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OVERNIGHT TECH: Internet domain bill getting House vote

LEDE: The House is expected to pass the DOTCOM Act, which gives Congress more oversight over the transition away from an American-controlled Internet domain name system, on Tuesday.

The bill gives lawmakers 30 days to review the transition before the National Telecommunications and Information Administration can relinquish its control of ICANN.

The bill sailed through the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week during a hearing that ran less than 15 minutes.

{mosads}Its consideration by the House coincides with an ICANN meeting in Buenos Aires — where officials are laying out more details of the transition.

Most observers do not expect that it will be complete by the time ICANN’s contract with the Department of Commerce expires in September. The transition is backed by the Obama administration and ICANN officials, but lawmakers of both parties have expressed concerns that the domain organization isn’t ready for the hand-off to international stakeholders.

SENATE TO MOVE ON COMPANION BILL: The Senate Commerce Committee is slated to vote to approve the DOTCOM Act at a Thursday markup. The bill would give Congress 30 days to review any final plan for the government to hand off its oversight role of the Internet domain name system. The committee will also mark up a bill that would bar an FCC media ownership rule, related to joint sales agreements, from applying retroactively.

INSTAGRAM ADVERTISERS TO GET ACCESS TO MORE FACEBOOK DATA: Facebook is working to open up its massive trove of user data to advertisers on Instagram, which it bought in 2012. “The notion is to open up the entire suite of Facebook targeting on Instagram over the next few months,” an exec told Bloomberg.

SCOTUS DECLINES TO HEAR GOOGLE PATENT CASE: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Google to hear a patent infringement case. Google had asked the court to throw out a case against it alleging its street mapping software violates another company’s patents, according to Reuters. The newswire said the case, dating back to 2010, will return to the lower courts to proceed.

FORMER REP LOBBYING ON PATENT REFORM: Former Rep. Jim Turner (D-Texas), who served until 2005, and his former legislative director are lobbying for Samsung on issues related to patent reform legislation. Samsung hired Arnold & Porter LLP to lobby on the issue, according to disclosure filings.

ANOTHER LOBBIES ON ONLINE GAMING: Former Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nev.), who served until 2009, is lobbying for LottoInteractive on issues related to “online gaming and online lottery offerings,” specifically the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, according to lobbying disclosures. The former congressman also registered with a half dozen other companies.

ON-DEMAND STARTUP TAKES ON CONTRACTING QUESTIONS: Instacart — an on-demand startup that delivers groceries — will start treating some of its workers as part-time employees, rather than contractors, according to the Wall Street Journal. Contractors get fewer protections than employees, though, these workers still won’t get some benefits like employer-provided health insurance. The move comes as Uber and others find themselves under scrutiny for using cheaper contractors as they reach higher and higher valuations.



At 7:30 a.m., Nextgov will hold an event on the rise of chief data officers, with a keynote address from the Federal Reserve Board’s data officer, Micheline Casey.

The House is expected to approve the DOTCOM Act. The first vote is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.



Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush went after President Obama in the wake of a massive federal data breach, admonishing the White House on Monday for its “cultural failure” to take cyber threats seriously.

Apple will pay royalties to artists when their songs are streamed on its new music service during a three-month free-trial period for users.

A privacy group asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate ridesharing behemoth Uber for allegedly deceiving users and inappropriately collecting user data.

HBO’s Last Week Tonight host John Oliver on Sunday night endorsed federal legislation to crack down on so-called revenge porn, in which a person’s intimate images are posted online without consent.

Senators want to eliminate an agency tucked within the Commerce Department, suggesting that the Internet has made it obsolete.


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