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[News] Obama is Already in Microsoft's Pocket

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REI, Microsoft meet with Obama on health care

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| Local companies REI and Microsoft were among a handful of businesses praised 
| today by President Obama for programs designed to make their employees 
| healthier and keep down health-care costs.  


REI CEO Sally Jewell, Microsoft exec meet with Obama on health care


Microsoft offers stimulus-tracking software

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| Microsoft Corp. on Monday unveiled a software program that will help 
| government agencies track projects funded by the economic stimulus program. 


Nothing to do with open, just lock-in:

Microsoft offers free repository for agency data

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| Microsoft has set up a repository in which government agencies may upload and 
| store their public-facing datasets so that they can be reused by other 
| parties.  


Making US citizens critically dependent on Microsoft. India too:

New Microsoft software to monitor state projects through Internet

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| Microsoft India is developing a dynamic software framework, which will allow 
| Gujarat to track the implementation of various schemes at the touch of a 
| button. The project called Darpan, which is under development, works on 
| Internet-based technology and would be useful to get important information 
| from small villages and remote areas faster.     



Obama Administration Claims Copyright Treaty Involves State Secrets?!?

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| When the Obama administration took over, there was a public stance that this
| administration was going to be more transparent -- especially with regards to
| things like Freedom of Information Act requests. The nonprofit group
| Knowledge Ecology International took that to heart and filed an FOIA request
| to get more info on ACTA. The US Trade Representative's Office responded
| denying the request, saying that the information was "classified in the
| interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958." This is a
| treaty about changing copyright law, not sending missiles somewhere. To claim
| that it's a national security matter is just downright scary. As KEI points
| out, the text of the documents requested have been available to tons of
| people, including more than 30 governments around the world and lobbyists
| from the entertainment industry, pharma industry and publishing industry.


Obama Names Craig Mundie to Sci-Tech Advisory Council

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