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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

Master bladesmith: New lightsaber design is a terrible idea — The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped this morning. And almost immediately, people began commenting on the design of a Sith lightsaber with what appears to be mini-blades shooting out of the hilt as a sort of crossguard.

You can watch the new Star Wars trailer on iTunes - and Youtube — Nerds around the world felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of Internet users suddenly scrambled to watch their first glimpse of the new Star Wars film. The first teaser trailer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Disney-backed feature directed by J.J.

Members of Congress call for police bodycams in wake of Ferguson — While calm appears to be returning to the St. Louis suburb that was torn apart as police and protesters clashed following the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, members of Congress are calling for an expansion of police use of body cameras.

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.
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Nov 28, 2014

Being in the middle of wedding planning myself, I can't imagine doing it before you absolutely have to.…

Nov 28, 2014

When would a lightsaber hilt actually come in handy? Seems like a great way to burn yourself in the knee.

Nov 28, 2014

So, can we all agree not to let any news happen today so we can all disagree about Star Wars all day long?

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