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Aereo is filing for bankruptcy

It looks like it's finally the end of the road for Aereo, the embattled video startup. The company announced Friday that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, weeks after it said it was laying off dozens of workers in its Boston and New York offices. In a blog post on Aereo's homepage, chief executive […]

FTC: These two ‘tech support’ firms tricked customers out of $120 million

The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that it has temporarily shut down two telemarketing operations that, the agency alleges, were dedicated to tricking customers into buying fake technical support. The agency announced action against two separate operations, both based in Florida. Show More Summary

Uber investor Ashton Kutcher doesn’t see the problem with digging up dirt on a ‘shady journalist’

Uber has been embroiled in a PR fiasco since a BuzzFeed story this week revealed than an executive had floated the idea that the company should hire opposition researchers to look into the personal lives of journalists critical of the company. Emil Michael, Uber's senior vice president of business, reportedly suggested the company could look into the personal […]

Under fire, Uber argues back that rider data is “confidential”

Facing heat over reports that the company had accessed a BuzzFeed journalist's user record without her permission to make a point, the ride-sharing company Uber posted an update on its company blog on Tuesday night affirming that rider data is "confidential information" that will only be accessed by company employees in a narrow set of […]

How iPads in classrooms are helping kids in Prince George’s County

The jury is still out on how much, exactly, students benefit from having tablets in the classroom. But as a part of its large and ongoing effort to keep hold of the education technology market, Apple released a video Tuesday to show how students benefit from having Apple products in the classroom. Show More Summary

Data is Uber’s business. But protecting it may be its biggest weakness.

Collecting and analyzing information on its drivers’ and riders’ movements is how Uber gets rides to appear in the right part of town at exactly the right time, which is precisely what many people love about the ride-hailing app. But all that data gives the six-year-old company tremendous power. And a recent report may raise […]

There’s a Commerce Department ‘SWAT team’ opening up government data

Launched in 2009, was one of the Obama administration's flagship efforts to produce a more open government. But though the site is full of raw data, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker suggests it's not nearly as useful as it could be. was supposed to hold heaps of data created by the federal government as it goes […]

Uber can no longer distinguish between being disruptive and being a jerk

Silicon Valley is not representative of the broader United States, for many reasons. But it does reflect a core American value: That great ideas and hard work will be rewarded with success. In the case of Uber, "hard work" means doing warfare with incumbent taxi drivers. At first, it was easy for the public to like […]

Jesse Jackson is lobbying the FCC against aggressive net neutrality rules

You don't often find a two-time presidential candidate and civil rights leader wading into the sticky business of Internet policy. But last week, the Rev. Jesse Jackson visited an obscure federal office building in southwest Washington to discuss the future of the Internet. Show More Summary

John Hodgman: ‘The government should be laying down broadband like Eisenhower laid down interstates’

Long before John Oliver called for an end to "cable company fkery," another comedian also named John was beating the net neutrality drum. As far back as 2006, author and actor John Hodgman was using postal envelopes to explain how Internet service providers might let content from Google and Amazon through to consumers very easily […]

Encrypting Web site traffic could become easier next year

Your online activities are only protected from prying eyes if the sites and services you're using are encrypted -- a process noted in many browsers with a little lock icon in the URL bar. But not every Web site is encrypted. A new project could make it easier than ever for Web site administrators to provide a basic […]

Now you can send money over Snapchat, too

Snapchat lets you send friends videos, pictures and, now, your share of the brunch bill. On Monday, the company unveiled "Snapcash" --- a feature in its app that lets you send money from your debit card straight to your Snapchat contacts. Snapchat announced the new option on its blog and in a glitzy, almost Busby Berkeley-style musical message to […]

The Switchboard: Uber exec suggests muzzling reporters over negative coverage

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of handpicked stories from the Switch team. Uber executive suggests digging up dirt on journalists. "A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to […]

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker voices support for net neutrality principles

Before a room full of start-up entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C., on Monday morning, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker was asked about her department's role in the ongoing debate over net neutrality, or the idea that all online content should be treated the same by Internet service providers. The question matters because some of the 111-year-old […]

Latest FTC enforcement action shows why it’s so hard to figure out who to trust online

TRUSTe, a company that is supposed to help consumers figure out which sites to trust online, deceived consumers, the Federal Trade Commission alleged in a complaint disclosed Monday. Since 1997, TRUSTe  says it has certified the privacy chops of thousands of Web sites -- giving them a digital "privacy seal" to display on their sites […]

New York City unveils the payphone of the future—and it does a whole lot more than make phone calls

There are few pieces of infrastructure in any city more iconic than the payphone. Clark Kent used it. So did Colin Farrell. And Bill. And Ted. The payphone has been a time travel machine, and a safe haven, and a comedic device. It has not, however, for a very long time — for most of […]

The FCC wants to give educators an extra $1.5 billion a year for Internet

The federal government wants to add $1.5 billion every year to a crucial pool of money that educators rely on to purchase and provide high-speed Internet — a huge shot in the arm for a fund that, for more than a decade, wasn't growing along with inflation. Paying for the increase will be ordinary phone users, who through their […]

Yes, you have a right to record the police.

A video that emerged over the weekend appears to show Darren Wilson, the cop who fatally shot teenager Michael Brown in a St. Louis suburb in August, telling a citizen he doesn't have the right to record video of a 2013 encounter. The details of the entire exchange are a little murky. But in almost all […]

Why the South lags behind when it comes to home broadband use

The Obama administration has made a major push to expand broadband access to the poorest and most rural parts of the country, and they have largely succeeded. A recent Federal Communications Commission report noted that nearly all U.S. households were in an area with at least one high-speed broadband provider. But whether people can afford broadband is a […]

The Switchboard: State Department e-mail system shutters over hacking concerns

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of handpicked stories from the Switch team. State Department shuts down its e-mail system amid concerns about hacking. "The State Department scrambled over the weekend to secure its unclassified e-mails, shutting down the entire e-mail system after finding evidence suggesting a hacker may have been been […]

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