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CNET hosting CISPA town hall meeting April 19: Join us!

CNET is pleased to announce a public town hall meeting on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, otherwise known as CISPA, tomorrow evening that we're hosting at our headquarters in San Francisco. (Update: We'll also be live-streaming the event. Click here.)

You're invited! Here's the information about the event, which will be held in our offices in the city's South of Market neighborhood, close to BART, CalTrain, freeways, and the Bay Bridge. The fine folks at Hackers and Founders are helping to organize it in advance of a House of Representatives floor vote expected … Read more

Triple Town: A unique mashup of different puzzlers

With each turn in Triple Town, you are given an object -- grass, a bush, a tree -- to place onto your 6x6 playing board for use as a building block. Place three of the same object next to each other, and they'll combine to form a single, more valuable object. Three patches of grass make a bush, three bushes make a tree, three trees make a house, and so on. Your goal is to build the most advanced town possible before all the slots on your board fill up.

The difficulty of Triple Town lies in planning ahead, … Read more

Apple to reward employees with hefty product discounts

Apple employees will enjoy some healthy products discounts as thanks for the company's recent blockbuster quarter.

At an internal meeting yesterday, CEO Tim Cook announced that employees will soon be able to grab a $500 discount on the purchase of a new Mac and a $250 discount on a new iPad, revealed 9to5Mac.

Not scheduled to launch until June, the new discount program is saddled with a few restrictions. Apple workers must have been with the company for at least 90 days and can only take advantage of the discounts once every three years. The program seems to cover … Read more

This Day in Tech: Facebook releases video chat; Obama on Twitter for town hall meeting

Too busy to keep up with today's tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Wedesday, July 6.

•  Facebook had big news today: The social-networking giant announced a new video chat feature powered by Skype, which means you can now see your Facebook friend's face in real-time. Mark Zuckerberg spoke today on stage about why mixing Facebook's social infrastructure with new apps like video chats will create new scenarios for their users. CNET's Josh Lowensohn, who was at the event, wrote Zuckerberg says 4 billion things are shared every day. &… Read more

White House Twitter 'town hall' today: Join us live

President Obama will host a Webcast at the White House at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET) today to answer questions submitted via Twitter. We're covering it live.

The White House and Twitter are billing the event as a "town hall," but it's not exactly going to be an exercise in open-microphone democracy. Instead, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey will select a handful of questions submitted through the #AskObama hashtag.

Among the #AskObama questions: immigration, taxes, gigabit Internet speeds, and whether it's possible to win re-election if the unemployment rate is 9 percent or … Read more

Twitter: We're crowdsourcing questions for Obama

President Obama has an unusual problem when appearing at Internet "town halls": the distinct presence of marijuana. And by that we mean a committed cadre of legalize-pot activists, not the plant.

Obama's first event of the sort, which took place mere weeks after his inauguration, used a democratic-style voting mechanism soon flooded by marijuana legalization advocates, who propelled their questions to the top of the "green jobs," "financial stability," "jobs," and "budget" categories. During a YouTube Q&A earlier this year, 198 of the highest-rated 200 questions dealt with drug policy. … Read more

Obama 'town hall' will answer Twitter questions

President Obama will host a live Webcast at the White House next week to answer questions submitted via Twitter.

The White House and Twitter are billing the July 6 event as a "town hall," but it's not exactly going to be an exercise in open-microphone democracy. Instead, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey will select a handful of questions submitted through the #AskObama hashtag.

Among the #AskObama questions so far, topics include: immigration, taxes, gigabit Internet speeds, and whether it's possible to win reelection if the unemployment rate is 9 percent or above next fall.

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CNET Roadside Assistance 015: Keep those wipers at mid-stride (podcast)

We debate the robustness of Bluetooth streaming, data plans with new head units, the best 7 passenger vehicle that's not a mini-van. and windshield wipers.

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This Day in Tech: Groupon IPO, Sony sites hacked, Twitter sex scandal

Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET News for Thursday, June 2.

At D9, Windows 8 makes debut, and more (roundup) The gathering of tech CEOs and other bigwigs also puts the spotlight on Twitter's new photo-sharing service, Google's social-networking efforts, HP's WebOS ambitions, and then some. More

Zuckerberg calls Facebook contract a 'fraud' New York man's alleged contract and e-mails that supposedly give him 50 percent ownership of the social network are forgeries, new court filing from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims. MoreRead more

YouTube Town Hall lets politicians debate key topics

Google's YouTube is bringing political discourse to its site in a whole new way.

Dubbed Town Hall, the new service on the world's top video site pits members of Congress against each other on key topics, ranging from the budget to the economy to Afghanistan. YouTube Town Hall users can ask questions of lawmakers related to the many topics available, which are then voted on by other users.

The most popular questions are then posed to members of Congress on different sides of the debate who post videos to the Town Hall site, giving users their side of … Read more