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Obama accuses EU of attacking American tech companies because it ‘can’t compete’

Barack Obama has angered officials in Europe after suggesting that investigations by the European Union into companies like Google and Facebook were “commercially driven.” In an interview with Recode, the president claimed that European “service providers who … can’t compete with ours, are essentially trying to set up some roadblocks for our companies to operate effectively there.” The truth, however, is more nuanced than this.

“our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it.”

Obama says: “We have owned the internet. Our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it in ways that they can’t compete. And oftentimes what is portrayed as high-minded positions on issues sometimes is just designed to carve out some of their…

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Obama unveils new cybersecurity order with the same old problems

What can a president do to fix bad corporate security? It’s become an increasingly important question for President Obama, as his administration looks to respond to the growing tide of corporate breaches, from the Sony hack in November to this month’s Anthem breach. But so far the answer seems to be, not much.

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Obama to push for cheaper, speedier broadband in the US

President Obama today outlined an upcoming executive action to increase US broadband speeds and reduce its cost, something he intends to announce at a speech tomorrow in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and again in his sixth State of the Union address next week.

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North Korea blames US for internet outage, calls Obama a reckless ‘monkey’

North Korea believes it is being punished for a crime it did not commit. KCNA, the North’s state-run media outlet, has published an official statement from an unidentified spokesperson that accuses the US of shutting down the country’s internet access earlier this week.

“The United States, with its large physical size and oblivious to the shame of playing hide and seek as children with runny noses would, has begun disrupting the Internet operations of the main media outlets of our republic,” reads the statement.

Insults were flung

Among other insults, the government spokesperson blames President Obama personally for the release of The Interview, adding in an apparent racial slur: “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a…

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Link About It: This Week’s Picks: Obama learns to code, an addictive digital spirograph, Behance’s year in review and more in our weekly look at the web

Link About It: This Week's Picks

1. Obama Learns to Code
Last year when President Barack Obama delivered a YouTube speech encouraging young kids to learn to code, he hadn’t actually had any coding experience himself. To kick off this year’s Computer Science Education Week, POTUS……

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Watch President Obama write his first line of code

Dubbed “Coder in Chief,” Barack Obama is being described as the first US president to dabble in computer programming. After kicking off the 2014 Computer Science Education Week with a call to code, Obama joined an “Hour of Code” event, an international campaign that aims to show how much an hour of programming can amount to.

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Following Ferguson protests, Obama orders review of programs that arm police with military gear

President Barack Obama has officially ordered a review of federal programs that dole out surplus military equipment to local police forces. The news comes two weeks after racial unrest sparked in Ferguson, Missouri in response to the death of a local African-American teen, Michael Brown. Brown, who was unarmed, was fatally shot six times by a police officer. Obama suggested this past Monday that it would be “probably useful” to review the programs.

In the following days, onlookers across the country and the world were struck at the sight of heavily-armed police officers facing off against swarms of protestors. To many, the police forces resembled a military group, and as the situation escalated so did cries for a rethink of programs…

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President Obama creating task force to save bee population from collapse

The Obama administration is taking steps to save bees from extinction. In a memorandum released on Friday, the White House is seeking to create a new task force to investigate the effects of new insecticides on bees and other crucial pollinators. The group will have 180 days to produce a strategy to curb the rapid die-off scientists have observed in the last decade.

The memorandum directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to research how neonicotinoids, a special class of insecticide, is linked to bee colony collapse. The USDA has already reported that 31 percent of commercial US bee colonies died off or disappeared in 2012, and the trend has continued since then, causing alarm among food producers who depend on bees to…

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Eric Yahnker’s Sticks & Drones at Paradise Row, London: From President Obama to Miley Cyrus, the artist’s new show spans the good, bad and the ugly of America’s global influence

Eric Yahnker's Sticks & Drones at Paradise Row, London


LA-based artist Eric Yahnker (one of CH’s favorites) takes his sharp and satirical view of American culture and politics across the pond for his first solo show in the UK…

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Obama to propose legislation to end NSA’s bulk phone record collection

The New York Times reports that President Obama will soon detail a legislative proposal that will “drastically overhaul” the program that saw the National Security Agency collecting bulk phone call records of private citizens. The proposal will see the data remaining in the hands of phone companies — who would not be required to hold on to the data longer than they usually would — and kept away from the NSA unless the agency had proof a specific call had links to terrorism.

At present, the NSA can retain phone data for five years. The New York Times says Obama’s administration will renew that program for “at least one more 90-day cycle,” but plans to halt it and replace it with the new scheme soon afterwards. Under the new plan, the…

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