The Switchboard: Snowden’s lawyer interrogated at Heathrow airport

February 18

(The Guardian)

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Punching above its weight, upstart Netflix pokes at HBO. "If there is a rivalry between the two companies, it is by many measures a mismatch," according to the New York Times. "But that hasn’t stopped Wall Street and the entertainment media from salivating at the story line: Netflix, the brash Silicon Valley interloper, driven by metrics and technology, not to mention a checkbook that makes seasoned Hollywood players blush like teenagers, taking on HBO, the East Coast establishment player, in the rarefied and profitable world of quality television."

Apple rejecting 'Flappy' titled games from app store. "Apple has begun rejecting games attempting to take advantage of the popularity of the now-defunct Flappy Bird," reports MacRumors, "a hit game that developer Dong Nguyen removed from the App Store earlier in February."

Snowden's lawyer interrogated by U.K. authorities at Heathrow airport. "After asking what she would be doing in London, and establishing that she would be meeting with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy, the border agent moved on to other issues, and showed a surprising knowledge of her recent movements," according to Techdirt.

Barons of Broadband. The New York Times' Paul Krugman takes aim at the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable: "So let me ask two questions about the proposed deal. First, why would we even think about letting it go through? Second, when and why did we stop worrying about monopoly power?"

Syrian Electronic Army slurps a million reader passwords from Forbes. "Forbes.com has become the latest media outlet to fall to an attack by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) with the account records of more than a million people swiped," The Register reports. "A database containing email address and password combinations for 1,071,963 accounts was dumped online by the hacktivists — including the records for Forbes contributors."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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