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Technology Policy Reporter and Blogger — Washington Post
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Covering tech policy for @WashingtonPost via @TheSwitch. Opinions here mine, but feel free to borrow them. Tips? andrea.peterson[at]washpost[dot]com

The case against comments — Tech news site Re/code become the latest news organization this week to bar readers from commenting on articles hosted on its site. "We thought about this decision long and hard, since we do value reader opinion," co-executive editors Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg told readers in a note posted Thursday.

Firefox is changing its default search engine to Yahoo - which is powered by Bing — Google has been the default search engine for U.S. users of Mozilla's Firefox browser for 10 years. But on Wednesday Mozilla announced that it would be swapping out Google for Yahoo Search in a five-year deal. Firefox users search the Web more than 100 billion times a year, making it the country's third most popular Internet browser.

Uber’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day — In the four years that it grew from a start-up to a company valued at $18 billion, car hailing service Uber's aggressive tactics have made the company a lot of enemies -- local regulators, taxi drivers and some journalists among them.

Martha Stewart, technology icon? — Martha Stewart -- the head of a homemaking business empire, and reformed felon -- has also become an unlikely technology icon. This week her namesake company announced the "Martha Stewart Trellis" collection -- designs for home goods (starting with designs for a coaster, napkin ring, LED votive holder, and place card holder) that shoppers can buy and then create with their MakerBot 3D printer.

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.

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 the 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.

Uber executive stirs up privacy controversy — An Uber executive's suggestion that the company should investigate the private lives of journalists has sparked a backlash against the popular car service, offering a potent reminder that tech companies are amassing detailed - and potentially embarrassing - records of users' communications, Internet traffic and even physical movements.

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.

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.

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.
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Nov 21, 2014

Hey, it's almost live chat time: Submit questions for @nancyscola, @htsuka, @b_fung and me now: We'll answer at 11ET!

Nov 20, 2014

Uber looked to hire opposition researchers to "weaponize facts" against "opponents in the transportation industry"…

Nov 20, 2014

So I shut down Tweetdeck to do some writing and apparently my mentions were ground zero for a @paulcarr and @MichaelWolffNYC Twitter battle.

Nov 20, 2014

It's the early morning hours and my broadband is running like dial up. Am I tweeting this from my own personal nightmare?

Nov 20, 2014

@kerryrm Sounds like a solid plan. We can draw up papers in the morning.

Nov 19, 2014

RT @jfdulac: "Uber investor Ashton Kutcher, of 'Dude Where's My Car' fame..." is an excellent ID. @kansasalps

Nov 19, 2014

So when do we start calling when a company has a spectacular PR implosion "ubering?"

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