Zynga founder Mark Pincus asks Obama to pardon Edward Snowden

Embattled <> on December 17, 2013 in Washington, DC.NSA leaker Edward Snowden has one high tech defender: Mark Pincus.

The founder of Zynga (and current chief product officer and chairman) reportedly asked President Obama to pardon Snowden at a face to face meeting yesterday. The president rejected the suggestion, according to CNN.

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Obama orders CDC to investigate video game violence

President obama-violent-gamesBarack Obama, as part of a wide ranging proposal to reduce gun violence, has ordered the Centers for Disease Control to launch a study into the correlation between violence in video games and the real world.

The order, which does not require Congressional approval, was part of a Presidential Memorandum that laid out 23 actions designed to curb violence.

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What’s President Obama’s favorite game app?

President obama-scrabbleBarack Obama’s got game. Video game, that is.

In a discussion with Barbara Walters right before the holiday, the POTUS (along with First Lady Michelle Obama) broke away from the issues of the day and discussed what they like to do during their downtime. Turns out, they use the iPad to play a game.

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White House exploring benefits of gaming

The Obama administration is embracing the gamification movement in a big way.

Constance Steinkuehler has been hired as a senior policy analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Sounds like a typical government title, huh? Here’s the catch: She studies video games.

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Video games top Obama’s Christmas shopping list

He might be great at keeping state secrets, but when it comes to the holidays, Barack Obama does a pretty lousy job of maintaining gift-giving surprises.

The President did a little Christmas shopping Wednesday — and brought the press corps along. And it looks like Sasha and Malia will find Just Dance 3 and The Sims 3: Pets under the tree this year.

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New Activision Publishing CEO may have best resume of all time

Today’s appointment of Eric Hirshberg as CEO of Activision Publishing rounds out a nine-month search by the company and will fill the hole left by the promotion of Mike Griffith earlier this year. 

Activision’s excited about the move for a number of reasons, but gamers should be excited because Eric Hirshberg might have the coolest freakin’ resume of all time.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog