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Digital Ads Sell Candidates and Causes, in 15-Second Bursts. The country would still be waking up in Ronald Reagan’s “It’s Morning Again in America” advertisement. (New York Times)

Michele Chambers, Hilary Mason, Jerry Wolfe on Big Data. Leading players in every industry are mining vast amounts of data they amass from vendors and customers in search of new opportunities. (Wall Street Journal)

Cisco’s New C.E.O. Envisions Big Changes. If Cisco Systems’ new chief executive has his way, in a couple of years he will have a very different company. (New York Times)


EU Court Strikes Down Trans-Atlantic ‘Safe Harbor’ Data-Transfer Pact. The European Union’s highest court on Tuesday struck down a trans-Atlantic data pact used by thousands of firms to transfer Europeans’ personal data to the U.S., throwing into jeopardy data traffic that underpins the world’s largest trading relationship. (Wall Street Journal)

ECJ strikes down U.S.-EU safe harbor data-transfer agreement. Europe’s highest court on Tuesday struck down the “safe harbor” agreement between the EU and the U.S., which underpins the transfer of personal data between countries for more than 4,000 companies. (PoliticoPro)

Europe’s court should know the truth about US intelligence. Last month an advocate-­general of the European Court of Justice issued an opinion in a case of exceptional significance for commercial relations between the US and the EU. (Financial Times)

US, EU working to update data sharing pact ahead of court ruling. The Commerce secretary says her office is working with European regulators to clarify cross-Atlantic data sharing rules amid growing fears that a European Union high court will invalidate a critical 15-year old data pact this week. (The Hill)

US spies weigh in on EU case targeting Silicon Valley. The top lawyer for the United States’ vast system of intelligence agencies on Monday pushed back against a European legal argument that could prove disastrous for Facebook, Google and other top tech companies. (The Hill)

Global Trade

Officials Reach Deal On Trans-Pacific Partnership. The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have reached a deal on the most sweeping trade liberalization pact in a generation but the accord on Monday faced initial skepticism in the U.S. Congress. (Reuters)

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached. The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations on Monday agreed to the largest regional trade accord in history, a potentially precedent-setting model for global commerce and worker standards that would tie together 40 percent of the world’s economy, from Canada and Chile to Japan and Australia. (New York Times)

Tech applauds trade deal. Tech companies and advocacy groups quickly applauded negotiators for finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal on Monday. (The Hill)

The TPP deal's winners and losers. Now that the Trans-Pacific Partnership has taken shape, lawmakers and interest groups will be poring over it to suss out who won and who lost. (PoliticoPro)

Not so fast: How Washington could kill the trade deal. The biggest trade deal in history is about to become Washington’s biggest political football. (PoliticoPro)

When Vestager speaks, U.S. firms listen. Some of America’s biggest corporate icons — Starbucks, Apple and Amazon — face a reckoning over charges that they’ve evaded billions of dollars in taxes. But it’s not President Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders or anyone at the IRS they have to worry about. (PoliticoPro)


Trade deal could curb cyber theft, advocates say. Obama administration officials believe a major trans-Pacific trade deal struck early Monday morning will help companies protect their digital property abroad and preserve online privacy. (The Hill)

Foundation of 'dark Web' steps into the light. The Tor Project, the foundation of the crime-infiltrated "dark Web," is trying to soften its public image — but without backing away from the anonymous Web-surfing technology that has made it so controversial with law enforcement and intelligence agencies. (PoliticoPro)

House to weigh port cybersecurity. The House Homeland Security Committee is planning to hold a hearing to access the vulnerability of U.S. ports to potential cyber-attacks on Thursday. (The Hill)

Chaffetz Speakership could raise cyber's profile in Congress. Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s dark-horse bid for House Speaker could give government cybersecurity unprecedented prominence on Capitol Hill. (The Hill)

Jason Miller: Fears rise over little-known cyber bill provision. Senators added language to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act that's causing some in the government, and in industry, to worry. (Federal News Radio)

What Comes After Cybersecurity Awareness? Last year, for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we asked whether 2014 would be the year cybersecurity finally sinks in. (NextGov)


Global Tech Firms Brace for Tax Rules. Multinational companies are girding for new rules designed to force them to pay greater corporate income taxes in more countries where they operate, setting up potential clashes between Silicon Valley giants and European governments angling for tax revenue. (Wall Street Journal)

OECD releases tax avoidance guidelines. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development this morning released a round of recommendations to counter global corporate tax avoidance as part of its two-year Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project. (PoliticoPro)


Accounting dispute holds up new multibillion-dollar airwaves auctions. Congress has the chance to sell off a stockpile of unneeded but highly coveted airwaves held by the federal government, raising tens of billions of dollars to offset the budget deficit. (PoliticoPro)

Beyond 2016: Americans and Our Apps Need More Spectrum. Demand for spectrum is rising dramatically as more consumers use more apps that use more broadband data. (Roll Call)

ISPs: Title II Is FCC 'Net Power Grab. Major cable and phone ISPS say the FCC's Open Internet order justification, far from being the expert agency interpretation of statute the FCC asserts, is an "unlawful attempt to assert broad public-utility regulatory authority over the Internet, from the end user all the way to a broadband provider’s connection to an edge provider." (BCC)

Public Sector

Long-delayed DHS cyber contract gets delayed again. The Department of Homeland Security is building a contract vehicle for administrative and operational support for its cyber missions — namely the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C). (Federal Times)

Good Governance Key To Good Fitara Implementation. As the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act implementation takes shape, government professionals need to understand their options and obligations under the new law -- and why this is an opportunity for “good governance” across federal executive agencies. (NextGov)

EPA Wants To Tap The Crowd For Research Help. The Environmental Protection Agency wants to ask citizens to contribute their own data for scientific research, potentially about topics such as air pollution.(NextGov)

Twins sentenced for hacking into State Department networks. Two Springfield brothers — twins — were sentenced to 24 months and 39 months in prison on Oct. 2 for attempting to hack into secure State Department networks earlier this year. (Federal Times)

GSA should not reinvent the data collection wheel. On March 4, 2015, the General Services Administration issued a proposed rule that would require contractors to report transactional data from orders placed against GSA’s Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contract vehicles as well as GSA’s government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs) and indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quality (IDIQ) contracts. (Federal News Radio)

DoD paying more to protect its workers from OPM attack. The Defense Department’s bill to the Office of Personnel Management rose to $155 million last month in order to protect the 21.5 million current and former employees caught up in the cyber attack. (Federal News Radio)


Tech Innovations That Will Make You Want To Live In Your Car. America has a well-known love affair with the open road — and it’s a good thing, because we’re also known for spending a lot of time in our cars. (TechCrunch)

Philips Launches New Hue Bridge 2.0 With HomeKit Compatibility. Philips added support for Apple’s HomeKit framework to its Hue smart light bulb product line. (TechCrunch)

Internet of Things

Cisco's CEO: The Internet of things is real (and confusing). To hear Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins tell it, businesses are just as confused today with the latest technology trends as they were in the 1990s. (Fortune)

Environment and Sustainability

Amazon, GE and the 'geniuses' reshaping sustainability. Summer's over, New York Climate Week has passed and the rest of 2015 looks sure to be busy for those steeped in corporate sustainability. (GreenBiz)

Silicon Valley's 'smartest guy' on deep learning and sustainability. Steve Jurvetson has been referred to as “the smartest guy in the room,” “the smartest person in Silicon Valley” and a “brainiac,” among other laudatory monikers attesting to his prodigious intellect. (GreenBiz)

Can NASA’s far-out travel plans bring sustainability to Spaceship Earth? America’s space agency is going long. Its next generation of explorations will send travelers on journeys beyond the moon, to Mars and maybe beyond. (GreenBiz)

Diesel: How it changed Europe and how Europe might change back. So what exactly caused this rapid transformation from gasoline engines to diesels in an enormous market? (ArsTechnica)

ITI Member News

Microsoft's next smartphone may extend Windows 10 features, like iris scans. Smartphones are the new PCs. Especially for younger people, they are the devices upon which important communications are made, documents are viewed and, in some instances, even created. (USA Today)

IBM’s New Unit Bets on Boom in Artificial Intelligence. International Business Machines Corp. has formed a new business unit to capitalize on the recent groundswell in artificial intelligence. (Wall Street Journal)

Why BlackBerry's Android-powered Priv is a big deal: What we know, think we know and expect in this phone. Chen has confirmed that the once dominant BlackBerry will soon release its first smartphone that runs Google's Android software, rather than the company's homegrown -- and troubled -- BlackBerry OS. (CNet)

Facebook to beam free Internet service to Africa with satellites. Facebook and satellite company Eutelsat will start beaming Internet service to parts of Africa under a new deal announced Monday. (The Hill)

Facebook Says Planned Software Changes Caused Outages. Facebook Inc. says a rare string of outages last month were the unexpected result of planned software changes. (Wall Street Journal)

Twitter Names Jack Dorsey Chief Executive. Twitter said on Monday that Jack Dorsey, one of the company’s co-founders and the first person to run the social media company, has been named its fourth chief executive. (New York Times)

Jack Dorsey’s Dual CEO Role Tests Square IPO. When payments company Square Inc. goes on its expected IPO roadshow later this year, chief executive Jack Dorsey will have to perform a delicate dance. (Wall Street Journal)

Google Takes Stake in Messaging Startup Symphony Communication Services. Google Inc. has invested in a new round of funding for Symphony Communication Services LLC that values the Wall Street-backed messaging company at about $650 million, people familiar with the matter said. (Wall Street Journal)

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 travel to the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he will join Secretary Vilsack for a meeting with agriculture and business leaders on the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for American business and workers. In the afternoon, the President will have lunch with the Vice President in the Private Dining Room.

Today on the Hill

The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 noon. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.1735, NDAA, with the time until 1:00pm equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. At 1:00pm, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the conference report to accompany H.R.1735.

On Tuesday, 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.