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Stories by Zach Miners

California regulators say Uber, Lyft and Sidecar's car-pool services are illegal

New car-pool services sold by ride-sharing companies including Uber and Lyft are illegal in California, according to state regulators.

By Zach Miners | 13 September, 2014 09:47

Tags: mobile applications, Uber, Internet-based applications and services, SideCar, Lyft, internet, social media, mobile

Yahoo says it faced $250,000 daily fines for defying US surveillance requests

The U.S. government once threatened to fine Yahoo US$250,000 a day if it failed to assist with its surveillance efforts, Yahoo said Thursday.

By Zach Miners | 12 September, 2014 09:44

Tags: Yahoo, Internet-based applications and services, security, internet, government, privacy, search engines

Dropbox reports a steady rise in government data requests

Interest in Dropbox is growing among users, and law enforcement too.

By Zach Miners | 12 September, 2014 05:54

Tags: analytics, Internet-based applications and services, dropbox, internet, cloud computing, government

Coinbase expands Bitcoin services in Europe

Coinbase, one of the more prominent exchanges for buying and selling bitcoins, is opening up wider access to the digital currency in Europe.

By Zach Miners | 11 September, 2014 10:44

Tags: business issues, Coinbase, Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, internet, Bitcoin

Twitter sets its platform ambitions high with new 'Flight' conference

Twitter wants to help more mobile developers build apps so it will show them how during its first-ever mobile developer conference, called "Flight."

By Zach Miners | 11 September, 2014 06:45

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

Google buys 'smart' spoon maker Lift Labs

Google has acquired Lift Labs, which makes a mechanical spoon for people suffering from tremors, in a move giving Google new technology for combating neurodegenerative diseases.

By Zach Miners | 11 September, 2014 05:57

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, Google, consumer electronics, Lift Labs, internet, Mergers and acquisitions

5 things the Apple Watch can and can't do

Apple's latest "one more thing" was a doozy: A high-tech watch that CEO Tim Cook hopes will "redefine what people expect" from a wearable device. The watch does much more than tell the time -- but what exactly does it do? And what can't it?

By Zach Miners | 10 September, 2014 10:11

Tags: mobile applications, Apple, consumer electronics, mobile, Handhelds / PDAs

Sleek new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus feature big displays, NFC payments and new chips inside

Apple has taken the iPhone into the sixth generation with the launch of the widely anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it's thinnest -- and largest -- phones ever, running on a new 64-bit chip.

By Zach Miners | 10 September, 2014 04:11

Tags: mobile applications, Apple, consumer electronics, iPhone, smartphones, mobile

Home Depot confirms breach of its payment systems

Home Depot said Monday that its payment systems had been breached, potentially affecting any customers who shopped at its stores in the U.S. and Canada since April.

By Zach Miners | 09 September, 2014 08:02

Tags: security, data breach, Home Depot, privacy, malware

Uber CEO cites 'scrappy,' 'fierce' methods in fighting taxis, Lyft

Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick has no qualms over wanting to succeed in every city in which the firm operates, even if it means getting rough and dirty.

By Zach Miners | 09 September, 2014 04:38

Tags: mobile applications, Uber, Internet-based applications and services, legal, Lyft, internet, social media, mobile

Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba, seeks up to $US21 billion in US IPO

Alibaba is looking to raise as much as $US21 billion in its U.S. IPO, according to documents filed Friday, making the Chinese e-commerce company's debut one of the largest initial public offerings in U.S. history.

By Zach Miners | 06 September, 2014 09:28

Tags: business issues, amazon, Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, ebay, financial results, SEC Filings, alibaba, internet

Tech giants appeal settlement decision in Silicon Valley hiring case

Attorneys for Google, Apple, Adobe Systems and Intel have appealed a judge's decision to throw out a proposed settlement in Silicon Valley's employee hiring case.

By Zach Miners | 06 September, 2014 05:42

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, Google, adobe, legal, Civil lawsuits, internet, intel, personnel, Apple

Google adding GPS, offline music playback to Android Wear smartwatches

Smartwatches powered by Google's Android Wear operating system will soon become a little more useful, with features like GPS support and offline music playback.

By Zach Miners | 06 September, 2014 04:28

Tags: mobile applications, Motorola, Internet-based applications and services, Google, Maps, Music and audio, internet, mobile

Judge proposes January trial in Silicon Valley employee hiring case

A federal judge on Thursday proposed a Jan. 12 start date for a jury trial in Silicon Valley's closely watched class-action employee hiring case, in which executives like Steve Jobs and Google's Sergey Brin are accused of conspiring not to hire each other's workers.

By Zach Miners | 05 September, 2014 07:09

Tags: Apple, Internet-based applications and services, Google, adobe, legal, Civil lawsuits, internet, intel, search engines

New Facebook tool walks users through a privacy settings checkup

Facebook is rolling out a new privacy settings checkup tool designed to give users a clearer picture of who can see their posts and other information they share.

By Zach Miners | 05 September, 2014 05:04

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

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