The Switchboard: Snowden gets another 3 years in Russia

Russia has granted former NSA contractor Edward Snowden an extension to stay in the country for three more years. (Reuters)

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

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The Russian 'hack of the century' doesn't add up. The Verge reports: "If the idea of hacking 1.2 billion usernames sounds incredible, it should." (Security researcher Brian Krebs defends the report, saying the hack is "for real.")

Google has scrubbed 50 links to Wikipedia, thanks to the 'right to be forgotten' law. "The nonprofit behind Wikipedia said Wednesday that it has received five notices from Google in the last week saying its content has been scrubbed from European search results," I write. "The notices affect more than 50 links and Web pages on Wikipedia. That's far more than the one Wikipedia entry that's been reportedly affected by the law to date."

Snowden said to be allowed 3 more years in Russia. The New York Times reports: "Edward J. Snowden, the American intelligence contractor who published a raft of secret documents and then fled to Russia, has been granted a three-year residence permit, his lawyer announced Thursday."

AOL still has 2.3 million dialup subscribers—and they’re very profitable. Quartz reports: "AOL has spent the last decade—since the broadband era really took off—trying to build a business around online advertising. But its legacy dialup internet subscription business is still generating a big portion of its sales—and most of its profits."

San Jose Police Department says FAA can’t regulate its drone use. Ars Technica reports: "Newly published documents show that the San Jose Police Department (SJPD), which publicly acknowledged Tuesday that it should have “done a better job of communicating” its drone acquisition, does not believe that it even needs federal authorization in order to fly a drone. The Federal Aviation Administration thinks otherwise."

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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