Obama Nods to Rocky Start on Health Law

President Barack Obama acknowledged his frustration Monday with the technical problems that have hampered the online health-insurance marketplaces, but pledged that the issues would be resolved and the Affordable Care Act would prove successful.

“Nobody’s madder than me about the fact that the website isn’t working as well as it should, which means it’s going to get fixed,” the president said in a speech at the White House.

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For Startups, the Tricky Question of Holidays

Last December, Michael Mogill required his five employees to work through the holidays because he was eager to keep growing his young video-production company. He didn’t throw a party or give out year-end bonuses.

But while his clients were satisfied, the 27-year-old founder of Crisp Video Group in Atlanta says it was clear that his staffers felt burned. By springtime, all of them quit. “They just didn’t like to be in a company that valued the work and nothing else,” says Mr. Mogill. “It was a huge lesson for me.”

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This Week in Video for ATD: Facebook Redesigns News Feed, Roku Gets a New Box and The White House Favors Phone Unlocking

There was a lot of talk this week about Facebook’s redesign of its news feed, which was announced Wednesday, and new developments in the rights of consumers to unlock their cell phones. Also, Roku came out with a new box for streaming television content. Here’s a quick list of the video appearances made by AllThingsD staffers to weigh in on these topics.

On Monday, in response to a petition that garnered more than 114,000 signatures, the White House came out in favor of the consumer’s right to unlock cellphones once the terms of the original contract are fulfilled (which was followed on Thursday by the Wireless Consumer Choice Act, a bipartisan effort to ensure just that). Ina Fried appeared on WSJ’s Digits with Simon Constable on Monday to talk about the White House’s decision:

On Tuesday, Walt Mossberg also joined Constable on the WSJ show to talk about the “evolutionary, not revolutionary” new features of the Roku 3, which include a better interface and a new remote with earbuds:

And Kara Swisher talked to CNN’s Howard Kurtz this morning from SXSW about Facebook’s news feed redesign — covered earlier this week — which was heralded by the company on Wednesday as bringing users “the best personalized newspaper in the world,” but really just places more emphasis on photos.

Finally, at 3 pm today, our own Liz Gannes will make an appearance on Leo LaPorte’s weekly roundtable discussion This Week in Tech.