App Developers in Crimea are Getting Cut Off Thanks to US Sanctions

When one country annexes another there's some things you expect to happen, like airstrikes or strongly-worded letters to the UN. One consequence you probably wouldn't have predicted is no longer being able to spend your hard-earned pennies on particular apps. Read More >>

A New Underwater Internet Cable Directly Connects Crimea and Russia

Russia's connection with Crimea is an unsolved geopolitical quandary, but the physical connection to the Russian mainland just got a bit stronger: Crimean ISPs have transitioned over to a new 28.5-mile-long underwater cable connecting directly to Russia, bypassing the old connection through Ukraine. Read More >>

Google Maps Stays Neutral by Only Showing Your Side in Border Disputes

Border disputes are going on in many places around the world. That makes life difficult for mapmakers, and especially difficult for the world's foremost online map service, Google Maps. As The Washington Post points out, Google strives to not get stuck in the middle of a territorial struggle, by showing you the border you most likely want to see based on where you're Googling from. Read More >>

Report: NASA Cuts all Non-ISS Ties with Russia Over Ukraine

In an internal memo, NASA has stated that it will suspend all interaction with the Russian government, in response to Russia's violations of Ukraine's territorial independence. Fortunately for US astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson, both currently orbiting on the International Space Station, the two agencies will still cooperate to transport supplies and personnel to and from the ISS. Read More >>