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The Switchboard: The FBI is investigating reported hackings at JP Morgan and other banks

Cyber attackers reportedly struck JPMorgan Chase and several other U.S. banks, and now, the FBI says it's investigating. (Reuters)

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Time Warner Cable: An 'erroneous IP configuration' caused nationwide blackout. "Time Warner Cable's breakdown prompted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ask regulators to probe the incident," according to Vice.

JPMorgan and other banks struck by cyberattack. "A number of United States banks, including JPMorgan Chase and at least four others, were struck by hackers in a series of coordinated attacks this month, according to four people briefed on a continuing investigation into the crimes," the New York Times reports. (Meanwhile, Re/code reports that federal law enforcement officials are investigating.)

Uber’s war on Lyft could prompt federal investigation. National Journal reports: "A former FTC official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that reports of Uber's misrepresentation aligns strongly with similar antitrust investigations the agency has conducted in the past."

Fourteen years ago, DOJ said letting one broadband company run half the country was a bad idea. In 2000, I write, "Federal regulators approved a merger between two tech titans that some now say should be instructive for the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission, as the two agencies review a current-day proposal by Comcast to acquire Time Warner Cable. The 2000 merger, known as AT&T-MediaOne, offers a precedent. But it also raises further questions about certain rules we've established to ensure competition in the marketplace."

What India can teach Silicon Valley about its gender problem. Wired reports: "In India, women feel at home in engineering. One 2013 study of Indian engineering students asked whether they ever felt left out in an academic setting. About 8 percent of female engineers reported such feelings, while almost 20 percent of male engineers sometimes felt left out."

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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