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Apple’s Tim Cook, other tech CEOs poised to attend White House summit led by Jared Kushner

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An inaugural meeting of the American Technology Council -- organized by the Trump administration, and led by President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner -- will reportedly take place at the White House on June 19, and may see as many as 12 major tech executives attend, including Apple's Tim Cook.

Execs from Apple, other tech firms to talk immigration and government modernization at White House meeting

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Immigration policies, government services modernization and integration with cutting edge Silicon Valley initiatives like machine learning are on the docket for next month's meeting of President Donald Trump's American Technology Council, according to a report.

Ex-White House Secret Service officer guilty of “at work” teen sexting charges

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Lee Robert Moore

Lee Robert Moore

A Secret Service officer has pleaded guilty to sexting, from the White House, an undercover officer he thought was 14 years old. Lee Robert Moore, who has been terminated from his post of checking identification at the White House entrance, also admitted (PDF) to sending a minor girl sexually explicit pictures of himself and of enticing her to do the same.

According to his court admission, Moore befriended an undercover officer and other girls on a website called Meet24 and on the Kik messenger application.

According to court documents, (PDF) the defendant in 2015 told an undercover officer posing as a teen girl that he was texting her "in the break room" and that he had "to go relieve someone else to go on break."

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White House unveils social transition plan for everything from Twitter to Medium

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Twitter officially launched in 2006, but Presidential tweets didn't come into vogue until after Barack Obama took office in 2008. Today, the account for @POTUS (and the equally blue-check-official @FLOTUS) posts regularly and carries millions of followers. And just like every other responsibility and privilege associated with the office of president, there's now an official transition plan in place for this, too.

Yesterday, the White House published "The Digital Transition: How the Presidential Transition Works in the Social Media Age," essentially outlining the plan for how to preserve the history of presidential social media while ensuring the accounts transition securely and smoothly to President Obama's successor (whether or not they choose to follow in his BlackBerry and then Android footsteps).

For the headlining Twitter accounts, all media posted by the Obama administration through @POTUS will transition to a new handle, @POTUS44. The same will happen for accounts like @FLOTUS, @PressSec, and @VP. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will maintain these new "44" accounts to preserve the digital record. On January 20, 2017, the newly elected president and his or her administration will then receive access to the @POTUS et al accounts, which will all maintain their current follower counts.

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Obama supports cable box competition and—surprise—cable lobby is angry

President Obama and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. (credit: White House)

President Obama today pledged support for the Federal Communications Commission effort to give cable TV customers a greater choice of set-top boxes. Shortly after, the top cable lobby group expressed its displeasure, saying the White House's statement "may be good politics, but it's bad government."

The White House published a blog post this morning saying that cable TV subscribers shouldn't have to spend "nearly $1,000 over four years to lease a set of behind-the-times boxes." Americans should "have options to own a device for much less money that will integrate everything they want—including their cable or satellite content, as well as online streaming apps—in one, easier-to-use gadget," the White House said.

The FCC in February approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would force pay-TV companies to provide content and programming information to makers of third-party hardware and applications. This would create a software-based replacement for CableCard, allowing other companies to build set-top boxes or mobile applications that display a pay-TV subscriber's channels without a physical CableCard.

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