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The Switchboard: Facebook’s real name policy cause clashes with some gay and transgender users

The Facebook Inc. logo is displayed on an iPad Air in this 2014 file photo. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.

Facebook is under fire from gay and transgender users who are being forced to use real names. "Not that long ago, it looked as though Facebook might be softening its previous stance on real names, with comments from CEO Mark Zuckerberg that suggested he saw the value of anonymity in some cases — and at the same time, the social network has expanded the number of gender-related selections users have to choose from," writes Mathew Ingram at Gigaom. "Despite those moves, however, some gay and transgender users say the site is forcing them to use their birth names or have their pages blocked."

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman urges PACER to restore access to removed case archives. PACER, the government run database of public court records, removed access to the archives of five courts in August due to a switch to  new technical architectures. But now Senator Patrick Leahy (D, VT) wants them restored.

The NSA Gives Birth To Start-Ups. "Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has been sweating it out in the spotlight this summer for converting his spy cred into a lucrative security consulting business shortly after stepping down from the National Security Agency," writes Kashmir Hill at Forbes. "But Alexander is far from the first to realize that the NSA’s area of expertise is in high demand in the commercial sector these days as more and more of our information is being digitized and concerns about security and privacy mount."

Did Apple just become a big bank? Kevin Cirilli and Julian Hattem at the Hill wonder if Apple's jump into mobile payments could lead to some aspects of the company falling under the same regulators as financial comapnies.

Uber, allies kick off campaign to brand ‘Big Taxi.’ "The battle over the future of the taxi industry is in many ways an information war," reports the Switch's Nancy Scola. "And the latest salvo in it has launched: an online campaign called "Taxi Facts," backed by several groups including ride service Uber, the libertarian advocacy group TechFreedom and D.C.- based trade group The Internet Association."