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Obama in the PicFog, From the Joker to the Batman

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, May 5 2011

It's fascinating to look at how quickly the depiction of Barack Obama in the online collective subconscious known as PicFog has changed in the wake of the killing of Osama Bin Laden. PicFog aggregates the photos that ... Read More

Time to Retire Staged Presidential Photos?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 4 2011

White House photo by Chuck Kennedy Widely-seen wire photographs of President Obama appearing to deliver his Sunday night statement on the death of Osama bin Laden might well have captured re-creations of the speech, ... Read More

No Official Bin Laden Body Photos, Says Obama

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 4 2011

Obama has decided not to release any photographs of the body of Osama bin Laden, reports CBS News' Mark Knoller. The president, tweets Knoller, announced the decision during today's taping of a "60 Minutes" interview ... Read More

Nearly Six Million Views on Obama's WHCA Jokes

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 3 2011

Barack Obama is having a history-making week in yet another way. On Saturday night, President Obama delivered a humorous speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner at the same time, we now know, he was overseeing ... Read More

Obama's "Big Things" Email is an "Unforced Error"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, April 28 2011

As Nancy Scola noted here yesterday, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina may be an unlikely video star, whose David Plouffe-like "strategy update" to the campaign's base has been getting almost as many views as one from ... Read More

Up Goes Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate on WhiteHouse.gov

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 27 2011

Woah. At just before 9am today, the Obama White House posted to WhiteHouse.gov a copy of Obama's "long form" birth certicificate, the Holy Grail amongst so-called birthers who have wondered loudly why Obama ... Read More

If Spike Lee Taking a Picture of Obama Makes iPad Photography Look Ridiculous...

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 25 2011

White House photo by Pete Souza Is there any hope for this technology? (via Callie Schweitzer) Read More

Obama's Facebook "Townhall": What Exactly Was That?

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 21 2011

Yesterday, you might have heard, the President of the United States sat down for a chat in Palo Alto. It was billed as a "Facebook townhall." Over the course of the afternoon, Obama fielded a handful of ... Read More

Obama is at Facebook *Right Now*

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 20 2011

A reminder that here's when President Obama's Facebook "town hall" is. Read More

Election 2012: It's Not Facebook. It's the Data, Stupid.

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, April 20 2011

Now that President Obama, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty have all declared their intentions to run for President in 2012 and rolled out their initial campaign ... Read More

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In China, Local Governments Play Whac-a-Mole With Taxi Apps

It seems these days that car-hailing apps exist only to give cities grief. In New York, car sharing start-ups like Lyft ignore labor, safety insurance laws and in China, the situation is no different except in one regard: taxi hailing apps in China are proliferating at a faster rate than in the U.S. In China, however, the taxi system is very much in its infancy and local Chinese governments are struggling to control the proliferation of new apps that flout the law. GO

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The Uncertain Future of India's Plan to Biometrically Identify Everyone

Since its launch in 2010, people in India have raised a number of questions and concerns about the Aadhaar card —formally known as Unique Identification (UID)— citing its effects on privacy rights, potential security flaws, and failures in functionality. GO

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