Obama takes the stage

The Obama campaign continues high-tech outreach; iPhone complaints continue; federal and state officials ready to avoid a Katrina-like repeat in the Gulf; and more.

On a stage that resembled the West Wing of the White House, Sen. Barack Obama gave his first speech as the official Democratic presidential candidate last night. During a 44-minute speech to an estimated 84,000 people in Denver, Obama promised to cut taxes for nearly all working-class families, end the war in Iraq, and break America's dependence on Mideast oil within a decade.

But after the speech finished, Obama's campaign continued its extended effort to reach people on every level, by turning “tens of thousands of partisans in the stands into instant political organizers.”

Attendees were encouraged to use their cell phones and call or text friends and family and tell them to vote for Obama, as well as call the list of thousands of unregistered voters that was developed by the campaign.

Meanwhile, GOP hopefuls are awaiting Sen. John McCain's VP pick, expected shortly.


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In an effort to avoid the mistakes and backlash of Hurricane Katrina, federal and state officials in the Gulf Coast are making massive preparations for Tropical Storm Gustav.

Despite selling more than 3 million iPhones since its July debut, AT&T has had more than its fair share of PR problems, with buyers complaining about dropped calls and poor network connections.

Trying to boost ad revenue, the cable industry has created an experimental political channel that gives advertisers a uniform way to buy time and measure the amount of people watching.

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