Tech Leaders Press Obama on NSA, in Person
In meeting, they air gripes about the agency's data mining
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2013 6:43 PM CST
President Obama meets with technology executives in the Roosevelt Room of White House. From left are, Mark Pincus of Zynga, Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, Obama, and Randall Stephenson of AT&T.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Obama met with a who's who of tech industry leaders today to discuss the ObamaCare website. Or at least, that was the plan. Politico reports that the tech leaders—including Marissa Mayer, Tim Cook, Sheryl Sandberg, and Eric Schmidt—were way more interested in airing their concerns about the NSA's data mining. No real details have emerged, but the Washington Post says the leaders made clear they think the NSA practices are out of bounds, hurting their business reputations, and posing a threat to the economy. One lighter moment highlighted in coverage: Obama asked Netflix chief Reed Hastings if he had an advance copy of House of Cards. "I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient," he said. "This guy's getting a lot of stuff done."

Meanwhile, it's not exactly Clippy to the rescue, but a retiring Microsoft Office exec gets the fun job of overseeing the ObamaCare website starting tomorrow, reports Bloomberg. Kurt DelBene, 53, replaces Jeff Zients, who was brought in temporarily to right the ship after the disastrous rollout of "Kurt has proven expertise in heading large, complex technology teams and in product development," writes health chief Kathleen Sebelius in a blog post. DelBene is married to freshman Rep. Suzan DelBene, a Washington state Democrat.

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Dec 18, 2013 6:36 AM CST
Isn't this a bit of theater on the part of big tech to keep the money rolling in. They make a big show of wanting privacy enacted when they are the biggest offenders. We need to get rid of people like Diane Feinstein who wants to keep the NSA active to keep providing Israel with all the NSA raw data. Her bully stance against our American rights is shocking. She needs to go.
Dec 18, 2013 5:25 AM CST
Three more years of this lying, sack of shit, constitution hater in office and still the media shills for this disaster of an affirmative action hire. The bright spot in the whole thing is the utter thrashing the Democrats are going to take in 2014 if the elections can be kept honest and the NSA can be kept off from sliming the Republican candidates.
Dec 17, 2013 11:18 PM CST
Looks like Obama got Snowed in. (snicker snicker...)