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The Switchboard: Meet Zelda, the NSA advice columnist.

A poster alerting customers that the digital currency Bitcoin is accepted as payment sits behind the counter inside the Old Shoreditch Station cafe in London,  on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read.

Hackers Hit Mt. Gox Exchange's CEO, Claim To Publish Evidence Of Fraud. "On Sunday, hackers took over the Reddit account and personal blog of Mark Karpeles, Mt. Gox’s CEO, to post an angry screed alleging that the exchange he ran had actually kept at least some of the bitcoins that the company had said were stolen from users," reports Andy Greenberg at Forbes. The personal Web site was also used to post documents allegedly from Mt. Gox servers; the documents remain unverified.

Bitcoin’s had a busy week. Here’s everything that’s happened. Speaking of Bitcoin, a lot happened last week. But don't worry, The Switch's own Brian Fung can catch you up on everything from the sudden death of a Bitcoin start-up founder to the controversy surrounding Newsweek's alleged unmasking of Bitcoin's founder.

Austin Police Department Warns SXSW Attendees Not To Use Uber. "In a post on the Austin government page, and a subsequent tweet sent out at midnight last night, the local police department has been warning inebriated SXSW attendees to 'know the rules' of the road” before hiring drivers to take them around town," reports Ryan Lawler at TechCrunch -- and that mean no Uber. Although the free rides given away to SXSW attendees don't break local transportation for hire law, the normal service does.

The NSA Has An Advice Columnist. Seriously. Peter Maass at The Intercept reports on something slightly unexpected from the Snowden docs: An advice columnist. "An NSA official, writing under the pen name 'Zelda,' has actually served at the agency as a Dear Abby for spies," writes Maass. "The columns are often amusing – topics include co-workers falling asleep on the job, sodas being stolen from shared fridges, supervisors not responding to emails, and office-mates who smell bad. But one of the most intriguing involves a letter from an NSA staffer who complains that his (or her) boss is spying on employees."

Wireless bills go up, and stay up. "Competition in the U.S. wireless market has increased over the past year, but so have Americans' overall phone bills," write Thomas Gyrta at the Wall Street Journal. "While carriers have trimmed the price of their plans here and there in recent months, billings per user continue to grow amid a shift to smartphones and a surge in wireless Internet use."

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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