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Stories by Zach Miners

Lyft car-pooling opens in LA despite regulatory challenge

By Zach Miners | 17 September, 2014 06:22

Lyft is bringing its car-pooling service to Los Angeles, even while California regulators say it's illegal.

Uber doubles down on shared rides, enacts permanent pricing cut for UberX

By Zach Miners | 16 September, 2014 09:36

Uber appears determined not to stand down in the face of a regulatory challenge to its new shared ride service.

Google reports a 19% jump in US government data requests

By Zach Miners | 16 September, 2014 09:07

Google fielded 19 percent more requests from the U.S. government for data on its users in the first half of this year compared to the second half of last year, the company said Monday.

Yahoo slams new 'digital will' law in US, says users have privacy when they die

By Zach Miners | 16 September, 2014 06:22

What should happen to your personal digital communications -- emails, chats, photos and the like -- after you die? Should they be treated like physical letters for the purposes of a will?

Uber, competitors face regulatory battles in US

By Zach Miners | 13 September, 2014 09:47

New car-pool services sold by ride-sharing companies including Uber and Lyft are illegal in California, according to state regulators.

Yahoo says it faced $250,000 daily fines for defying US surveillance requests

By Zach Miners | 12 September, 2014 09:44

The U.S. government once threatened to fine Yahoo US$250,000 a day if it failed to assist with its surveillance efforts, Yahoo said Thursday.

Dropbox reports a steady rise in government data requests

By Zach Miners | 12 September, 2014 05:54

Interest in Dropbox is growing among users, and law enforcement too.

Coinbase expands Bitcoin services in Europe

By Zach Miners | 11 September, 2014 10:44

Coinbase, one of the more prominent exchanges for buying and selling bitcoins, is opening up wider access to the digital currency in Europe.

Twitter sets its platform ambitions high with new 'Flight' conference

By Zach Miners | 11 September, 2014 06:45

Twitter wants to help more mobile developers build apps so it will show them how during its first-ever mobile developer conference, called "Flight."

Google buys 'smart' spoon maker Lift Labs

By Zach Miners | 11 September, 2014 05:57

Google has acquired Lift Labs, which makes a mechanical spoon for people suffering from tremors, in a move giving Google new technology for combating neurodegenerative diseases.

5 things the Apple Watch can and can't do

By Zach Miners | 10 September, 2014 10:11

Apple's latest "one more thing" was a doozy: A high-tech watch that CEO Tim Cook hopes will "redefine what people expect" from a wearable device. The watch does much more than tell the time -- but what exactly does it do? And what can't it?

Sleek new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus feature big displays, NFC payments and new chips inside

By Zach Miners | 10 September, 2014 04:11

Apple has taken the iPhone into the sixth generation with the launch of the widely anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it's thinnest -- and largest -- phones ever, running on a new 64-bit chip.

Home Depot confirms breach of its payment systems

By Zach Miners | 09 September, 2014 08:02

Home Depot said Monday that its payment systems had been breached, potentially affecting any customers who shopped at its stores in the U.S. and Canada since April.

Uber CEO cites 'scrappy,' 'fierce' methods in fighting taxis, Lyft

By Zach Miners | 09 September, 2014 04:38

Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick has no qualms over wanting to succeed in every city in which the firm operates, even if it means getting rough and dirty.

Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba, seeks up to $US21 billion in US IPO

By Zach Miners | 06 September, 2014 09:28

Alibaba is looking to raise as much as $US21 billion in its U.S. IPO, according to documents filed Friday, making the Chinese e-commerce company's debut one of the largest initial public offerings in U.S. history.