Obama huddles with tech execs - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Obama huddles with tech execs

Posted:

WASHINGTON (NBC News) -- President Barack Obama huddled with top technology executives at the White House Tuesday, with the National Security Agency's surveillance programs atop the agenda.

"We appreciated the opportunity to share directly with the President our principles on government surveillance that we released last week and we urge him to move aggressively on reform," the executives said in a joint statement after the meeting.

The White House called the meeting "an opportunity for the President to hear from CEOs directly as we near completion of our review of signals intelligence programs, building on the feedback we've received from the private sector in recent weeks and months."

"The President made clear his belief in an open, free, and innovative internet and listened to the group's concerns and recommendations, and made clear that we will consider their input as well as the input of other outside stakeholders as we finalize our review of signals intelligence programs," the administration said in a statement.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Yahoo president Marissa Mayer, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt were among the 15 tech bigwigs in attendance. Also present were top leaders from Twitter, Comcast, Netflix, AT&T and Microsoft.

The meeting came just one day after a federal judge ruled that the NSA's gathering of data on all telephone calls made in the United States violates the Constitution.

Earlier this month, several of the nation's biggest technology companies signed on to an open letter to the White House urging reform of government surveillance practices.

"We urge the US to take the lead and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight," the signatories wrote.

Also slated for discussion in the meeting was the repair of the beleaguered HealthCare.Gov website.

On Tuesday, the administration announced that Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene will replace Jeffrey Zients as a special consultant for the website for the Department of Health and Human Services. DelBene most recently served as the president of the Microsoft Office division, and now will be tasked with continuing the overhaul of the health care portal.

While the agenda was set to be serious, the country's most powerful techies started it off with a laugh.

At the beginning of the meeting, Obama joked that he had hoped to get an advance copy of the new season of the Netflix series "House of Cards," which portrays a vengeful congressman's Machiavellian rise to power by sowing deceit and human misery.

"I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient," Obama quipped of the style of lead character Rep. Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Dangerously strong marijuana oil seized in SE Rochester drug bust

    Dangerously strong marijuana oil seized in SE Rochester drug bust

    Police are saying a form of marijuana they seized in a bust in southeast Rochester is the strongest they have ever seen.  Rochester police arrested two people after the drug bust on the 100 block of 12th Avenue SE Tuesday morning.  Officers found 13 pounds of marijuana, more than 14 ounces of marijuana oil, prescription pills and about $5,000 in cash.

    More >>

    Police are saying a form of marijuana they seized in a bust in southeast Rochester is the strongest they have ever seen.  Rochester police arrested two people after the drug bust on the 100 block of 12th Avenue SE Tuesday morning.  Officers found 13 pounds of marijuana, more than 14 ounces of marijuana oil, prescription pills and about $5,000 in cash.

    More >>
  • LIVING BELOW THE LINE: How three Rochester adults are feeding themselves on $1.50 a day

    LIVING BELOW THE LINE: How three Rochester adults are feeding themselves on $1.50 a day

    Three Rochester adults are spending $1.50 on food this week to try to get an understanding of what it's like to live in poverty. Zoey Jantsan and Keith Cousins are part of a three person team participating in "Live Below the Line."    

    More >>

    Three Rochester adults are spending $1.50 on food this week to try to get an understanding of what it's like to live in poverty. Zoey Jantsan and Keith Cousins are part of a three person team participating in "Live Below the Line."    

    More >>
  • New agile workspace at IBM encourages teamwork, collaboration

    New agile workspace at IBM encourages teamwork, collaboration

    Senior Location Executive Tory Johnson cuts the ribbon for the agile workspace at IBM Rochester on Wednesday morning.Senior Location Executive Tory Johnson cuts the ribbon for the agile workspace at IBM Rochester on Wednesday morning.

    A project that's been in the works for about 9 months has become a reality, Wednesday was the official grand opening of IBM's agile workspace. This workspace takes a more open approach to the office, encouraging collaboration. IBM Rochester is one of many IBM locations around the world introducing this kind of workspace as part of the company's way of working, which emphasizes deep thinking, speed, and teamwork. "This new workspace is what we're calling a workspace for the 21s...

    More >>

    A project that's been in the works for about 9 months has become a reality, Wednesday was the official grand opening of IBM's agile workspace. This workspace takes a more open approach to the office, encouraging collaboration. IBM Rochester is one of many IBM locations around the world introducing this kind of workspace as part of the company's way of working, which emphasizes deep thinking, speed, and teamwork. "This new workspace is what we're calling a workspace for the 21s...

    More >>
  • Body of Rochester native pulled from Mississippi River

    Body of Rochester native pulled from Mississippi River

    The body of a former Rochester man was found in the Mississippi River Monday. Crews found the body of 52-year-old Jeffrey Asfahl Monday after searching for weeks. Asfahl, a John Marshall High graduate, had been missing since May 3rd. 

    More >>

    The body of a former Rochester man was found in the Mississippi River Monday. Crews found the body of 52-year-old Jeffrey Asfahl Monday after searching for weeks. Asfahl, a John Marshall High graduate, had been missing since May 3rd. 

    More >>
  • Ongoing feud leads to fight, arrests

    Ongoing feud leads to fight, arrests

    A fight involving a teenager who killed another in self defense last year erupted at a Rochester apartment complex Tuesday night.  Rochester Police said the fight was the result of an ongoing feud between friends of Jose Negrete and a group of people involved in his death.  

    More >>

    A fight involving a teenager who killed another in self defense last year erupted at a Rochester apartment complex Tuesday night.  Rochester Police said the fight was the result of an ongoing feud between friends of Jose Negrete and a group of people involved in his death.  

    More >>
  • UPDATE: Pedestrian in good condition after being struck by semi

    UPDATE: Pedestrian in good condition after being struck by semi

    Photo: MGN OnlinePhoto: MGN Online

    A pedestrian was rushed to the hospital after being struck by a semi truck driven by an Albert Lea man. 

    More >>

    A pedestrian was rushed to the hospital after being struck by a semi truck driven by an Albert Lea man. 

    More >>
  • Nupa worker allegedly threatened at gunpoint

    Nupa worker allegedly threatened at gunpoint

    Rochester Police say a fight between two coworkers at Nupa, a Greek Restaurant in Rochester,  took a turn for the worst when someone showed up with a gun. The alleged incident occurred at the location on Crossroads Drive. 

    More >>

    Rochester Police say a fight between two coworkers at Nupa, a Greek Restaurant in Rochester,  took a turn for the worst when someone showed up with a gun. The alleged incident occurred at the location on Crossroads Drive. 

    More >>
  • Graco recalls more than 25,000 car seats

    Graco recalls more than 25,000 car seats

    Graco is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained. 

    More >>

    Graco is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly