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Global Trade

Why supply chain professionals should disagree with Trump and Clinton on trade. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton like to talk tough on trade, arguing both the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) had negative effects on American competitiveness. (ITI Mentioned, SupplyChain Drive)

Policy Prescriptions Trump and Clinton on global trade. Donald Trump wants to blow up the way the United States does business with the rest of the world. (AP)

Candidates present a simplistic view of trade. “Bad trade deals” have gotten, well, a bad rap this campaign season. As well they should, of course. (Roanoke Times)

To applause and boos, Kerry urges Congress to ratify Pacific trade pact. Failure to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal would be a major setback for U.S. interests in Asia as Washington seeks to deepen alliances in the region, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday, urging Congress to ratify the pact. (CNBC)

Five groups urge President Obama to forego longer protections for biologics in the TPP. Five diverse groups on Wednesday urged President Obama to forego any agreements that would lengthen data protections for high-tech medicines in an expansive Asia-Pacific trade deal. (The Hill)


FCC passes privacy rules that could cloud AT&T's Time Warner deal. The Federal Communications Commission approved new privacy rules Thursday that may be bad news for AT&T, imposing restrictions on the telecom industry that could sharply curtail the company's plans to create an advertising juggernaut through its planned acquisition of Time Warner. (ITI Mentioned, Politico)

Broadband Providers Will Need Permission to Collect Private Data. Federal officials on Thursday approved privacy rules that will curb the ability of broadband providers to collect data about users, dealing a blow to AT&T, Verizon Communications and others that rely on such information for their advertising businesses. (New York Times)

The FCC just passed sweeping new rules to protect your online privacy. Federal regulators have approved unprecedented new rules to ensure broadband providers do not abuse their customers' app usage and browsing history, mobile location data and other sensitive personal information generated while using the Internet. (Washington Post)

FCC will not say if agency will review AT&T purchase of Time Warner. U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Thursday declined to say if he thinks the commission will review AT&T's proposed $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc. (Reuters)

FCC Approves New Customer Privacy Rules for Broadband Providers. Federal telecommunications regulators adopted a scaled-back version of a privacy regulation that would require broadband internet providers to get consumer approval before marketing sensitive information, but the ruling failed to quiet opposition from internet providers and even some firms that aren’t covered by the rules. (Wall Street Journal)

The City That Was Saved by the Internet. The “Chattanooga Choo Choo” sign over the old terminal station is purely decorative, a throwback. Since the Southern Railroad left town in the early 1970s, the southeastern Tennessee city has been looking for an identity that has nothing to do with a bygone big band song or an abandoned train. It’s finally found one in another huge infrastructure project: The Gig. (Motherboard)


White House probes centralized cyber capabilities. The White House is working on a plan to create a centralized cybersecurity model for agencies that could guide federal cybersecurity efforts for the next four to eight years. (FCW)

Artificial Intelligence

GSA launches AI, virtual reality digital communities. The General Services Administration launched Wednesday two new interagency digital communities — one on artificial intelligence for citizen services and another on virtual or augmented reality. (FedScoop)


U.S. lawmakers raise privacy concerns over new hacking rules. A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Congress on Thursday asked the Justice Department to clarify how a looming rule change to the government's hacking powers could impact privacy rights of innocent Americans. (Reuters)

Belgian court fines Microsoft for not abiding by surveillance order. A Belgian court fined Microsoft 30,000 euros for failing to comply with an order to help law enforcement listen in on conversations over its Skype service, according to reports. (The Hill)


Italy judge agrees tax probe settlement with head of Apple's Irish unit: source. A Milan judge has accepted a settlement agreement with the head of Apple's Irish-based unit Apple Sales International as part of a probe into allegations the U.S. tech giant failed to pay corporate taxes in Italy to the tune of 879 million euros ($959.43 million), a judicial source said. (Reuters)

Internet of Things

Google’s self-driving cars set to become an autonomous business. Google’s self-driving car project will soon be graduating from its experimental “X” lab to become a standalone unit of the parent company Alphabet, a possible precursor to spinning out as an independent company. (Financial Times)

DOT needs engineers' help with automated vehicle policy. Transportation Department Chief Innovation Officer Chris Gerdes made an appeal Wednesday for engineers, developers and computer scientists to get involved in automated vehicle policy development. (FedScoop)

Sacramento, Calif., Preps for Self-Driving Vehicles. Self-driving robot cars will be coming soon to the streets of American cities. Exactly when is uncertain. But transportation officials in Sacramento, Calif., are taking steps now to be ready when the revolution rolls in. (GovTech)

Why Truckers Are Ready For Self-Driving Trucks. The maiden voyage of the first self-driving commercial truck was a beer run. Budweiser, to be exact. Yes, this is basically the plot of Smokey and the Bandit, with an algorithm instead of Burt Reynolds. (Motherboard)

Public Sector

Government needs digital transformation to reverse sliding satisfaction. Federal agencies are in need of digital transformation in order to reverse declining service satisfaction rates, save money and build for the future, according to a new report from big data and analytics firm Govini. (FCW)

Strategic sourcing saves, but not enough. Although federal strategic sourcing initiatives have saved agencies almost $500 million in the past four years, the Government Accountability Office said the millions could become billions if the initiatives were more widely used. (FCW)

Treasury, DOJ, DHS joining forces to fight phone scams. It started with Homeland Security Department officials, then Internal Revenue Service agents. (Federal News Radio)

New office at Energy shifts spotlight to talent management. The Department of Energy is looking to deliver a jolt to its workforce development and recruitment processes, so it’s standing up a new Office of Talent Management to do just that. (Federal News Radio)

GSA appoints former Pixar exec to head TTS. The General Services Administration announced Rob Cook as the new commissioner of the Technology Transformation Service. (FedScoop)

OMB preps new policy on high value IT, centralized IT services. The White House Office of Management and Budget will shortly issue new guidance to federal departments and agencies on protecting their highest value IT assets from cyberattacks — and is looking at consolidating the IT systems of smaller agencies into a single network to save money and improve security. (FedScoop)

GIS leaders push National Address Database program forward without funding. Even though the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Address Database pilot extinguished its funding and concluded its official run earlier this year, the agency’s chief geographic information officer announced Wednesday the effort will continue through a “coalition of the willing.” (FedScoop)

Washington's Chief Privacy Officer Tackles Issues In 3 Broad Categories. Midway through a discussion about data sharing, Washington state’s chief privacy officer (CPO) was asked if he finds himself having to put up a proverbial stop sign for new projects. “I don’t say ‘no,’ but ask ‘how?’” he replied. (GovTech)


US vs. EU: Chemicals substitution faceoff. The European Union is far ahead of the United States in terms of legislative mandates that restrict the use or require substitution of highly hazardous chemicals. How well are EU governments and companies doing to develop safer substitutes, and how does their investment of resources and capacity building compare to the US? (GreenBiz)


Quick: What do Pokémon Go and self-driving beer trucks have to do with each other?. There was a time when tech PR maven Brooke Hammerling felt she had to grin and bear it when someone mistreated her or one of her female co-workers. (Recode)

Tech Business

New Report Reveals the Economic Costs of Internet Shutdowns. The Global Network Initiative today launched a new report: “The Economic Impact of Disruptions to Internet Connectivity,” which highlights the significant economic damage caused when governments around the world deliberately shut down or disrupt Internet services. (Global Network Initiative)

Chip Makers Cut Deals as Cars Get Smarter. Qualcomm Inc. and other chip makers are cutting deals furiously as cars turn into self-driving mobile computers. But the jury is out on whether the merger wave will help cars get smarter faster. (Wall Street Journal)

ZTO Express of China Has Largest U.S. I.P.O. This Year. The latest company to offer American investors a piece of China’s internet boom has risen with the help of thousands of couriers on electric carts who speed garments, lipsticks and electronics to customers’ homes. (New York Times)

Uber Outlines Vision for Flying Cars. Uber Technologies Inc., still in the midst of trying to remake transportation on the ground, is exploring the viability of an aircraft that can take off and land vertically for city use. (Bloomberg)

Paypal fixes 'worrying' security bug. Deleting a few characters in the data which web browsers send to Paypal let Henry Hoggard bypass Paypal's two-factor authentication scheme. (BBC News)

Smartphones Can Help Reduce the Risks of Underground Accidents. American mining production increased earlier this decade, as industry sought to reduce its reliance on other countries for key minerals such as coal for energy and rare-earth metals for use in consumer electronics. But mining is dangerous – working underground carries risks of explosions, fires, flooding and dangerous concentrations of poisonous gases. (GovTech)

Why did two of Google’s most promising companies grow outside of Google?. Quick: What do Pokémon Go and self-driving beer trucks have to do with each other? (Recode)

Jimmy Iovine Is Officiating a Marriage of Tech and the Arts. His job history reads more like an encyclopedia of music-industry positions than a résumé. (Wall Street Journal)

ITI Member News

Qualcomm to buy NXP for $38 billion in biggest chip deal. Smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI.O) for about $38 billion in the biggest-ever deal in the semiconductor industry, making it the leading supplier to the fast-growing automotive chips market. (Reuters)

Adobe Digital Insights predicts mobile traffic will exceed that of desktop this holiday season.Smartphones are expected to account for a 53 percent share of digital traffic this holiday season, but, much to the chagrin of retailers, only account for 34 percent share of revenue due to subpar shopping experiences on unnavigable mobile sites. (CNBC)

New Adobe study reveals Gen Z students and teachers think tech and creativity are critical. According to Adobe’s recent EDUCAUSE 2016 study, 83 percent of students believe their future careers will involve a creating component, and 94 percent of teachers think their students will have careers that do not yet exist today. (eCampus News)

Twitter's video-sharing mobile app Vine to close. Twitter Inc announced Thursday that it would discontinue the video-sharing mobile app Vine, as it moves to cut 9 percent of its workforce worldwide to keep costs down after beating Wall Street quarterly earnings expectations. (Reuters)

Apple revamps computer line with new MacBook Pro, adds touch screen keys. Apple Inc unveiled a revamped MacBook Pro on Thursday, adding a fingerprint reader, replacing function keys with a small touch screen and slimming down the ageing workhorse of its computer notebook line. (Reuters)

It’s official: Oracle will appeal its “fair use” loss against Google. The massive Oracle v. Google litigation has entered a new phase, as Oracle filed papers (PDF) yesterday saying it will appeal its loss on "fair use" grounds to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. (Ars Technica)

Amazon profit misses estimates and its outlook disappoints. Web giant Amazon has reported a lower-than-expected third quarter profit as expenses rose, causing shares to tumble in after-hours trading. (BBC News)

1600 Penn.

Today, in the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Orlando, Florida. Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at a Hillary for America campaign event. In the evening, the President will depart Orlando, Florida en route Washington, DC.