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The Switchboard: Google wants to turn NYC pay phones into WiFi hotspots

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Microsoft’s top lawyer is the tech world’s envoy. The New York Times reports: Bradford L. Smith "'brings a much more Washington sensibility to the West Coast than many of his peers,' said Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former State Department official who now runs the New America Foundation and attended Princeton University with Mr. Smith. 'He recognizes the necessity of government engagement. Government is not just an entity for favors. It has to be part of the solution.'"

Time Warner Cable promises one-gigabit Internet for L.A. in 2016. "Peter Stern, an executive vice president at Time Warner Cable, said the company is primed to deliver faster speeds because of its recent investment in improving its network," according to the Los Angeles Times. "He said the company has spent $1.5 billion over the last four years to improve its services and network infrastructure in the area."

Here's how many subscribers Aereo had last year. Re/code reports: "Aereo had 77,596 subscribers, spread out among 10 cities, at the end of 2013, according to documents the company has filed with the U.S. Copyright Office, as part of its bid to be classified as a cable company."

'Orange is the New Black' vaults Netflix past 50 million users. "The company added 570,000 domestic streaming customers in the quarter, beating its own forecast of 520,000 and lifting the U.S. total to 36.2 million," Bloomberg reports.

Google may bring WiFi to New York City pay phones. Computerworld reports: "The dominant search company was among 60 entities that attended a meeting on May 12 to discuss a project to replace or supplement as many as 10,000 pay phones around the city. The list came to light in a Bloomberg News report on Monday. Other participants included Samsung, IBM, Cisco Systems, Verizon Wireless, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable."

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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