The Switchboard: Verizon lobbyists reportedly cite helping the disabled in quest to kill net neutrality


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U.S. officials scrambled to nab Snowden, hoping he would take a wrong step. He didn’t. The Post's Greg Miller tells the inside story of the U.S. government's (as of yet unsuccessful) attempt to track down and arrest former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Bitcoin security guarantee shattered by anonymous miner with 51% network power. Dan Goodin at Ars Technica reports on the unsettling growth of bitcoin mining pool Ghash. "For the first time in Bitcoin's five-year history, a single entity has repeatedly provided more than half of the total computational power required to mine new digital coins, in some cases for sustained periods of time." According to Goodin, there's no evidence the group abused its position but could lead to "the ability to spend the same coins twice, reject competing miners' transactions, or extort higher fees from people with large holdings" along with being able to set up a denial of service attack on the whole Bitcoin network.

The FCC is going to scrutinize Netflix’s deals with Comcast, Verizon — and others, too. Our own Brian Fung reports on the FCC's latest move: Taking a look at the "peering" deals between Netflix and Internet service providers.

Verizon says it wants to kill Net Neutrality to help blind, deaf, and disabled people. "Three Hill sources tell Mother Jones that Verizon lobbyists have cited the needs of blind, deaf, and disabled people to try to convince congressional staffers and their bosses to get on board with the fast lane idea," reports Erika Eichelberger. "But groups representing disabled Americans, including the National Association of the Deaf, the National Federation of the Blind, and the American Association of People with Disabilities are not advocating for this plan."

Here’s how people are watching the World Cup — without cableThe Post's Cecilia Kang reveals how cordcutters are watching the World Cup and other live events through services like Aereo and setting up Virtual Private Networks to escape local blackouts.

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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