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

Since Netflix paid Verizon, video speed on FiOS has doubled. "Netflix's payments to Verizon for a direct connection to its network didn't result in immediate improvements for the companies' joint subscribers, but they're finally paying off with better video performance," according to Ars Technica.

Google’s Eric Schmidt: 'Really, our biggest search competitor is Amazon.' "Schmidt argued that Google is not only not a monopoly," reports Search Engine Land, "it’s a good European corporate citizen."

Aereo to the FCC: Let us join the cable companies we tried to replace. "It's been weeks since we last heard from Aereo, the shuttered streaming video service that lost big at the Supreme Court this summer," according to the Switch. "Now it's back, and the company is rolling over in its fight against TV broadcasters — in hopes of a longer-term victory in Congress."

Iliad scraps bid for T-Mobile stake after boosting offer. "Iliad, the smallest of France’s mobile carriers, is the second suitor to walk away this year," reports Bloomberg News, "after Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son’s Sprint Corp. unit abandoned a merger plan with T-Mobile."

Yahoo downsizes in the Middle East. "Similar to last week when Yahoo confirmed layoffs of 400 people in India, mostly engineers, a spokesperson says the decision is part of its 'global efforts to streamline operations,'" Techcrunch reports.