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Google Exception in Obama’s Cyber Order Questioned as Unwise Gap

Telecommunications companies want President Barack Obama’s administration to rethink a decision that may exempt Google Inc.’s Gmail, Apple Inc.’s iPhone software and Microsoft Corp.’s Windows from an executive order on cybersecurity.

Obama’s Feb. 12 order says the government can’t designate “commercial information technology products or consumer information technology services” as critical U.S. infrastructure targeted for voluntary computer security standards.