The Switchboard: Your next Web domain could come from Google

June 24, 2014

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

FAA outlines restrictions for model aircraft in wake of reckless use. "The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Monday interpreted existing rules to prohibit hobbyists' model aircraft from flying within 5 miles (8 kilometers) of an airport without clearance from the airport or ground control," Computerworld reports.

Google's states of play. "The company has hired an army of lobbyists from coast to coast as it seeks to protect its self-driving cars, computer-mounted glasses and other emerging technologies from new rules and restrictions, according to an analysis of state records," according to Politico.

Three questions with Amazon’s technology chief, Werner Vogels. "Amazon’s chief technology officer, Werner Vogels, devotes most of his time to Amazon’s vast cloud empire," writes MIT Technology Review. "He sat down with IT editor Rachel Metz … to talk about the future of cloud computing and security."

How to build a Tesla, according to Tesla. "Ever since Tesla chief executive Elon Musk offered to give away the firm's electric car patents for free, the rest of the auto industry has leapt on the technology," I write. "But just what is in Musk's patent portfolio that has them so excited?"

Watch out, GoDaddy! Google eyes move into domain registration. The Register reports: "Over the long run, however, Google's move into domain registration will be particularly significant for Google Apps customers, who so far have had to look elsewhere to create their domains before setting up their Google-powered online presences."

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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