The Switchboard: Why a former NSA director thinks he is worth $1 million a month

Former NSA head Keith Alexander (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from The Switch team.

The NSA's Cyber-King Goes Corporate. Former National Security Agency director General Keith B. Alexander thinks he's worth a million a month due to a new technology "based on a patented and "unique" approach to detecting malicious hackers and cyber-intruders" he invented, reports Shane Harris at Foreign Policy.

Twitter shares jump on user and revenue growth, although it’s still not turning a profit. "Twitter quieted some doubters on Tuesday, reporting a strong quarter, showing that -- in the short-term, at least -- the firm has managed to fight off doubts that it would be able to make money following its decision to go public last year," the Switch's Hayley Tsukayama reports. But while revenues are up, the company still isn't turning a profit -- instead reporting a loss of $144.6 million.

The Senate has another go at NSA surveillance reformSen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced his newest compromise version of the USA FREEDOM Act Tuesday.

How the history of electricity explains municipal broadband. "Unlike today, electricity wasn't always common or plentiful in the United States," the Switch's Brian Fung writes, explaining how policy forces behind the Tennessee Valley Authority are similar to those driving the push for municipal broadband.

You’ll soon need a cable account to sit and watch C-SPAN all day online. viewers will need to start using the credentials given to them by their cable or satellite provider to watch some content soon, the Switch's Nancy Scola reports. While hearings and streams from the House and Senate floor will still be available to anyone, a cable login will be needed to watch the channel's original programs live online.

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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