The Switchboard: Twitter exec shakeup continues as media head leaves

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Twitter exec exodus continues with media chief Chloe Sladden Just hours after reports broke that Twitter chief operating officer Ali Rowghani was stepping down, the company's head of Media, Chloe Sladden also announced she would leave Twitter. "While the timing would suggest Sladden’s departure is part of broader shifts within the organization to respond to mounting criticism regarding Twitter’s monetization and growth efforts, there wasn’t much speculation about her future there in particular," reports Variety's Andrew Wallenstein. "However, it’s highly likely her media division will be affected by whatever larger changes are afoot at Twitter given the conventional wisdom that Rowghani wasn’t an isolated exit."

U.S. cybersecurity firm offers free protection for political blogs "Internet security company Cloudflare said on Thursday it will offer its full raft of protective services for free to 'politically or artistically important' Web sites that come under politically motivated cyber-attack," says Reuters' Gerry Shih. Under a program called Project Galileo, Cloudflare will "offer its protective services for free to mostly small, independent blogs identified as politically important by a committee of 15 nonprofits including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Center for Democracy, and Access."

AT&T breach allowed customer data to be used to unlock smartphones  IDG News Service's Martyn Williams reports, "Personal information, including Social Security numbers and call records, was accessed for an unknown number of AT&T Mobility customers by people outside of the company, AT&T has confirmed." The report says that the breach took place between April 9-21. It was disclosed this week.

How Starbucks is using your crummy smartphone battery to boost its business "Starbucks is bringing wireless charging stations to all of the national coffee chain's 7,000-plus stores," reports The Washington Post's Roberto Ferdman. "San Francisco will be the first new city to have the devices — Starbucks is committed to installing them in every one of that city's stores by the end of the year — followed by other major markets next year and finally the rest of its national branches, which will have them by the end of 2016."

How Obama’s climate goals will play in Silicon Valley "If the United States is going to achieve President Obama’s new climate change goals, an X factor is how Silicon Valley will respond," notes The New York Times' Claire Cain Miller in an interview with venture capitalist Vinod Khosla. Says Khosla: "We need the best new minds at Stanford and M.I.T. to go into this area, and an action like President Obama’s goes a long way toward increasing our brain pool."

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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