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Is a news site a news site if it’s published by Verizon?

In SugarString, the already crowded world of online tech news gets a new entrant. And a new publisher, too, one noted in the gorgeously-designed site's footer and at the bottom of each story: the telecommunications giant Verizon. With the publication, Verizon Wireless — the United States's biggest mobile phone service provider with $80 billion in […]

The FCC offers a middle-ground take on net neutrality. And everyone hates it.

Compromise is dead in Washington — or so the conventional wisdom goes. But the Federal Communications Commission still thinks it can drive a bargain on net neutrality that pleases everyone at least a little bit. The fight over net neutrality has largely crystallized into an ideological war. On one side, you have consumer groups who […]

Consumers wasted at least $300 million paying for AT&T’s ‘unlimited’ data

By now, you've probably heard that the Federal Trade Commission is suing AT&T for how it treats its unlimited data customers. Despite paying for an unlimited plan, these subscribers had their mobile Internet slowed to dial-up speeds, or "throttled," once AT&T decided they had surfed the Web too much. If that sounds nonsensical to you, you're […]

Hungary hits pause on proposed Internet tax

  Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orbán, is backing away from a proposed 150 forint (61 cent)-per-gigabyte tax on Internet usage that has contributed to repeated street protests in his country. The statement from the prime minister's office: Prime Minister Orbán stated on Kossuth Radio's 180 Minutes program that the extension of the telecommunications tax cannot […]

The Switchboard: Judge rules police can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint, but not a passcode

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team. Police can require cellphone fingerprint, not pass code. "A Circuit Court judge has ruled that a criminal defendant can be compelled to give up his fingerprint, but not his pass code, to allow police to open and search his cellphone," […]

Mobile-phone mapping succeeds where national censuses fail

Traditionally, the way we know who lives where is the result of national censuses. But those head counts can be expensive and occur rarely, and a new study suggests that the the passive tallying that happens every time our mobile phones check into a cellphone tower can provide a sort of living census that, researchers […]

How one man’s private files ended up on Apple’s iCloud without his consent

After security researcher Jeffrey Paul upgraded the operating system on his MacBook Pro last week, he discovered that several of his personal files had found a new home – on the cloud. The computer had saved the files, which Paul thought resided only on his own encrypted hard drive, to a remote server Apple controlled. […]

The Switchboard: Tim Cook is ready to tell the world he’s gay

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team. Tim Cook speaks up. "I’m proud to be gay," the Apple chief executive writes for Bloomberg Businessweek, "and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." The retail industry's Apple pay rival has experienced a […]

Apple’s Tim Cook just publicly announced he’s gay. That’s extremely rare among business leaders.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook publicly stated he is gay in an editorial published by Bloomberg Businessweek Thursday. While Cook has been open about his sexuality in his private life, and numerous outlets have alluded to or outright commented on his orientation, this is the first time he has addressed it directly in public. And according […]

Trying to go to space on the cheap has had disastrous consequences in the past

When reporters asked the first U.S. man in space, Alan Shepard, what he thought about as he sat atop a Mercury launch vehicle, he's said to have responded, "The fact that every part of this ship was built by the low bidder." That sentiment may hang heavy over the launch failure at a NASA facility […]

Retail industry’s Apple Pay rival has experienced a data breach

The maker of digital payments system CircleC, which is preparing to take on rival Apple Pay in checkout lines across the country next year, acknowledged Wednesday that its systems have been breached. Hackers obtained the email addresses of some of CircleC's pilot users, according to the coalition of retailers developing the system, Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX. MCX […]

The “second source” for Snowden reporters, explained

Since revelations about the extent of government surveillance began to flow from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year, the public has engaged in an ongoing debate about the role of leaks and whistleblowers in safeguarding democracy. Show More Summary

Highly-wired millennials remain wary of taking their politics offline

New research from Harvard Institute of Politics on the political attitudes of young Americans paints a picture of a population that is digitally connected to the outside world but wary of putting their political beliefs into action through traditional offline actions, such as attending a protest or volunteering for a candidate. According to the study […]

Headed to the movies? Get ready to leave your Google Glass at home

Get ready to hear "Please silence your mobile phones -- and take off your Google Glass" in a movie theater near you. The Motion Picture Association of America and an industry group representing the owners of 32,000 moving screens across the United States announced Wednesday that they have updated their anti-theft policy banning recording devices to […]

Woman in viral street harassment video now facing rape threats online

The subject of a viral video showing the pervasiveness of street harassment is now receiving rape threats in the comments section of the video, the organization behind the video tweeted.  The subject of our PSA is starting to get rape threats on the comments. Can you help by reporting them? — Hollaback! (@iHollaback) October […]

U.S. CTO Megan Smith: Tech has a diversity problem, and it’s up to us to fix it

Megan Smith, the former Googler who's now the Obama administration's chief technology officer, has only been on the job for a month. But she's already wading into some of the thorniest tech policy issues facing the country — including the debate over diversity in Silicon Valley. If you've been following that conversation, you know that […]

The Switchboard: The FTC is suing AT&T over throttling its unlimited data customers

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team. Hungary’s crazy-expensive Internet is driving people to throw their computers into the street. Protesters in Hungary are out in the streets objecting to a proposed tax on Internet traffic. "The Internet tax is part of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's […]

Streaming TV companies might soon play by cable’s rules — and that’s a good thing

As Americans begin watching more of their TV online, federal regulators want to even the playing field to make new Internet startups — such as the recently announced CBS streaming app or Aereo — more competitive next to their bigger rivals in the cable and satellite business. A new proposal being circulated around the Federal Communications Commission would do just […]

Hungary’s crazy-expensive Internet is driving people to throw their computers into the street

We've seen protests over the price of bread and protests over the price of milk, but we might want to prepare ourselves for something new: protests over the price of a gigabyte, like we're seeing in Hungary, where thousands have marched through downtown Budapest to protest a proposed tax on Internet use and have even […]

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