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.
Well, duh. Wonder why?
At the moment, you cannot buy an AT&T (T) Android phone with an OS that is under a year old. Think about that for a second. As far as 2010 Android OS's, AT&T wasn't interested. Android 2.1 was released in January of last year. Android 2.2 came in May and Android 2.3 was released last month.
At the top of AT&T's current lineup, Dell's (DELL) Streak, Samsung's MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 27, 2011 9:57 PM ET
A smartphone protest begun as blogger's joke catches fire in the high schools of America
The most interesting thing about Operation Chokehold -- a grassroots denial of service attack against AT&T's (T) data network scheduled for Friday at 12 noon PST (3 p.m. EST) -- may be who has signed on to take part.
You can see their shining faces on Facebook's official Operation Chokehold page, which by Friday morning had attracted MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 17, 2009 8:34 AM ET
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Carlos Slim has app envy.
During my interview with AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson at Fortune's Brainstorm TECH conference, he said he was in possession of something that was the envy of his one-time boss, TelMex's (TII) Carlos Slim Helu: an iPhone app.
Okay, it isn't just any old app for Apple's (AAPL) phone. Stephenson's tech folks helped build him a special application that tracks the companies in AT&T's "ecosystem" - partners, competitors, MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Jul 23, 2009 1:57 PM ET
"You'll have it next year."
That was AT&T (T) chairman Randall Stephenson's answer to a question yesterday about when Apple (AAPL) will introduce an iPhone that runs on a faster, third generation wireless network rather than AT&T's 2.5G EDGE network, according to an overnight report.
The remark was made at a meeting of the Churchill Club in Santa Clara, Calif., and seemed to offer slightly more hope of a speedy delivery than MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 29, 2007 8:26 AM ET
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