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Stories by Zach Miners

Facebook reports strong Q4 as mobile ad sales keep growing

By Zach Miners | 29 January, 2015 09:15

Facebook continues to reap big rewards from ads placed on people's smartphones, which now generate more than two-thirds of its revenue.

Watch the snow pile up in Boston in this awesome 2 minute video

By Zach Miners | 29 January, 2015 06:58

This week's northeast blizzard may have shut down roads and businesses, but it was also beautiful. And serene. And the source of some awesome video.

Yahoo to spin off its stake in Alibaba

By Zach Miners | 28 January, 2015 09:21

Yahoo will spin off its stake in Alibaba Group to form a new investment company, placating shareholders who wanted more value from Yahoo's share in the Chinese e-commerce giant.

Snapchat and Twitter violate each other's personal space

By Zach Miners | 28 January, 2015 08:35

Things are about to get testy between the Snapchat ghost and Twitter's birdie as the popular Internet companies invade each other's space: Twitter has launched a private group messaging feature, while Snapchat added news content.

Facebook testing spartan Android 'Lite' service

By Zach Miners | 27 January, 2015 09:00

Facebook is testing a stripped down version of its mobile app that requires far less data, which could help increase usage of the social networking service among people with weaker Internet service or older phones.

Facebook blocks content in Turkey deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad

By Zach Miners | 27 January, 2015 07:42

Facebook has blocked some content in Turkey after Turkish authorities said the material was illegal because it was insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.

Twitter partners with Bing to add language translation

By Zach Miners | 23 January, 2015 12:42

Twitter users will easier time reading tweets not in their native language thanks to a new translation feature powered by Bing.

eBay, cutting 7 per cent of workforce, looks to spin-off Enterprise unit

By Zach Miners | 22 January, 2015 12:12

eBay will cut roughly 7 per cent of its total workforce, or 2400 workers, and is considering a sale or IPO of its Enterprise unit.

WhatsApp arrives on the desktop

By Zach Miners | 22 January, 2015 08:00

WhatsApp is now available for the Web, in a form that pairs the mobile version of the app to a user's desktop computer.

Amazon ditches Wallet mobile payment service

By Zach Miners | 22 January, 2015 07:08

Amazon has pulled the plug on its Wallet app, a service the company launched in beta six months ago to dip its toes into the burgeoning area of mobile payments.

Google, Fidelity invest $1 billion in Elon Musk's SpaceX

By Zach Miners | 21 January, 2015 10:16

Google and SpaceX could be joining forces to beam the Internet from the sky after Google and Fidelity Investments together invested US$1 billion in Elon Musk's space venture.

Facebook to limit content flagged as false in news feeds

By Zach Miners | 21 January, 2015 07:42

Looking for proof of the existence of Santa Claus? A search on Facebook might not yield much.

UK regulators end fraud probe into HP's Autonomy acquisition

By Zach Miners | 20 January, 2015 05:47

U.K. regulators have closed their investigation into Hewlett-Packard's botched acquisition of Autonomy, a British software company that HP has accused of inflating its value and of improper accounting.

Neil Young's Pono: A ghost in the music machine?

By Zach Miners | 17 January, 2015 07:56

Have you ever experienced something that strikes you as extraordinary, but later leaves you unsure of how much of its wonder was real and how much was in your mind? A flash of light in the sky? A ghost? A flaming guitar solo? That's what listening to music on Neil Young's Pono is like.

Tech giants increase offer to $415 million to settle no-poaching case

By Zach Miners | 16 January, 2015 11:14

Hoping to avoid a potentially embarrassing trial, Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe have increased their offer to $415 million [m] to settle a lawsuit that accuses them of cutting secret deals not to hire each other's workers.