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Next Job for Obama? Silicon Valley Is Hiring. Staring intently at the dual screens inside a flight simulator this month at the University of Pittsburgh, President Obama tapped the controls in front of him, firing faux thrusters as he pretended to maneuver his space shuttle toward the International Space Station. (New York Times)

Clyburn moves boost chatter about her future. What Mignon Clyburn did last summer is fueling speculation about whether she is eyeing an eventual run for father's seat in Congress. (Politico Pro)

Peter Thiel’s Politics Become a Deal-Killer in Silicon Valley. The divisions over Peter Thiel and his support for Donald Trump are deepening in Silicon Valley. (Bloomberg)

Pelosi scoffs at Issa's bipartisan claims. Taking a page from President Barack Obama's playbook, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ripped Rep. Darrell Issa's efforts to paint himself as a bipartisan lawmaker, saying the claims are just a desperate attempt to hang onto his seat in the closing days of the election. (Politico Pro)

Issa hits back at Obama. Rep. Darrell Issa fired back at President Barack Obama on Monday, criticizing the president for American deaths at home and abroad that happened "under his watch," just hours after the president called Issa "shameless" for sending out campaign mailers with Obama's picture on them. (Politico Pro)

Global Trade

TPP aligns with U.S. values, protects human rights. It is a critical time for the United States. As the steward of the global economy: we have a unique opportunity to drive economic growth, while advancing human rights around the world. If passed, the Trans-Pacific Partnership will do both, but time is running out. (The Hill)

Trump's Trade Tantrum. The more I listen to Donald Trump, the more it seems like he simply doesn't understand how manufacturing and trade actually work. (U.S. News)


Faster Wi-Fi will be in smartphones and laptops next year. Wi-Fi is about to get much, much faster. The Wi-Fi Alliance is now beginning to certify smartphones, laptops, routers, and other devices that include a super-fast Wi-Fi standard called WiGig, which nearly doubles Wi-Fi’s current top speed. The Alliance says it’ll be in “marquee” smartphones and laptops next year. (The Verge)


U.S. takes aim at cyber attacks from connected devices as recalls mount. Obama administration officials sought on Monday to reassure the public that it was taking steps to counter new types of cyber attacks such as the one Friday that rendered Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and dozens of other major websites unavailable. (Reuters)

U.S. calls on automakers to make cyber security a priority. Automakers should make shielding the electronic and computer systems of vehicles from hackers a priority, developing layers of protection that can secure a vehicle throughout its life, U.S. regulators said on Monday. (Reuters)

Webcams used to attack Reddit and Twitter recalled. Home webcams that were hijacked to help knock popular websites offline last week are being recalled in the US. (BBC News)

Connected devices are easily hacked. Why aren’t we holding manufacturers accountable?. Last Friday’s daylong cascade of cyber attacks highlighted an issue that until now has largely been a discussion point on security-specific blogs and forums: The internet, and thus much of our modern way of life, is in a precarious state. (Recode)

Artificial Intelligence

20 Years Later, Humans Still No Match For Computers On The Chessboard. Next month, there's a world chess championship match in New York City, and the two competitors, the assembled grandmasters, the budding chess prodigies, the older chess fans — everyone paying attention — will know this indisputable fact: A computer could win the match hands down. (NPR)


How the Broadband Industry Could Challenge FCC’s Privacy Rules. Whether broadband providers decide to challenge new rules policing their privacy practices will hinge on how closely the new rule aligns with how the Federal Communications Commission now enforces similar standards for telephone carriers. (Morning Consult)

U.S. courts: Electronic surveillance up 500 percent in D.C.-area since 2011, almost all sealed cases. Secret law enforcement requests to conduct electronic surveillance in domestic criminal cases have surged in federal courts for Northern Virginia and the District, but only one in a thousand of the applications ever becomes public, newly released data show. (Washington Post)

Intellectual Property

The importance of issuing high quality patents. It’s a familiar complaint: when a non-practicing entity (NPEs) asserts patents of questionable quality against a business with limited means. (The Hill)


Obama to leave behind more steeply progressive tax code, with Clinton pushing for more. Hillary Clinton's promises to make the wealthy pay their "fair share" has obscured the fact that the tax code has already gotten a heck of a lot more progressive in recent years. (Politico Pro)

Internet of Things

Michael Bloomberg’s plan to get cities ready for self-driving cars. Self-driving cars are coming. Whether it's Tesla's Model 3 or Uber's automated ride-hailing service, many cities will probably start seeing these vehicles on the road in just a few years. (Washington Post)

Public Sector

Warner: Procurement and personnel key for cyber. Fixing the way the U.S. government buys technology, and hires and deploys its workforce are key to improving the nation’s cybersecurity defenses, not changing the way authorities and responsibilities are divided up between federal agencies, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said Friday. (FedScoop)

GSA IG: 18F's financial projections need a rework. The General Services Administration’s 18F has seen a cumulative net loss of more than $31 million between fiscal year 2014 and the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, a report released Monday from the agency’s inspector general has found. (FedScoop)

How DOD embraced bug bounties -- and how your agency can, too. It was a Tuesday in April, and Mark Litchfield was poking around the Defense Department's Defense Video Imagery Distribution System, looking for security holes. (FCW)

Welcome to the Era of Open Data in Government. With the world’s volume of data fast growing, organizations are quickly realizing the value of their information. Data is becoming a critical asset in helping organizations understand business performance, customer sentiment and market trends. (StateScoop)

GSA streamlines acquisition for small vendors. The General Services Administration has kicked off the second phase of its "Making it Easier" initiative with three new efforts aimed at smoothing the path for new and smaller contractors to do business through the federal government's complex procurement process. (FCW)

GSA expands initiatives to attract smaller, innovative contractors. The General Services Administration introduced new initiatives Monday to better engage small and innovative companies that aren't traditionally government contractors. (FedScoop)


How driverless cars can reduce pollution. There are a number of ways that autonomous vehicles can reduce pollution, from increased ride-sharing to better traffic coordination on U.S. roads. (The Hill)

Living in China’s Expanding Deserts. This desert, called the Tengger, lies on the southern edge of the massive Gobi Desert, not far from major cities like Beijing. The Tengger is growing. (New York Times)

How did Germany get its energy transition right?. Germany is well recognized as an international leader in renewable energy today, but that wasn’t always the case. Its transition from coal and nuclear power started two decades before the first major renewable energy policy initiatives were passed. (GreenBiz)

The California Drought Is Still Happening, and This Winter Won’t End It. If you live outside California, you’ve probably forgotten the state is in a drought. (Motherboard)


Melinda Gates Calls Out Gender Tech Divide in India. Melinda Gates says she is concerned about the fact that more than a billion women in the developing world don’t have access to cellphones. (Wall Street Journal)

Trump promises federal hiring freeze. It's not quite the "your fired" from Donald Trump's "The Apprentice", but the Republican presidential candidate has announced plans to trim the federal workforce. (FCW)

Tech Business

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Supports Internet Data Use in Fighting Crime. China’s e-commerce titan, Jack Ma, has a message for would-be lawbreakers: Big data is watching you. (Wall Street Journal)

Media: Will the phone companies 'own' the internet?. In 1982, the AT&T consent decree seemed like the last word. That's when the Department of Justice used the nearly century-old Sherman Antitrust Act to force the break-up of Ma Bell. (Politico Pro)

Venture Capitalists Hunt for the Next Big Thing. Venture capitalists are always chasing the next big thing. Of late, they are struggling to figure out what that might be. (Wall Street Journal)

AT&T CEO expects Time Warner deal clearances; shares fall. AT&T Inc Chief Executive Randall Stephenson on Monday told investors he expects the planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc (TWX.N) to receive regulatory clearances as investors showed skepticism by pushing shares of both companies lower. (Reuters)

AT&T Dealmaker Is a Carlos Slim Protege With a List in Cloud. To understand what drove Randall Stephenson to do the deal of his life, combining AT&T Inc. with Time Warner Inc., you have to go back two decades to a threadbare office in Mexico City. (Bloomberg)

AT&T Faces Political Barrage Over Time Warner Deal. AT&T Inc.’s blockbuster $85.4 billion deal to buy Time Warner Inc. promises to reshape the media landscape—if the companies can navigate a series of obstacles, including possible opposition from U.S. antitrust authorities and objections by lawmakers and media and telecom rivals. (Wall Street Journal)

AT&T Set to Rack Up Massive Debt as Time Warner CEO Hits the Jackpot. AT&T’s proposed $85 billion merger with Time Warner may or may not be approved by federal regulators. Already, public interest groups and politicians alike are sounding the alarm about potential harms to consumers. (Motherboard)

A Chilly Reaction to AT&T-Time Warner Deal. The $85 billion AT&T deal for Time Warner won’t win regulatory approval. We will continue our current course even if it does. Will a line of major media consolidation dominoes — involving titans like Disney, Fox and Comcast — begin to fall? Not likely. (New York Times)

AT&T-Time Warner Deal Is a Strike in the Dark. The official rationale for AT&T’s $85 billion deal to purchase Time Warner is that in uncertain times, bigger is better. (New York Times)

Silicon Valley Fashion Week Is No Joke. At any given moment, it seems there’s a fashion week happening somewhere in the world, be it Sydney, Istanbul, Dubai, Seoul, Moscow, Toronto, Copenhagen or Lagos (to name a few). (New York Times)

T-Mobile raises forecast; sees 'upside' from AT&T-Time Warner deal. T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) raised its forecast for customer additions for the year and Chief Executive John Legere said AT&T Inc's (T.N) proposed plan to buy Time Warner Inc (TWX.N) could help T-Mobile to carve out more market share. (Reuters)

U.S. robots defeat Australian counterparts in soccer. An American team of robots defeated an Australian rival in soccer on Monday to win the RoboCup Challenge as technical problems plagued the Australian side. (Reuters)

Teen hackers study considers link to addiction. A study suggests there are parallels between the way youngsters turn into hackers and how youths become addicted to drugs and alcohol. (BBC News)

Germany withdraws approval for Chinese takeover of tech group. The German government has withdrawn approval for the €670m takeover of chip equipment maker Aixtron by a group of Chinese investors, amid concern in Berlin about China’s growing appetite for German industrial companies. (Financial Times)

Germany’s Mittelstand adds new data to old technology. The world is getting used to driverless cars, but what about driverless combine harvesters? (Financial Times)

ITI Member News

Maybe Mark Zuckerberg Should Listen to These Canadian Hipsters. When Facebook rebooted its buy-and-sell Marketplace earlier this month, miscreants lost no time circumventing the company’s algorithmic filters and posting banned merchandise, from used underwear and weed to baby hedgehogs. (Bloomberg)

Facebook to consider public interest before removal of posts violating guidelines. Facebook is finally going to consider whether or not posts are important to the public interest before removing them from the site for violating community guidelines, the social network has announced. (The Guardian)

Deadline extended for Google to respond to EU's AdSense complaint. Alphabet unit Google has been given an extra week to formally respond to allegations by the European Commission that it was blocking rivals in online search advertising, a move likely to delay a regulatory decision on the case until next year. (Reuters)

Twitter plans to cut about 300 more jobs: Bloomberg. Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) may cut 8 percent of its workforce or about 300 people, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people it said were familiar with the matter. (Reuters)