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NASA’s acting administrator to retire without a successor

The acting head of NASA is stepping down on April 30. Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. told the space agency on Monday in an email where he says its with “bittersweet feelings” he’s going to

Obama returns to his original Twitter handle and launches Obama.org

Former (😢) President Obama is heading off for a well-earned vacation, but before going to his undisclosed but hopefully sunny and isolated location, he took to his old personal Twitter handle, @Bar

President Trump has officially taken over @POTUS

It’s official. As of about an hour ago Donald Trump is the 45th President of The United States of America. One question regarding the transition was how the social media handoff would occur bet

Crunch Report | Chelsea Manning to Be Freed in May

Chelsea Manning is going to be freed this May, Zoom video conferencing raises $100 million, Vine is shutting down -- today is the last day to grab your videos, Google Drive has been experiencing inter

When President Obama leaves office, his @Potus tweets leave with him

When President Obama turns over the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he’ll also be handing over a number of high-profile social media accounts. Eight days ahead of the election, the White House is

President Obama explains why you can’t run the U.S. like a startup

Last week, the White House held its Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, with a focus on what the U.S. Government is doing for the future, in areas including space exploration, smart cities and more ef

Activists launch campaign asking President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden

Activists and lawyers from a host of human rights organizations launched a campaign today asking President Obama to issue a pardon to whistleblower Edward Snowden before Obama leaves office in January

President Obama has his virtual reality debut in new Felix & Paul experience

The White House’s new Messenger bot lets citizens send notes to President Obama

Sending a letter to the White House is getting a digital upgrade today. In addition to accepting hand-written missives by postal mail and emails, the public can now send a note to President Obama

Elizabeth Holmes quietly stepped down from Obama’s business ambassador program

Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of beset blood analysis startup Theranos, is no longer mentioned on the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) website. Holmes announced sh

After SXSW, here’s a roadmap for how the tech industry can change the world this year

More than ever before, SXSW featured discussions about improving civic engagement and how to use technology to help better the world -- from helping assist the 60 million refugees around the globe to

Watch Obama address the tech community at SXSW live right here

While most people think about hashtags, marketing stunts and <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/03/24/die-solomo-die/">SoLoMo</a> when they hear about the Interactive part of SXSW in Austin, th

Biden Comes To Silicon Valley For Innovation In White House Cancer Moonshot Initiative

Vice President Joe Biden showed up at the University of California San Francisco’s Genentech Hall this morning for a round table discussion with those in the tech industry about efforts towards a fu

#IStandWithAhmed Garners Support from Silicon Valley

Ahmed Mohammed, a 14-year-old who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, has gotten the attention of Silicon Valley. After news about the arrest spread, the #IStandWithAhmed hashtag

Developing Targeted Initiatives For Women Of Color In Tech

More than 30 diverse tech startups recently attended the first-ever White House Demo Day as part of President Obama’s Startup America initiative to call attention to the low numbers of women and min

America’s Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil Is Coming To Disrupt SF 2015

White House Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for data policy DJ Patil is coming on stage with us at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015. We’re excited to have him come and chat

New U.K. Government Focuses On Startups And Spooks

The U.K. voted in a General Election on Thursday. The result ends five years of coalition government, and ushers in five years of true blue Tory rule. Here's a quick round up of a few of the tech issu

The $25 Million Fine Isn’t The Real AT&T-FCC Story

It’s easy to focus on big financial penalties. All of us intuitively feel the pain of writing the FCC a check for $25 million. But if you’re focusing on the monetary pay out in the FCC’s consent

President Obama Taps Twitter Vet Jason Goldman As White House’s First Chief Digital Officer

President Obama announced this morning that Jason Goldman, a longtime tech industry executive best known for his work alongside Ev Williams during the formative years of products such as Blogger, Twit

How The White House Is Leading The National Effort On Civic Innovation

Silicon Valley, Uncle Sam needs you! No, I’m not talking about just your checkbook. Many of us who work in tech and live in California are accustomed to calls from candidates and campaigns asking fo
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