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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 9, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 9, 2012

Happy Thursday everyone. We've been tracking a lot of news today. It's almost like we're as busy as Barack Obama on his re-election campaign schedule. Hey, have you ever wondered what a president listens to while he's hopping from campaign stop to campaign stop? In case you have, Obama has posted his "campaign playlist" on Spotify. We have to wonder if revealing his taste in music will earn him more votes or cost him.

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President Obama posts his Spotify 2012 Campaign Playlist

President Obama posts his Spotify 2012 Campaign Playlist

As the 2012 election season for the President of the United States comes down upon is in a hailstorm of advertisements and pushes to do the right thing, so too do the brand collaborations begin - right here with Spotify. Though we've already seen the President go on Google+ to do a fireside chat after his State of the Union address just a few days ago, this is the first real place, I'd say, we're seeing Obama really jam on the youth-tip to get back in touch with the citizens of the United States so they can vote for him in 2012. While Barack Obama has never been one to get too far away from this environment, you're going to see one whole heck of a lot more of this tech-related business as the elections come up - what better way to start than with some Spotify music?

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Square mobile payment system hits the Obama, Romney campaigns

Square mobile payment system hits the Obama, Romney campaigns

If you've ever been to a political rally and thought, "This is cool but I wish there was some way for me to make a donation right now with my credit card," then Mitt Romney is the Republican candidate for you. Or if you happen to play for the other team, Obama's re-election campaign has also begun accepting mobile payments at its fundraising events. It's all possible thanks to the ubiquitous and revolutionary Square card-accepting platform.

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Google+ Hangout with Obama spurs SOPA discussion

Google+ Hangout with Obama spurs SOPA discussion

President Obama appeared before the world tonight in a virtual town hall that took place on Google+. As could easily be expected, there were some controversial issues to discuss, one of which was the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Obama responded to a question about the piece of legislation by saying there could be other workarounds, though he did not firmly voice opposition to the measure.

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Obama post-State of Union Google+ hangout tonight

Obama post-State of Union Google+ hangout tonight

Tonight the President of the United States will rely on the power of Google+ Hangouts to address the people of the internet. This address has previously been billed as a post-State of the Union talk, but now appears to be more of a question and answer session in which questions submitted via the web have been voted upon by non-White House officials - voted upon by Google users, in fact. These questions will be answered by the President one by one in turn while the world watches from their computers, smart TVs, and mobile devices at home.

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First official U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra steps down

First official U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra steps down

The first official Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Aneesh Chopra, has resigned from his post to pursue other political ambitions. Chopra was appointed the position back in May of 2009 shortly after President Obama took office and wanted to integrate modern technology to improve government operations.

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Obama using Google+ for post-State of the Union interview

Obama using Google+ for post-State of the Union interview

President Obama will deliver a live Google+ hangout answering questions from US citizens, the White House has announced, the first entirely virtual interview staged by the government. Set to take place on Monday, January 30, the President will answer questions submitted via the government's YouTube channel, particularly those concerning the topics Obama is set to discuss at the State of the Union address tomorrow.

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SOPA shelved after Obama announcement

SOPA shelved after Obama announcement

Opponent of the Stop Online Piracy Act, California congressman Darrell Issa noted today that he'd been told by House majority leader Eric Cantor that there would be no vote on SOPA "unless there is consensus on the bill," this essentially shelving the project until further notice. This move "effectively scuppers" SOPA, as the Guardian notes, and puts pressure on the next most notorious bill regarding these matters, the e-Parasite act, as it comes to a vote on January 24th. This is the victory we've been waiting for, folks, unless you're a big media company that hoped to mis-use the bill, of course.

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Obama’s geeks speak out on SOPA

Obama’s geeks speak out on SOPA

The US government has responded to the internet uproar over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), promising that any acts challenging piracy will not go to the House of Representatives without consensus being found first. "While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response," President Obama's IP, technology and cybersecurity chiefs wrote today, "we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet."

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Big Rig and Bus Fuel Efficiency Mandated by US Government

Big Rig and Bus Fuel Efficiency Mandated by US Government

The U.S. Presidential administration has today set the nation's first-ever fuel-efficiency rules for both heavy-duty trucks and buses, this set of rules unfolding over the next several years to hold accountable everything from big yellow school busses to long-haul tractor trailers. This move will, President Obama hopes, cut greenhouse gas emissions and fuel usage by said vehicles, eventually ramping up to further automotive coverage in the future. Heavy-duty trucks and busses accounting for 20 percent of the nation's annual greenhouse gas emissions according to the Washington Post, we certainly feel like these vehicles are the best place to start… or end, rather.

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