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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

Washington Post starts to automatically encrypt part of Web site for visitors — The Washington Post will begin encrypting parts of its Web site Tuesday, making it more difficult for hackers, government agencies and others to track the reading habits of people who visit the site. The added security will immediately apply to The Post's homepage as well as stories on the site's national security page and the technology policy blog The Switch.

Uber executives detained as France wages battle over ride-hailing app — French police detained two Uber executives in the latest crackdown on the company's ride-hailing app. Police brought in Thibaud Simphal, the manager of Uber France, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, the general manager for Western Europe, for questioning, according to a report from Reuters.

Tim Cook: ‘Today marks a victory for equality, perseverance and love.’ — Apple chief executive Tim Cook, who publicly announced he was gay last fall, celebrated the Supreme Court's decision in favor of same-sex marriage on Twitter: Today marks a victory for equality, perseverance and love.

Bethesda let someone pre-order Fallout 4 with bottle caps — In the post-apocalyptic world of the Fallout series, paper currency has lost its value. Instead, players use bottle caps to buy and sell things in the video game. But one fan of the series sent the developer behind the games, Bethesda, a bunch of bottle caps in the real world -- hoping to secure a copy of Fallout 4.

Facebook just hired the executive who was steering Yahoo’s security turnaround — Tech companies ask users to put a lot of faith in the security of their products -- and Facebook just poached Yahoo's chief information security officer to help keep that faith. Alex Stamos said in a Facebook post that he would start his new gig as the company's chief security officer on Monday.

Yes, there’s a hoverboard in a new Lexus ad. No, you can’t have it. — Sorry, Marty McFly -- Lexus isn't about to bring hoverboards to a dealership near you. Toyota's luxury brand teased a hoverboard prototype in a short video released online this week that's created a splash: The video features a skateboarder speeding along concrete when he is met with a hoverboard.

OPM still isn’t saying how many people were caught up in its breaches — Lawmakers want to know how many people were caught up in cyber attacks at the Office of Personnel Management. Today, agency officials said they still don't have answers. On June 4, OPM revealed that personal information about 4 million current and former government was breached.

Someday, Facebook may not even need to see your face to find you in photos — Facial recognition tech is already being used by big tech companies and the government. But Facebook is working on an experimental algorithm that doesn't even need a good shot of your face to pick you out in photos.

Apple’s Tim Cook: We should remove symbols that feed racism — Since taking the top job at Apple in 2011, Tim Cook has gone from a behind-the-scenes decision-maker to one of the most visible corporate activists on social issues. Cook is one of the few openly gay chief executives in the top echelons of the business world and has been vocal about LGBT equality, especially since publicly discussing his sexuality for the first time last year.

John Oliver explains the awfulness that is ‘revenge porn’ — John Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," highlighted one of the worst things on the Internet on Sunday night: "revenge porn," or private intimate photos shared online without the subject's consent.
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Jun 26, 2015

There is a police copter circling my block and cop cars went down my street in the wrong direction. Surely this is a good sign?

Jun 25, 2015

Bethesda let someone pre-order Fallout 4 with bottle caps -- but only because he was the first person to try.…

Jun 24, 2015

So @alexstamos is headed to Facebook. Here's how he helped turn Yahoo's cybersecurity reputation around:…

Jun 23, 2015

So now that everyone is stopping carrying Confederate flags, will racists have to turn to the dark web?

Jun 23, 2015

OPM chief: "‘I don’t believe anyone is personally responsible" for Chinese hack…

Jun 22, 2015

@GenePark Also 3 -- because who doesn't want a tightly choreographed high school dating sim baked into their RPG horror game?

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