Good morning, Austin. Here's the buzziest tech news from the weekend:
Peter Thiel will donate $1.25 million to Donald Trump
Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel plans to donate $1.25 million to Donald Trump, according to the New York Times.
Thiel will give $1.25 million through a combination of super PAC donations adn funds given directly to the campaign, with the Times citing "a person close to the investor" as a source for this information.
Thiel is the only prominent supporter of Trump in the high-tech community, the article notes, and this donation puts Thiel on a short list of big Trump contributors.
Companies are trying selfies as password alternatives
Selfies might actually have a useful purpose. Some companies and government agencies are asking people to snap self-portraits on their smartphones to serve as proof of identity, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Companies like Uber Technologies Inc. and MasterCard Inc. are among those experimenting with the selfie-as-identity, the Journal notes.
It's considered acceptable ID because smartphone cameras have improved and facial-recognition software is more affordable.
Obama explains why the government won't ever by run like a tech company
In a speech at the Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, President Barack Obama explained that government doesn't work like a tech startup.
He said that's because the government has to be accountable to everyone, Recode reports, with diverse needs and competing interests.
Unlike a company that only has to please its shareholders and a customer base.
That portion of his speech is excerpted by Recode - click here to read it.
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