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White House objects to Obama’s World Series ‘selfie’

White House objects to Obama’s World Series ‘selfie’

A seemingly innocent moment during a World Series celebration has drawn the ire of the White House. When the Boston Red Sox took to the White House earlier this week in celebration of their World Series win, David “Big Papi” Ortiz snapped a selfie with President Obama. The resulting backlash has now reached top level officials.

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Legislation to end NSA phone records collection revealed

Legislation to end NSA phone records collection revealed

A source speaking to The New York Times on Tuesday hinted at upcoming legislation that would aim to end the NSA's controversial bulk phone records collection. Today the Obama administration has introduced that legislation, getting it in a day sooner than the original deadline given to the Department of Justice.

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NSA bulk phone record collection targeted with upcoming legislation

NSA bulk phone record collection targeted with upcoming legislation

The NSA's bulk phone records collection has been a hot topic since first surfacing amidst the Edward Snowden leaks last year. According to a source that has spoke to The New York Times, it is also the topic of upcoming legislation to be proposed by President Obama that would put an end to the controversial program.

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President Obama nabs first verified Quora profile: Q&A is taking place

President Obama nabs first verified Quora profile: Q&A is taking place

Today Quora launched verified profiles, allowing well-known individuals to verify that they are the face behind the digital profile. The first person to get a verified profile on the website was President Obama, who is now holding a Q&A session about the Affordable Care Act, which is currently underway.

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NSA senior lawyers claims tech companies were aware of data collection

NSA senior lawyers claims tech companies were aware of data collection

Tech giants in the US were not as innocent, or at least not as ignorant, as they claim. This was the revelation dropped by NSA general counsel Rajesh De appearing before the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board this Wednesday.

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US ceding Internet control

US ceding Internet control

You may call it a face-saving effort, but it looks like the Obama administration is taking some good measures to do damage control after the NSA disclosures fiasco. Presently, the Commerce Department of the U.S. government has a hold over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. This is a body that manages Internet names and addresses and other technical functions that assist computers across the globe to find correct servers and websites. When their contract expires in 2015, the governing agency plans to give up its control and put into place a neutral alternative.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg calls Obama over internet fears

Facebook’s Zuckerberg calls Obama over internet fears

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama to complain about the US government presenting a threat to the internet, claiming to be "confused and frustrated" by the recent spying and surveillance scandals. "When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security" Zuckerberg wrote, "we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government."

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Obama’s “Between 2 Ferns” now #1 referral to HealthCare.gov

Obama’s “Between 2 Ferns” now #1 referral to HealthCare.gov

There’s an online-only interview show by the name of Between 2 Ferns out there in the wild, and President Barack Obama has just appeared on it. This show began as a comedy skit with comedian Zach Galifinakis with the comedy website Funny or Die, hosting such celebrities as Bradley Cooper, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jon Hamm, this show has been an exercise in the awkward side of giggles. With Barack Obama, believe it or not, the formula hasn’t changed a bit.

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WikiLeaks’ Assange skeptical about Obama’s NSA reforms

WikiLeaks’ Assange skeptical about Obama’s NSA reforms

There was a time when Barak Obama was defending NSA’s spying actions to the extent that he was supporting the team as patriots that were assigned “an extraordinarily difficult job.” In January this year, he shifted his tone to promise reforms that will assure individual privacy and by February, the White House was looking into four possible options for overhauling the NSA's phone-surveillance activities. At the recent SXSW talk by WikiLeaks head Julian Assange, we get to know of a different new theory about Obama’s plans.

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NSA reform options leak as Obama weighs phone tracking

NSA reform options leak as Obama weighs phone tracking

The White House is weighing four possible options for revamping the NSA's phone-surveillance activities, security insiders say, including dumping such monitoring altogether or allowing the carriers themselves to operate it. The possible restructures follow President Obama's promise in January that the NSA would be reformed so as to present less of a threat to individual privacy, specifically focusing on one of the more reviled projects where millions of phone records are gathered by the agency and sifted for metadata.

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Obama’s Cybersecurity Framework revealed (but is it enough?)

Obama’s Cybersecurity Framework revealed (but is it enough?)

President Obama has launched the new Cybersecurity Framework, the Whitehouse's guide for infrastructure providers like gas, electric, and water, as well as banks and power plants to fend off digital attacks. The handiwork of a year's collaboration between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the private sector, the Framework consists of three components - the core, profiles, and tiers - designed to assess existing security levels, bring them (and employee understanding of them) up to a safer level, and then maintain those levels in future. However, there are already criticisms that the plan does not go far enough.

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Obama’s NSA surveillance limits enforced (but are they even listening?)

Obama’s NSA surveillance limits enforced (but are they even listening?)

The first stages of President Obama's overhaul of NSA data collection have gone into action, placing limits on how easy it is for security services to monitor individuals, though new insider claims suggest only a fraction of the surveillance believed to be underway was actually taking place. For a start, if the NSA requires phone records, it must now get Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) approval on each occasion, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper writes.

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