How Twitter and Google want to move beyond the password

Everyone hates passwords. So tech companies are trying to figure out the next way to verify users online.

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    Snowden filmmaker Laura Poitras: ‘Facebook is a gift to intelligence agencies’

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    The cable bundle may be weakening, but Comcast isn’t

    Cable companies control the Internet pipes, so they will sit at the center of the new online video economy.

    Fighting with aliens, saving humanity and more in “Civilization: Beyond Earth“

    Fighting with aliens, saving humanity and more in “Civilization: Beyond Earth“

    “Civilization: Beyond Earth” is an ambitious -- if occasionally over-compilcated -- evolution of the Civilization series.

    Meet ‘forbearance,’ the obscure governing tool that just might resolve the net neutrality debate

    Meet ‘forbearance,’ the obscure governing tool that just might resolve the net neutrality debate

    Congress put regulatory wiggle room in its Telecommunications Act of 1996. That’s where an end to the ‘open Internet’ fight might be hiding.

    A brief history of white dudes wowing people with Mandarin

    A brief history of white dudes wowing people with Mandarin

    Mark Zuckerberg may be an internationally renowned tech CEO. But his dip into Chinese has been preceded by everyone from diplomats to ordinary travelers.

    Switchboard: Uber drivers protest rate cuts around the world

    Switchboard: Uber drivers protest rate cuts around the world

    Your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.

    This highway glows at night

    This highway glows at night

    A Dutch designer installs special paint so visibility improves without street lights.

    A vital role for virtual reality in outer space

    A vital role for virtual reality in outer space

    Astronauts could one day have access to a virtual therapist offering soothing memories.

    Google tries to rethink e-mail with ‘Inbox’

    Google tries to rethink e-mail with ‘Inbox’

    Gmail’s not going away. But with “Inbox,” Google promises to fix a lot of problems with the way e-mail works now.

    T-Mobile quietly hardens part of its U.S. cellular network against snooping

    T-Mobile quietly hardens part of its U.S. cellular network against snooping

    An upgrade of its system is slowing rolling out.

    Putting Apple Pay to the test

    Putting Apple Pay to the test

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    Why is Mark Udall -- one of the Senate’s most powerful surveillance reformers -- hurting for tech sector cash?

    Why is Mark Udall -- one of the Senate’s most powerful surveillance reformers -- hurting for tech sector cash?

    Colorado’s junior senator has championed the tech sector’s policy priority but he’s still trailing his opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, in the fundraising race.

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    How Google's driverless cars see the world

    How Google's driverless cars see the world

    Chris Urmson, director of Self-Driving Cars at Google [x], describes the technology that enables cars to perceive traffic lights, pedestrians and other cars on the road.

    Men experience slightly more online harassment -- but young women are hit with the most severe forms

    Men experience slightly more online harassment -- but young women are hit with the most severe forms

    The latest Pew survey reveals just how pervasive online harassment has become.

    Five insights on Waze

    Five insights on Waze

    An executive from the app that helps you beat traffic opens up about its success and future.

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    How Apple’s Yosemite tracks you

    How Apple’s Yosemite tracks you

    Apple's increased location tracking in its newest operating system has alarmed many Mac users.

    The Switchboard: Apple’s iCloud under attack in China

    The Switchboard: Apple’s iCloud under attack in China

    Your morning helping of handpicked stories from the Switch team.

    What big data can do for buses

    What big data can do for buses

    A Boston start-up thinks it can improve commute times through targeted service.

    Apple’s iCloud service suffers cyber-attack in China, putting passwords in peril

    Apple’s iCloud service suffers cyber-attack in China, putting passwords in peril

    Hackers try to collect user names, passwords and other private information as the company releases its newest round of iPhones in the world’s most populous country.

    Personal information of almost 100,000 exposed through flaw on site for transcripts

    NeedMyTranscript.com’s data includes names, addresses, dates of birth and last four digits of Social Security numbers.

    Tesla just lost its fight for direct sales in Michigan

    Tesla just lost its fight for direct sales in Michigan

    Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law reinforcing the power of auto dealers at the expense of new challengers like Elon Musk.

    Federal Trade Commission names Ashkan Soltani chief technologist

    Federal Trade Commission names Ashkan Soltani chief technologist

    Soltani is an independent privacy researcher who contributed to the Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize winning Snowden reporting.

    Liberals are more likely to unfriend you over politics -- online and off

    Liberals are more likely to unfriend you over politics -- online and off

    Conservatives live in a social media echo chamber. But liberals are more likely to block people online.