For perhaps every political or technology reporter in all the land, July has proven to be an exceptionally busy month. So here’s a solid rundown of the stories I’ve done since my last update, plucked from my newsletter, sent earlier today. Which you should sign up to receive, by the way:
Spotify declared war on Apple again, and I had to go a solid 800 words without a single shot at Fifth Harmony. I also got the big scoop on everything in Hillary Clinton’s tech policy platform a day before she unveiled it. I spent a bunch of time creepin’ on Paul Ryan for a pair of exclusives about his trip to San Francisco and fundraiser with Apple CEO Tim Cook. I wrote about Tim Kaine, newly plucked Dem VP candidate and prototypical grandpa, who has at least some background on techy things. From the backseat of a car to Ptown (true story) I interviewed a bunch of members of Congress. who are putting together a broadband initiative that’s somehow already in trouble. And before D.C. melted from the summer sun, I did a piece on the feds exploring whether to ask foreign travelers to reveal their social media accounts.
Entering the convention, I scooped a story on Uber pairing up with Dems in Philly for a special VIP service for select convention attendees. (GOP folks didn’t get much.) And while at the DNC, I moderated a panel with top Clinton and Sanders digital folks about election 2016 and data.
Somehow, it’s still election season! Awesome! Here are two new scoops from me, if you missed them over the past two weeks:
Apple CEO raising cash for top House GOP’er: “Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser with House Speaker Paul Ryan next week as the iPhone maker tries to strengthen its relationships with key Republicans — despite its decision to pull support for the GOP convention because of its distaste for Donald Trump.”
Hillary Clinton to release tech agenda: Before the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee released her platform, I snagged a draft copy. As predicted, it “strongly defends net neutrality, calls for a special commission to study encryption and commits to bringing broadband to 100 percent of U.S. households by 2020,” among other items.
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For now, here’s my latest scoop, published on Saturday: Apple won’t aid GOP convention over Trump:
Apple has told Republican leaders it will not provide funding or other support for the party’s 2016 presidential convention, as it’s done in the past, citing Donald Trump’s controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities.
Unlike Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which have all said they will provide some support to the GOP event in Cleveland next month, Apple decided against donating technology or cash to the effort, according to two sources familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans.