The Circuit: Tech CEOs at the White House, more Yahoo woes
Tech CEOs meet the president: CEOs from top tech companies will head to the White House Wednesday morning, including Google's Eric Schmidt, Cisco's John Chambers and John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, to discuss ways to foster jobs and economic growth. White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said of the meeting, "The biggest challenge we face moving forward is not competition between Democrats and Republicans, but in making sure we are preparing the next generation to compete globally." The working session is an opportunity for the president to continue building strong partnerships in the business community toward that goal.“ Perry Bacon will be covering for The Post.
Yahoo: Yahoo confirmed it laid off 600 employees yesterday -- approximately 4 percent of its workforce. The New York Times has some speculation about where the company might be headed now, but TechCrunch got a read on company morale with employee reactions.
Also from TechCrunch, someone messed with Yahoo's image search yesterday, making the result of every image search result in graphic images of a sexual nature. Yahoo and Microsoft had the image search down as of 9 p.m. EST. No word on who or what made the change.
NTIA report on BTOP: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration released an overview report Tuesday afternoon outlining their Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. The report makes it clear that grants are just the beginning of the project, and that there's a lot of work ahead for the agency. Read more about the 233 BTOP award projects here.
Net neutrality: Post Tech talked to venture capital investors who hold varying views about the effect the FCC's net neutrality proposal will have on their companies. Check out the conversation and Cecilia Kang's interview with Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures in New York.
E-mail warrant case: As reported in Wired's Threat Level, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that “the government may not compel a commercial ISP to turn over the contents of a subscriber’s e-mails without first obtaining a warrant based on probable cause.” The case dealt with Steve Warshak's objection to a 1986 law that gave the government the right to access a suspect's e-mails over 180 days old from his or her Internet service provider without a warrant.
Tech Timeline: It's been a busy year in technology news. For those who need a refresher course, check out The Washington Post's recap of 2010.
| December 15, 2010; 7:15 AM ET
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