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How some Gamergate supporters say the controversy could stop “in one week”

Last week, I wrote about the Entertainment Software Association's reaction to "Gamergate"  -- the months-long culture war over gender and ethics in the gaming industry. My Twitter feed was flooded with messages from those who said we'd been unfair in our coverage of the harassment of female game developers and media critic Anita Sarkeesian. So we reached out via […]

Campaign finance officials aim to cure the paper-obsessed Senate through crowd-sourcing, algorithms

The U.S. Senate's long resistance to filing campaign finance reports on anything but paper occasionally turns into a hot political topic: At the moment, for example, Republicans are complaining that Democrats are intentionally swamping the system by submitting minutely-detailed reports to the Federal Election Commission. Show More Summary

With a $10 million fine, the FCC is leaping into data security for the first time

The Federal Communications Commission leapt into data security litigation Friday, levying a $10 million fine against two telecom companies that allegedly stored personally identifiable customer data online without firewalls, encryption or password protection. Show More Summary

Flying cars are coming, but they aren’t quite the ones we’ve dreamed about.

Let's be honest: it's 2014, and the automotive industry has utterly disappointed a generation of science-fiction lovers and futurists. Where are our flying cars? Stepping into the void is Terrafugia, which bills itself as a "the flying car company." It has announced an upcoming model called the "Transition," which sports foldable wings that let the vehicle go […]

The wacky geopolitics of ‘Civilization: Beyond Earth’

Today's the day thousands of strategy wonks will rush out to buy "Civilization: Beyond Earth," the latest in a venerable video game series that puts you at the helm of a great nation. Earlier entries in the franchise had players taking control of Abraham Lincoln or Gandhi, playing out a series of historical what-ifs. But […]

The Switchboard: Judge says Aereo can no longer be a live TV service

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 time. You can submit your questions now, right here. Judge says Aereo must shut for good as live TV service, but it may survive as […]

Three House Dems, three proposals for net neutrality. Here’s what they look like.

Rep. Anna Eshoo is urging federal regulators to oversee Internet providers using Title II of the Communications Act — a move that would give the Federal Communications Commission more latitude to prevent the sort of traffic discrimination net neutrality advocates say would hurt the open Internet. In a letter to the FCC this week, the California Democrat […]

Snowden filmmaker Laura Poitras: ‘Facebook is a gift to intelligence agencies’

In January 2013, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras received an e-mail that would eventually change what the world knew about government surveillance. The e-mail came from Edward Snowden, using the alias Citizenfour. That alias is the title of Poitras's latest documentary, an intimate portrait of the eight days she spent in Hong Kong with the former National […]

Fighting with aliens, saving humanity and more in “Civilization: Beyond Earth”

What's the contingency plan for the human race if we destroy this planet? If you've ever wondered that, then Firaxis has got a game for you. In "Civilization: Beyond Earth" human settlers are chased off Earth by a catastrophe known only as the "Great Mistake" and plunked down on a planet with often-unfriendly aliens, unknown human neighbors and an entire […]

Meet ‘forbearance,’ the obscure governing tool that just might resolve the net neutrality debate

The net neutrality debate might soon, mercifully, be wrapping up, as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to issue a new round of rules. And as the FCC does so, it's exceptionally likely that we'll hear one word again and again: forbearance. While we prep for the home stretch, it's worth taking a moment to understand […]

A brief history of white dudes wowing people with Mandarin

Mark Zuckerberg is blowing everyone away with his rudimentary but incredibly brave Chinese. There's a lot of business maneuvering involved here — Facebook is conspicuously absent from China, and Zuckerberg's initiative is all about tapping into developing markets' growing demand for broadband access. Show More Summary

The Switchboard: Uber drivers protest rate cuts around the world

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of handpicked stories from the Switch team. AT&T signed up 500,000 cars for its 4G network last quarter. "The carrier began offering 4G service for GM vehicles in June, with pricing beginning at $5 per month for 200MB of data," Computerworld reports. "For that, the carrier […]

How Twitter and Google want to move beyond the password

Nearly everyone hates passwords -- they're hard to remember and can lead to major security headaches when users don't practice good digital hygiene such as using a unique password for each service. Now Google and Twitter have both unveiled new tools for moving beyond the much maligned password, or at least for making them more secure. Twitter's […]

Google tries to rethink e-mail with ‘Inbox’

Google dropped a surprise Wednesday, announcing that it's revamping a product that it hasn't revisited in a while: good old-fashioned e-mail. The new service, called Inbox, lays down the heavy promise to conquer the problem of overflowing e-mail accounts -- a task that any number of apps have attempted, but few have accomplished. The fact is that […]

T-Mobile quietly hardens part of its U.S. cellular network against snooping

Wireless carrier T-Mobile US has been quietly upgrading its network in a way that makes it harder for surveillance equipment to eavesdrop on calls and monitor texts, even on the company’s legacy system. The upgrade involves switching to a new encryption standard, called A5/3, that is harder to crack than older forms of encryption. Testing […]

Why Tesla keeps fighting for direct sales when it could just work with dealers

On Tuesday, Michigan doubled down on a state law that forces car manufacturers to sell their vehicles through franchised dealerships. The move is a blow for automaker Tesla, which has been trying to bypass the dealerships in various states with mixed success. In the wake of that news, an astute reader asked a great question: If Tesla is […]

A day buying (and returning) things with Apple Pay

Cash, credit or smartphone? Apple has promised that its Apple Pay service can revolutionize the way we shop, replacing the normal credit card swipe with a tap of the phone and a fingerprint scan. But we wanted to see if Apple Pay would work as promised by using it in a tough real-life situation: McDonald's during the lunch […]

Why is Mark Udall — one of the Senate’s most powerful surveillance reformers — hurting for tech sector cash?

Out in Colorado, Democrat Mark Udall, the state's first-term U.S. senator, is finding himself financially outmatched by his Republican opponent: Rep. Cory Gardner raised some $1.3 million in the first half of this month, reports the Associated Press. Udall raised just more than half that. Udall has far less cash on hand than Gardner, too. Yet the race is […]

Men experience slightly more online harassment — but young women are hit with the most severe forms

Online harassment is pervasive, a new Pew Research study shows. Forty percent of American adults say they have personally experienced such harassment, while 73 percent have seen it happen to others. And those figures become more extreme if you look at younger, more tech savvy users: 65 percent of Internet users ages 18-29 have been the target […]

The Switchboard: Apple’s iCloud under attack in China

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of handpicked stories from the Switch team. Apple’s iCloud service is target of cyberattack in China, putting passwords in peril. "A sophisticated cyberattack has targeted Apple’s iCloud service in China, in an apparent attempt to collect user names, passwords and other private information as the company […]

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