Uber pressures regulators by mobilizing riders and hiring vast lobbying network. The Post's Rosalind Helderman takes a deep look at Uber's political operational strategy: "It launches in local markets regardless of existing laws or regulations. It aims to build a large customer base as quickly as possible. When challenged, Uber rallies its users to pressure government officials, while unleashing its well-connected lobbyists to influence lawmakers."
Why Edward Snowden thinks Amazon is 'morally irresponsible.' National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden thinks Amazon.com, one of the world’s largest retailers, should be encrypting users full use of its site. "Amazon, whose founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post, encrypts transactions as customers enter their credit card information and other purchase details," writes the Posts's Craig Timberg. "But searches for products occur in what experts call 'plain text,' meaning governments and others with access to Internet traffic can monitor those searches."
How Chuck Schumer became Silicon Alley’s closest ally. The Switch's Brian Fung profiles Chuck Schumer's relationship with his local the tech industry. "A Senate veteran with a reputation for brokering deals, Schumer courts start-ups even as he grapples with broader concerns such as health care and the federal budget. His relationship with Silicon Valley dates to the 1990s, when he began making trips out West to meet Yahoo and Oracle executives. These days, his focus has shifted to homegrown ventures."
Operation Socialist: The inside story of how British spies hacked Belgium's largest telco. Ryan Gallagher at The Intercept uses Snowden documents and interviews with sources familiar with the apparent 2012 hack of a Belgian telco by GCHQ to reveal the details of a state-sponsored hack.