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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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Former Microsoft Exec Steven VanRoekel Named U.S. Federal CIO

Former Microsoft Exec Steven VanRoekel Named U.S. Federal CIO

The White House announced Thursday that President Obama intends to name the country's second federal CIO Steven VanRoekel to replace its first, that being the outgoing Vivek Kundra. WanRoekel has been several different leaders in the past including a Microsoft executive and managing director of the Federal Communications Devision of the US government. VanRoekel previously served 15 years at Microsoft where his final position was as Microsoft's Windows Server and Tools Division, followed by a year+ stint at the FCC starting in 2009, ending at this newest appointment.

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Obama’s Beast gets beached: Armor plating is heavy [Video]

Obama’s Beast gets beached: Armor plating is heavy [Video]

When your car has 5-inch thick military grade armor, is biochemically sealed, has its own oxygen supply, and can fire tear gas and infrared smoke grenades, it's easy to assume you're driving the perfect urban tank. Unfortunately, as US president Barack Obama - and his presumably red-faced driver - discovered in Dublin, Ireland today, all of that clever kit makes your car surprisingly heavy, too, and simple speed bumps become a whole lot more treacherous.

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Osama bin Laden dead: Raid was confidential but Twitter wasn’t [Video]

Osama bin Laden dead: Raid was confidential but Twitter wasn’t [Video]

The reports of Osama bin Laden's death may be ubiquitous now, but the story inadvertently broke - and played out amid the firefight - on Twitter first. Abbottabad resident Sohaib Athar noted a "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)" and then "A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S" without realizing he was giving an on-the-ground insight into what the US government has described as a 40-minute "surgical raid".

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Photos From Obama’s Tech Dinner

Photos From Obama’s Tech Dinner

The White House has released photos of President Obama’s tech leader consortium at a dinner last night. The dinner was attended by most of Silicon Valley’s top CEO’s and people who generally manage and direct your digital lives.

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Obama: “Connecting Every Corner of America to the Digital Age”

Obama: “Connecting Every Corner of America to the Digital Age”

During an address at Northern Michigan University in Marquette on Thursday afternoon, President Barack Obama said the US will spend $5 billion to build next-generation high-speed wireless networks in rural areas, and create incentives to free up more radio frequencies for mobile broadband. According to Obama (who is shown below using his BlackBerry), "It's how we'll spark new innovation, new investment, new jobs ... We can't expect tomorrow's economy to take root using yesterday's infrastructure."

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Obama Signs Another iPad in Europe

Obama Signs Another iPad in Europe

What a strange sort of occurrence - only the second time it's happened in the history of the world - the President of the United States of America signs a signature with his finger. A man at the Lisbon Summit 2010 was standing in a hallway with his iPad and offered it up to the President of the United States as he walked by. Mister Obama said "Ah, Sign my iPad, I've done this once before [therefor I am an instant pro at it, and will therefor do it like a boss]." Then he rocks it like he's been signing iPads since before he was born. Does a signature count on a document if it's signed with only one finger?

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