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Facebook hopes to get people talking -- using whatever name -- with Rooms app

Facebook is going old-school, with a stand-alone app for discussion boards aimed at letting users talk about shared interests without having to use their real names.

By Zach Miners | 24 October, 2014 05:48

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, social networking, internet, social media, mobile, Facebook

Twitter weaves Fabric, but will developers be drawn in?

To identity Twitter solely as a micro-blogging service could be to do it a disservice. The company wants to be much more to developers building mobile apps, and at its Flight conference on Wednesday it welcomed them in.

By Zach Miners | 23 October, 2014 11:27

Tags: analytics, Internet-based applications and services, twitter, social networking, internet, social media

Twitter brings log-in via phone number to wider app landscape with 'Fabric' platform

Twitter is opening its nest to more mobile developers, with a new service for easier app sign-ins.

By Zach Miners | 23 October, 2014 06:02

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, twitter, social networking, internet, social media, mobile

Pew survey shows women bear brunt of online harassment

As much as the Internet provides a place to connect, it's also a haven for trolls, bullies, cyberthieves and wackos. Recent incidents targeting women, including GamerGate and the iCloud nude photo leak, have brought some of the issues to the fore.

By Zach Miners | 23 October, 2014 00:47

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Pew Research Center, social networking, internet, social media

Yahoo squeezes out some growth

Yahoo reported a 1 percent sales increase on Tuesday, a marked shift after multiple quarters of decline, though results in its critical ad business were mixed.

By Zach Miners | 22 October, 2014 10:42

Tags: advertising, business issues, Yahoo, Internet-based applications and services, financial results, internet, search engines

Your online TV watching is now being tracked across devices

Showing all viewers the same commercial six minutes into, say, an episode of "Modern Family" might soon be over. If you're watching it online.

By Zach Miners | 21 October, 2014 20:46

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, nielsen, adobe, smartphones, internet, netflix, video

Obama orders chip-and-PIN in government credit cards

President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Friday to have secure chip-and-PIN technology embedded into government-issued credit and debit cards as part of a broader move aimed at stemming payment data breaches.

By Zach Miners | 18 October, 2014 12:00

Tags: Target, white house, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, security, legal, data breach, Home Depot, data protection

Snapchat rolling out non-'creepy' ads that still might get creepy

Ads are officially coming to Snapchat, in a form the company says is not "targeted," but Snapchat's own terms of service suggest it could do something very much like that.

By Zach Miners | 18 October, 2014 09:21

Tags: advertising, Internet-based applications and services, SnapChat, internet, social media, mobile

Neil Young's Pono music store has more than 600K songs 'ingested', downloads are another matter

Neil Young says he is making progress toward filling his online Pono store with millions of high-fidelity music files. He's mum, though, on exactly when people can actually start downloading and listening.

By Zach Miners | 18 October, 2014 07:01

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Internet of Things, PonoMusic, Music and audio, internet

Twitpic really is shutting down after a failed acquisition

What a tease. Image hosting company Twitpic will in fact shut down on Oct. 25, the firm said Thursday -- a surprising development after it previously said an acquisition would save it from death.

By Zach Miners | 17 October, 2014 10:28

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, twitter, social networking, internet, social media, Twitpic, Mergers and acquisitions

Google misses forecasts, while cost per click also dips

Google missed analyst forecasts for both earnings and income in the third quarter, while the amount it makes when users click on ads also dipped.

By Zach Miners | 17 October, 2014 08:22

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, Google, financial results, internet, search engines

Q&A: Will.i.am dubs his Puls wearable a bracelet, not a smartwatch

Musician and technology entrepreneur Will.i.am unveiled the "Puls" on Wednesday, a high-tech bracelet that lets people make phone calls, check Twitter and Instagram, and tell the time.

By Zach Miners | 17 October, 2014 00:04

Tags: mobile applications, Puls, Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, i.am+, internet, mobile

Will.i.am's beast of a smartwatch makes calls and more without needing a phone

American musician-cum-entrepreneur Will.i.am thinks he's got a radical gadget to beat the band: a massive app-infused watch that he says can do everything a phone can, and more.

By Zach Miners | 16 October, 2014 13:29

Tags: mobile applications, consumer electronics, will.i.am, accessories, mobile

Tech workers now oppose settlement they reached in Silicon Valley hiring case

Technology workers have asked an appeals court not to approve a US$324.5 million settlement in Silicon Valley's controversial employee hiring case, according to a document filed Tuesday.

By Zach Miners | 15 October, 2014 11:47

Tags: business issues, personnel, Apple, Google, adobe, legal, Civil lawsuits, internet, intel

Hillary Clinton: Social media is no match for real-world interactions

Former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, sees value in social media and other technologies as tools for connecting people, but she feels their impact pales in comparison to in-person meetings when it comes to solving society's biggest problems.

By Zach Miners | 15 October, 2014 07:10

Tags: salesforce, security, data protection, internet, privacy

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