By Li Zhou | 10/12/2017 10:00 AM EDT

With help from Ashley Gold, Margaret Harding McGill and Doug Palmer

TODAY: SANDBERG & CBC - Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is set to huddle today with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who are pressing the social network to boost the diversity of its workforce and prevent Russian-linked entities from targeting groups like Black Lives Matter to sow racial discord. "We can't conclusively say these actions impacted the outcome of the election. But we can say that these ads caused harm and additional resentment to young people who unselfishly fight for justice and equality for African Americans and other marginalized communities," CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) said in a statement ahead of the meeting.

- Sandberg had an eventful day on the Hill Wednesday: "House Intelligence Committee leaders announced Wednesday that they will release Facebook ads linked to Russian efforts to influence U.S. politics in 2016," Heather Caygle, Kyle Cheney and Angela report. The House's top Russia investigators, Reps. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), made the announcement after a closed-door meeting with Sandberg. Conaway said it's unlikely they'll make the ads public before the scheduled Nov. 1 hearing with tech companies, and Schiff said they've asked for Facebook's help in scrubbing "any personally identifiable information."

- Conaway went there: The congressman apparently couldn't resist a reference to Sandberg's ubiquitous book as he summed up their meeting: "The sense I got from Facebook today is that they're leaning into the issue really hard because they don't want their platform used in a way to manipulate voters in a way that some of those ads tried to do."

DIGITAL TRADE ON DECK - Top tech trade groups are slated to testify at a House Energy and Commerce hearing today on cross-border data flows and their impact on U.S. jobs., a hot-button subject that's part of the ongoing NAFTA discussions. Victoria Espinel of BSA | The Software Alliance, Dean Garfield of the Information Technology Industry Council and Morgan Reed of ACT | The App Association are among the witnesses. "We see three clear opportunities for Congress and the Administration to lead, promoting digital trade and ensuring the continued free flow of data: (1) modernizing NAFTA, (2) ensuring the continued success of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, and (3) strengthening relationships with other key trade partners," Espinel will say, according to prepared remarks.

- Another NAFTA pressure point: A coalition of more than 500 companies and groups representing film, television, music, book publishing and other creative industries has collected more than 50,000 signatures in support of adding strong copyright protections to a revised NAFTA agreement. That puts them at odd with tech industry groups that want the Trump administration to incorporate safe harbors and other copyright limitations and exceptions from U.S. law into the text of the new NAFTA pact.

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LICENSE TO KILL - President Donald Trump was still at it Wednesday night, making the case for revoking NBC's broadcast license after slamming the network's report that he sought a tenfold increase in the country's nuclear arsenal. "Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!" he tweeted. But as Margaret points out, it's highly unlikely the FCC will take that action.

NEWSMAX, ROSENWORCEL TALK SINCLAIR - Chris Ruddy, CEO of conservative Newsmax Media, took his concerns about the Sinclair-Tribune deal to Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on Wednesday. The two talked about, among other things, Chairman Ajit Pai's effort to get rid of a rule requiring radio and TV stations to maintain studios in or near the communities they serve (a move that Pai's Democratic predecessor, Tom Wheeler, has warned is a giveaway to Sinclair). Ruddy has previously met with Pai about the agency's decision to bring back the so-called UHF discount (which critics have flagged as a Sinclair handout as well).

HAPPENING TODAY - Rosenworcel will touch on net neutrality, media ownership and the homework gap in a speech to U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington - her first public policy remarks since returning to the FCC. ... Pai will take part in a fireside chat on investor Steve Case's "Rise of the Rest" tour in Indianapolis. ... Newsmax and Google are co-hosting a talk with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at Google's D.C. headquarters, Reuters reports.

SILICON VALLEY MUST-READS

- Zuck's VR dreams: "We're setting a goal: We want to get a billion people in virtual reality," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the Oculus Connect conference, The Verge reports.

- Uber's legal entanglements: "Uber faces at least five criminal probes from the Justice Department - two more than previously reported. Bloomberg has learned that authorities are asking questions about whether Uber violated price-transparency laws, and officials are separately looking into the company's role in the alleged theft of schematics and other documents outlining Alphabet Inc.'s autonomous-driving technology," Bloomberg reports.

- Road tested: "The California Department of Motor Vehicles will allow autonomous cars without steering wheels, foot pedals, mirrors, and human drivers behind the wheel to be tested on its roads starting next year," The Verge reports. "The department released its revised regulations [on Wednesday] governing the safe deployment of autonomous vehicles on public roads."

- Quantifying the effect of Facebook's fake news label: "A news story that's been labeled false by Facebook's third-party fact-checking partners sees its future impressions on the platform drop by 80%, according to new data contained in an email sent by a Facebook executive and obtained by BuzzFeed News." Facebook's Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer also told Reuters that the company has a "regular cadence of updates and changes" in the works in order to address possible election meddling, with the 2018 races on the horizon.

MEANWHILE, IN EUROPE - UK lawmakers are considering whether to classify Facebook, Google and other tech companies as publishers, The Guardian reports: "The internet groups are considered conduits of information rather than publishers under UK law, meaning they have limited responsibility for what appears on their sites."

TRANSITIONS - Josh Pitcock, Vice President Mike Pence's former chief of staff, is headed to Oracle where he'll be VP of government affairs, per POLITICO's Nancy Cook and Anna Palmer. ... Monique Meche, a top executive on Amazon's global policy team, is now Netflix's VP of global public policy, per Recode. ... Will Carty is leaving his role as Twitter public policy director and is taking a position as vice president for public policy of the Network Advertising Initiative, Steven reports.

SPOTTED - Yesterday at Teach A Girl to Tech Day at the AT&T Forum, hosted by the Entertainment Software Association and the Women's High-Tech Coalition: Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Kristina Wilcox, Mike Gallagher, Erik Huey, Anastasia Staten, Alice Tornquist, Jennifer Kuhn, Sara Akbar, Reagan Payne, Mimi Strobel and Lauren Soltani.

QUICK DOWNLOADS

Taiwan dings Qualcomm on antitrust violation: "Qualcomm has been hit with a nearly $774 million fine by Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission, which said today that the chip maker abused its monopoly over smartphone modems to squeeze higher licensing fees and better terms out of its customers," The Verge reports.

FirstNet opens developer program: FirstNet, the public safety broadband network, is seeking developers interested in building apps to operate on the network, per a news release.

WeWork and Aspen Institute team up: The two are working on policy research and an upcoming townhall series on the future of work, according to a blog post.

Tips, comments, suggestions? Send them along via email to our team: Eric Engleman (eengleman@politico.com, @ericengleman), Angela Greiling Keane (agreilingkeane@politico.com, @agreilingkeane), Nancy Scola (nscola@politico.com, @nancyscola), Margaret Harding McGill ( mmcgill@politico.com, @margarethmcgill), Ashley Gold (agold@politico.com, @ashleyrgold), Steven Overly (soverly@politico.com, @stevenoverly), John Hendel (jhendel@politico.com, @JohnHendel) and Li Zhou (lzhou@politico.com, @liszhou)

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