Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.
Tesla will now be allowed to sell directly to you in Massachusetts. "The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that Tesla should be able to sell its electric cars directly to consumers," reports the Switch’s Brian Fung. "That’s a big win for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, who’s been waging a multi-state battle for the right to sell the vehicles — and make their technology more commonplace." But with other states still barring the practice, the ruling also shows how divides between how state policies could impact the growth of the electric-vehicle market.
NASA awards space contracts to Boeing and SpaceX. "NASA on Tuesday awarded a pair of much-anticipated contracts, worth up to $6.8 billion combined, to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station to Boeing and SpaceX in a deal that would allow the U.S. to launch astronauts into space from U.S. soil for the first time in years," reports Christian Davenport writing for the Switch.
You can now remove that U2 album from your iPhone. Apple and U2 gave everyone with iTunes a copy of the band’s new album last week — claiming it would count as the world’s largest album launch. But not everyone actually wanted the album, and some were upset when it automatically showed up in their iTunes library as a "purchased" album. And now, the Switch’s Hayley Tsukayama reports, Apple has released a tool for getting rid of the album.
How the gaming community destroys its heroes. In Mojang founder Markus "Notch" Persson’s note announcing his departure from the company he built as it was bought for a massive sum by Microsoft, he said the move was to preserve his sanity. And given the way that the gaming community treats the people whose talents they claim to prize, that’s a credible claim.
Momentum is building for a net neutrality compromise. "Internet service providers (ISPs) and net neutrality activists appear increasingly interested in a proposal that would give consumers more control over their Internet service, a hopeful sign for compromise in the debate about whether all Internet traffic should be treated equally," reports the Switch’s Brian Fung.Tags: album, car, release, show