The Switchboard: T-Mobile CEO crashes AT&T party, gets escorted out

January 7, 2014

T-Mobile CEO John Legere (John Moore/Getty Images)

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T-Mobile CEO on being thrown out of AT&T’s party: “I just wanted to hear Macklemore.” "T-Mobile CEO John Legere has been trying to crash AT&T’s party metaphorically for a while now," reports Re/code. "On Monday, he decided to do it literally, working his way into a party that the telecom giant was throwing for its developers at the Palms Hotel."

Did AT&T just create a pay-for-play mobile Internet? "AT&T just made surfing the mobile Web a little easier on your wallet — but in doing so, it risks threatening the long-term openness of the Internet," I write of AT&T's new data plan, Sponsored Data, which lets companies pay for your network consumption. The news has renewed a debate over network neutrality. Others such as The Verge are piling on, while Forbes' Stacey Higginbotham is more hesitant to cry foul. "Depending on what AT&T charges and how competitive you think the wireless market is, I can’t work myself into a froth just yet," she writes.

Why women aren't welcome on the Internet. "Women and men have been logging on in equal numbers since 2000, but the vilest communications are still disproportionately lobbed at women," writes Amanda Hess in a compelling essay for Pacific Standard. "Women who are harassed online are expected to either get over ourselves or feel flattered in response to the threats made against us."

Court decision exempts secret memo from FOIA, sets stage for future secret laws to go unchallenged. "The "most transparent administration" received another win for continued secrecy," writes TechDirt, "thanks to an appeals court decision that allowed it to continue to withhold a DOJ memo that created an exploitable loophole in consumer data privacy protections."

Snapchat CEO tweets e-mail exchange with Zuckerberg. "Spiegel, after being characterized as a bit of an egotistical punk, took to the 140-character social network to redeem himself," reports CNET. "His strategy: tweeting copies of previously private e-mails sent between him and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecom, broadband and digital politics. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.
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