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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/20/2011

The Circuit: Obama at Facebook HQ; WikiLeaks suspect leaving Quantico; Intel, Yahoo earnings

LEADING THE DAY: President Obama will hold a town hall-style meeting at Facebook’s headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., today as he travels to the West Coast to try and woo his former supporters in the tech and entertainment industries, The Washington Post reported. Obama, who enjoyed the support of both industries in 2008, might have to work to regain their support for the next election.

Obama’s town hall will be livecast through the White House’s Facebook page.

The White House recently revamped its mobile phone app and mobile Web site, announcing that it has released its White House app for Google’s Android operating system.

WikiLeaks defendant moved: Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking information to WikiLeaks, is being moved from Quantico to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., The Washington Post reported. Army undersecretary Joe Westphal told the press that the move is not a criticism of Quantico or the widely criticized decision to hold Manning there.

One military official said the move is expected to take place Wednesday. Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson said that if Manning’s case goes to trial, it will be in Washington.

Intel, Yahoo release earnings: Intel and Yahoo both shared good news with investors yesterday. Intel far exceeded analyst expectations with record first-quarter revenue, up 25 percent year over year. Many had expected the company to flounder as consumers turn from computers to tablets.

Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz reported higher earnings, though the company’s search ad partnership with Microsoft is not generating its expected revenue. Still, it seemed enough for investors; Yahoo shares gained 50 cents in extended trading, the Associated Press reported.

The Washington Post launches Trove: The Washington Post launched a personalized news service, Trove, on Wednesday. The site uses Facebook Connect to tailor coverage to specific users based on their stated interests. The service has been in private beta since mid-February and launches today for desktop, Android and BlackBerry.

More proof of a September iPhone 5: Reuters reported that Apple is planning to begin shipping the iPhone 5 in September, bucking its normal release schedule. Citing three sources “with direct knowledge of the company’s supply chain,” the report said that the iPhone 5 will be very similar to the iPhone 4.

Apple will hold its earnings call today at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Michigan State Police policies under fire: The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Michigan State Police to release information it has extracted from cellphones during routine stops, CNET reported. According to the report, the state police are using the machines, which can extract text messages, photos, video and GPS information, from motorists they pull over regardless of whether that person is suspected of a crime. In a letter to the state police, the ACLU asked for more information about the devices and raised Fourth Amendment concerns.

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Tags:  Facebook, Wikileaks, Intel, Yahoo, Apple, Mobile, Privacy

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