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Rumor Roundup: Media Snapchat Sexting Ring Gets TechCrunch Hot and Bothered

(Photo: Tumblr)

Oh you fancy, huh? Turns out doing PR for Tumblr, despite the site’s numerous recent outages, has its advantages. Katherine Barna, who works in communications for the blogging platform, got the chance to meet President Obama and the first lady at the White House, and she has the Christmas-themed snap to prove it. Wonder how many jealous reblogs this pic will spawn? Read More

Internet Democracy

President Obama Responds to Petitions Against Gun Violence in New Video

(Screencap: YouTube)

In the wake of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, social networks lit up with cries for gun control. Hundreds of thousands of people descended on We the People, the White House’s official petition portal, to ask the President to take meaningful action to help stop gun violence. Today, President Obama released a video recorded especially for those who signed these petitions. Read More

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FBI Calls Bullshit on Antisec’s Hacked Apple IDs Claim

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a statement regarding Antisec’s claim of having hacked over 12 million unique Apple user IDs from an agent’s laptop: the feds say that’s bullshit.

AllThingsD reports the FBI states that it is “aware of published reports alleging” Agent Christopher Stangl’s laptop was breached “and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed.”

The FBI begs to differ: Read More

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Was Obama’s iPad User ID Among the 1 Million Leaked by Antisec?

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Via Cult of Mac, we’ve learned that President Barack Obama’s iPad UDID (special set of characters unique to each Apple product user) may be among the million UDIDs posted online by Antisec on September 3rd. Cult of Mac refers readers to PasteHTML and a database search result there that appears to support the claim. The device in question is an iPad and is named “hobamain.” Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Reddit’s Biggest Day Ever Edition

(Photo: Know Your Meme)

Reddit had its biggest day ever thanks to President Obama’s AMA. No surprise there, considering the site was inaccessible for most of it. [The Verge]

RIP Microsoft Zune, can’t say anyone will really miss you. [Engadget]

Shopbop is trying to make itself into a high-end competitor to sites like Net a Porter. [New York Times]

Facebook has been cleared to officially purchase Instagram. [Wall Street Journal]

Is TechCrunch a bully? [Lane Wood]

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New Startup Marketing Strategy: Get President Obama to Play With Your Ball

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Sphero, the slick robotic ball that can be controlled with your iOS mobile device, just announced the addition of two new apps, Chromo and Macrolab, before kicking off a national tour of hackathons to promote its SDK. Sphero is made by a company called Orbotix based out in Boulder. So why are we writing about it? Because earlier this week, Ross Ingram, Orbotix’s genius operations guy, managed to get President Obama to play with it. Read More

The Equity of the Crowds

The JOBS Act, Which Rolls Back SEC Rules In Order to Help Startups Crowdfund, Passes in the House

JOBS Act supports via Angel List

Ready your startups, the early stage investing climate is about to go into overdrive. This afternoon, the JOBS Act (or Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) passed in the House with an overwhelming vote of 380-41. Next, the bill moves to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law.

It’s been a bit of a bumpy ride. The JOBS Act originally passed in the House a few weeks ago with a 390-23 vote a couple weeks ago. The Senate’s version of the bill, called the CROWDFUND Act (or Capital Raising Online While Deterring Fraud and Unethical Non-Disclosure Act), added a number of safeguards for investors and passed last week 73-26. The JOBS Act was then revised to reconcile with the Senate’s bill, which is why the final version had to move back to the House for another vote.  Read More

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America’s Dad Barack Obama Made You a Semi-Cheesy Spotify Playlist

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Remember when your Dad discovered Facebook? This is better. This afternoon, the President (you know, that guy who got Zuck to put down the hoodie) tweeted and tumbled a link to his 2012 Campaign Playlist on Spotify. POTUSes, they’re early adopters just like us!

As the Verge points out, President Obama may catch a little flack for using a Swedish service like Spotify instead of its American counterparts, but we think it shows a keen eye for global tech trends. Besides, Spotify’s Facebook integration gives Obama another reason to mention the Second Coming of Tech IPOs in his stump speeches. Read More