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US Senate tax plan puts multinationals in crosshairs. Multinational companies that generate significant non-US profits from intellectual property would be hit by a new US tax regime under a plan from Senate Republicans that has created fresh uncertainty over international tax. (ITI Jennifer McCloskey Quoted, Financial Times)

How Could a Tax Change Affect You? This Is What the Senate and House Propose. On Thursday, Senate Republicans unveiled their tax bill. It differs from last week's version in the House of Representatives on a number of important issues. (New York Times)

Senate Plan Could Increase Taxes on Some Middle-Class Workers. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, acknowledged on Friday that the Republican tax plan might result in a tax hike for some working Americans, saying he "misspoke" days earlier when he said that "nobody in the middle class is going to get a tax increase" under the Senate bill. (New York Times)

How a New Tax Plan Could Affect Those With Student Debt. Lawmakers want to lower your taxes. Or at least that's how congressional Republicans have pitched their sweeping proposal to overhaul the tax code. (New York Times)

California Looks at Republican Tax Measures and Sees Payback. The tax plan hurtling through Congress is a fast-moving blur of cuts and increases designed to keep Republicans on track to pass a bill without Democratic votes. (New York Times)

GOP Tax Cuts Expected To Push Up Nation's Debt. When Republicans began assembling their tax overhaul proposals they were aiming to make them revenue neutral; the tax cuts could not lead to increased deficits. Holding the line on deficits has long been the goal of Republican deficit hawks. (NPR)

More than 400 millionaires tell Congress: Don't cut our taxes. More than 400 American millionaires and billionaires are sending a letter to Congress this week urging Republican lawmakers not to cut their taxes. (Washington Post)

'I don't feel wealthy': The upper middle class is worried about paying for the tax overhaul. On the income distribution charts at the center of tax overhaul plans, Courtney Mishoe knows she's doing well. (Washington Post)

The many ways President Trump would benefit from the GOP's tax plan. President Trump has defended the Republican effort to overhaul taxes by calling it a bitter pill for the rich, saying its provisions will boost the middle class and make him a "big loser" if it's approved. (Washington Post)

Tough decisions loom as congressional GOP moves closer to tax-cut plan. Congressional Republicans face critical decisions this week as they move within striking distance on a major legislative package to cut taxes, an achievement party leaders say is crucial to stabilizing the GOP's recent political tailspin ahead of next year's elections. (Washington Post)

Republicans Search for Proof Their Tax Plans Will Pay for Themselves. Republican leaders keep insisting that their plans to cut taxes by $1.5 trillion over the next decade will not add to the national debt - yet economic analyses of the Senate and House proposals keep predicting that the plans will do just that. (New York Times)

GOP leaders bullish tax bill will pass the House this week. Republican leaders are confident they have the votes to pass their once-in-a-generation tax reform bill in the House this week. (Politico)

Tax Reform Is Splitting the GOP. It's Happened Before. "If we fail on taxes, that's the end of the Republican Party's governing majority in 2018 [and] probably the end of the Republican Party as we know it," Sen. Lindsey Graham warned last month. But Graham should have a bigger fear: Passing tax reform could be the end of the Republican Party's governing majority and the end of the Republican Party as we know it. (Politico)

Tech Politics

She Warned of 'Peer-to-Peer Misinformation.' Congress Listened. Before the sun came up on Oct. 31, Renee DiResta sat in bed in her pajamas and logged into a virtual war room. (New York Times)
Google supports U.S. efforts to disclose buyers of online political ads. Alphabet Inc's Google unit told U.S. election regulators in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday that it "strongly supports" tightening rules on online political advertising as part of efforts to curtail "foreign abuse and influence" in elections. (Reuters)
Facebook to train U.S. businesses on ads after Russia scandal. Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is kicking off an effort to get U.S. small businesses to spend more on advertising as the image of the social media network's ads have taken a hit for their role in alleged Russian attempts to sway U.S. voters. (Reuters)
Global Trade

Trump to Asia: Unite on North Korea, but Go It Alone on Trade. President Trump has issued two starkly contradictory calls on his trip to Asia this past week: The nations of the world must rally behind the United States to confront the nuclear threat from North Korea, but they should expect America to go its own way on trade. (New York Times)

Vietnam, in a Bind, Tries to Chart a Path Between U.S. and China. Vietnam's full-on war with the United States lasted a decade. Its tensions with its northern neighbor, China, have persisted for thousands of years - from a millennium of direct Chinese rule and a bloody border war in 1979 to more recent confrontations in the South China Sea. (New York Times)

Trans-Pacific Trade Partners Are Moving On, Without the U.S. President Trump shook up the world economic order this year by pulling the United States out of a major international trade pact and raising fundamental questions about its global role. (New York Times)

Trump's Trade Policy Is Lifting Exports. Of Canadian Lobster. This lobster factory on a windswept bay in eastern Canada is so remote that its workers have to drive for miles just to get cellphone service. (New York Times)

EU preparing for possible collapse of Brexit talks - Barnier. The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, says he is planning for the possible collapse of Brexit negotiations with the UK. (BBC)

Apec summit: Trump and Xi offer competing visions for trade. US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have set out starkly different visions for the future of global trade in speeches at a summit in Vietnam. (BBC)

Countries agree on Pacific trade pact that excludes U.S. Top trade officials from the 11 remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed on a bare-bones plan to bring the pact into force without the United States, according to a joint statement provided to POLITICO by the Chilean government. (Politico Pro)

Trump warns of crackdown on trade cheats. President Donald Trump Fridaydelivered a broadside against unfair trade practices, warning of a coming crackdown from the United States on "violations, cheating or economic aggression." (Politico Pro)

Trump vaunts trade progress, red carpets on 'fruitful' Asia trip. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he had made significant progress on trade issues during a fruitful trip across Asia that saw governments roll out red carpets "like nobody has ever seen". (Reuters)

Artificial Intelligence

Without Humans, Artificial Intelligence Is Still Pretty Stupid. There are likely hundreds of thousands of people, world-wide, whose work is sold as AI, says one expert. (Wall Street Journal)

Dems in the driver's seat on DACA. Behind closed doors, and very quietly, lawmakers from both wings of both parties are scrambling to save DACA - a program that has protected from deportation nearly 800,000 young illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. (Axios)


AT&T Deal Puts Trump's Antitrust Cop at Center of a Political Storm. A year ago, Makan Delrahim predicted that AT&T's $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner would be approved by regulators. "I don't see this as a major antitrust problem," Mr. Delrahim, then a law professor, said to a Canadian television network. (New York Times)

Exclusive: Rupert Murdoch twice discussed CNN with AT&T CEO - sources. Rupert Murdoch telephoned AT&T Inc (T.N) Chief Executive Randall Stephenson twice in the last six months and talked about cable network CNN, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Friday. (Reuters)

AT&T and Regulators Try to Dial Back Tension Over Merger Talks. Telecom chief says he has no reason to believe Trump interfered in examination of Time Warner deal. (Wall Street Journal)

Trump's CNN attacks may hobble legal case to block AT&T-Time Warner deal. President Donald Trump's broadsides against cable network CNN may complicate the U.S. government's legal case if it decides to block AT&T's deal to buy media company Time Warner, according to legal experts. (Reuters)


Tech companies pushed for net neutrality. Now Sen. Al Franken wants to turn it on them. For years, tech companies have insisted that they're different from everything else. (Washington Post)

FCC's Carr on wireless, net neutrality and mergers. The FCC's newest Republican, Brendan Carr, is actually an old hand at the agency, having served as the agency's general counsel and worked as an aide to then-commissioner (now chairman) Ajit Pai. (Politico Pro)


Texas Gunman's Locked Cellphone Renews Debate Over Encryption. The FBI's failure to unlock the cellphone of the Texas church shooter is reigniting the debate over encryption and government access to secured communications. (NPR)

Feinstein eyes encryption-piercing bill revival amid bipartisan doubts. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is pushing to revive long-dormant encryption-piercing legislation as FBI agents struggle to crack the iPhone used by the gunman in the recent Texas massacre, but it may be too late for Congress to do much, according to a bipartisan cadre of lawmakers. (Politico Pro)

Texas killings may aid Rosenstein's crusade on encryption. The investigation into last weekend's mass shooting in a Texas church may launch a new round in the decades-old fight between the FBI and Silicon Valley over law enforcement's access to encrypted data. (Politico Pro)

Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core. A serial leak of the agency's cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide. (New York Times)
Equifax faces hundreds of class-action lawsuits and an SEC subpoena over the way it handled its data breach. Equifax, the credit reporting firm, is facing more than 240 class-action lawsuits from consumers - in addition to suits from shareholders and financial institutions - over the way it handled a massive data breach that affected 145.5 million Americans. (Washington Post)
Cyberattack Casts a Long Shadow on Equifax's Earnings. Equifax has suffered a new intrusion - into its profitability. (New York Times)
Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S. Company 42%-owned by the Chinese government sold devices that monitor U.S. Army base, Memphis streets, sparking concerns about cybersecurity. (Wall Street Journal)


Legislator Targets Tech Perks in Baltimore County District. Baltimore County Public Schools has pursued one of the most ambitious classroom technology makeovers in the United States. Now, some of its relationships with technology vendors are coming under intensified scrutiny. (New York Times)

The Tech Industry's Gender-Discrimination Problem. One day in 2013, AJ Vandermeyden drove to Tesla's corporate headquarters, in Palo Alto, California, sat down on a bench outside the main entrance, and waited, in the hope of spotting someone who looked like a company employee. (New Yorker)

Men at Work Wonder if They Overstepped With Women, Too. It has been a confusing season for America's working men, as the conversation around workplace harassment reveals it to be a nationwide epidemic - and many men wonder if they were involved or ignored the signs. (New York Times)

As Trump targets immigrants, U.S. farm sector looks to automate. Convincing big U.S. dairy owners to buy robots to milk their cows - and reduce the farmhands they employ - used to be a tough sell for Steve Fried. Recently, his job has gotten easier, he says, in part because of President Donald Trump. (Reuters)

Internet of Things

Where Self-Driving Cars Go to Learn. Arizona's promise to keep the driverless car industry free of regulations has attracted dozens of companies, including Uber, Waymo and Lyft. (New York Times)

Study Backs Getting Driverless Cars On The Road, As Waymo Ditches Backup Drivers. A new study is bolstering the case for putting more autonomous vehicles on the road sooner rather than later - at the same time that self-driving cars are hitting a milestone in parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area. (NPR)

U.S. safety board to probe self-driving shuttle crash in Las Vegas. Federal transportation safety officials headed to Las Vegas on Friday to investigate a collision this week between a self-driving shuttle bus on its first day of service and a truck, which was blamed on human error. (Reuters)

Are IoT-Enabled Smart Meters the Next Step for Utility Providers?. Modern smart water meters can relay real-time water-use data to both the water utility and customers, leading to improved conservation and quicker leak repairs. (GovTech)

As China Moves To Other Energy Sources, Its Coal Region Struggles To Adapt. In China's coal country, Shanxi Province, the black stuff is a more than just a source of income - it is a source of identity. (NPR)


A Shadow Delegation Stalks the Official U.S. Team at Climate Talks. The office of the official American delegation at the international climate talks here is almost always closed. A sign taped to the door informs the curious that entry is for authorized staff members only. (New York Times)
U.S. climate delegation won't outline conditions to stick with Paris deal. The Trump administration does not plan to give international diplomats any clues about how they could convince the U.S. to stay in a global agreement to fight climate change but will use meetings this week as an opportunity to promote U.S. coal, gas and nuclear companies, according to a White House official. (Politico Pro)
As U.S. Sheds Role as Climate Change Leader, Who Will Fill the Void?. When President Trump announced in June that the United States would withdraw from the Paris agreement, America officially ceded its global leadership on climate change. (New York Times)
How to watch Elon Musk unveil Tesla's electric semi truck. Tesla's product line is about to see by far its biggest addition yet with a vehicle designed for the long haul. (CNET)
Trump's conflicting climate agenda. President Trump has the potential for a pragmatic climate agenda, but his contradictory and vague policies are undercutting it. That problem will be on display at a conference here today, when the administration will argue that cleaner fossil fuels and nuclear power must be part of the world's solutions to climate change. (Axios)

Tech Business
Qualcomm draws up plans to rebuff Broadcom's $103 billion offer: sources. U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) is making preparations to reject rival Broadcom Ltd's (AVGO.O) $103 billion bid as early as this week, four people familiar with the matter said on Sunday, setting the stage for one of the biggest-ever takeover battles. (Reuters)
Social-Media App Is Acquired for as Much as $1 Billion. With 60 million monthly users, startup sells to Chinese maker of news app Toutiao. (Wall Street Journal)
New Tech Incubators Put Financials First. A new generation of accelerator programs is emphasizing finances to help entrepreneurs launch successful businesses. (Wall Street Journal)
Departing NSA veterans catch the eye of Silicon Valley investors. With a newly minted PhD in "pure math" in 2004 (it was actually a dual degree in math and machine learning), Ellison Anne Williams saw her work going in one of three directions: the National Security Agency, IBM or academic research. (Washington Post)
Here's How Microsoft and Google are Trying to Catch Amazon in the Cloud. It's hard to think of a business Inc.dominates as convincingly as the market for cloud computing services. (Bloomberg)

ITI Member News

Small banks oppose U.S. regulator offering olive branch to tech sector. Small Main Street banks vowed on Wednesday to fight any review of a ban that prevents retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) and tech companies like Inc (AMZN.O) from becoming fully fledged banks. (Reuters)
Facebook founding president sounds alarm. "God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains." (BBC)

Amazon seeks staff in European insurance push. Inc is expanding its nascent European product insurance business, according to recent job adverts, which industry watchers say could signal the start of broader ambitions in insurance. (Reuters)
Amazon has already made changes to its new try-before-you-buy Prime Wardrobe service. The e-commerce giant has altered how discounts work and how many items can be ordered. (Recode)
Amazon Puts Whole Foods, Delivery Units Under Bezos Lieutenant. Steve Kessel oversees Prime Now, AmazonFresh and the company's physical book and convenience stores. (Wall Street Journal)
Three tech pioneers with regrets. (Washington Post, Video)
In 'Watershed Moment,' YouTube Blocks Extremist Cleric's Message. For eight years, the jihadist propaganda of Anwar al-Awlaki has helped shape a generation of American terrorists, including the Fort Hood gunman, the Boston Marathon bombers and the perpetrators of massacres in San Bernardino, Calif., and Orlando, Fla. (New York Times)

Today on the Hill

The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
The Senate will convene at 4:00 p.m. and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Derek Kan to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy.
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