Last year, hackers hit the unclassified computer network of the White House, accessing in the process the email correspondence between President Obama and some of the people he emails, or used to email frequently, The New York Times reports. Initially, the White House did not disclose this detail, and it’s not clear what kind of sensitive data has been stolen in the processes, but the Times learned the hack has been “more intrusive and worrisome” than publicly acknowledged. More →
For the next chapter of their careers, two prominent technologists from the Obama 2012 re-election campaign decided to trade politics for the startup life, building some of their experiences and insights from the campaign into the foundation of their newly launched Chicago-based venture called Modest.
Modest’s co-founders are Harper Reed, the highly regarded CTO of the Obama 2012 campaign, and Dylan Richard, the campaign’s director of engineering. Reed tells BGR that he and Richard had been “hovering around ideas” about how to improve the e-commerce experience on mobile for a while now, well before the campaign. Outside of politics, for example, Reed’s past experience includes a stint as the CTO at T-shirt design company Threadless, while Richard is, in addition to a fellow Threadless vet, a former developer for Crate & Barrel. More →
The 44th President of the United States happens to be the first president to write a computer program, Wired reports. Barack Obama on Monday hosted a special “Hour of Code” event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, part of the annual Computer Science Education Week, during which he wrote a simple computer program that draws a square on a screen. More →
After the recent Big Papi and President Obama selfie turned out to be a Samsung marketing setup, the White House took a hard stance against any company using the President’s image for publicity stunts, CNET reports. “As a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes,” the White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday during the regular briefing. “And we certainly object in this case.” However, Carney did not reveal how the White House is objecting, and whether Samsung has been contacted to remove the image. More →
President Barack Obama on Wednesday said during a healthcare-related speech that he’s not allowed to use an iPhone for “security reasons,” with Reuters describing him as a “very loyal” BlackBerry customer. The point Obama made was that iPhone-related bills combined with cable bills may top $100 per month, which is more than what people will pay for health insurance under his new healthcare law. More →
“Anonymous Operations,” a global band of hacker-activists whose targets over the past year include the CIA and other government bodies, has been ranked No. 36 on TIME’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” According to a report from The Huffington Post, however, Anonymous was actually ranked No. 1 with 395,793 votes as of 5:00 p.m. on April 6th. Even at No. 36, Anonymous was still ranked ahead of investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett, Apple CEO Tim Cook and United States President Barack Obama, who was ranked No. 61. New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin took the No. 1 spot on TIME’s list, though the poll had him ranked at No. 9 according to The Huffington Post. Other people included among the top-10 on TIME’s list of the most influential people in the world were New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, comedian Louis CK and pop singer Rhianna. More →
President Obama will be hosting his first Google+ hangout tonight at 5:30 p.m. Eastern. In the discussion, the president will be answering questions that were submitted over the past few weeks through YouTube. Google maintains that the White House has had no role in which questions will be selected. Google’s team will instead choose the top-rated questions among those submitted, ensuring there will be several different issues discussed. The event will take place in the Roosevelt Room of the White House and is scheduled to last 45 minutes. The hangout will also be streamed on the White House’s web site, and reporters and press cameras not permitted inside during the event. Obama has previously hosted town hall meetings on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, all of which received harsh criticism and claims that the President ignored subjects that drew the most questions. More →