The problem with the D.C. drone ban

Banning drones in D.C. doesn’t keep the White House safer, but it will damage local innovation.

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    The Weekly Itch, Vol. V

    The Weekly Itch, Vol. V

    Check out our weekly roundup of the best in innovation, tech, creativity and humor.

    How to watch the Super Bowl online for free

    How to watch the Super Bowl online for free

    NBC is streaming the game free to tablets and computer viewers

    Producteev: Manage groups from your desktop or mobile device

    Producteev: Manage groups from your desktop or mobile device

    Manage groups from your desktop or mobile device.

    1+2=3: Try some mental math in a race against the clock

    1+2=3: Try some mental math in a race against the clock

    Try some mental math in a race against the clock.

    Verizon Wireless to allow customers to actually opt-out of controversial supercookie tracking

    Verizon Wireless to allow customers to actually opt-out of controversial supercookie tracking

    The changes come as the company faces heat from lawmakers and privacy advocates.

    The Switchboard: The FCC’s new definition of broadband

    The Switchboard: The FCC’s new definition of broadband

    Your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.

    Positive computing: The first big tech buzzword of 2015

    Positive computing: The first big tech buzzword of 2015

    The new generation of wearables could make us more compassionate and happier.

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    The future of new business is disrupting old business

    The future of new business is disrupting old business

    Not just Uber: Tech firms are uniquely poised to topple old, entrenched businesses in many industries

    Amazon actually made money this quarter. That’s enough to make its stock go nuts.

    Amazon actually made money this quarter. That’s enough to make its stock go nuts.

    Amazon shares are up after the company reported a profit of $214 million, outstripping all expectations.

    Microsoft launches Office for Android, Outlook for iOS and Android

    Microsoft launches Office for Android, Outlook for iOS and Android

    Good news: your devices can all work together a little bit better, starting today.

    FCC chairman warns: The GOP’s net neutrality bill could jeopardize broadband’s ‘vast future’

    FCC chairman warns: The GOP’s net neutrality bill could jeopardize broadband’s ‘vast future’

    The GOP’s net neutrality bill raises questions about the public’s relationship with the Web, said Tom Wheeler.

    The FCC has set a new, faster definition for broadband

    The FCC has set a new, faster definition for broadband

    The new threshold is set at 25 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads.

    911 dispatchers are literally listening to people die. These new FCC rules will help stop that.

    911 dispatchers are literally listening to people die. These new FCC rules will help stop that.

    The rules would set new location accuracy requirements on cellular providers.

    Parks and Recreations takes on online privacy. And it hits close to home.

    Parks and Recreations takes on online privacy. And it hits close to home.

    Leslie Knope just battled a tech company who looks a lot like the data-miners of today.

    Safety panel accuses NASA of a ‘lack of transparency’ in critical space program

    Safety panel accuses NASA of a ‘lack of transparency’ in critical space program

    The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel told Congress it was impossible “to offer any informed opinion regarding the adequacy of the certification process or the sufficiency of safety.”

    AP looks to expand automated stories program

    AP looks to expand automated stories program

    It calls financial stories written by computers a success. Branching into sports could be next.

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    Samsung profits slide as Apple rises

    Samsung profits slide as Apple rises

    The world's largest smartphone maker, Samsung Electronics, posted its first annual earnings decline in three years, but healthy demand for its memory chips helped soften the blow.

    The Switchboard: Inside Obama’s big privacy bill

    The Switchboard: Inside Obama’s big privacy bill

    Your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.

    National Inventors Hall of Fame honors 14

    National Inventors Hall of Fame honors 14

    This year’s class includes the inventors of Bluetooth and a predecessor to the disposable diaper.

    Facebook earnings: Three things to know

    The social media giant is making a lot of money, but it is spending a lot as well as it expands its mobile and global markets.

    Happy Data Privacy Day. Legally speaking, you’re mostly on your own.

    Happy Data Privacy Day. Legally speaking, you’re mostly on your own.

    Apart from specific kinds of data such as health information, financial information, and student records, there really isn’t a broad privacy law here in the U.S. of A.

    This wireless carrier is paying $40 million because it put limits on ‘unlimited’ data

    This wireless carrier is paying $40 million because it put limits on ‘unlimited’ data

    Are you a data-throttling wireless carrier selling ‘unlimited’ data? The FTC is on to you.

    Valve’s former in-house economist is Greece’s new finance minister

    Valve’s former in-house economist is Greece’s new finance minister

    Gabe Newell personally recruited Yanis Varoufakis for the job.

    A simple software update could have prevented a drone from buzzing the White House

    A simple software update could have prevented a drone from buzzing the White House

    The drone’s manufacturer, DJI, says it is now adding a no-fly zone for Washington in its databases.