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The Switchboard: Amazon may start a streaming video service

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Amazon considers streaming media service  Amazon "is considering an advertising-supported streaming television and music-video service," the Wall Street Journal reports, "a departure from its strategy of linking video to its $99-a-year Prime subscription service, according to people close to the company."

Lasers, satellites and drones: How Facebook plans to deliver Internet to the developing world. "Facebook is working with NASA scientists and aerospace engineers to develop lasers that can beam Internet down to underserved populations," I wrote Thursday.

Japan to send phone alerts for incoming missile strikes. "Residents of Japan are used to receiving phone notifications of natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis," reports the Verge, "but from next week the government will be able to warn them of a whole new threat."

Map: Here are the countries that block Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. "Turkey is hardly the first country to crack down on social unrest by going after social networks," according to Mother Jones. "There are at least six other countries currently blocking Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter in some capacity."

Mozilla employees tell Brendan Eich he needs to 'step down.' "A number of Mozilla employees took to Twitter with a united, nearly simultaneous message to new Mozilla Foundation CEO Brendan Eich," reports Ars Technica.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecommunications and the Internet. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.
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