The Switchboard: Today’s the end for Windows XP

April 8, 2014

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

Reddit execs Ellen Pao and Jena Donlin get serious about the site’s business. "Reddit is one of the biggest sites on the Web," Re/code writes. "Now it just needs to start making it rain."

Mourning the end of XP? We’ll help get you through it. "You may have heard, but Microsoft is officially ending support for Microsoft XP on Tuesday," writes The Switch's own Hayley Tsukayama, "meaning that those using the 12-year-old operating system won’t be getting new patches for problems that crop up in XP any more."

EU court rules against requirement to keep data of telecom users. "The European Union's highest court ruled on Tuesday that an EU directive requiring telecoms companies to store the communications data of EU citizens for up to two years was invalid," Reuters reports.

San Francisco cracks down on Airbnb rentals. "San Francisco's ban on short-term rentals is turning out to have teeth," reports the San Francisco Chronicle. People who rent out space on Airbnb, VRBO and other markets for temporary housing are facing fines by the City Planning Department and eviction on the grounds of illegally operating hotels."

Jerk.com scammed money to remove Facebook-scraped profiles, says FTC. "As of Monday, the FTC has charged the website Jerk.com with taking data from Facebook and using it to create millions of disparaging profiles that it would then charge $30 to remove or edit," reports Ars Technica. "The trick was that paying money didn't actually give access to anything, and Jerk appears to have been scamming its 'customers.'"

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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