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The White House Isn’t Happy That Samsung Used Obama’s Selfie as an Ad

The White House Isn’t Happy That Samsung Used Obama’s Selfie as an Ad

Did you catch the selfie that the Red Sox's David Ortiz took with President Barack Obama? That was a great instance of cultural zeitgeist, wasn't it? However, Samsung also has a deal with Ortiz that let it use the shot (taken with a Galaxy Note 3) in a Twitter ad -- and the White House isn't very happy. The administration ...

U.S. Senator Who Wanted to Ban Bitcoin Has Backed Off a Bit

U.S. Senator Who Wanted to Ban Bitcoin Has Backed Off a Bit

A previous outspoken critic of Bitcoin says he's starting to come around on the virtual currency, one month to the day after he called on regulators to ban it. In an interview with the Washington Post, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) said recent moves by the Internal Revenue Service, private Bitcoin entrepreneurs and other ...

Turkey Has Blocked Access to YouTube

Turkey Has Blocked Access to YouTube

After cutting off Twitter access within its borders, Turkey is now blocking its citizens from visiting YouTube. The latest act of internet censorship comes only one day after a Turkish court ordered the government to lift its Twitter ban and temporarily restore access to the service. Turkey is accused of blocking internet ...

President Obama Announces Plan to Reform for NSA Data Collection

President Obama Announces Plan to Reform for NSA Data Collection

President Barack Obama has officially announced his plan to reform the National Security Agency's collection of phone records. Under his new proposal, the agency would no longer keep a database holding a large percentage of all American call records. Instead, phone companies like AT&T and Verizon would keep them for the ...

President Obama to Propose an End to NSA’s Bulk Data Collection

President Obama to Propose an End to NSA’s Bulk Data Collection

The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress — would end the aspect that has most alarmed privacy advocates since its existence was leaked last year, ...

Jimmy Carter Tells NBC News He Thinks the NSA Spies on Him

Jimmy Carter Tells NBC News He Thinks the NSA Spies on Him

Former presidents — they’re just like us (minus the generous pension, 24-hour-a-day Secret Service protection, dedicated presidential library and a few other perks that come to mind). If you want to keep something private, send an old-fashioned letter, advises former President Jimmy Carter. The 89-year-old former ...

President Obama Meets With Tech CEOs for ‘Honest Talk’ About NSA

President Obama Meets With Tech CEOs for ‘Honest Talk’ About NSA

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a handful of other CEOs had an “honest talk” with President Obama Friday afternoon at a hastily arranged meeting to discuss Silicon Valley’s continued unhappiness with U.S. government surveillance practices. White House officials characterized the meeting as a “continued dialogue” ...

President Obama Joins Question-and-Answer Service Quora

President Obama Joins Question-and-Answer Service Quora

Question-and-answer service Quora has begun rolling out verified profiles for public figures, with President Barack Obama signing up as the first user to receive a blue checkmark. Obama has taken to Quora to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline. On-boarding the president ...

Turkey’s Net Censorship Battle Further Cracks Down on Twitter, Turns to YouTube

Turkey’s Net Censorship Battle Further Cracks Down on Twitter, Turns to YouTube

Turkey's battle over Net censorship is heating up, with the government there reportedly blocking a method that let citizens sidestep a Twitter ban, the White House expressing "serious concern" over the ban, and Google reportedly refusing requests from Turkish authorities to take down YouTube videos that cast the prime ...

President Obama May Dump His BlackBerry for an Android

President Obama May Dump His BlackBerry for an Android

The White House is testing smartphones from Samsung and LG Electronics for internal use, a person familiar with the matter said, threatening one of the last and most high-profile strongholds of BlackBerry. The devices are being tested by the White House's internal technology team and the White House Communications Agency, a ...