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Privacy advocates split over NSA reform bill

A coalition including civil liberties groups and government whistleblowers has come out against a Senate bill responding to the government surveillance and data collection revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Show More Summary

You think you’ve got bills? Government could have fined Yahoo trillions of dollars

  For an illuminating glimpse of government power in action, it’s hard to beat the fines the Justice Department threatened to level against Yahoo if it didn’t comply with a secret and sweeping surveillance request in 2008. News coverage of the case, for which documents were unsealed last week, reported the proposed fines as $250,000 […]

United Way to begin accepting donations in Bitcoin

United Way Worldwide announced Monday that it will begin taking donations in Bitcoin, the digital currency. Bitcoin users can now use the currency for donations to the United Way's Innovation Fund, a part of the United  Way dedicated to updating the organization through "technology, relationships and efficiency." Coinbase, one of the leading Bitcoin payment platforms, […]

The Switchboard: U.S. threatened Yahoo with $250,000 per day fine to force release of data

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team. Join us today for our weekly live chat, Switchback. We'll kick things off at 11 a.m. Eastern. You can submit your questions now, right here. U.S. threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data. "The U.S. government threatened to fine […]

Apple: You’re getting U2?s new album, whether you like it or not

When Apple said it was making U2's new album available on iTunes for free, most people probably didn't imagine it would happen quite this way. iTunes users are discovering that the just-released album, "Songs of Innocence," is showing up in their purchases even though they didn't actually pick up the free music themselves. Apparently, Apple […]

Google’s studied silence on net neutrality has finally broken

After a long silence, one of the Internet's biggest companies has finally weighed in on the latest net neutrality debate. On Wednesday, Google said it would oppose efforts by large Internet providers to speed up, slow down or manipulate Internet traffic that their customers request. Although Google has recently spoken out on net neutrality through […]

So you want to hack Apple Pay?

A decade ago, a group of Johns Hopkins University grad students tried to hack one of the first commercially popular Near Field Communication payment systems – the kind of technology at the heart of Apple’s new mobile payment system. It took a few thousand dollars in gear and a few months of work. But the […]

Your mobile data could be soon covered by net neutrality

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is hinting that wireless carriers may soon have to obey the agency's proposed rules on net neutrality. Cellular operators like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have thus far been exempted from rules meant to ensure that consumers' Internet traffic isn't slowed, blocked or manipulated. But as part of […]

Millennials were more likely to have read a book last year than older Americans

Like many of their more senior counterparts, young Americans spend a ton of time on the Internet and on Web-enabled devices. Deservedly or not, that's led to the impression that Millennials just wouldn't be able to survive in a land of card catalogs and encyclopedias. But new data from the Pew Research Center suggests that […]

Up close and personal with the Apple Watch

Apple announced its first jump into the wearable market Tuesday, showing off a prototype of the Apple Watch,which the company plans to release early next year. The watch will start at $349 for the base model, which is already more expensive than any of the smartwatches introduced by its archrival Samsung. But Apple is planning three lines […]

Discovery CEO tells FCC he’s concerned about Comcast merger with Time Warner Cable

Discovery Communications' chief executive said Wednesday that the cable television programmer has expressed concerns to federal regulators about Comcast's $45 billion bid to buy Time Warner Cable. If the merger is approved, Comcast would...Show More Summary

Here’s one reason for why the cable bundle offers so many channels you don’t want

Why do cable subscribers end up with so many channels they have no interest in watching? Blame ESPN, says a small Cedar Falls, Iowa, cable provider. Recently, the municipally-owned Cedar Falls Utilities renewed a long-term contract to broadcast Disney’s ESPN channels to its town of 40,000 residents. But this time, it said it was also […]

What it’s like to pay with Apple Pay

One of the main attractions at Apple's press event Wednesday -- apart from its new phones and its new watch -- was the demonstration of what it would be like to pay for things with your iPhone. The whole transaction--from the time the total cost rang up to the moment the iPhone received a receipt for […]

Apple’s new, bigger iPhones further blur the line between phone and tablet

Those who use Apple's iPad should feel right at home with the company's new phones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The phones, which are both significantly bigger than Apple's current 4-inch iPhone 5s and 5c, take design cues and some features from Apple's tablet line -- further blurring the distinction between the smartphone […]

Home Depot breach reveals how challenging it is to ward off data theft

As Home Depot scrambles to determine the scope and scale of a potentially massive breach of its customers' data, the retailer's troubles underscore the challenges facing retailers and card issuers attempting to gird themselves against cybercriminals. Show More Summary

The top 5 things Apple announced today

If you were hoping for some big news from Apple Tuesday, you were in luck. The company announced a bevy of new products and services that represent the future of Apple's business. From a foray into mobile payments to a new smartwatch, here's a cheat sheet filled with everything Apple released. iPhone 6 The venerable iPhone has a […]

How Wednesday’s ‘Internet Slowdown’ is supposed to work

Wednesday, forces aligned in favor of stronger net neutrality rules will rally under the banner of Internet Slowdown Day, the latest push to funnel the public's attention to the Federal Communication Commission's on-going rulemaking on open Internet principles and practices. First things first. Slowdown Day will not feature any actual slowing down of the Internet. […]

A short history of Apple fans hating Apple’s ‘next big thing’

For better or for worse, Apple knows how to inject drama into the launch of a new product. Crucially, the theater of the moment is often so effective that it overshadows those who aren't impressed with whatever it is that the company hawks as the "next big thing." The iPod? Mixed reviews. The iPad? No. The […]

Univision, an early Comcast critic, signs long-term sports deal

Univision, an early critic of Comcast's bid for Time Warner Cable, on Tuesday agreed to a long-term deal to bring the Hispanic media firm's sports network to Comcast cable subscribers. Univision Deportes Network, which has exclusive rights to air Mexico's Liga MX soccer matches, will be offered starting next month to subscribers of Comcast's premium Digital […]

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