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Obama signs BuySecure executive order to hasten US EMV adoption

10/20, 1:57pm

Initiative adds EMV support to government channels, more identity theft protections, reporting

Last week US President Barack Obama signed an executive order that will help consumers that a victims of identity theft, as well as speed up the adoption of the Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) chip standard for credit and debit cards. In the executive order signed by the president, parts of the federal government will be adopting EMV measures, as well as strengthening the public's ability to monitor financial health or seek help when necessary.

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President Obama still 'unequivocally committed to net neutrality'

10/12, 2:18pm

Administration has made it clear to FCC that rules don't create tiered Internet

During a question-and-answer session at Cross Campus in Santa Monica last week, US President Barack Obama reaffirmed his stance on net neutrality, which he has held since first running for office. Holding that the concept of an open Internet is important to innovation, the President said that he expects that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will not end up creating a tiered Internet.

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FCC lengthens second 'net neutrality' comment period by five days

08/16, 12:00pm

Staff deluged by comments for and against the controversial plan

Under an onslaught of remarks, both slamming and supporting Federal Communication Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's Net Neutrality proposal, the agency has extended the second public comment phase five days, now ending September 15. The alteration was made "to ensure that members of the public have as much time as was initially anticipated to reply to initial comments in these proceedings," according to the agency.

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Obama refutes 'fast lane' aspect of FCC net neutrality proposal

08/06, 3:47pm

No comment given regarding possible Title II regulation of ISPs

President Obama, fielding a question at a press event, has decried part of US Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler's "net neutrality" proposal. Speaking before the US Africa Leaders Summit, the president claims that "you don't want to start getting a differentiation in how accessible the Internet is to different users" and that the proposal needs to "leave it open so the next Google and the next Facebook can succeed."

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Presidential executive order over drone usage reportedly on the way

07/25, 7:34am

NTIA may be called to create voluntary best practices for commercial drones

President Barack Obama may issue privacy guidelines for commercial drones in the United States, claims a report. Plans to issue an executive order allegedly involve the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) working with consumer groups, and companies planning to operate drones in the future, to create "voluntary best practices" for the unmanned aircraft.

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Secret surveillance court accepts two of Obama's NSA metadata reforms

02/07, 1:25pm

Agrees to measures requiring court approval for NSA metadata searches

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has given its approval to changes President Barack Obama has requested as part of a surveillance reforms speech last month. Two measures in the reforms have been accepted by the court, which will affect the way the National Security Agency (NSA) searches its phone records database in the future.

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Apple among companies pledging to support long-term unemployed

01/31, 12:55pm

Plans still nebulous

Apple is among of a number of US corporations that have agreed to change hiring practices to avoid discriminating against the long-term unemployed, says the New York Times. The pledge comes at the behest of President Obama, who is hosting a meeting of CEOs at the White House later today to promote his efforts. White House officials say that about 300 businesses have agreed to alter hiring policies, including 21 of the 50 biggest American corporations, and 47 out of the top 200.

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President Obama announces reforms to data collection methods of NSA

01/17, 12:45pm

Collected data to be handed to third party, judicial findings required for access

The United States government will reform the way it uses surveillance data, President Barack Obama has announced. Addressing concerns over the National Security Agency (NSA) and the various programs employed to monitor potential threats, Obama outlined a number of changes in how the data will be accessed by security agencies as he attempts to ease the concerns of US citizens.

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President Obama to meet with Eric Schmidt, Tim Cook on tech matters

12/16, 8:46pm

On the agenda are NSA surveillance, Obamacare, income inequality

President Obama is spending part of December 17 in conference with an assortment of Silicon Valley executives in order to "address national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures." On tap to meet at the White House are Apple CEO Tim Cook, Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, and 11 others.

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'Security reasons' keep Obama from having iPhone

12/05, 12:07pm

Obama sticks with BlackBerry due to security risks

President Barack Obama's administration is likely the most tech savvy the United States has seen, but the Commander in Chief can't rely on the best selling smartphone in the world for personal use. In a summit at the White House today, Obama revealed that he cannot use an iPhone for official business due to "security reasons." The President still uses a BlackBerry in the course of his daily duties, but even that device is quite limited in what it can be used for.

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White House publishes executive orders to rein in patent trolls

06/04, 4:34pm

Legislative proposals added; order could arrive as soon as June 5

President Obama has signed a host of executive actions intended to tighten down on the rash of lawsuits from non-practicing entities, colloquially known as "patent trolls." The President's orders aim at firms that collect patents without using them in products, and use them as weapons to force primarily technology companies into expensive and time-consuming litigation.

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White House lays out guidelines to mitigate cyber attack

02/20, 8:30pm

Five prong program hopes to minimize impact and efficacy of theft

As expected, the Obama administration announced its plan to curtail the increasing theft of US trade and military secrets. The response is wide-ranging but a limited response to the growing problem of cyber theft and espionage. While the buildup to the strategy focused on China, the country was not specifically targeted by the guidance. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the plan, saying that indications that economic espionage is on the rise. "Particularly in this time of economic recovery, this work is more important than it ever has been before," Holder said at the White House announcement of the administration's strategy.

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White House includes piracy in definition of 'cyber threat'

02/14, 9:45pm

Circular language in previous bill, address labels pirates as terrorists

In a clarification of language seemingly against the aims of the executive order, the White House has defined some terms found in the President's call to arms for US Internet security. Actions noted as a "cyber threat" include, but are not limited to, web site defacement, espionage either against a government or a business, denial of service attacks, destructive malware, and theft of intellectual property.

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President orders national response to cybersecurity threats

02/13, 12:06am

New measure grows on existing measure from 2010, changes little

President Obama on Tuesday night debuted a new executive order, spelling out a national response to the growing cyber-security threat. He introduced the measure during the State of the Union address, saying that the US and allied nations must take action to stem the tide of the attacks, as "we cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy."

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Apple CEO Cook to sit with First Lady for SOTU speech

02/11, 5:52pm

Powell Jobs, Instagram founder were guests last year

As happened last year, at least one influential tech-sector figure will sit with the First Lady in the Congressional gallery to watch President Obama's State of the Union address, which will happen Tuesday evening. Apple CEO Tim Cook will sit with Michelle Obama, along with Bobak Ferdowsi of NASA's Mars Curiousity rover team, military families, immigration reform advocates and gun violence victims, among others. Other tech CEOs have been invited by various congressmen.

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Obama calls Tim Cook, other CEOs for 'fiscal cliff' advice

11/19, 12:36pm

JPMorgan's Jamie Dimion

US President Barack Obama recently called several CEOs for advice on dealing with the upcoming "fiscal cliff" faced by the federal government, according to a White House official in contact with CNN. Four executives have been named, including Apple's Tim Cook, JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon, Boeing's Jim McNerney, and Costco's Craig Jelinek. The calls follow meetings with other CEOs last week, including conversations with General Electric's Jeffery Immelt and American Express' Kenneth Chenault.

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In Presidential first, Obama goes to Reddit

08/29, 6:46pm

President's IAMA logs 12,058 comments

In a first for an American President -- and perhaps any President in the world -- Barack Obama hosted an IAMA ("I am a...") discussion on social news site Reddit. The President took questions on the site over the course of about half an hour starting this afternoon at 4:30 pm EST. News spread quickly of Obama's appearance on the site, and the resulting traffic caused the page hosting the discussion to be unavailable multiple times over the course of the IAMA.

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Obama administration doubled down on Iran cyberattacks

06/01, 8:32pm

Stuxnet developed by US and Israel, only to escape

The Stuxnet malware said to have ravaged Iranian nuclear facilities two years ago, and long thought to have been deliberately planted, was indeed the result of a joint collaboration between the United States and Israel. In a lengthy, in-depth examination of Stuxnet's history, The New York Times has examined the development of the worm, its survival through the end of the Bush administration, and the Obama administration's decision to press ahead with cyberattacks as a means of slowing Iran's alleged progression toward the development of nuclear capabilities.

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US Agencies to make mobile apps; Navy ships get LTE

05/24, 10:10am

Obama order forces agencies to make two public apps each

President Barack Obama has ordered all major federal agencies to make more services available on mobile devices in the next year. The administration wants to increase governmental technology use, with agencies ordered to make services available for public access within 12 months. The news comes at the same time as reports that the US Navy will add LTE capabilities to three of its ships, allowing Android smartphones to be used out at sea.

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Jonathan Ive to attend state dinner at the White House

03/14, 9:30pm

Part of a 'Brit Pack' of guests to honor Cameron

Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple's senior VP of Industrial Design, will be attended a White House state dinner this evening in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to the US, but he and Cameron will not be the only UK citizens at the affair -- the Obama adminstration has invited a clutch of notable British names to also attend, including actor Hugh Bonneville from Downton Abbey, which the President is said to be a fan of; golfer Rory McIlroy; Sir Richard Branson, and UK rock band Mumford & Sons, which the Prime Minister is said to enjoy.

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First official US CTO Aneesh Chopra resigns

01/27, 5:50pm

Steps down to follow political ambition

Aneesh Chopra, the nation's first Chief Technical Officer, has tendered his resignation. Although no official reason was given, it's unofficially considered most likely he is stepping down so he can follow his own political ambitions. Chopra has been in the CTO position since May 2009.

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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch rips into Google over piracy

01/16, 5:35am

Rupert Murdoch attacks Google, Obama over SOPA

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has ripped into Google over what he alleges is its complicity in propagating pirated content in its search results. Murdoch, CEO of News Corporation, and a strong backer of SOPA, also accused President Obama of permitting piracy go on unabated after reconsidering his position on certain provisions in the legislation. Since signing up to the Twitterverse in the past few weeks, Murdoch has let his position on SOPA be known to the world.

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Jobs bio excerpts reveal stances on Obama, gene therapy

10/21, 10:30am

Exec crticized but supported Obama

More details from Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography -- due on the 24th -- are making their way to the media. Jobs almost, for instance, reportedly missed meeting President Barack Obama in the fall of 2010, as he insisted that Obama personally ask him for a meeting, even after Jobs' wife said that Obama "was really psyched to meet with you;" in all Jobs is said to have held out for five days, but finally conceded and met the President at the Westin San Francisco Airport.

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Obama signs patent reform legislation into law

09/16, 4:45pm

Laws expected to mitigate patent trolling

After passing a Senate vote by a margin of 89-9, the America Invents Act has become law after receiving a signature from President Obama. The legislation is hailed as the first major reform of the patent system in decades, bringing a wide range of changes, including a first-to-file system, that have been commonplace in many other countries for years.

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President Obama confirms he is an iPad user

03/28, 6:45pm

Still using a Blackberry for phone, however

President Obama, speaking at a Univision-hosted "Town Hall" meeting in Washington DC, confirmed that he owns an iPad in response to a question about his use of technology. He also mentioned that he is still using a Blackberry device as his personal phone, a habit he has had since before his election.

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Major tech leaders photographed meeting with Obama

02/18, 12:35pm

Jobs, Zuckerberg get prominent seats

Several major US technology executives have been officially photographed with President Obama at a dinner meeting on Thursday night. As expected, three people on the guest list included Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Google's Eric Schmidt, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Jobs and Zuckerberg were notably given the most prominent positions during the dinner, seated directly to the left and right of the President.

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Apple, Google, Facebook CEOs meeting with President Obama

02/17, 9:35am

Topics to include R&D, education, energy

Several major tech CEOs will be meeting with President Obama at a San Francisco event this evening, sources tell ABC News. Amongst the business heads attending the event will allegedly be Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Eric Schmidt, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs. A White House official explains that the assembly will talk about "promoting American innovation," as well as the Obama administration's interests in funding education, clean energy, and research and development.

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Obama wants wireless to reach 98% of Americans

01/25, 11:30pm

Goal tied with infrastructure spending

President Barack Obama has called for wireless broadband Internet expansion well beyond the goals previously set by the FCC's National Broadband Plan. The president has bumped the availability target up to 98 percent of all Americans. Moving toward the higher number is touted as a way to help boost the economic recovery through increased infrastructure spending.

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Obama cites Steve Jobs as example of American dream

12/23, 4:50am

Someone Americans 'should expect to be rich'

President Barack Obama has cited Apple CEO Steve Jobs as an embodiment of the American dream, according to a report. In discussing the issue of how the wealthiest people in America today are wealthier than ever in America’s history, Obama said, “And something that's always been the greatest strength of America is a thriving, booming middle class, where everybody has got a shot at the American dream…” Obama then moved to talking about Apple and its iconic CEO.

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Obama promises $800m in grants for broadband expansion

07/06, 6:40pm

Grants and loans to be matched by $200m investment

President Barack Obama has promised an additional $800 million for loans and grants related to broadband expansion throughout the country. The funds represent a portion of the latest federal stimulus package, which totals approximately $800 billion.

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Apple undos rejection of iPhone app with Obama art

08/21, 5:15pm

Obama art controversy

Apple has reversed course on the rejection an iPhone app featuring art of President Obama, the title's developer says. Start Mobile comments that it today received a letter from the iPhone Developer Program, claiming that after "further investigation," Start Mobile Wallpaper Gallery is fully compliant with all rules. It must be resubmitted to the App Store, but an Apple representative is promising an "expedited review."

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Briefly: Obama inspired T-shirts, iRingPro gives back

01/20, 6:30pm

Adobe Sweepstakes

In brief: FastMac has announced that it is now offering a special line of Obama inspired T-shirts to celebrate his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States. iRingPro has announced that they will now begin to donate a portion of every sale to a charity that seeks to provide education, meals and medical cares to children in Nepal. Meanwhile, Adobe has started a contest where users must use Acrobat 9 to create a media rich PDF to be entered into a gallery. Adobe is looking for a wide range of entries from general to industry-specific, allowing users of any experience level to win prizes.

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President-Elect Obama uncovered as Mac user

11/10, 4:00pm

Obama revealed as Mac user

The United States' 44th President will be a Mac user, as President-Elect Barack Obama and his children have been revealed as having two MacBooks for personal use. Newsweek notes that Michelle Obama, the soon-to-be First Lady, recently purchased the two MacBooks so Barack and his two daughters can video-chat while he is on the road, something likely to be frequent in his new position.

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