The Switchboard: Mark Zuckerberg slams government spying, says he called Obama


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 19: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) talks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (R) during a town hall style meeting at Facebook headquarters on April 20, 2011 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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

Facebook's Mark Zuckberg: Washington is a threat to the Internet. "Silicon Valley companies like Facebook have been openly critical of the Obama administration for its surveillance practices," I wrote. "But that's apparently not enough for Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, who lashed out Thursday at Washington."

Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone interview. "In his view, the world is a giant operating system that just needs to be debugged," Rolling Stone reports.

Time Warner Cable subscribers say no to data caps. "In a sign that money is still not everything, a $5 monthly discount is not enticing most Time Warner Cable customers to choose a data-limited broadband plan over an unlimited package," Light Reading reports.

How Steve Jobs got the iPhone into Japan. "SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son recounted how he scored the deal to become the iPhone's exclusive carrier in Japan in a television interview with Charlie Rose that aired this week," according to Bloomberg.

Target says it investigated but dismissed early signs of breach. "Target said Thursday it investigated but ultimately dismissed early signs of a data breach," reports Computerworld, "a decision it likely regrets after suffering one of the largest payment-card and personal-data breaches on record."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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