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‘House of Cards’ Spoof Kicks Off White House Correspondents’ Dinner ‘House of Cards’ Spoof Kicks Off White House Correspondents’ Dinner

If you missed the annual White House Correspondents Dinner this weekend, here’s what you need to know: Conan O’Brien hosted, and he was pretty good. As was the President, who had some good jokes about Michele Bachmann, birthers, and Michelle …

White House Joins Tumblr, Says There Will Be GIFs White House Joins Tumblr, Says There Will Be GIFs
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If you’re a Tumblr user, you can now follow the White House. Today they announced their latest foray into the social web. The White House currently has a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, YouTube, Soundcloud, Google+. And the President …

AP Twitter Account Back Up Following Hack AP Twitter Account Back Up Following Hack

After being down for over 20 hours following a hack, the Associated Press’ Twitter account is now back up and running. “Thank you for your patience,” tweeted the @AP account early Wednesday morning. Yesterday, around 1 pm ET, the @AP …

AP Hacked, Tweets About White House Explosion AP Hacked, Tweets About White House Explosion
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Two explosions have not rocked the White House and President Obama is not injured. But if you follow the Associated Press’ official Twitter account, you might have seen some disturbing news to the contrary. Earlier this afternoon, the AP’s official …

House Approves Pro-Privacy CISPA Amendment House Approves Pro-Privacy CISPA Amendment
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UPDATE: The amendment no longer contains pro-privacy language. The language requiring companies to share information only with the DHS was removed before being added to the bill. More on that here. Original story continues below: It seemed that CISPA couldn’t …

White House Threatens To Veto CISPA, Recommends Fixes To Bill’s Language White House Threatens To Veto CISPA, Recommends Fixes To Bill’s Language
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Last week, the White House said that CISPA still had some problems that weren’t addressed by the amendments added during its markup period. Unfortunately, the administration didn’t issue a veto threat at that time, but now it has. In a …

Obama Administration Says CISPA Still Has Some Issues Obama Administration Says CISPA Still Has Some Issues
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On Wednesday, CISPA came closer to reality as it passed the markup phase in the House Intelligence Committee. Now the bill has to make it through the House, then the Senate, and finally the President’s desk. That last one may …

Jay-Z Song ‘Open Letter’ Hits SoundCloud Jay-Z Song ‘Open Letter’ Hits SoundCloud

Jay-Z has been in the headlines a lot this week for more than one reason. Reports came out that he was looking to divest his ownership share of the Brooklyn Nets. His trip (with Beyonce) to Cuba has also been …

White House Announces Second ‘We The People’ Hackathon White House Announces Second ‘We The People’ Hackathon
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The White House has just announced its second National Day of Civic Hacking, to take place at the White House. It will take place on June 1st. “For the National Day of Civic Hacking, participants will focus on producing full, …

White House Officially Announces New Brain-Mapping Project White House Officially Announces New Brain-Mapping Project

As expected, President Obama has officially announced a bold new brain-mapping project that will attempt to do for the human brain what the Human Genome Project did for human genetics. The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) project “promises …

Another Star Wars Petition Hits White House Site, This Time Calling for National R2-D2 Day Another Star Wars Petition Hits White House Site, This Time Calling for National R2-D2 Day
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Over the half year or so that the White House has been operating their We The People online petition site, we’ve seen that it can be used in a variety of ways. There are the ridiculous petitions – the ones …

Petition to Force Congress to Wear NASCAR-Style Suits with Corporate Logos Gains Steam Petition to Force Congress to Wear NASCAR-Style Suits with Corporate Logos Gains Steam
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Ever since the White House changed the rules on their We The People petition site, forcing petitions to reach the 100,000-signature threshold before warranting an official response, “successful” petitions have been a lot more scarce. Only a handful of petitions …

New Audio Series Shows What It’s Like ‘Being Biden’ New Audio Series Shows What It’s Like ‘Being Biden’

The White House is launching a new audio series, powered by SoundCloud, that takes you into the daily life of the man behind the most powerful man in the world, Vice President Joe Biden. It’s called “Being Biden.” “The series …

Google Reader Shutdown Prompts Plethora of Petitions Google Reader Shutdown Prompts Plethora of Petitions

As you may have heard, Google has just announced that they are closing the doors on their 8-year-old RSS aggregator Google Reader. The company cites declining usage and a need to focus on other products as reasons for the shutdown. …

Anti-CISPA White House Petition Crosses 100,000 Signature Threshold Anti-CISPA White House Petition Crosses 100,000 Signature Threshold

After CISPA returned in February, privacy advocates started a “We The People” petition asking the White House to stand against the controversial legislation. It’s been a month since the petition was created, and advocates are one step closer to a …

Hate Daylight Saving Time? Here’s a Petition for You Hate Daylight Saving Time? Here’s a Petition for You
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If you woke up this morning in a haze and needed an extra cup or four of coffee to get going, you can probably blame Daylight Saving Time. Or your hangover. But probably DST. On Sunday morning at 2:00am our …

Petition to Make R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition (Remix)’ the National Anthem Is the Most Important Petition Petition to Make R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition (Remix)’ the National Anthem Is the Most Important Petition
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In the past, I’ve been critical of some of the more frivolous petitions to hit the White House’s “We the People” online petition site. A petition to build a functioning Death Star becoming so popular that it receives an official …

White House: “It’s Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking” White House: “It’s Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking”
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Less than two weeks after a petition on the We The People site crossed the 100,000 signature threshold, the White House has issued on official response on making cellphone unlocking legal again. And they totally support it. In a statement …

FCC Will ‘Look at’ the Illegal Phone Unlocking Issue FCC Will ‘Look at’ the Illegal Phone Unlocking Issue
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After gaining a lot of traction on the internet, the current illegality of unlocking cellphones will receive a federal investigation. Back in January, the Library of Congress decided that the unlocking of cellphones would no longer reside on the exemptions …

Petition to Make Unlocking Phones Legal Again Crosses Signature Threshold Petition to Make Unlocking Phones Legal Again Crosses Signature Threshold
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A petition to make unlocking cellphones legal again has crossed the signature threshold on the White House’s We The People petition site, meaning that it will receive an official response. Back in January, unlocking new cellphones became illegal via decision …

The Obama Administration Has an Awesome New Brain-Mapping Project in the Pipeline The Obama Administration Has an Awesome New Brain-Mapping Project in the Pipeline
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In the same way that the Human Genome Project has helped improve our understanding of human genetics, the White House is hoping that a new project could help us unlock the mysteries of the human brain. According to a report …