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Stories by Zach Miners

Staples says hack may have compromised 1 million-plus payment cards

By Zach Miners | 20 December, 2014 12:58

The data breach at the Staples office-supply chain may have affected roughly 1.16 million payment cards as criminals deployed malware to point-of-sale systems at 115 stores, the company said Friday.

Judge questions evidence on whether NSA spying is too broad

By Zach Miners | 20 December, 2014 10:46

A federal judge on Friday questioned the strength of a key lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the government's Internet surveillance program known as "upstream" data collection.

Uber temporarily suspends service in Portland

By Zach Miners | 19 December, 2014 11:01

Uber is suspending its service in Portland, Oregon, for the next three months while city regulators there work to reframe local laws around taxis and car hailing apps.

Messaging app Line buys Microsoft's MixRadio music-streaming app

By Zach Miners | 19 December, 2014 06:23

Line, the messaging app from Japan, has acquired MixRadio, the free music-streaming service Microsoft gained through its Nokia acquisition, the companies announced Thursday.

Sony cancels 'The Interview' release after threats following cyberattack

By Zach Miners | 18 December, 2014 10:57

Sony Pictures on Wednesday canceled the Dec. 25 release of its controversial comedy, "The Interview," after theater chains decided not to play the film following terrorist threats after a cyber attack.

Uber envisions a safer ride in 2015

By Zach Miners | 18 December, 2014 08:45

Uber, in 2015, is resolving to make its car hailing service safer, partly by enhancing its driver screening through the use of biometrics and voice verification.

Google's work on full encryption chugs along, with Yahoo's help

By Zach Miners | 17 December, 2014 10:07

Google is making progress developing a user-friendly tool for fully encrypting people's messages on their computers, with coding help from Yahoo and a transition to GitHub.

Instagram exposes 5 new filters for a more subtle effect

By Zach Miners | 17 December, 2014 06:48

Instagram's got five new filters that it hopes will improve people's smartphone photos by changing them less.

Carpooling, a European ride-share service, rolls in to America

By Zach Miners | 16 December, 2014 00:49

There's a new ride-sharing app in town that actually lives up to its name.

Facebook cold on 'dislike' button, but mulling other ideas

By Zach Miners | 12 December, 2014 11:16

For all those times on Facebook when a "like" just doesn't cut it, the company is thinking about adding more options, though probably not "dislike."

How your in-store shopping affects the ads you see on Facebook

By Zach Miners | 11 December, 2014 12:14

While many activities have migrated online, Facebook is still eager to know how its users shop in physical stores.

Uber showdown in Portland escalates as city files suit

By Zach Miners | 09 December, 2014 12:52

The city of Portland, Oregon, has sued Uber, ordering it to halt its service until it obtains the permits to operate legally.

Uber showdown in Portland escalates as city files suit

By Zach Miners | 09 December, 2014 12:52

The city of Portland, Oregon, has sued Uber, ordering it to halt its service until it obtains the permits to operate legally.

Find 'Joe's turkey carving pics' with Facebook post search

By Zach Miners | 09 December, 2014 07:07

Nearly two years after introducing graph search, Facebook has added significant smarts to that functionality, letting users track down posts previously shared with them.

Find 'Joe's turkey carving pics' with Facebook post search

By Zach Miners | 09 December, 2014 07:07

Nearly two years after introducing graph search, Facebook has added significant smarts to that functionality, letting users track down posts previously shared with them.

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