The Switchboard: How Turkish Twitter users can get past their government’s ban


This March 11, 2014 file photo shows a protestor looking at his cell phone screen in Istanbul. (AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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

Twitter tells tweeters how To tiptoe past Turkey's twitter ban. "Turkey may have banned Twitter — the country’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to 'eradicate' it from the country on Thursday — but Twitter isn't going to leave its users tweetless," according to ReadWrite.

Microsoft says it will tighten policies for searching Hotmail, Outlook.com. "Microsoft said late Thursday that it will 'evolve' its policies for searching through non-employee Hotmail and Outlook.com mail accounts in the wake of concern over its practices," reports Re/code.

Netflix: We’ll pay Comcast’s ransom, but we shouldn’t have to. "In a blog post Thursday," I write, "Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings called Comcast's interconnection fees an 'arbitrary tax' on content providers, one that could harm the Web."

Mt. Gox finds 200,000 missing Bitcoins. "Mt. Gox Chief Executive Mark Karpelès said in a document released Thursday that the firm had found 200,000 bitcoins in a wallet – a digital file used to store bitcoin addresses and from which transactions can be done – that the company no longer uses," according to the Wall Street Journal.

No penalty for Comcast if merger with Time Warner Cable fails. "Comcast negotiated an easy escape hatch if regulators put too much heat on the $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable, according to a regulatory filing Thursday," CNET reports.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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