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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

Apple’s Tim Cook just publicly announced he’s gay. That’s extremely rare among business leaders. — Apple chief executive Tim Cook publicly stated he is gay in an editorial published by Bloomberg Businessweek Thursday. While Cook has been open about his sexuality in his private life, and numerous outlets have alluded to or outright commented on his orientation, this is the first time he has addressed it directly in public.

The “second source” for Snowden reporters, explained — Since revelations about the extent of government surveillance began to flow from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year, the public has engaged in an ongoing debate about the role of leaks and whistleblowers in safeguarding democracy.

Trying to go to space on the cheap has had disastrous consequences in the past — When reporters asked the first U.S. man in space, Alan Shepard, what he thought about as he sat atop a Mercury launch vehicle, he's said to have responded, "The fact that every part of this ship was built by the low bidder."

Woman in viral street harassment video now facing rape threats online — The subject of a viral video showing the pervasiveness of street harassment is now receiving rape threats in the comments section of the video, the organization behind the video tweeted. The subject of our PSA is starting to get rape threats on the comments. Can you help by reporting them?

What it looks like when taxi drivers protest Uber and Lyft in D.C. — Over a cacophony of honking taxicabs, an organizer using a megaphone led a group of drivers in a call-and-response on Washington's Freedom Plaza on Tuesday morning: "What do we need?" "Justice!" "When do we need it?" "Now!" The cabbies were out protesting ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft for the third time in recent months, this time to draw attention to the D.C.

Everyone wants to sell privacy in the post-Snowden world. But who can you trust? — In the post-Snowden world, privacy is a highly marketable commodity. Big tech companies, perhaps hoping to distance themselves from involvement in National Security Agency, have ramped up their efforts to encrypt user data and new apps, services, and hardware all invoking terms like privacy, anonymous, and, of course, "NSA proof" are a dime a dozen.

Civil liberties groups think this Tennessee school district’s tech policy is unconstitutional — Civil liberties groups are asking a Tennessee school district to suspend its technology policy, saying it gives school administrators too much power to search students' cellphones and monitor their technology use, as well as limit their social media activity even when it occurs off campus.

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.

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.

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 of online harassment and 92 percent have witnessed it.
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Oct 31, 2014

That awful moment when you realize you have Tweetdeck open on both monitors.

Oct 31, 2014

So @b_fung did the math: Consumers wasted at least $300 million paying for AT&T’s ‘unlimited’ data.…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @matthew_d_green: TIL the first step in joining a Russian malware forum is proving you're not @briankrebs.

Oct 31, 2014

And the Switchers are live. Well, minus the vacationing @htsuka Come ask us questions! RIGHT NOW.…

Oct 31, 2014

Something spooky to think about: Your television may be tracking your every movement and conversation.…

Oct 31, 2014

I wish it wasn't so hard to go as a cyber-dystopian panopticon for Halloween.

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