Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.
Officer appears to threaten cameraman covering chaos in Ferguson. An officer appears to have threatened Mustafa Hussein of Argus Radio, a member of the media livestreaming the chaos in Ferguson last night. "Get the f--- out of here and keep that light off or you're getting shelled with this," video shows -- although the audio is somewhat garbled. Last week, police arrested Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly as they were reporting on the unrest in the St. Louis suburb following the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
In the sharing economy, workers find both freedom and uncertainty. Natasha Singer at the New York Times reports on the instability that comes along with relying on the sharing economy as a primary income. "For people seeking a sideline, these services can provide extra income," she notes. "In a climate of continuing high unemployment, however, people like Ms. Guidry are less microentrepreneurs than microearners" -- trying to assemble a full wage through piecemeal participation in multiple services.
U.S. firm helped the spyware industry build a potent digital weapon for sale overseas. Reporting for The Washington Post, Barton Gellman recounts how U.S.-based CloudShield Technologies helped foreign commercial surveillance companies build a product that could help turn any unencrypted content against a user.
Sen. Wyden: Your data’s yours no matter on whose server it lives. "At the TechFestNW event in Portland on Friday, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden called for legal reforms that embrace an understanding that the mere act of handing over digital data doesn't mean giving way a user's right to privacy," reports the Switch's Nancy Scola. "Some will still argue that by sharing data freely with Facebook, Google, Mint, Uber, Twitter, Fitbit or Instagram, Americans are choosing to make that data public. But that is simply not the case," the senator said.
Why are Telegraph stories about the ‘right to be forgotten’ disappearing from the Internet? Google and a British newspaper are currently embroiled in a confusing cycle of link deletion and reporting on said deletions, which has led to still more deletions, the Switch's Brian Fung reports -- all of which seem to be entangled with the enforcement of the European "right to be forgotten."