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Stories by Zach Miners

Are Uber's aggressive recruitment tactics legal?

By Zach Miners | 28 August, 2014 11:31

Uber has come under fire this week for employing controversial recruitment practices against rival Lyft, but beyond a question of ethics some experts say the revelations could potentially put the company in legal hot water.

Dropbox offers 1TB Pro plan for $9.99

By Zach Miners | 27 August, 2014 22:51

Dropbox is consolidating its three Pro account options into a single plan that's priced at US$9.99 per month and includes 1TB of storage and added controls for document sharing and security.

Instagram's Hyperlapse app gives videos a time-lapse effect

By Zach Miners | 27 August, 2014 03:57

Instagram on Tuesday released Hyperlapse, a stand-alone app that will let people record longer videos and then speed them up for a time-lapse effect.

Amazon to acquire video game streaming site Twitch for US$970 million

By Zach Miners | 26 August, 2014 07:48

Amazon will pay US$970 million to acquire Twitch, a site for live video broadcasts of people's video gaming sessions.

Reports: Amazon will pay $1 billion to buy video-game streaming site Twitch

By Zach Miners | 26 August, 2014 05:07

Amazon will pay at least US$1 billion to acquire Twitch, a site for streaming video-game play, according to reports published Monday in The Wall Street Journal and The Information.

Facebook moves to rid its feed of click bait

By Zach Miners | 26 August, 2014 04:49

Facebook will reduce "click-bait" posts of outside links that try to lure users with eye-catching headlines.

Report: Amazon building ad system to compete with Google's

By Zach Miners | 23 August, 2014 11:12

Amazon plans to expand its small online ad delivery business enough to take on Google's AdWords, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Airbnb to reveal 124 New York hosts to attorney general

By Zach Miners | 23 August, 2014 10:10

Airbnb will hand over information on 124 of its hosts in New York to comply with a request from the state attorney general, who is investigating the legality of the service, the company said Friday.

Google acquires Gecko Design for next-generation products

By Zach Miners | 23 August, 2014 06:05

Google has acquired Gecko Design, which will become part of the Internet company's unit developing cutting-edge products like Glass and balloons for Internet access.

Google's search app gets friendlier to bilingual Android users

By Zach Miners | 22 August, 2014 10:13

Want to Google the name of a restaurant in English and then ask for the weather in Japanese? On Android it no longer requires switching back and forth between language settings.

Analysis of tweets around Ferguson shows Twitter's quick grip on the news

By Zach Miners | 21 August, 2014 10:12

Is social media in general and Twitter in particular speeding up the news cycle?

YouTube music might be a win for other Google services

By Zach Miners | 20 August, 2014 11:34

A tricked-out version of YouTube offering exclusive content might prove lucrative bait for Google to lure some of its users deeper into its digital video and music services.

Uber hires an Obama insider for its political fights

By Zach Miners | 20 August, 2014 07:06

Uber has hired David Plouffe, a former campaign manager for President Obama with deep ties to the White House, to help it enter new markets and bolster its fight against taxi competitors.

FCC extends net neutrality comment period to Sept. 15

By Zach Miners | 16 August, 2014 08:46

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has extended a deadline for comments on its proposed net neutrality rules to Sept. 15, giving members of the public more time to weigh in on how the government should regulate Web traffic.

Samsung buys SmartThings in ambitious push to connect your home

By Zach Miners | 15 August, 2014 09:53

Samsung has agreed to buy SmartThings, a two-year-old startup that makes software to connect household objects and let them be controlled from afar via smartphone.