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You won’t be able to fly this hugely popular drone in D.C. much longer, thanks to that White House crash

The manufacturer of the drone that crashed on the White House lawn earlier this week says it is working to prevent future such incidents by erecting a no-fly zone in the devices' flight software. DJI, which makes the Phantom quadcopter that buzzed the presidential grounds, said Wednesday that it's rolling out an update in the next […]

FTC: The Internet of things is already here — and it needs to be secured

Federal regulators are taking a closer look at the Internet of Things — that growing body of consumer products and marketing jargon dealing with devices and sensors that talk to each other over the Web. In a report out Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission says that while there's not need yet for Congress to write […]

Microsoft’s huge Xbox sales foreshadow gaming’s growing importance within company

Headed into Friday's earnings report, Microsoft was riding a wave of goodwill thanks to a wide-ranging announcement last week that introduced a new version of Windows and its prototype smart headset, the HoloLens. Both are being looked as a way for Microsoft to leave behind its reputation as an uninspired relic of the last computing age. But […]

Apple analysts predict another record quarter for iPhone sales, but all eyes are on the Apple Watch

Apple is set to report the results for its all-important holiday quarter on Tuesday, which analysts expect will reveal yet another record-breaking sales period for the iPhone. Apple has already announced that it saw "apps generated over $10 billion in revenue for developers" in 2014, and that customers spent an unprecedented half-billion dollars on New […]

Only in Washington: Drone lobby throws free OK Go concert to promote responsible flying

In the latest OK Go video, members of the rock band ride around on robotic unicycles amid a crowd of umbrella-wielding women creating geometric patterns. A camera attached to a drone flies overhead, with each umbrella becoming a mere dot as it soars through the sky. "If we had tried to shoot that here, we would have been killed -- […]

How the cable industry is trying to reshape the economics of the Internet

As it waits for the regulatory shoe of net neutrality to drop next month, the cable industry is going on the offensive. Lobbyists are taking preemptive aim at other Internet rules that might come down from the government soon. And meanwhile, Cablevision has become the first cable company to act in a wider battle over the future of […]

Barrett Brown, writer with ties to Anonymous, sentenced to more than five years in prison

Barrett Brown, a writer once associated with hacktivist collective Anonymous, was sentenced to more than five years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty last year to three federal charges, including transmitting threats and a hacking-related offense. Show More Summary

Chris ‘moot’ Poole is leaving 4chan, the site he founded when he was 15

The founder and only official employee of 4Chan announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down after 11 years. Chris Poole, better known as "moot," started the often controversial online message board when he was 15 years old and has been the site's only administrator ever since. The site is highly influential online, generating many of […]

House Democrats are itching for a fight over net neutrality

This week the center of gravity in the net neutrality debate shifts to Capitol Hill, where hearings in both chambers are pitting Democrats against Republicans over the future of the Internet. Here's how you can expect the next stage of the battle to unfold. President Obama's top telecom regulator, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, says he'll […]

Your guide to Obama’s tech policy State of the Union

This year will be a contentious one for tech policy, as policymakers continue debating net neutrality, cybersecurity and limits on government surveillance. President Obama laid down his vision for the nation's future Tuesday in his State of the Union address — and although he didn't drop many bombshells, his remarks reflect a clear attempt to frame […]

Obama just lumped the Internet in with trains, bridges and Keystone XL. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

President Obama is tossing out a few tech tidbits in his State of the Union speech. There aren't many surprises, but in one part of his address he mentions the Internet in the same breath as other forms of U.S. infrastructure. This is a bigger deal than you might think. "21st century businesses need 21st […]

The first tech moment of the State of the Union happened before Obama started speaking

President Obama talked a big tech game in the lead up the the State of the Union address -- announcing proposals on data privacy, cybersecurity, an municipal broadband in previews the week before. But the first tech moment of the address came before he had even taken the stage, when the White House released the […]

Google, Khan Academy join in student privacy pledge

Fifteen more companies, including Google and the YouTube-based educational organization Khan Academy,  have signed on to a pledge to protect student privacy. The pledge was highlighted in a speech by President Obama last week, in which he also said he will introduce legislation to protect data collected in the classroom. The two companies, both major players in […]

The staggering challenges of the online grocery business

The online grocery delivery business seems to get more crowded--and more competitive--by the minute.  Tech giants Google and are offering it in some major cities, and so are upstarts such as Instacart, Postmates and FreshDirect. Show More Summary

Let’s play State of the Union Bingo, tech edition

If President Obama's recent remarks on privacy, cybersecurity and Internet freedom are any indication, this could be the most tech-heavy State of the Union address of his presidency. So the Switch team came up with the most likely tech terms that we think -- or hope -- will crop up in his speech Tuesday night and […]

The Switchboard: The NSA cyberspied on North Korea years before Sony got hacked

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team. Deutsche Telekom CEO holds out hope for a T-Mobile U.S. deal. Re/code reports: "Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges said that for all of T-Mobile’s short-term gains in the United States, the company still needs greater scale in the U.S. […]

The GOP’s plan to legislate net neutrality is here. And Internet activists are going to hate it.

Congressional Republicans are circulating the draft of a long-awaited, much-rumored bill that would clarify federal regulators' ability to enact strict rules governing broadband providers' treatment of Internet traffic. The bill would...Show More Summary

Sprint: Tough net neutrality rules would be fine by us

In a surprise move, Sprint is breaking with the rest of the wireless industry, telling regulators that it would not oppose strict net neutrality rules. The carrier told the Federal Communications Commission that aggressive moves to prevent it and other broadband companies from speeding up or slowing down certain Web sites wouldn't be all that bad. "Sprint does […]

Here are spectacular photos of a SpaceX rocket crashing into a barge

Elon Musk released photos Friday showing how his daring attempt to land a rocket booster on a floating barge last week ended in a spectacular fireball, or as he called it, a "rapid unscheduled disassembly." @ID_AA_Carmack Full RUD (rapid unscheduled disassembly) event. Show More Summary

Google will stop selling Glass to the general public. But Google says the device is not dead yet.

Google is winding down its program allowing anyone to buy its smart Glass headset as it puzzles out the future of the gadget. A report from the Wall Street Journal on Thursday said Google will stop selling Glass to the general public Jan. 19.  The company confirmed the report and said Google will still give Glass units […]

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