Obama reaches out to Iranian citizens: In a Web speech directed to the Iranian people, President Obama said Tuesday that he wants to break through the “electronic curtain” that Iran’s government has put over Internet and mobile communications, our colleague Scott Wilson reported in The Washington Post.
America, the president said, “seeks a dialogue” with the Iranian people, and “we hope that others” will support Iranians’ right to speak to the world.
Obama said there was no reason that America and Iran needed to be divided from each other. The Post reported that Obama’s more aggressive message reflects growing concern from Israel over Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.
Facebook pads out D.C. office: Facebook has been hiring in its D.C. office lately, announcing Tuesday that Greg Maurer, former director of member services for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), will join the office to lead the company’s outreach efforts to the House. Maurer was most recently the vice president for corporate public affairs at UPS.
On Monday, the company announced that Susan Gonzales would be joining the social network from Comcast. Gonzales will be the head of community engagement for Facebook and will be “managing outreach to diverse communities,” according to a company statement.
The regulatory agency also said that it “deeply regrets” that the company did not delay its rollout of the new policy.
Apple reports record iPad sales: Apple said Monday that it had sold a record number of iPads, on the heels of its announcement that it intends to pay investors a dividend. The company said that customers snapped up 3 million units of the new iPad — which features a sharper display and better graphics — in its first weekend.
Now that the tablet has been out for a few days, consumers have reported that the iPad gets very warm, particularly in one corner. Consumer Reports has said that it will assess the reports, which have cropped up on Apple’s support forums. According to Bloomberg, Apple spokeswoman Tracy Muller said that any consumers who have concerns should contact AppleCare.
Online sales tax: The governor of Maine has asked Maine Republican U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to support the “Marketplace Fairness Act,” which would require online businesses to collect state sales tax, The Hill reported.
The act, Gov. Paul LePage wrote, does not raise taxes and will help small Maine-based businesses.