McCain Campaign Pulls Out of Tech Debate, Apologizes With a Telegram

After weeks of wrangling, Wired » 10/31/08 7:19am 10/31/08 7:19am had finally gotten commitments from high-level surrogates from both the Obama and McCain campaigns to participate in a debate about technology yesterday afternoon. So how did it go? It didn't. The McCain campaign canceled a few hours before the event, with no plans to reschedule. While…

How the Obama-Hating Voting Machine Fails

Remember the voting machines in West Virginia » 10/29/08 11:00am 10/29/08 11:00am that just couldn't bring themselves to let people vote Obama? Jackson County Clerk Jeff Waybright, who "hates stories like this" was good enough to show Video the Vote how a mis-calibrated voting machine would take a vote for Obama (or anyone) and turn it into a vote for…

Voting Machine: No, You Really Meant to Vote for McCain

Even though the great state of West Virginia is only at threat level orange » 10/21/08 5:30pm 10/21/08 5:30pm for having the closest thing the average American has to a voice tampered with, in at least three counties, voters have complained that when they tried to vote for Barack Obama, the touchscreen voting machine cast their vote for John McCain.…

Google CEO Wants to Be President Obama's Tech Chief

Did you know? Besides sitting on Apple's board of directors, Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been an informal adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign. In fact, he lurves » 10/20/08 5:00pm 10/20/08 5:00pm Obama so much that's he not just going to endorse him (shock, right?) he's going to actually for him next week. And not just 'cause Obama might…

The Atlantic: Verizon Did Give John McCain Special Treatment With Cell…

After the Washington Post ran a story » 10/17/08 10:00am 10/17/08 10:00am about how both Verizon and AT&T tripped over themselves to put up cell towers at John McCain's Arizona ranch to patch up his crappy reception, it "was wrong," and they just put those towers up because the Secret Service said so and they had to, not because it was John McCain and…

AT&T and Verizon Built Special Cell Towers at John McCain's House to…

Cell reception sucks an elephant dong at John McCain's Arizona ranch. Or it did, until Cindy McCain "embarked on an expensive public process" for Verizon Wireless to build a permanent cell tower at their ranch, reports the Washington Post » 10/16/08 8:40am 10/16/08 8:40am. That got scrapped, but Verizon did see fit to "navigate a lengthy county…

Where to Watch Tonight's Final Presidential Debate Live Online

Tonight is the final part of the talent portion of the Mr. President 2008 pageant, which I've been reading is like the most important one in our lifetime or something, but I think they say about that about all of them. Regardless, if you're stuck at your computer and can't get to a TV, don't worry, you don't have to… » 10/15/08 7:10pm 10/15/08 7:10pm

PBS and YouTube Want You to Play Michael Moore on Election Day

You're one of those internet-addicted, Obama-loving youngins that's actually going to vote on Election day. That's great, since the youth vote has historically been a bucket of fail » 10/15/08 6:40pm 10/15/08 6:40pm. But PBS and YouTube want you to take your civic duty even more srsly and bring your camcorder to document the experience—as well as any…

Democrats Still Most Tech Savvy, Rent Digital Billboard to Text Message…

Click to view » 10/07/08 8:20pm 10/07/08 8:20pmNeed more evidence that Democrats are more than their elephantine counterparts? At a Sarah Palin rally in LA on Saturday, the California Democratic party rented a digital billboard across the street which displayed questions for the veep candiate sent by text message. Granted, even if Palin did read…

Where to Watch Tonight's Presidental Debate Live Online: Hulu, VCAST…

Whereas a live online stream » 10/07/08 3:00pm 10/07/08 3:00pm of the first presidential debate was a bit harder to pin down, our pick for tonight's at 9PM Eastern is Hulu. Its live stream of the final two presidential debates is actually Hulu's first ever live broadcast, which is something they might do more of following the debates. (Unfortunately,…

Desktop Debates: VP Square-Off Streamed Live

Once again, would-be people-who-matter are going to be talking at each another tonight. Update: Here's the link to CBS, and here's another one for CNN's live feed. A commenter says that MSNBC has it, to which I respond, "Get a new web designer, MSNBC!" » 10/02/08 8:30pm 10/02/08 8:30pm Just how important is this debate? Well, it's not really up to us…

John McCain Blamed for Sucky Broadband in US

Our friend (and Wired » 10/01/08 10:30pm 10/01/08 10:30pm editor) Nick Thompson wrote a piece in the accusing John McCain for the sorry state of America's broadband. It seems the email-avoiding presidential candidate, as chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, supported too much consolidation and too little oversight. The end result? "Since 2000, the…

Stuck at a Desk? Watch the Presidential Debate Online

Tonight at 9pm ET the first debate between John McCain and Barack Obama takes place. In the interest of keeping political discussion alive in America, here's a link to CBS » 9/26/08 8:15pm 9/26/08 8:15pm, where we the debate will be streamed live, at least within the US. Here's a link to , which hosts much debate-related video, but doesn't quite…

Super Tuesday Tech Special: Republican Edition

Click to viewTomorrow is Super Tuesday, meaning that from among the three Republican candidates (four if you count good ol' Ron Paul), a Republican presidential candidate should emerge. Since we're most interested in how the candidates stand on technology matters, we've presented them below. Now, we're not going to… » 2/04/08 12:00pm 2/04/08 12:00pm

Super Tuesday Tech Special: Democratic Edition

Click to viewThe Super Tuesday primaries are tomorrow. If you're voting in a Democratic contest, the choice is down to Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. If you still haven't decided who will get your vote, fear not, because we've broken down the candidates on the issues that matter most to us: their tech policies. If… » 2/04/08 12:00pm 2/04/08 12:00pm