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Obama pushes tech firms to aid Syrian refugees. The White House is pushing technology companies — from Kickstarter to Instacart — to roll out campaigns to help with the refugee crisis in Syria. (The Hill)

Starbucks Hires First Chief Technology Officer. Starbucks Corp. is tapping a Silicon Valley veteran to be its first chief technology officer as the coffee giant amps up its push into digital ordering. (Wall Street Journal)

Fantasy sports scandal raises concerns in Congress. Congress has concerns about a controversy where an employee of DraftKings, a fast-growing daily fantasy sports site, inappropriately released game data and later won money on a rival site. (The Hill)

China’s Meituan Nears Merger With Rival to Form $15 Billion Company. Two of China’s biggest tech startups are nearing a merger, creating a company with a combined value of over $15 billion that would be the country’s biggest online-to-offline provider of services ranging from movie tickets to restaurant bookings, according to people familiar with the situation. (Wall Street Journal)


EU: No Safe Harbor for US firms. A European court on Tuesday tossed out a long-standing agreement between the United States and European Union over how private data handled by Facebook and other companies can be exchanged, inflaming transatlantic trade tensions. ITI’s CEO and President Dean Garfield quoted. (The Hill)

No need to panic: EC upbeat about Safe Harbor ruling. "Aside from taking an ax to the undersea fiber optic cables connecting Europe to the United States, it is hard to imagine a more disruptive action to trans-Atlantic digital commerce." (Computer World)

EU: Data-sharing talks will continue after controversial ruling. European regulators on Tuesday insisted that negotiations with the U.S. government over data-sharing regulations will continue after a European high court’s decision to strike down a crucial information-transfer pact. (The Hill)

How Will the Safe Harbor Ruling Affect Tech Giants? An EU ruling has invalidated an agreement that allows U.S.-based companies like Facebook and Apple to transfer the personal data of their European customers to servers in the U.S. But how will it affect tech companies? (Wall Street Journal)

With Safe Harbor gone, the hard work on data transfers starts now. Tuesday's ruling that struck down the most common way to legally transfer data between Europe and the U.S. didn't turn multinational companies into outlaws immediately, but they'd better start working on alternatives now. (PCWorld)

Europe's big data bombshell: What you need to know. Europe's top court has delivered a bombshell ruling that will force thousands of U.S. companies to change the way they treat personal data of users, customers and staff. (CNN Money)

Europe’s ‘Safe Harbor’ Ruling: A Headache for Tech Giants, but a Blow to the Little Guys. It’s an annoyance for Silicon Valley giants, like Google, Apple and Facebook. But it’s a much bigger deal for smaller tech companies that rely on that data for their business. (Re/Code)

Commerce chief blasts EU data ruling. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is joining a chorus of lawmakers in condemning Europe’s high court for striking down a 15-year-old data-sharing agreement her office was working with European regulators to update. (The Hill)


Cybersecurity Bill to Resurface After Next Week’s Recess, Co-Sponsors Say. A con­tro­ver­sial cy­ber­se­cur­ity bill that has been stalled in the Sen­ate since Au­gust will re­turn to the floor after next week’s re­cess, the bill’s co-spon­sors said Tues­day. (National Journal)

CISA up next in Senate, sponsors say, but time is running out. Sponsors of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act say they expect the legislation to be next on the floor after the defense authorization bill, when senators return from a one-week break on Oct. 19. (PoliticoPro)

Cyber bill likely to hit the Senate floor soon. The Senate is expected to take up a major cybersecurity bill after it returns from next week's brief recess, according to the sponsors of the legislation. (The Hill)

House passes bill mandating DHS cybersecurity strategy. The House on Tuesday passed a bill requiring the Department of Homeland Security to develop a formal cybersecurity strategy. (The Hill)

Wyden: 'No time limits' for cyber bill debate. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said he would vigorously oppose any effort to limit debate time on a major cybersecurity bill expected to hit the floor soon. (The Hill)

Real time info sharing a point of contention in Senate cyber bill. The Senate likely will bring the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) to the floor after next week’s recess, but if discussion among industry, agencies and Congress is any indication, consensus over what that legislation will look like won’t come easily. (Federal News Radio)

Why Aren't We Learning from These Devastating Cyberattacks? At an event hosted today by Atlantic Media, Nextgov’s parent company, an audience member asked a question that resonates well after the recent hacks of government and industry. (NextGov)

How US Intelligence Can Hack Your Smartphone, According to Snowden. Sending just one text, Edward Snowden claims, enables the UK and the US to furtively take over someone’s smartphone. (NextGov)

North Korea sanctions bill would mandate anti-hacking plan. A trio of senators has introduced legislation that would force President Obama to create a strategy to thwart and sanction North Korean hackers. (The Hill)

Global Trade

Obama's tough fight for trade deal. President Barack Obama needs to hold together a razor-thin majority of pro-trade lawmakers in the U.S. Congress to win approval of his huge Asia-Pacific trade deal while fending off influential foes including carmakers, tobacco companies and dairy farmers. ITI’s CEO and President Dean Garfield mentioned. (Bloomberg)

Why the Tech Industry Is Split on Obama's Latest Trade Deal. A major trade deal that could govern 40 percent of the world economy, and be a boon for American tech companies, is one step closer to reality. ITI mentioned. (DCInno)

Leaving China out of the TPP is a terrible mistake. Trade ministers from the U.S. and 11 other countries around the Pacific may have reached a long-awaited trade deal on Monday, but plenty of questions and obstacles remain as Congress considers whether to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Fortune)

The TPP has a provision many will love to hate: ISDS. What is it, and why does it matter? With the conclusion of negotiations in Atlanta on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), we will soon have texts to look at, and, eventually, a vote in Congress. (Washington Post)


Path cleared for judge to block NSA phone surveillance program. A federal judge who seems keen on blocking the National Security Agency's phone records collection program has a clear path to doing so after a federal appeals court removed a potential obstacle Tuesday. (PoliticoPro)


'It just drives you crazy'. The federal government could earn tens of billions of dollars by selling a stockpile of unneeded but highly coveted airwaves, but Congress' own inflexible budgeting rules are depriving taxpayers of a potential windfall, say regulators and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. (PoliticoPro)


Tech hits feds over green card mixup. Large technology companies and trade groups are expressing displeasure at a government reversal last month that delayed thousands of immigrants from filing paperwork for permanent residency. (The Hill)

Environment and Sustainability

Tallying the ROI of resilient buildings. If there’s one thing the real estate industry doesn't like, it’s financial uncertainty. (GreenBiz)

Net Neutrality

The FCC has turned down one of the first business complaints under net neutrality. One of the first businesses to invoke the government's net neutrality rules against an Internet provider has just lost his bid for federal intervention. (Washington Post)


DARPA Working on Tech That Could Help Bodies Heal Themselves. Humans are quite feeble. We break easily, and just about every part of us deteriorates as we age. But the Pentagon’s research division, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), hopes to fix that. (NextGov)

Public Sector

DoD trying to eliminate pricing data requirements in commercial buying. The Defense Department plans to set up centers of excellence that will specialize in commercial item costs in hopes that the department will not have to rely on pricing data to establish fair and reasonable prices. (Federal News Radio)

CIA hits the accelerator pedal for digital innovation. CIA’s newly launched Directorate for Digital Innovation isn’t just putting a new shine on its chief information officer’s office. (Federal News Radio)

Congressman: OPM Hack Data Being Used to Attempt Identity Theft. A Democratic congressman who says his personal information was stolen in two massive data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management now says his information is being used in attempted identity-theft schemes. (GovExec)

House Expected to Green-light Bipartisan Bill Barring DHS from Reshuffling. The full House is set to pass legislation that would halt plans by the Department of Homeland Security to embolden the agency’s cyberthreat information-sharing hub -- without first delivering a strategy to Congress. (NextGov)

Talking Helmets and Base-Building Robots: The Army's 3-D Printing Future. If you go by the Hype Cycle — Gartner’s annual tech-buzz assessment — then consumer 3D printing is about to tumble from the “peak of inflated expectations” into the “trough of disillusionment,” part of the coming five- to 10-year slog to the practical applications that await atop the “plateau of productivity.” (NextGov)

5 ways feds less confident on digital than global peers. The U.S. is on the forefront of the technological and digital revolution that is changing the way humans interact with each other, as well as their governments.

Drone Company Faces $1.9 Million Fine for Unsanctioned Flights. The Fed­er­al Avi­ation Ad­min­is­tra­tion on Tues­day an­nounced its largest fine ever against a drone op­er­at­or, show­ing that the agency is not afraid to crack down on the boom­ing com­mer­cial drone in­dustry. (National Journal)


Republicans are in no rush to kill the Cadillac tax. Seemingly everyone hates the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac tax" on health benefits — which is precisely why efforts to repeal it are likely to go nowhere fast. (PoliticoPro)

Europe’s tax crusade. With wealthy countries around the world desperate to reel in billions of dollars in unreported corporate tax receipts, the EU is rushing to finish negotiations on how to share tax information for the first time in order to combat evasion. (PoliticoPro)

ITI Member News

Facebook, Amazon Rely on Workarounds as EU Data Deal Dies. Customers’ digital data is lifeblood for companies like Google Inc. and Facebook Inc., and the European Union’s highest court just made it more difficult for them to make money off the information. (Bloomberg)

Twitter Unveils Curated News Feature ‘Moments’. Ever since Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet nine years ago, many people have asked, “Why use Twitter?” (Wall Street Journal)

Microsoft Pushes Deeper Into Hardware. Microsoft Corp. ’s three-year-old computing-hardware effort has been a sideshow to its software business. On Tuesday, though, Chief Executive Satya Nadella put Microsoft devices at the center of the company’s strategy. (Wall Street Journal)

Google and Israel May Be Heading to the Moon. Tired of waiting for NASA to get its Apollo-era mojo back and start putting spacecraft on the lunar surface again? (TIME)

Russia orders Google to stop preinstalling its own Android apps. Russian authorities have given Google a November 18 deadline to stop bundling its own apps with its Android software for mobile phones and tablets. (CNet)

Verizon’s Zombie Cookie Gets New Life. Verizon said in a little-noticed announcement that it will soon begin sharing the profiles with AOL’s ad network, which in turn monitors users across a large swath of the Internet. (ProPublica)

Watchdog: Apple's antitrust procedures have improved. Apple’s procedures for complying with antitrust rules have improved since a court-appointed monitor began examinations of the company, he said in a report made public on Tuesday. (The Hill)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. Later in the morning, the President will welcome President Joachim Gauck of Germany to the White House for a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office. The Vice President will also attend. President Gauck’s visit will mark the 25th anniversary of German reunification and underscore the abiding friendship and partnership between the United States and Germany.

In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at the White House Summit on Worker Voice. The summit will bring together workers, union leaders, worker advocates, and businesses to explore ways to ensure that working Americans are fully sharing in the benefits of the broad-based economic growth that they are helping to create. Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of State Kerry in the Oval Office; the Vice President will also attend. Afterwards, the President will participate in a conversation co-hosted by with workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates and experts on how we can energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work. This closing dialogue will include questions and stories from both participants in the room, and workers and organizers from around the country, via the platform.

Today on the Hill

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.1735, NDAA; at 2:00pm, all post-cloture time on the conference report to accompany H.R.1735 will be considered expired and the Senate will vote on adoption. As a reminder, during today’s session Senator McConnell moved to proceed to Calendar #96, H.R.2028, the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, and filed cloture on the motion. Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote on the motion to proceed would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, October 8.

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:15-5:15 p.m.