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

Sony Pictures hackers invoke 9/11 while threatening theaters that show ‘The Interview’ "On Tuesday, the group claiming to be responsible for the massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment posted a message on text sharing site Pastebin threatening violence against theaters showing the movie 'The Interview,' the controversial comedy action film about planning an assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un," reports The Washington Post's Andrea Peterson. "The group (or someone claiming to represent the group) invoked the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while threatening screenings of the movie, which is scheduled to be widely released on Christmas Day."

External traffic to Spanish news sites plummets after Google move "As expected, Google removed all Spanish publishers from its Google News index on Tuesday, which the company said it was forced to do as a result of a new law — a law that publishers themselves lobbied for — which requires anyone using even a short snippet of copyrighted content to pay a fee," reports GigaOm's Matthew Ingram. "According to the web-analytics service Chartbeat, within hours of their removal from the Google service, Spanish media sites saw their external traffic fall by double digits."

Apple found not guilty of harming consumers in iPod case "A jury determined Tuesday that Apple used software updates to improve its original iPod rather than unfairly dominate the music market, freeing the consumer electronics giant from a class-action lawsuit that had hung around its neck for nearly a decade," reports The Washington Post's Hayley Tsukayama. "The long-winding case was decided in a mere three hours by the jury. The plaintiffs had accused the electronics giant of violating antitrust laws when it sent software updates between 2006 and 2009 that prevented songs, sold at lower prices, from playing on the iPod."

NBC will begin live streaming — but not so fast, cord cutters "NBC has announced plans to begin live streaming its network shows, but cord cutters won't have access to the new service," reports Mashable's Jason Abbruzzese. "The peacock network will start streaming to mobile and desktop devices on Tuesday, but viewers will need to provide a login tied to a cable subscription to gain access."

Delta fixes mobile boarding pass bug "The flaw allowed passengers using Delta's website to swap their own boarding pass URL for one belonging to another person and use it for themselves, according to security researcher Dani Grant," PC World's Damon Poeter reported. "Grant said she was able to use the URL-switching trick to generate boarding passes for non-Delta flights as well." A Delta spokesman told PC World that the airline has fixed the flaw.