The Switchboard: The Heartbleed situation just got worse

April 11, 2014

A visitor walks past a Cisco advertising panel as she looks at her mobile phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

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

The Heartbleed situation just got a lot worse. It also affects routers. "If you thought changing a few passwords would be enough to defeat the Heartbleed vulnerability — think again," I wrote late yesterday. "The security bug also appears to affect networking hardware made by one of the world's largest manufacturers, Cisco."

Kathleen Sebelius to resign. "Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as Health and Human Services secretary in the wake of the disastrous HealthCare.gov launch, a senior administration official confirmed Thursday," writes National Journal.

Google Glass goes on sale to the masses. "Starting at 9 a.m. ET on April 15, and for one day only, any adult in the U.S. willing to pay $1,500 can purchase a pair of Google Glass," reports the Wall Street Journal. "The orders will include shades or frames for the glasses, the Glass team says in a post on Google+."

Aereo’s live TV coming to Chromecast in May. "The company is releasing an app for Android that lets users watch and record over-the-air broadcast television," writes CNET.

The DATA Act just passed the Senate. Here’s why that matters. "Right now it's difficult for the public to get a full look at government expenditures and make sure the government is being held accountable," the Switch's own Andrea Peterson writes. "And open data advocates argue that when the private sector gets access to government data, it could find new ways to leverage it -- creating new services for consumers and new jobs."

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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