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Tech Business

Startups Vie to Deliver Turkeys, Wine in 1 Hour. This year, they will be challenged by a host of startups, plus e-commerce titan Inc., offering to deliver a last-minute bottle of wine, a bag of stuffing mix or a DVD, in an hour or less. (Wall Street Journal)

E-Commerce Startup Jet Raises $350 Million, at $1.35 Billion Valuation. Inc. said it had raised $350 million of fresh equity in a new funding round that values the e-commerce startup at $1.35 billion. (Wall Street Journal)

Twilio, TaskRabbit hire first lobbyists. A pair of private technology companies — TaskRabbit and Twilio — registered their first Washington lobbyists in the past week. (The Hill)

How Should Uber Be Regulated? For two days this month, taxi drivers didn’t pick up any weary travelers leaving Mineta San Jose Airport. Instead they drove past, honking, and hoping their strike would persuade city leaders to make ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft follow the same rules as taxi companies at the airport. (Pew)

UnionPay, Apple Said to Reach Apple Pay Agreement for China. China UnionPay Co. and Apple Inc. have reached a preliminary agreement to introduce Apple Pay in China through UnionPay’s point-of-sales network, people familiar with the matter said. (Bloomberg)

Square Sells More IPO Shares To Banks For Additional $36 Million. Square, the San Francisco-based payments company that went public last Thursday, is a little richer this week after announcing it sold additional shares at the initial public offering price to underwriting banks. (Forbes)

Global Trade

Senate Judiciary panel to probe trade secret theft. The Senate is taking up the issue of trade-secret theft, a problem analysts say is costing the American economy hundreds of billions of dollars a year. (The Hill)

Vietnam travel firms feel threatened by potential foreign investors ahead of TPP. Many travel companies have been seeking to increase market share in anticipation of a Pacific Rim trade pact that will allow investors from 11 foreign countries to provide tour operator services in Vietnam for the first time. (Thanhnien News)

Thai deputy prime minister to push TPP, rail projects during Japan visit. Thailand’s deputy prime minister said Tuesday he wants to see greater Japanese investment in Thailand and expressed optimism that his nation will one day join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. (Japan Times)

Vietnam Beating Case Highlights TPP Labor Rights Issue. A Vietnamese labor activist has accused authorities of beating and detaining her after she talked with fired workers in southern Long An province. (VOA News)


Police chiefs, DAs call for backdoor data access. Police chiefs and prosecutors around the country on Tuesday launched a renewed campaign for legislation that would give investigators access to encrypted communications. ITI’s Dean Garfield quoted. (The Hill)

Google & Apple Can Still Remotely Unlock Unencrypted Devices, Even Without The Owner's Permission. The details of the revelation were found in a report document from the New York District Attorney's Office. Smartphone encryption is now being targeted by some government officials, saying that the technology is protecting terrorists and criminals. ITI’s Dean Garfield quoted. (BizTek Mojo)

Is Congress All Bark And No Bite On Encryption? Major tra­gedies have a way of shift­ing the le­gis­lat­ive pro­cess in­to hy­per speed. Con­gress passed the Pat­ri­ot Act, for ex­ample, just a little more than a month after the Sept. 11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks. More re­cently, the House draf­ted and passed a bill to lim­it Syr­i­an and Ir­aqi refugees just days after the ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Par­is. (NextGov)


Fake Terror Alert Emails Used by Hackers in Canada, Middle East. With terrorism dominating the news, hackers are trying to exploit the fears of people in the Middle East and Canada by posing as Dubai law enforcement to spread malware. (NBC)

NIST releases draft white paper on cybersecurity, data integrity. The National Institute of Standards and Technology on Tuesday released a new draft white paper titled "Data Integrity: Reducing the impact of an attack," highlighting practices to prepare for and recover from cyber attacks that compromise data. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Iran switches to cyber espionage after nuclear deal. Iran has ramped up its cyber espionage, targeting State Department officials in the four months since the U.S. concluded a watershed nuclear agreement with Tehran, The New York Times reported. (The Hill)

Iranian Hackers Attack State Dept. via Social Media Accounts. Four months after a historic accord with Tehran to limit its atomic ambitions, American officials and private security groups say they see a surge in sophisticated computer espionage by Iran, culminating in a series of cyberattacks against State Department officials over the past month. (New York Times)

Retailers searching for near-undetectable malware. Retailers are scanning checkout systems for what one security firm is calling the “most sophisticated” point-of-sale malware it has ever seen. (The Hill)

Cybersecurity company fined $1.5M for selling to sanctioned Middle East nations. Firewall maker Barracuda Networks will pay a $1.5 million fine with the Commerce Department to settle charges it sold technology to Syria, Iran and Sudan. (PoliticoPro)

Chinese, Others Hack Interior Data 19 Times. Foreign intelligence agents and other hackers attacked Interior Department networks 19 times in recent years, before walking away from keyboards with unknown amounts of stolen data, according to agency inspectors. (NextGov)

Internet of Things

Startups And Small Vendors Are Driving Innovation In The Internet of Things. Much of the innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) is being fueled by young, dynamic companies, and the “maker generation.” In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2017, 50 percent of IoT solutions will originate in startups less than three years old. (Forbes)

Can Linking Money to the Internet of Things Make It a Real “Thing?” With a few exceptions, the long-promised revolution of gadgets that know stuff about you and use that data to do stuff for you has been running nowhere on a hamster wheel. (Xconomy)

Net Neutrality

Facebook expands controversial service in India. A controversial Facebook service offering free Web services in some parts of India will now be available across the country, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Monday post. (The Hill)

GOP Lawmakers Query FCC on Enforcement, Net Neutrality. Congressional Republicans in both chambers peppered the FCC with questions about its Enforcement Bureau and the impact of its net neutrality rules on small businesses, in two letters sent to agency Chairman Tom Wheeler late Nov. 19. (Bloomberg BNA)


Second panel will scrutinize BEPS. A second hearing on international rules to combat corporate tax avoidance is on tap next week, when a House Ways and Means panel will delve into the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project. (PoliticoPro)

Tax deal could hinge on cutting "Gordian knot" of EITC, Child Tax Credit fraud. Lawmakers hoping to revive a major tax deal that fell apart almost exactly a year ago are facing an old challenge: what to do about chronic problems with fraud and errors in two huge tax breaks for the poor. (PoliticoPro)

Al Sharpton's Charity Hikes His Pay 71%, But Tax Liens, Clinton Imprint Remain. Al Sharpton was in the news again, this time over giving himself a 71% raise. Rev. Sharpton is the president of National Action Network–NAN for short. (Forbes)


Broadband Forum readies release of management model. With service provider interest in Fiber to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) architectures growing, the Broadband Forum has responded with a new management construct that leverages the YANG management model. (Fierce Government)

Justice Department Probing Comcast’s Role in ‘Spot’ Cable Ad Sales Market. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Comcast Corp.’s business practices in the $5 billion cable advertising-sales market violate federal antitrust law, according to a document reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. (Wall Street Journal)

Public Sector

Defense Agency Wants To Talk About Operations On Twitter. The Defense Department wants to communicate with the public about security, and is looking into Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as potential platforms. (NextGov)

HHS mulls cybersecurity implications of expanded online offerings. The Department of Health and Human Services is considering additional cybersecurity and privacy requirements for insurance companies as it contemplates allowing them to manage individual health insurance applications outside the federal government’s online portal. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Getting A Drone For Christmas? You’ll Have To Register With FAA Eventually. With the holidays round the corner, as many as 1 million people could receive drones as gifts. That’s going to be a lot of drones vying for their piece of airspace. In a bid to mitigate any potential disasters, the U.S. government wants to have drone owners register their drones, and asked the Federal Aviation Administration to make recommendations on how to implement a registration system. (NextGov)

Next Step In Dod-Va Health Records Sharing: Doctors’ Scribbles And Other ‘Unstructured’ Data. The Defense Department announced to Congress last week it’s met stringent health records interoperability standards with the Department of Veterans Affairs. (NextGov)

Environment and Sustainability

Energy Invests $125 Million In Green Tech Projects. Days before a multinational summit in Paris about sustainable energy, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is talking up department's commitment to new, emerging technology. (NextGov)

Climate Diplomacy In Full Steam Ahead Of Cop21. Although there are many hours of discussion ahead, a lot of effort has already been invested in influencing talks prior to the event. The ultimate decisions are out of the scientists’ hands. (EuroScientist)

COP21 must address the trade cost of carbon pricing: Don Pittis. As world leaders struggle to negotiate new cuts to greenhouse gases in Paris at COP21, one of the stumbling blocks is that when it comes to trade, countries making the biggest cuts in carbon output are always playing uphill. (CBC)

Paris and Beyond: Climate Movement Won’t Be Silenced at COP21. The march may be cancelled, security may be strengthened, but the global climate movement is vowing that its voice will still be heard as world leaders convene in Paris for international negotiations over the future of the planet. (EcoWatch)

ITI Member News

IBM Turns Up Heat Under Competition in Artificial Intelligence. Programmers of artificial intelligence software got a new tool to work with Monday, when International Business Machines Corp. announced that a proprietary program known as SystemML would be freely available to share and modify through the Apache Software Foundation. (Wall Street Journal)

HP Inc. Gives Weak Earnings Forecasts. HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. became separate companies on Nov. 1., but on Tuesday, they offered forecasts that shed a harsh light on the market conditions that the newly minted siblings must face alone. (Wall Street Journal)

Sony’s PlayStation 4 Scores More Than 30 Million Sales. Sony Corp. said Wednesday that it has sold more than 30.2 million PlayStation 4 videogame consoles, two years after the launch of a system that the company says has sold faster than any of its predecessors. (Wall Street Journal)

Facebook Prepares for Instant Articles Push in Asia. Facebook Inc. is laying the groundwork to expand its Instant Articles service in Asia, underscoring the extent to which it considers populous emerging markets as it implements new features. (Wall Street Journal)

Yahoo Scorecard: Measuring Marissa Mayer Against Her Words. More than three years after Marissa Mayer took the reins at Yahoo Inc., morale is sinking and top executives are departing. (Wall Street Journal)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. Later in the morning, the President will meet with members of his national security team, who will brief him on our homeland security posture in the wake of the tragic attacks in Paris and as we enter the holiday season.

In afternoon, the President will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony in the Rose Garden. The President will celebrate the 68th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wish American families a safe and healthy holiday. The 2015 National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate were hatched and raised near Central Valley, California. Later in the afternoon, the First Family will participate in a service event in the Washington, DC area.

Today on the Hill

The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, November 30, 2015.

The House is not in session today.