President Obama recently held a Google Hangout with voters just a day after delivering a State of Union address. The hangout, dubbed a Fireside hangout, covered a slew of info. Obama chatted about patent trolls, his love the web, and even the uselessness of pennies.
On the topic of patent trolls, the president said much more work is needed to stop the trolls from trolling. He said more discussion on the matter needs to be had before change can happen.
"I do think that our efforts at patent reform only went about halfway to where we need to go," Obama said.
"What we need to do is pull together additional stakeholders and see if we can build some additional consensus on smarter patent laws."
President Obama also discussed why he likes the internet, saying that the web's openness and potential to bring people together are what he most appreciates about it.
"I'm an ardent believer that what's powerful about the internet is its openness and the capacity for people to get there and just introduce a new idea with low barriers to entry."
Last but not least, the president fielded some questions on pennies during the hangout. In summation, Obama says he doesn't know why they exist. He alluded to one hangout participant that he was even in favour of stopping production on the copper Lincolns.
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