OVER AT SXSW: President Obama made the case Friday for building mobile devices in a way that allows government access in the case of terrorism investigations, Reuters reports. “Speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Texas, the president said he could not comment on the legal case in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to force Apple Inc. to allow access to an iPhone linked to San Bernardino, California, shooter Rizwan Farook. But he made clear that despite his commitment to Americans’ privacy and civil liberties, a balance was needed to allow some government intrusion if necessary,” the wire service reports.
NO DICE: A second State Department staffer declined to answer questions from Senate investigators about Hillary Clinton’s private email server. According to Politico, “John Bentel, a now-retired State employee who managed IT security issues for the top echelon at the department, declined to be interviewed by GOP staff on the Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security committees … The chairmen of both committees, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), are now threatening to consider other ways to compel him to discuss the matter.”
WILL MAYER SURVIVE IN YAHOO JOB?: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is under intense pressure amid headwinds at the technology company. “Yahoo laid off 15% of its workforce last month as part of a plan to return the company to ‘modest to accelerating growth’ next year and in 2018. The new plan will focus on its core products and media brands in an attempt to save $400 million,” CNN reports. “There’s no guarantee that Mayer’s new plan will succeed. Yahoo has already tried mass layoffs, reducing its staff by about a quarter since 2012, just before Mayer took over. The company has also done plenty of streamlining, killing off 121 products over the past three years. “