10:57 AM, Feb 12, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Elise Viebeck of The Hill reports that:
The CEOs of Google, Yahoo and Facebook have declined invitations to attend President Obama's tech summit Friday at Stanford University. Though Apple CEO Tim Cook will be present along with the top executives from firms like Mastercard and Bank of America, the absence of leaders like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Marissa Mayer of Yahoo is notable. Zuckerberg and Mayer were invited along with Google's Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, but none will attend.
The boycott by lords and ladies of Techland is the result of:
... ongoing tensions between the Obama administration and Silicon Valley over privacy matters, particularly in the wake of news about National Security Agency spying.
The first-of-its-kind event is designed to highlight rising cybersecurity threats and give government officials another chance to plead for more data-sharing from tech companies.
The government will be represented at the event by:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security … along with [President] Obama, who is scheduled to deliver a key-note speech.
Evidently, the IRS will not be sending anyone.
9:20 AM, Dec 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The latest episode of Conversations With Bill Kristol features guest Jim Manzi:
3:16 PM, Oct 24, 2014 • By ELI LEHRER
As any visitor to New York City discovers, the Big Apple isn’t the best place to get a hotel room. Rates top $300 per night, the highest in the country, and supply is quite limited.
7:31 AM, Oct 15, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
While the rise of the barbarous Islamic State and the spread of the modern day plague of Ebola has many concerned about the state of civilization here on earth, some at the White House are turning their attention beyond our planet.
IRS Donates/Recycles Over 100K Computers in 2009-2012.9:10 AM, Jun 18, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The results of a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) audit released Tuesday found that "[w]hile the IRS is complying with GSA requirements to recycle or donate used information technology (IT) equipment, TIGTA
2:01 PM, Jun 6, 2014 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
A buddy of mine who works in tech has been telling me for years that we're all doomed. The problem, he says, is that there are too many systems that are too unsecure.
Victorino Matus finds anachronism is relativeJun 2, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 36 • By VICTORINO MATUS
With growing amusement (and only mild alarm), my wife and I have been noticing how our parents’ quirks have gotten, well, quirkier. My mother and father, for instance, steadfastly refuse to text-message. “I don’t want to get charged,” my mother says. And besides, “Why do you need to text when you can just call me?” Of course, this assumes she hears her flip-phone at all—it’s often buried deep inside her handbag. She also has a habit of turning the phone off.
8:09 AM, Apr 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama met some Japanese robots and didn't like it. "I have to say that the robots were a little scary, they were too lifelike.
In theory . . .12:00 AM, Apr 12, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Employers’ requests for the limited number of H1-B visas that allow foreign skilled workers to work and live here has wildly exceeded the supply. After all, the visas allow employers to hire foreigners, rather than bid up wage rates to attract American citizens, or incur the cost of training Americans to do the job. And the visas are free.
7:05 AM, Mar 18, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Healthcare.gov has eliminated the web chat customer service option. Sometime around the beginning of March, the online chat feature that has been present since Healthcare.gov was launched disappeared.
8:39 AM, Feb 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The CEO of AOL, Tim Armstrong, said on CNBC this morning that "Obamacare is an additional $7.1 million expense for us as a company."
"We have to look at our benefits programs very seriously," said Armstrong. "In the CEO chair, let me give you an example of the decisions we have to make as a company: Obamacare is an additional $7.1 million expense for us as a company. So we have to decide whether or not to pass that expense to employees or whether to cut other benefits."
No Limitations to Nuke Technology11:22 AM, Jan 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Iranian president tells Fareed Zakaria of CNN that, under the nuclear deal, there will be no limitations to nuclear technology and no destruction of centrifuges: