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

AT&T, DirecTV merger could make it harder to cut the cord. "AT&T and DirecTV on Wednesday said in a federal application that their combined companies would be able to offer lower prices for bundles of satellite television and high-speed Internet, puting pressure on cable companies to also cut fees," the Post's own Cecilia Kang reports. "The companies say that's great for consumers and should be a key reason to approve their $49 billion deal."

U.S. appeals court rules warrantless phone location tracking is illegal. CNET reports: "Three judges in the US Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit agreed on Wednesday that acquiring records of which cell towers connect to a smartphone and tablet, as well as when they connect, constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment, which prevents unreasonable searches and seizures."

Uber registrations 'increase 850%' as black cab drivers stage London protest. "The taxi-booking mobile app company Uber said it experienced an 850 percent increase in new users today as London's black cabs staged a protest that brought gridlock to the city center," according to the Independent.

AT&T accuses Netflix of 'double-talk' when it comes to Comcast and Verizon deals. Netflix "has made no secret of its hatred of those deals, arguing that they set a dangerous precedent," I write. "Now AT&T has joined the debate — not with a paid deal of its own, but with some strong language effectively telling Netflix to put up or shut up."

Powerful worm on Twitter unleashes torrent of out-of-control tweets. "Twitter on Wednesday was briefly overrun by a powerful computer worm that caused tens of thousands of users to tweet a message that contained self-propagating code exploiting a bug in the TweetDeck app," reports Ars Technica.