Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.
Facebook blocks Russian page supporting Navalny, Putin's biggest critic "In 2011, Facebook was hailed by opposition movements during the Arab Spring and in Russia as a powerful new tool to spread information beyond the control of repressive governments. That may no longer be the case, at least not in Russia," reports The Washington Post's Michael Birnbaum. "Russian Internet regulators said Saturday that they had sent Facebook a “demand” that it block access to a page calling for a demonstration in support of Alexei Navalny, the most prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin." A Facebook spokeswoman said the company is investigating the matter; other pages set up after the first one was blocked were still visible Sunday.
China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof North Korea hacked Sony "China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said," Reuters's Megha Rajagopalan and Steve Holland reported. "North Korea has denied it was to blame and has vowed to hit back against any U.S. retaliation, threatening the White House and the Pentagon."
Edith Ramirez is raising F.T.C.'s voice, softly "While public debate has raged in recent months over the Federal Communications Commission’s position on net neutrality and the Justice Department’s review of the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the F.T.C. has operated somewhat more in the shadows," reports The New York Times's Edward Wyatt. "But Ms. Ramirez is pushing to regain some of the prominence of the F.T.C., the nation’s top consumer protection enforcer, which just celebrated its 100th anniversary — by focusing particular attention on digital privacy and transactions."
Congress wants to legislate net neutrality. Here’s what that might look like. "Republicans in Congress appear likely to introduce legislation next month aimed at preventing Internet providers from speeding up some Web sites over others, in hopes of changing the tone of a critical debate over the future of the Web, according to industry officials familiar with the plans," reports The Washington Post's Brian Fung. "The industry-backed proposal would preempt efforts by the Federal Communications Commission to draw up new rules for Internet providers."
Staples: Hack may have affected more than a million payment cards "Office supply chain Staples said Friday that a hack attack on some of its retail outlets earlier this year may have affected 1.16 million payment cards used by customers, giving attackers access to cardholder names, card numbers, expiration dates and card verification codes,” reports CNET’s Edward Moyer. "Staples said the malware attack spanned the country, affecting 115 of its more than 1,400 US stores from New York to California and that it involved purchases made from late July through mid-September. "