Obama

  • Patriotic Microsoft threatens to move U.S. jobs overseas rather than pay taxes

    Good for Microsoft, kicking the American worker when he’s down. President Obama means to close a loophole in the taxcode that allows corporations to “deduct… cost at a high tax rate and report… profits at a low tax rate.” In other words, win-win for the corporation at the expense of the United State Treasury. You know how Microsoft’s Steve Balmer said… Read More

  • Google's Public Policy Chief To Be Deputy CTO for Obama Administration

    Google’s head of public policy, Andrew McLaughlin, will join the Obama administration as deputy chief technology officer, according to a report by the New York Times. McLaughlin will assist former Virginia Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra, who President Obama appointed as CTO in April. McLaughlin has been leading Google’s public policy efforts for quite some time now. According… Read More

  • If The Watchdogs Are Saved: Ethical Repercussions Of A Newspaper Bailout

    The somewhat depressing and controversial possibility of a newspaper bailout turned into a stone-cold reality in the past few months as politicians, including Sen. John Kerry, Sen. Ben Cardin and President Obama, have hinted at giving the newspaper industry a life vest to save a sinking industry. Kerry, in his dire remarks at the Senate hearing on “Future of Journalism” a few… Read More

  • Google's Schmidt and Microsoft's Mundie Appointed As Obama Tech Advisors

    Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, and Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, have been named to President’s Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). According to a statement released by the White House, PCAST is an advisory group of the the country’s foremost scientists and engineers who will help the President and Vice… Read More

  • Obama loosens Cuba restrictions for tech companies

    Looks like President Obama wants to see some change in our Cuba policy, and not merely change affecting only Cuban-Americans and their relationship with the country. American telecommunication companies will now be allowed to, among other things, establish satellite links between the two countries and—Opie and Anthony may soon be heard in Havana! Read More

  • President Obama, Where's Our CTO?

    President Obama incorporated technology into his election campaign in an unprecedented way, became known as the YouTube president within the first week of being elected, and seems to be forward thinking in his views on innovation and technology, which is why we endorsed him last year. But now we are almost four months into his tenure as President and leader of the free world, and the Obama… Read More

  • The DTV Delay Act isn't official yet, Obama hasn't signed it

    So, Obama? What’s going on here? The Senate and The House of Representatives both passed the DTV Delay Act that made the analog switch-off optional until June 12, 2009. But Obama hasn’t signed the damn bill yet! What’s he doing? There is nothing more important than American television. Forget the economy, sign this bill into law and lets confuse millions of American’s… Read More

  • Obama inauguration draws attention to cellphone jamming (again)

    President Obama’s inauguration last month has brought cellphone jamming technology into the limelight, if that’s the word to use, once again. The Washington Post reports that Federal authorities were jamming cellphones left and right for the duration of the event, and now state and local authorities want to be grated the same leeway. As you probably know, cellphone jamming is… Read More

  • UK's Directgov Giving Change.gov A Run For Its Money

    Directgov.com, the UK government’s one-stop supersite for citizens, has opened up idea generation by allowing developers around the country to share ideas on how to build a word-class online hub for all national government services. The Directgov site, which launched in 2004, reportedly receives more than 11 million visits a month. Unlike President Obama’s digital initiative… Read More

  • Digital TV switch officially delayed

    Have no fear, the Obama administration is here! Today, the Senate voted to postpone the digital switch from February 17th to June 12th. Read More

  • Be that guy, get an Obama Coveroo for your gadget

    Really? This is getting out of hand, no? The onslaught of Obama clad doodads has begun. This stuff is going to sell like hotcakes! Read More

  • How Obama Will Use Web Technology

    Editor’s Note: The following guest post was written by Kevin Merritt, the CEO and founder of blist, a Web-based list manager and spreadsheet that was used on the Obama Administration’s transition Website, Change.gov. President Barack Obama was sworn into office this week as our nation’s 44th president. Despite running into a few technical challenges in the first few days at… Read More

  • 1.5-gigapixel "Obamaramic" photo of inauguration

    This enormous picture, taken by David Bergman, was stitched together from 220 images taken on a Canon G10 mounted on a Gigapan panoramic imager system. Easter eggs inside! Read More

  • The Sectera Edge demo'd via CNN

    President Obama will hold onto his Blackberry for personal communication but anything government related that is considered classified will probably be handled on the Sectera Edge. We published some pictures of the General Dynamics device when we broke the news ’bout Obama’s Blackberry plans last week, but CNN got a short video demo explaining the devices capabilities; yes, they… Read More

  • CNN's Inauguration Photosynth will blow your mind

    You’ve likely seen Photosynth in action before, but reader KSA sent this in and we thought we’d share. Look at all those people! Read More

  • Yes We Can buy Obama's watch

    Obama wears a Jorg Gray 6500 Series Chrono and now you, too, can own the same watch. How much is this piece of presidential ephemera? $325, babies, and worth every penny. Here’s the story: Read More

  • Obama's inauguration: Cellphone reception concerns, Twitter madness & satellite radio coverage

    In just a few hours Barack Obama will place his hand on the Bible, look into John G. Roberts’ eyes, and take the oath of office. So I hear. With so many people expected to cram into Washington, what are the cellphone companies doing to ensure that your photos, texts and, oh yeah, phone calls go through while Washington celebrates? And how can you experience the thrill of the… Read More

  • The TechCrunch Guide To The Inauguration

    Whether you are headed to Washington for the Obama Inauguration or simply want to follow along online, there is no shortage of sites and applications dedicated to the national party on Tuesday, January 20. Of course, every major news site will have videos, photos, and reporting from the event. But the people lining the parade route will also be Twittering, uploading photos, and capturing… Read More

  • Obama to KEEP his Blackberry

    The tech world has been on fire with speculation about President-elect Obama keeping his beloved Blackberry. According to ABC World News, he will be able to keep it only for personal use. Anything government-related will have to be handled on a NSA-approved phone. The smartphone option, the Sectera Edge, is a NSA approved brickphone and isn’t exactly a worthy successor to the Blackberry. Read More

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