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

The FBI’s quiet plan to expand its hacking powers. "Government officials are trying to expand their authority to hack into and locate computers by changing an arcane federal rule governing how judges can approve search warrants," according to National Journal.

With its new majority, the GOP turns to redefining how you watch TV, get online and call mom. "If you thought net neutrality was a big fight, you haven't seen anything yet," I write. "Net neutrality is largely about a single policy being developed by the Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency. What Republicans want to do now is take aim at the law that created the FCC in the first place, along with all of its powers."

Adam Savage on #Gamergate, Hollywood, and women in science. Mother Jones interviews the "Mythbusters" co-host: "The problem I have is that I'm a white dude," said Adam Savage. "And I recognize that my privilege makes it impossible for me to say, 'There should be more women in science' without sounding like I'm proclaiming from on high. And so I take that position seriously.'"

Lyft accuses former COO of stealing confidential documents before joining Uber. "In a complaint filed [Wednesday] in San Francisco Superior Court," reports Techcrunch, "Lyft claims VanderZanden downloaded a number of non-public company documents to his personal Dropbox account in the lead-up to his departure, including confidential strategic product plans, financial information, forecasts, and growth data."

U.S. net neutrality advocates plan Hungary-style protests. "Protests are planned outside the White House in Washington, D.C., and at several locations across the U.S. on Thursday evening to object to leaks that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is considering a new 'hybrid' proposal to break through the deadlock over net neutrality rules," according to Computerworld.