White House

  • The White House Joins Periscope And Broadcasts Pope’s Visit

    The White House Joins Periscope And Broadcasts Pope’s Visit

    The White House created a Periscope account on Tuesday, just in time for Pope Francis’ trip to the United States. The White House live broadcast Pope Francis stepping off his plane and greeting the Obama family. More than 11,000 viewers tuned into the White House’s inaugural stream. Twitter, which owns Periscope, is hoping to capitalize on coverage of his visit. The company announced… Read More

  • Developing Targeted Initiatives For Women Of Color In Tech Crunch Network

    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 minority tech entrepreneurs. Obama’s call to action included new public/private partnerships that promise to provide Americans with the opportunity to “pursue their bold… Read More

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

    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 with us about his role as the first national data scientist. President Obama appointed Patil to his current position this spring. Patil was formerly the head of data science at LinkedIn but came… Read More

  • An Inside Look At The First-Ever White House Demo Day

    Yesterday, President Barack Obama invited 30 companies to the White House (on his birthday, no less) to participate in the first-ever White House Demo Day. The purpose of the event was to accelerate diversity in the U.S. tech sector, and as a supporter of that very goal, TechCrunch showed up to hear what the president had to say. If you want to read our full coverage of the event, check out… Read More

  • Gossip App Cloakroom Is Yik Yak For Washington Insiders Only

    Gossip App Cloakroom Is Yik Yak For Washington Insiders Only

    Capitol Hill feels a lot like a college, with thousands of twenty-somethings all working on the same campus, eating in cafeterias and taking summer recesses. Now the Hill even has its own Yik Yak with the launch of the anonymous forum Cloakroom. Cloakroom is a mobile app where Washington insiders can anonymously post their thoughts. You can only use Cloakroom if you are in the… Read More

  • Russians Implicated In Hack On White House After Obama Makes Cybersecurity Push

    Russians Implicated In Hack On White House After Obama Makes Cybersecurity Push

    The same Russian hackers who breached the State Department system for months also gained access to an unclassifed White House computer system, according to a report from CNN. Although the system did not contain classified information, the Russians reportedly had access to the president’s private schedule. The connected cyberattack on the State Department in recent months has been… Read More

  • Google Blasts Media Implications That It Runs That Town

    Google Blasts Media Implications That It Runs That Town

    Google, a search company, fired back today at a string of reports published in the Wall Street Journal over the past few weeks that have brought the company and its business practices under scrutiny. The collection of pieces implied that Google has decision-tilting influence in the federal government, and that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) all but went against its own internal views… Read More

  • How The White House Is Leading The National Effort On Civic Innovation Crunch Network

    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 for money every couple of years. But this request is much different. Members of a new White House effort, the U.S. Digital Service (USDS), have been making house calls, from Sand Hill Road to… Read More

  • Apple Pay Coming To Federal Institutions Starting In September

    Apple Pay Coming To Federal Institutions Starting In September

    Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the White House summit on cybersecurity and personal privacy today, where he announced that Apple Pay will be available starting in September as a payment method for U.S. federal government services. To start, it’ll roll out for things like admission to national parks, with plans to also make it function with services like Social Security and… Read More

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