Overnight Tech: Lawmakers' copyright review heads to Silicon Valley

LEDE: The House Judiciary Committee is heading to Silicon Valley and Los Angeles next month for the next two stops on its copyright review listening tour. 

The committee is more than two years into a slow-moving review of the nation's copyright laws, and it recently kicked off a listening tour in the country music capital of Nashville, Tenn. The committee will hold meetings in Silicon Valley on Nov. 9 and Los Angeles on Nov. 10. The participants have not been announced. 


Nashville and Hollywood have been at the center of the copyright debate for decades, but the Internet Association -- a major tech lobbying group -- recently pressed the committee to stop off in the heart of the tech industry as well, which it says is helping to "provide an increasingly rich spectrum of distribution models for original programming."

Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteConservatives fume over format of upcoming Rosenstein interview Rosenstein to appear for House interview next week Fusion GPS co-founder pleads the Fifth following House GOP subpoena MORE (R-Va.) and Ranking Democrat John Conyers (D-Mich.) said the committee will be meeting with creators, tech professionals and others to hear "what changes are needed to ensure U.S. copyright law reflects the digital age in which we live."

GROUPS WARN OF CHARTER MERGER:  Public Knowledge, Common Cause, the Consumers Union and Open MIC urged the Federal Communications Commission to deny the merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable unless more assurances are made. Charter has made commitments on net neutrality, data caps and interconnection. The consumer groups argued Tuesday, though, that the commission should make sure the company can't use "less visible" tactics to harm the video and programming markets. 

NEVADA NEWSPAPER'S BUST-UP WITH TESLA: A Reno Gazette Journal photographer was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon outside Tesla's Gigafactory in Nevada and another employee of the paper will be charged with trespassing after an altercation with the company's security guards last week. The alleged assault happened when the newspaper employees attempted to leave the scene in their Jeep after being approached by Tesla security. Tesla alleges the Jeep knocked over one employee and struck another "safety manager" in the waist. The newspaper reported the photographer's driver-side window was shattered with a rock in the altercation. The newspaper has been reporting on the $5 billion factory construction since work began last year. 

TWITTER CUTS: Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said "the world needs a strong Twitter" in a letter to employees announcing he would fire 336 employees across the company so Twitter "can put our company on a stronger path to grow."

CORPORATE SPEAK: In his brief six-paragraph note, Dorsey said he would cut through the traditional "corporate speak" that accompanies layoffs. But some observers said he failed to avoid it by using terms like "part ways with" to refer to the firings. Quartz wrote a post titled "Jack Dorsey's jargon-free firing memo, edited to remove the jargon."

FCC CHAIRMAN HIRES: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday brought on two new legal advisers -- Jessica Almond and Edward Smith. Both previously worked for the FCC in prior years. Almond most recently worked for HTC America, while Smith worked in the D.C. government on victim services and justice grants.

YOUR DEBATE DAY GOOGLE TRENDS DATA: Google has produced a version of its county-by-county map showing search volume for Democratic presidential contenders. Not surprisingly, it's dominated by Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHarris presses young people to vote early in Iowa trip Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout MORE (I-Vt.) and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Bolton tells Russians 2016 meddling had little effect | Facebook eyes major cyber firm | Saudi site gets hacked | Softbank in spotlight over Saudi money | YouTube fights EU 'meme ban' proposal Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout MORE. But if you look closely, you'll see eight flecks of yellow on the map -- counties where Jim Webb is, despite his low poll numbers, the most searched-for candidate.

And while Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE has traditionally dominated search traffic, that is starting to change. He is still the most searched-for candidate in most states, but between October 7-13, Sanders dominated searches in Colorado and his home state of Vermont, and Ben Carson (R) topped searches in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.

FTC'S RAMIREZ FRETS ABOUT BIG DATA: FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez highlighted her worries about the privacy implications of big data at a conference on Tuesday. "There continues to be a continuous lack of transparency from what is going on and consumers losing control of their information," she said at the Internet Association event in Menlo Park, Calif., according to the San Jose Mercury News. She also said she's concerned about connected health devices, where there "is this flow of health information that is happening outside of the regulatory space. We want to make sure that very sensitive information is being protected."

T-MOBILE TROLLS AT&T: Seizing on the story about a longtime AT&T customer who wrote to CEO Randall Stephenson with some suggestions and got a letter from the company's lawyers, T-Mobile has launched a campaign to lob even more ideas at the AT&T chief. "It absolutely amazes me that Randall would tell a lifelong customer to basically go away and talk to my lawyers," said bombastic T-Mobile CEO John Legere. "I interact with customers on a daily basis so I can hear their ideas firsthand. It's called living in the 21st century." T-Mobile has set up an email and hashtag where customers can send their ideas.


On Tuesday, the second day of the Computer, Freedom and Privacy Conference will take place in Alexandria, Va.

At 9 a.m., U.S. Telecom hosts a discussion on cybersecurity.

At 2 p.m. ET, California's Attorney General will announce the launch of a new site with resources for the victims of so-called revenge porn.


LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman predicts he will eventually support Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race but says he hasn't yet felt the urge to get involved this cycle. 

The Department of Justice is recommending that a federal judge dismiss the external compliance monitor (ECM) at Apple who was appointed after the company was found to have conspired on e-book prices.

Twitter temporarily shut down a pair of prominent accounts run by sports news websites over the holiday weekend for posting short clips of NFL and college football highlights.

Religion was the most talked-about political topic on Facebook in the last month, according to data from the company released in advance of Tuesday night's Democratic primary debate.

The Federal Aviation Administration is encouraging airline passengers to leave their spare lithium batteries at home when they pack for flights. 

— this post was updated to reflect Conyers's statement. 

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