The National Journal writes that when Arun Chaudhary was a teenager, his father asked him why he didn't want to get into politics. "I can't, Dad," he recalled saying. "I have a funny name." Now Arun Chaudhary, the son of an immigrant Indian father and a Jewish mother, is as close to politics as one can be: He took leave from his day job -- professor at the NYU film school -- to become Barack Obama's videographer (or, so the official title, director of field production).
After 10 months on the campaign trail, … Read more
A long time ago - I think it was 1995 - I was seated at a long dinner table in a rather nice home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Around the table were all the officers and directors of Cyrix - the microprocessor company that was later acquired by National Semiconductor.
One of our directors was Jack Kemp, quarterback and politician extraordinaire. Jack, who can really work a room, eventually turned the conversation to politics. The question put to the table was whom did we like in the upcoming Republican primaries and why.
I instantly panicked. I didn't even … Read more
A new attack on PayPal could have allowed users who thought they were on a trusted page to access a fraudulent page and possibly expose personal information. On Friday, Finnish researcher Harry Sintonen reported the vulnerability on an IRC chat room.
In an interview with Netcraft, Sintonen said the issue was critical. "You could easily steal credentials." He added that in this case you can't trust the URL http://www.paypal.com.
"I can't remember a debate in which the only memorable moment was the audience's heckling of a moderator."
That's the opening line of Frank Rich's eminently entertaining essay in Sunday's New York Times on the recent Clinton-Obama debate.
Rich obviously missed the ruckus over Sarah Lacy's ill-fated interview of Mark Zuckerberg last month at the South by Southwest conference. That episode was well-chronicled elsewhere. Suffice it to say that Lacy wasn't at her best that evening and a crowd of nerds jumped ugly when their patience ran out. What followed was … Read more
Chinese-language search engine Baidu has an unusual new mascot atop its home page: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
A cartoon version of Obama is depicted next to a donkey, the Democratic party emblem. He's holding a net as though casting it, and attached to the end of the net is a computer mouse--get it? It's the Internet.
This is part of a "person of the month" feature that Baidu has instituted since November, the blog Shanghaiist explains. Each month, Baidu selects a real-life or fictional personality who has ranked high in its search queries. … Read more
Hillary Clinton is on to something but she's not thinking big enough.
On Wednesday, the Democratic presidential nominee wannabe issued another one of those insufferably boring candidate white papers on how she would improve the country as its 43rd president. The main news? Clinton wants to spend $7 billion to promote what she terms an "insourcing" agenda, offering a package of tax incentives and investments to companies that create jobs in America.
OK, nothing wrong with a little pork barrel action this time of the campaign season. And some of the ideas are not half-bad: So, for … Read more
I just read Ellen McGirt's poignant feature story on "The Brand Called Obama" in Fast Company, and my marketing head is spinning. "The fact that Obama has taken what we thought we knew about politics and turned it into a different game for a different generation is no longer news," she writes, "but what has hardly been examined is the degree to which his success indicates a seismic shift on the business horizon as well." Indeed, Obama has introduced a new brand of politics, and he has caused a paradigm shift that goes … Read more
If the outcome of this year's presidential race depended solely on the whims of computer industry workers, it appears that there'd be a draw.
Or at least that's what a survey of 600 employees in that space recently found. The questionnaire was conducted just before the early March primaries by the Computing Technology Industry Association, or CompTIA, a trade association that represents mostly smaller technology companies, and Rasmussen Reports, a public-opinion research organization.