The Switchboard: Twitter’s diversity report reveals ‘a lot of work’ ahead

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Blacklisted: The secret government rulebook for labeling you a terrorist. The Intercept reports: "The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither 'concrete facts' nor 'irrefutable evidence' to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist."

AP Source: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts. The AP reports: "Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said Tuesday."

Behind Comcast's truthy ad campaign for net neutrality. "None of what Comcast has claimed is factually untrue. But the company omits some facts in its advertising that gives the impression that it is unconditionally committed to 'full' net neutrality, whatever that might mean, when the bigger picture is somewhat more complicated."

Twitter employees mainly male and white, says it has 'lot of work to do.' Computerworld reports: "The data is more or less in line with that released earlier by the company's Silicon Valley peers like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and LinkedIn, which showed that both women and blacks are a minority in their companies."

Director wants his film on the Pirate Bay; pirates deliver. "A Dutch movie director asked people to upload a copy of one of his older films onto The Pirate Bay," according to TorrentFreak. "The filmmaker became fed up with the fact that copyright issues made his work completely unavailable through legal channels. To his surprise, pirates were quick to deliver."

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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