US President Obama is scheduled to meet top executives from US tech companies tomorrow. The main agenda of the meeting is to discuss their concerns about America’s surveillance operations. Recently, Microsoft along with other tech companies wrote an open letter to Obama regarding their concerns about NSA Spying program and others. Obama will also talk about progress with the troubled online federal marketplace, HealthCare.gov, and ways the government and technology industry can partner to boost economic growth. The 15 executives who will meet include the following, Tim Cook, CEO, Apple Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO, Netflix Drew Houston, Founder & CEO, Dropbox Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo! Burke Norton, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce Mark Pincus, Founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Sherpa Global Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and ...

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I remember 2007 like it was yesterday when there was euphoria in the air around the concept of “hope and change.”  Fast forward six years, a sluggish economy has left many with just a little change in their pockets and one of America’s most successful corporations is condemning its own government as an “Advanced Persistent Threat.” Whistleblower Edward Joseph Snowden was an American computer specialist, a former CIA employee, and former NSA contractor who disclosed over 200,000 classified documents to journalists Glen Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Details released from the cache have revolved primarily around the United States’ NSA mass surveillance program, named PRISM, and to a lesser extent, its counterparts such as the British GCHQ, Israel’s ISNU, the CSE in Canada, the ASIS in Australia and Norway’s NIS.  These leaks proved to be quite embarrassing for the US government and the program appears to be unconstitutional. The leaks have also been harmful to many US based corporations, Yahoo, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and many other who supposedly willingly ...

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President Obama used many analogies to explain his perception of Republican shutdown negotiating strategies, but his Xbox reference certainly gathered the most attention. Noting that Republicans want to delay or defund his health care law before approving a new spending plan, Obama told reporters: “The American people do not get to demand a ransom for doing their jobs. You don’t get a chance to call your bank and say, ‘I’m not going to pay my mortgage this month unless you throw in a new car and an Xbox.’” Of course this sent PS4 fans into overdrive, denouncing the President for mentioning the Xbox but not the Playstation.  Clearly the President was well aware, nobody wants a Playstation, even if the bank throws it in for free. ...

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