The following is a rundown of the day’s news drawn from other media sources with topics curated just for Weiss Research readers: Obamacare, the NSA spy program, technology and more.
Top Hospitals Opt Out of Obamacare?
Will President Obama call these institutions “bad apples” as he has insurance companies that followed the “law of the land” — aka, his “signature achievement” — and canceled millions of policies that people liked?
Medicare Paid Millions to Dead Patients and Illegal Immigrants
Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, said the report was worrying because CMS had been warned of the problems five years earlier.
Rep. Issa Subpoenas Sebelius
“The American people deserve to know why the administration spent significant taxpayer money on a product that is entirely dysfunctional and puts their personal information at risk,” said the California Republican.
Obamacare Saw Just 248 Enrollments in Two Days
The flawed debut of the federal website, where uninsured Americans can shop for coverage, is tarnishing the president’s signature legislative achievement and threatens to undercut his agenda.
Google, Oracle Engineers Enlisted for Obamacare ‘Tech Surge’ Fix
Companies are contributing dozens of computer engineers and programmers to help the Obama administration fix the U.S. health-insurance exchange website.
U.S. Move on Inflight Devices ‘Favorable Tailwind’ for Internet Providers
Airline passengers in the U.S. will be able to use their electronic devices gate-to-gate to read, work, play games, watch films and listen to music — but not talk on their mobiles — under new guidelines issued on Thursday.
Sony Who? How Apple Conquered Japan’s Smartphone Market
Cynicism greeted its debut, but now it seems Japanese mobile users can’t get enough of the iPhone.
Call to Regulate Internet Firms
Large firms were harvesting data from individuals and selling it on to make billions of pounds yet, unlike the state, they were not subject to regulations to protect people.
Asia Tablet Makers Take a Bite out of Apple
New data compiled by research firm IHS show Apple’s market share slipped to 29.7 percent in the third quarter from 33.5 percent in the previous quarter.
‘Minicomputers’ Live Inside the Human Brain
The brain may be an even more powerful computer than thought — microscopic branches of brain cells that were once thought to basically serve as mere wiring may actually behave as minicomputers, researchers say.
Police Fatally Shoot Man After Fight at Virginia Homeless Shelter
The criminal investigations bureau is looking at the criminal aspect of the fight and the assault while internal affairs is making sure use of force policy was followed.
Sen. Paul: NSA ‘Could Be Spying’ on Obama
“He has a cell phone, and, in fact, my guess is that they have collected data on the president’s phone,” Sen. Rand Paul said.
NSA Revelations Boost Corporate Paranoia About State Surveillance
German companies believe the U.S. now poses almost as big a risk as China when it comes to industrial espionage and data theft, according to a survey published in July by EY, the consultancy.
Obama Halted NSA Spying on IMF and World Bank Headquarters
Obama had ordered a halt to such practices within the past few weeks, about the same time he instructed the NSA to curtail eavesdropping on the United Nations headquarters in New York.
More NSA Leakers Followed Snowden’s Footsteps
“I think courage is contagious, and we see more and more people from the NSA coming through our door after Snowden made these revelations,” a whistleblower lawyer says.
The Money and Markets Team