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Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 02/11/2013

President Obama to do post-speech hangout on Google+ #thecircuit

Obama hangout: President Obama will take to Google+ two days after his State of the Union address to conduct a video hangout. Anyone will be able to submit video or text questions to him online ahead of the chat, which will take place at 4:50 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.

Other participants in the hangout have not been announced, but Google’s politics lead for the social network, Ramya Raghavan, said in a company blog post that the event will be similar to the gun violence hangout hosted by Vice President Biden. At that hangout, leading journalists and thinkers on the issue of gun violence were invited to discuss those issues with the vice president.

U.S. target of espionage: The U.S. is the target of a massive cyber-espionage campaign, according to a report from The Washington Post, outlining a classified study conducted by the U.S. intelligence community.

Sources, speaking anonymously because of the report’s classified status, said that this campaign could threaten the country’s ability to compete economically.

China has been named as the most aggressive perpetrator of these attacks — an accusation staunchly denied by the Chinese government.

Apple ‘iWatch’: Apple is said to be testing a curved glass watch that will work with users’ smartphones, according to reports in  in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

With a device on the wrist rather than simply in hand, users will have faster-than-ever access to payment and coupon information through apps such as Apple’s own Passbook. Deploying Apple Maps on users wrists, too, could help the company crowdsource walking routes and driving directions much more quickly.

CISPA: Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) will reintroduce the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a cybersecurity measure that received pushback from privacy groups and the White House last year.

The bill is designed to make it easier for companies and the public sector to share cyber threat data with each other, but concerns about what sorts of data and the privacy protections about that data drew the concern of privacy advocates.

The House passed CISPA last year, but the bill was defeated on the Senate floor in August.

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