The Switchboard: Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion

February 13

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Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read.

Comcast, Time Warner agree to merge in $45 billion deal. "Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for more than $45 billion in stock," according to the Post's own Cecilia Kang, "a deal that would combine the two largest cable providers in the country, according to people familiar with the matter."

Amazon executive gets a taste of his own medicine in heated trademark dispute. "UK soap and cosmetics company Lush has decided to get its own back on Christopher North, the head of Amazon's UK division, after some fisticuffs concerning the latter's search practices," according to Engadget.

Exclusive: Snowden swiped password from NSA coworker. "A civilian NSA employee recently resigned after being stripped of his security clearance for allowing former agency contractor Edward Snowden to use his personal log-in credentials to access classified information, according to an agency memo obtained by NBC News."

Here’s how Europe thinks the internet should be run. "Global debates about internet governance are set to heat up in the coming years," GigaOm reports, "so the European Union has set out its standpoint, with true globalization and human rights being non-negotiable principles."

Obama’s big plan to protect businesses from cyberattack. "It's been a long time coming, and some experts say it isn't enough," I write. "But the White House has now put the finishing touches on a set of security guidelines meant to help businesses defend themselves from hackers and cyberattacks."

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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