(CNNMoney) - The Obama 2008 campaign's pioneering technology use gave rise to a batch of Silicon Valley startups that are commercializing tools created for the campaign. This article is the first in a series, "America's Choice 2012: The Data Edge," covering those startups and the role they're playing in the 2012 presidential election.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - In late 2007, Dan Siroker - one of the masterminds behind Google's Chrome browser - heard then-Senator Barack Obama speak at the Googleplex. That talk prompted Siroker to leave behind his job at Google and join Obama's campaign as its director of analytics.
New York (CNNMoney) - The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits dropped to their lowest level since April 2008, boosting optimism in the job market.
In a surprise drop, 364,000 people filed initial jobless claims in the week ended Dec. 17, the Labor Department said Thursday. That was a decrease of 4,000 from the prior week. Economists were expecting claims to rise to 380,000.
New York (CNNMoney) - Former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart is joining Facebook as its vice president of global communications, the company announced late Tuesday.
Lockhart, who ran the White House press office during President Bill Clinton's second term, will be in charge of Facebook's corporate, policy and international communications teams. He will report to Elliot Schrage, Facebook's communications chief.