My news assignments for this week straddled that increasingly blurred line between technology and politics, with two of the news stories that had President Obama as the focus.
Reporting on the Twitter hack that the company sheepishly revealed in a vague blog post, I discovered a source that concluded it affected only early adopters of the social media network. These 250,000 hacked accounts were all from pre-June 15, 2007, according to the analysis, and may include those belonging to President, Vice President, and Speaker of the House.
The next day, I covered a more positive POTUS-related hacking story: The White House is holding a hackathon in Washington, DC later this month. It’s to help develop the Read and Write API for the petition site that the Obama administration launched, We the People. As I noted in my piece, this should greatly expand the amount of signatures the site receives.
Switching up countries, I wrote about news 6041 nautical miles from the nation’s capital: a South Korean man had a Samsung smartphone battery explode in his pocket last weekend. Reportedly, the battery belonged to a Galaxy Note. Also on my assignment list were Windows 8 vs. Windows 7 sales numbers. The fact that Microsoft’s new operating system is able to keep up with the old one isn’t terrible news, but “on par” isn’t the Apple-like headline the Redmond company needs.
Finally, with everyone tuned into winter storm “Nemo” this weekend, I wrote about how the nation’s top wireless carriers are preparing for the deluge of snow. AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile (but not Sprint) offered tips for their snowed-in customers who want to stay connected. I even had an authentic photo (courtesy of Mary Scholz who is on an east coast tour) of a snowy New York City street to go along with my news story – all while comfortably in Los Angeles.