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Stories by Zach Miners

Use Uber? Snapchat? Google Maps? Now Twitter knows

By Zach Miners | 27 November, 2014 05:57

Twitter, hungry for new data to fuel its targeted advertising, will start looking at what other apps its users have downloaded.

San Francisco DA pushes for chip payment cards in tech's backyard

By Zach Miners | 26 November, 2014 11:16

Chip-and-PIN payment cards have a strong supporter in the hotbed of payment technologies, with San Francisco's district attorney promoting the new technology as a way to cut down on fraud.

Twitter, in time for the holidays, puts digital coupons in your feed

By Zach Miners | 26 November, 2014 05:08

If ads on Twitter weren't annoying enough, some will start asking for your credit card info, in the hopes you'll load up on store discounts.

Google's gigabit-Internet service in Austin priced at US$70 per month

By Zach Miners | 25 November, 2014 11:42

Google will offer a basic version of its broadband service for no monthly charge when it launches soon in Austin, Texas, with the 1Gbps service priced at US$70 per month.

Slack now letting employers tap workers' private chats

By Zach Miners | 25 November, 2014 07:43

Slack, whose chat app aims to help workers get stuff done, might now have them running scared, knowing the boss could access their chats.

Uber, facing public backlash, will rethink privacy

By Zach Miners | 21 November, 2014 08:03

Silicon Valley-based ride-sharing company Uber is looking eastward to inject some wisdom into how it handles user data.

Yahoo dethrones Google as default Firefox search tool

By Zach Miners | 20 November, 2014 10:26

Mozilla has picked Yahoo to be the default search engine for its Firefox browser in the U.S., deposing Google in a new five-year partnership announced on Wednesday.

Uber's rider-controlled Spotify jams could cost drivers

By Zach Miners | 20 November, 2014 08:17

Uber drivers nice enough to let their passengers control a car's music with Spotify might find themselves subsidizing the party.

Now you can search every tweet that was ever sent

By Zach Miners | 19 November, 2014 10:17

Want to look at tweets posted during the 2008 summer Olympics? Or tweets you sent on your vacation a few years ago? Soon you'll be able to. Twitter is enabling users to search through its entire index of roughly half a trillion public tweets.

WhatsApp adding end-to-end encryption to message service

By Zach Miners | 19 November, 2014 06:26

Ramping up efforts to keep its customers' messages safe from snooping, WhatsApp said Tuesday that it now supports end-to-end encryption for messages sent between users.

Facebook: You post it, we can see it, and that's that

By Zach Miners | 15 November, 2014 10:46

Facebook lets its users control whether other people can see the information they post, but when it comes to controlling what Facebook itself gets to see, privacy-conscious users are out of luck.

Pandora says its 'like' data keeps it relevant against Spotify, Apple

By Zach Miners | 14 November, 2014 07:46

Pandora, the algorithmic music radio app, is not afraid of its competitors in on-demand streaming like Spotify and Apple-owned Beats Music, because it has better feedback data than them, the company claims.

FTC chair wants clearer disclosures to protect privacy

By Zach Miners | 13 November, 2014 12:12

Online service providers need to do a better job telling users what information will be gathered about them and how it will be used, a top official at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday.

Control over personal info nearly dead, Pew survey respondents say

By Zach Miners | 13 November, 2014 01:49

Internet companies have run amok with our personal data, and people aren't entirely sure what to do about it, judging from the results of a new survey.

Yahoo acquires video ad platform BrightRoll for $640 million

By Zach Miners | 12 November, 2014 10:47

Yahoo is acquiring the video advertising platform BrightRoll for $640 million, in a move that could help to offset declines in its traditional display ad business.