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A former FCC chair is now advising Obama on intelligence

Just months after he left the Obama administration, former Federal Communications Commission chair Julius Genachowski is heading back into it. This time, Genachowski will be taking up a post on President Obama's intelligence advisory board, a small panel that provides counsel on America's spy agencies. Show More Summary

The FCC’s next CTO is a net neutrality expert

The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it has named a new chief technology officer: Scott Jordan, a professor of computer science at the University of California at Irving. The FCC has a history of hiring CTOs that know their stuff, technologically speaking. Jordan is replacing Henning Schulzrinne, a once and future chair of the […]

The Switchboard: The FBI is investigating reported hackings at JP Morgan and other banks

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team. Join us Friday for our weekly live chat, Switchback. We'll kick things off at 11 a.m. Eastern time.  Time Warner Cable: An 'erroneous IP configuration' caused nationwide blackout. "Time Warner Cable's breakdown prompted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to […]

14 years ago, DOJ said letting one broadband company run half the country was a bad idea

Remember the year 2000? We'd just gotten through worrying about the Y2K bug. The dot-com bubble was in full swing. Tuvalu joined the United Nations. Heady times! The year 2000 also happened to be when federal regulators approved a merger between two tech titans that some now say should be instructive for the Justice Department […]

Disney filed a patent for ‘blimp-sized’ puppets controlled by drones. But that doesn’t mean they’ll be in parks soon.

Disney's "imagineers" are no strangers to using complex machinery to create spectacles. And patents filings from last week show the company is interested exploring drones as a way to spice up events at the company's chain of theme parks -- including flying screens and "blimp-sized" puppets suspended and animated by drones. The puppet patent, titled "Aerial display […]

Time Warner Cable’s massive, nationwide Internet outage affected 80 percent of its residential subscribers

Time Warner Cable is recovering from a major Internet blackout after network problems led to a sudden disruption of service for all of its broadband subscribers nationwide, the company said Wednesday. The outage occurred at 4:30 a.m. Eastern time, according to company spokesman Bobby Amirshahi, and knocked out access to the Web for TWC's 11.4 […]

The Switchboard: Uber’s aggressive playbook for recruiting Lyft drivers

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team. This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft. "Uber is arming teams of independent contractors with burner phones and credit cards as part of its sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors," reports Casey Newton at The Verge. Interviews […]

Why PACER removed access to case archives of five courts

If you want to download court records in the United States, your first stop is probably PACER, the oft-maligned digital warehouse for public court records. Maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the system charges 10 cents per page of search results within its archive, and 10 cents per actual page of court […]

Google image search glitch shows one car crash, over and over again

Some Google users looking for images using the site's picture search Tuesday morning instead found multiple images of a car crash, in front of a sign that says "Stop" in Russian. Not all Google users reported seeing the strange search results -- my colleague Brian Fung couldn't duplicate it, while I could. But reports of the weird […]

What New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and others want from the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

Monday marked a key deadline for regulators reviewing one of the biggest cable merger plans ever. With Comcast proposing to acquire Time Warner Cable, members of the public had until the end of Monday to file opening comments on the deal. Some, such as consumer groups and Comcast's business rivals, were quick to denounce the merger. […]

The Chief Technology Officer of the United States is leaving. What now?

It wasn't all that long ago that having a Chief Technology Officer of the United States was a novel concept. Many in the tech world were thrilled in 2007 when then-candidate Barack Obama pledged to name a U.S. CTO who would work to "ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies […]

So my phone can be tracked anywhere. Can I make it stop?

Monday’s story on surveillance technology that can track cell phone users anywhere in the world left some readers with a question: What can they do, short of tossing their phones into the sea, to keep their locations private? The answer is, individually, not much if you are an ordinary cell phone user. As long as […]

Who watches the automated traffic watchmen?

Nassau County, N.Y., Executive Edward Mangano has announced that he would be dismissing $2.4 million in fines from speed cameras due to miscalibrations, Newsday reports. Five cameras started operating on July 24 near summer schools as a test for the much larger deployment of over 50 speed cameras in school zones expected this fall. But one […]

A top net neutrality defender is trying to poke holes in Mozilla’s plan for the open Internet

It's not often you see a top net neutrality advocate picking apart arguments from her own side. But anticipating critiques and addressing them is an important part of any debate, and the exercise appears to have uncovered some flaws in a proposal put forward by Mozilla, one of the open Internet's biggest champions. Mozilla's proposal […]

Forget anti-heros. This game lets you be the villain.

The life of a video game hero is normally pretty easy to predict. Fight the good fight. Defeat the bad guys. Save the world. But with recent movies like Disney's "Maleficent" built around outright villains, the video game world is starting to embrace its bad guys, too. In Gearbox studio's upcoming addition to the  Borderland series -- […]

How the U.S. Digital Service could upset D.C.’s ‘IT vendor ecosystem’

Jennifer Pahlka was in London when Todd Park, the chief technology officer of the United States, called to ask her if she'd become his deputy. Park wanted Pahlka to head up the White House's Presidential Innovation Fellows, or PIFs. The federal service program, launched two years ago this month, was modeled on Code for America, the […]

Anonymous sharing app “Secret” isn’t so anonymous after all

Never regret tacos. — Secret (@secretly) August 21, 2014 If you think you've finally found a place to share your secrets anonymously and nobody would ever know you are the person who said, "I wanted a kitten. My husband is allergic. I secretly drug him with antihistamines every morning" -- well, think again. The […]

Does the White House’s cybersecurity czar need to be a coder? He says no.

Many cybersecurity experts vented frustrations on Twitter yesterday about a recent interview by White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel published by Gov Info Security. In the interview, Daniel -- a longtime federal employee...Show More Summary

Democrats, Republicans go after data-driven TV ads that know — like, really know – voters

DirecTV and Dish Network customers may notice something a little different this election season: Your television ads know who you are. The satellite television providers have partnered with Democratic and Republican data shops to harness information about their 20 million customers and deliver television ads tailored to the viewer. Likely to vote absentee? The ads will […]

Some questions to ask yourself before you sign up for a new smartphone plan

Buying a smartphone plan has become a bit more complicated in the past year, as carriers have started offering more options than just  the standard two-year contract. That's not a bad thing for consumers -- in many cases, it can actually be very good -- but it can be confusing. So, whether you're buying a phone to send […]

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