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Obama, Zuckerberg to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Facebook

The White House has announced that President Obama will hold a Town Hall meeting later this month, alongside Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and company COO Sheryl Sandberg. The event, scheduled for April 20th, will be held at Facebook headquarters and live-streamed via the social network. You can RSVP on the White House Facebook page or submit your questions to the President here....

Barack Obama Has a Computer and an iPad, Because He's the President

As President of the United States, Barack Obama gets to enjoy some pretty sweet perks. Big house, private jet, personal chef -- and yes, his very own computer. He has an iPad, too, in case you were wondering. Univision's Jorge Ramos posed these hard-hitting questions during a recent interview with the President, who replied with a blank stare, before coolly reminding Ramos that he's the...

Study: Blame E-Mail for Rumor Mongering, Not Blogs

Ever wonder how all those insipid rumors about Barack Obama's citizenship became so ridiculously virulent? According to a recent study from researcher R. Kelly Garrett, e-mail is to blame. Blogs? Not so much. Though the Internet can expose us to a wider array of rumors, it can also expose us to a variety of counter-arguments, effectively neutralizing the blogsophere's rumor-mongering potency....

Obama Reveals Wireless Internet Expansion Plan, Targets Rural Areas

Last June, the Obama administration outlined an auction plan that could help double the U.S. broadband spectrum. According to Reuters, the White House has finally revealed the specific financial details concerning that strategy. As part of the overall plan, Obama will propose an additional $5 billion investment to bring wireless Internet to rural areas of the country. But, the spectrum auction...

Obama to Take Questions on YouTube, Twitter, After State of the Union

This Thursday, President Obama will field questions submitted from the world of social media during a live-streamed YouTube interview. Any inquisitive Web surfer can send their questions to the President at youtube.com/askobama, or via Twitter, by using the #askobama hashtag. Obama will answer the top-rated questions when the interview kicks off at 2:30 p.m. EST, just two days after his State of...

People Admire Bill Gates More Than the Dalai Lama, Pope, Glenn Beck

The Dalai Lama and Pope Benedict XVI are two of the most lauded men in the world, but, according to a recent USAToday/Gallup poll, neither man is quite as admirable as Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder ranked fifth in this year's 'Most Admired Man' poll, behind Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who topped the list for the third consecutive year. On the women's side,...

'WikiLeaks: The Game' Makes Data Espionage Seem Boring

Like most cultural phenomena, the WikiLeaks scandal has inspired its own Flash game. In this simple time-waster (embedded after the break), you play as Julian Assange, who must download documents from President Obama's laptop while he naps in the Oval Office. There isn't a lot of depth here, either intellectually or gameplay-wise, but it'll help you get one step closer to quitting time....

Jumo Mixes Social Activism and Facebook for a Global Crowd

Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook and the social media expert behind Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, has now launched a new social network designed exclusively for social activism. The idea behind the new site, called Jumo, is to help users find causes that mean a lot to them, and strengthen their ties with other, similarly minded activists. Hughes announced the project back...

Welcome to Japan, Mr. Obama: Shrieking Seal and Dancing Fembot Greet the POTUS

When greeting foreign dignitaries, first impressions are important. Perhaps Japan was operating in accordance with some apocryphal page from Emily Post when it decided to welcome attendees to the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit with the Paro animatronic seal, the singing/dancing HRP-4C fembot and an awkward single-seat vehicle from Toyota. Judging from the look on his face,...

The Audacity of Autographs: Obama Signs Supporter's iPad

A guy named Sylvester Cann recently attended a rally in Seattle, where the POTUS was shaking hands and signing autographs. Somehow, Cann managed to work his way to within arm's length of President Obama, and soon found himself standing face to face with the most powerful person in the world. Instead of quaking in awe or mutely shaking the President's hand, though, Cann calmly whipped out his...

Obama Signs NASA Bill to Fund Private Space Flight

With the shuttles entering retirement and its budget slashed, NASA has been looking forward to a cloudy future of late. But, with the signing of the NASA Authorization Act 2010, Congress and President Obama have ensured that the world's leading space exploration and research agency will continue to operate at the forefront of the field, albeit in a form that may seem unrecognizable to many. The...

White House Going Green With 2011 Solar Power Plan

Barack Obama initially promised to support and fund numerous techie projects, and now the President appears ready to publicly lead by example. With mounting pressure from green activists, White House officials are reportedly intending to install solar panels atop the President's residence next spring. According to the Associated Press, the White House solar panels will power unspecified areas,...

Obama Says Presidential BlackBerry Is 'No Fun,' But His iPod's Stocked With Jay-Z

It's a well known fact that President Obama has a bit of a BlackBerry addiction -- so much so, the man fought long and hard to keep his beloved device once he entered the White House, making him the first sitting president to use one of the e-mail centric smartphones. But Obama revealed on 'The View' Thursday that, perhaps, it wasn't worth all the trouble. Though White House security and IT...

White House Publishes Obama's Daily Agenda Online and in iCal

With two wars, an oil spill and a stagnant economy on his political agenda, President Obama is, in all likelihood, busier than you. Now, though, you can at least pretend like you lead the free world, by adding the POTUS's daily schedule to your own iCal. As part of its efforts to promote a more open government, the White House has just published the President's complete schedule for all to see,...

U.S. Unveils New Guidelines for Electronic Health Records Plan

Back in January, President Obama outlined a five-year plan in which all of the country's medical records would be digitized. By streamlining and introducing electronic standards to health data, mistakes like duplicate tests could be avoided. But, considering that only "20 percent of doctors and 10 percent of hospitals use even basic electronic health records," -- according to Kathleen Sebelius,...