The Switchboard: A friendlier, more open Apple in the post-Jobs era


Apple CEO Tim Cook, center left, has his picture taken with an attendee to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Monday, June 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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

Tim Cook takes the stage at Apple WWDC to show off a more open Apple. "The attendees at the conference — many among Apple's most dedicated followers — were buzzing with approval for the company's willingness to grant outside developers more opportunity to access parts of its systems previously off-limits to anyone outside the company," reports the Switch's own Hayley Tsukayama.

FCC comment page buckles to its knees after John Oliver asks everyone to comment. "The irony of the FCC having trouble under heavy loads concerning net neutrality was not lost on many people," according to Techdirt, "who didn't miss the opportunity to tweet some replies mocking the whole net neutrality proposal."

John Legere: How the T-Mobile CEO is poised to make millions after bringing the company back from the dead. "Whether Legere's gratuitous swearing, toying with the press, and public shaming of his competitors is a gimmick or not is almost irrelevant," writes Business Insider. "The company has the spotlight now, the allure of a scrappy startup trying to disrupt two giants that have done nothing but annoy their customers with confusing contracts, overage charges, and painful device upgrade cycles."

A U.S. ambassador was just sworn in on a Kindle. "On Monday, Suzi LeVine became the first U.S. ambassador (she's the American representative to Switzerland) to be sworn in on an e-reader," I wrote. "LeVine took the oath on a digital copy of the U.S. Constitution stored on a Kindle Touch."

T-Mobile confirms WiFi calling arriving for iPhone users with iOS 8. "With WiFi calling, users can make and receive calls as well as send messages through a WiFi connection rather than using their voice or data plan," writes 9to5 Mac. "That allows users to avoid unnecessary service charges and cut bill costs, extends coverage to areas without traditional network coverage, and also allows users to use their regular phone number." For more on the market-shifting potential of Wi-Fi calling, read The Switch's coverage here.

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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