Internet Activists Ridicule PM Cameron’s Plan to Ban Strong Encryption in the UK

British Prime Minister David Cameron said that his government intends to ban strong encryption, UK’s leading political news website reports. In reply to Tory Member of Parliament Henry Bellingham, who asked the prime minister whether the attacks in Tunisia meant it was time companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter understand that their current privacy policies are completely unsustainable, Cameron said that the security services must always be able to spy on online communications. “Britain is not a state that is trying to search through everybody’s emails and invade their privacy,” said Cameron. “We just want to ensure that terrorists do not have a safe space in which to communicate. That is the challenge, and it is a challenge […]

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Weeks Before the eBay Split, PayPal Acquires Digital Payment Provider Xoom

Paypal announced on Wednesday that it was acquiring San Francisco-based Xoom, a company that facilitates the digital transfer of money internationally, Forbes reports. The all-cash deal values Xoom at $890 million, or $25 a share. “Expanding into international money transfer and remittances aligns with our strategic vision to democratize the movement and management of money,” said PayPal President Dan Schulman. “Acquiring Xoom allows PayPal to offer a broader range of services to our global customer base, increase customer engagement and enter an important and growing adjacent marketplace,” he said. “Xoom’s presence in 37 countries – in particular, Mexico, India, the Philippines, China and Brazil – will help us accelerate our expansion in these important markets.” Xoom is a digital money […]

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Kelly Wrote the President About Health Reform — Today, She’s With Him in Nashville.

Every day, the White House receives thousands of letters and emails from across the country. Our job in the Office of Presidential Correspondence is to sort and read each message and make sure that President Obama hears directly from Americans about what matters to them.

Today, the President is speaking in Nashville, Tennessee to talk about the ways health care reform is continuing to help millions of Americans. On his way over, he picked up Kelly Bryant to thank her for the letter she wrote him about the Affordable Care Act and to hear directly from her about how it changed her life.

In 2011, Kelly was diagnosed with breast cancer and would later rely on insurance coverage made possible by the Affordable Care Act.  She wrote in her letter, “Because of healthcare reform, I am not scared of losing everything. I can start thinking about my new life and how the path is paved with opportunities instead of despair.”

Together, Kelly and President Obama are at a local elementary school, where they’ve been joined by Natoma Canfield. They’re having a conversation with others from the Nashville area who have written to the President about the Affordable Care Act, as well as doctors, nurses, other healthcare providers and leaders, and volunteers to talk about the ways this law is making a difference in Nashville and across our country.

Kelly has long supported health care reform, because she knew many Americans lacked quality, affordable health coverage.  And today, she will have the chance to discuss the impact of this law with her neighbors and the President.

Read her letter here:

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Follow Along: A Twitter Q&A with the President

The President’s down in Nashville today, where he’s talking with Americans whose lives health reform has made better. (He even gave one of them a ride in his motorcade this morning.)

He wants to open that conversation up to Americans across the country, too.

So at 3:30 p.m. Eastern today, we’re going to get him online, and he’s going to take your questions and respond to your stories on Twitter.

Participate using the hashtag #AskPOTUS, and follow along here.

Hello from Nashville! I’ll be answering your questions on health care and the Affordable Care Act at 3:30pm ET. Tweet yours using #AskPOTUS.

— President Obama (@POTUS) July 1, 2015

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