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Someone May Have Tweeted Warnings Ahead of Syrian Internet Outage

It has been about 24 hours since the latest Internet outage in the war-torn nation of Syria has ended. What still isn’t known, and probably won’t be …

No parachute required: Google develops skydiving simulator 'Map Diving'

Last year at Google's I/O developer conference in San Francisco, founder Sergey Brin gave what's been called the "mother of all demos," a keynote speech that involved a team of skydivers wearing Google Glass landing on the roof of the conference center as he spoke. For this year's I/O taking place …

PayPal exec aims to “obliterate passwords from the face of the planet”

Forget passwords—let your phone scan your fingerprints or eyes.<p>PayPal's top security official is on a quest to kill passwords.<p>"Our intention is to …

Google Launches Button to Save Files on the Web to Google Drive

Google on Thursday announced the launch of a “Save to Drive” button for its Google Drive service. The feature is available now: you can implement it on your site as well as start saving files from sites that have already done so.<p>For Web developers, the button means adding just two lines of HTML to …

Our internet connections depend on vulnerable undersea cables

If you’ve been following the events in Syria over the past few days, you know the country’s Internet is now back from the dead after a 19-hour outage that the government blamed on “terrorist” sabotage—an explanation bought by approximately zero people.<p>But just because destroying the cables would be …

Atlantic Council