samsung Electronics Co. acquired a 2% stake in BYD Co. for $455 million, the Chinese electric-vehicle and battery maker backed by Warren Buffett said Thursday. (Wall Street Journal)

Samsung Electronics buys $450 million stake in Chinese electric car firm BYD. Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) is to pay 3 billion yuan ($450 million) for a stake in Chinese automaker and rechargeable batteries firm BYD Co Ltd (002594.SZ) (1211.HK), the Chinese company said in a stock exchange filing on Thursday. (Reuters)

Amazon enters student loan business in partnership with Wells Fargo. Inc is entering the student loan business in a partnership with Wells Fargo & Co, offering cheaper rates for loans to Amazon customers who pay for a "Prime Student" subscription. (Reuters)

Google makes smartphone comic book reading easier with machine learning. Reading comic books on a smartphone is a bit of a bummer. Comic books are designed to be read on a 7×10.5" page, which doesn't translate very well to a ~5-inch screen. It's usually pretty hard to see the entire page and read the text, which leads to lots of zooming and panning. (Ars Technica)

Adobe Spark makes it easy to create social media content in the classroom. EdSurge laments the fact that social media tools were not around during Lincoln’s presidential campaign…but still praises Adobe Spark Post for giving students flexibility and room for creativity in their content generation. (Edsurge)

Twitter has lost another media exec: Kirstine Stewart, VP of North American media partnerships. Twitter’s media team is losing another executive: Kirstine Stewart, the VP of media for Twitter’s North American media partnerships. She was also the first hire for Twitter’s Canadian office back in 2013 and authored a book on women in leadership titled “Our Turn.” (Recode)

PayPal announces Visa partnership; earnings rise. PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL.O) on Thursday showed strong growth in its online payments business, meeting Wall Street expectations on earnings and announcing a partnership with Visa Inc (V.N) that is expected to bring a significant revenue increase. (Reuters)

Silicon Valley's Yahoo diaspora mourns company's decline. Former Yahoo executive Dan Rosensweig has not worked at the pioneering internet company in nearly a decade. (Reuters)

1600 Penn.

Today, in the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. Afterward, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. Later in the morning, the President will hold a press conference with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico.

Today on the Hill

Today, the House is not in session.

Today, the Senate is not in session.