Operation Curable

How Silicon Valley is getting what it wants from the White House; the future of Meetup; and more.


  • A case before the Supreme Court has far-reaching first amendment as well as privacy and security implications, Jameel Jaffer and Alexander Abdo explain in The Guardian.

  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is whining that everyone from Kumail Nanjiani, Mark Ruffalo, and Cher are blasting him for his decision to end net neutrality, Tony Romm reports for Recode. While he was at it, Pai tried a bait and switch argument, pointing at Twitter and accusing them of stifling free speech.

  • If you want to get into the weeds—and marvel at the FCC’s stupidity—you can read the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s comments on the proposed rules. (Just reading the introduction is a good place to start.)

  • Ben Thompson argues on his blog stratechery that it Pai’s proposal isn’t so bad after all, mostly because the existing net neutrality protections regulate for “future harm” not “current harm.”

  • Jay Pinho responded on Twitter to say Thompson is wrong on that point, with examples.

  • Although much of Silicon Valley is perceived to be at odds with the Trump White House, Steven Overly and Nancy Scola report for Politico that the industry is largely getting what it wants and what benefits the bottom line.

  • Media matters: The U.K. police investigation of the journalists who worked on the Snowden leak—codename “Operation Curable”—has entered its fourth year, Ryan Gallagher reports for The Intercept.

  • Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has written a blog post with explicit digs at an unnamed social network for fueling fake news, and explains why his company’s approach is superior, Tom Warren reports for The Verge.

  • Backchannel’s Jessi Hempel digs a bit deeper on the reasons WeWork is buying Meetup, and what it means for the Meetup team.

  • ICYMI: Wired’s Brian Barrett explains how to delete your data from Amazon Echo and Google Home, if you’ve subjected yourself to those devices.

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