FORTUNE -- According to a report in Politico, Google (GOOG) vice president Vint Cerf, who co-designed the TCP/IP protocol that is the foundation of the Internet, attended a closed-door briefing with President Obama Thursday to talk about U.S. government surveillance.
So did Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T (T), as well as representatives of groups like Public Knowledge and the Center for Democracy and Technology.
Is there anything to this besides search engine optimization -- the cold hard fact that Apple in a headline generates more page views than, say, AT&T?
Not much, just this: The White House also knows how the game is played.
The Obama Administration is in damage control mode following revelations that the NSA -- which by charter is supposed to limit its intelligence gathering to overseas communications -- has been vacuuming up the domestic phone calls and Internet communications of American citizens as well.
There have been at least two meetings in the White House this week with a Kitchen Cabinet of tech execs and public interest leaders to try to smooth badly ruffled feathers. The three Administration sources who spoke to Politico's Romm could have leaked any number of names.
But if they want to generate headlines, the name they will drop first is Apple's Tim Cook.
Harsh criticism for the Obama administration.
By Sameepa Shetty, reporter
FORTUNE -- Famous whistleblowers and journalists, including Julian Assange and Daniel Ellsberg, held a conference call on Wednesday, to express concern about the freedom of press, in the light of the latest whistleblowing scandal.
"With the Obama administration's prosecution of WikiLeaks, [Julian] Assange, [Bradley] Manning and [Edward] Snowden and also their cases against publishers of the content, they are criminalizing the process MOREJun 20, 2013 7:39 AM ET
It came the same day the White House proposed reforming the very agency that issued it.
FORTUNE -- The ironies underlying the U.S. International Trade Commission's order Tuesday banning the import from China of certain older iPhones and iPads are stacked up like planes circling Dulles International waiting for a chance to land.
But before we list them, we need to make an important distinction between two kinds of patents:
Standards-essential patents (SEPs), MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 5, 2013 9:53 AM ET
Shell Oil's money sent Lisa Jackson to college. An oil pipeline drove her from the EPA.
FORTUNE -- For people who didn't know much about Lisa P. Jackson before Tim Cook announced Tuesday that he had hired the former head of the EPA as Apple's (AAPL) first vice president for environmental initiatives, here's a briefing:
She was born in Philadelphia, raised in New Orleans, graduated summa com laude from Tulane and got a masters MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 30, 2013 12:51 PM ET
Whomever President Obama nominates to replace outgoing FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, there will be political fallout.
FORTUNE -- There are lots of different issues that the Federal Communications Commission can affect: from media ownership rules to broadband deployment to whether broadcasters must pay insanely large fines for "wardrobe malfunctions" and people swearing during live awards ceremonies. But as observers try to guess who might replace outgoing FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the issue MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Mar 29, 2013 6:52 AM ET
Both Obama and Romney say that good energy policy will lead to good jobs at good wages. But that's about all they agree on.
By Brian Dumaine, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- One curious thing about this year's presidential race is the prominent position energy policy has taken. This issue, which in past elections largely got relegated to the "too wonky to bother with" category, is now front and center because energy MOREOct 17, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Inside the analytical revolution that's reshaping this election cycle: A Q&A with Sasha Issenberg, author of The Victory Lab
By Tory Newmyer, writer
FORTUNE -- A revelation that will shock corporate-types: Until very recently, political operatives didn't bother applying even the most basic return-on-investment measures to their campaign spending. In other words, they had no idea if a volunteer knocking on doors was more valuable, in terms of real votes, than MOREOct 12, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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President Obama wined and dined many of Silicon Valley's top execs last night during his first official trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. On the guest list: Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Oracle CEO MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Feb 18, 2011 8:33 AM ET
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