Stories by Zach Miners

Teen jailed for supporting ISIS on Twitter

A 17-year-old Virginia resident has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison, after he used Twitter to provide financial and recruiting support to the extremist Islamic group known as ISIS.

By Zach Miners | 29 August, 2015 02:06

Tags: twitter

Facebook hits milestone: One billion people logged in on Monday

Earlier this week, one billion people logged into Facebook in a single day, marking a new milestone for the social network.

By Zach Miners | 28 August, 2015 00:43

Tags: Facebook

Facebook to crack down on pirated videos

Facebook is improving its technology to better identify videos uploaded to its site without the permission of copyright holders.

By Zach Miners | 27 August, 2015 23:16

Tags: Facebook

Google calls European Union antitrust charges 'unfounded'

Google is fighting charges brought against it by the European Commission over how it presents online shopping services, potentially setting up a lengthy legal battle between the company and the regulator.

By Zach Miners | 27 August, 2015 20:24

Tags: Google

Super intelligent machines spawned by AI? Execs aren't worried

It's the premise of many science fiction novels and movies: Super-intelligent robot machines that can outsmart humans, if not terminate them entirely. But the prospect doesn't exactly frighten some of today's experts in the field.

Intel pumps $US60 million into Chinese drone maker Yuneec

Intel has previously invested in Airware and PrecisionHawk, but the Yuneec deal marks the chipmaker's largest investment in a drone company.

By Zach Miners | 27 August, 2015 03:22

Tags: intel

Facebook's M blends AI assists with human help

When it comes to questions asked online, which ones are best handled by a machine, and which ones require human intervention? Facebook thinks it can perform the triage with M, its new personal digital assistant.

By Zach Miners | 27 August, 2015 00:20

Tags: Facebook

Uber working on mapping and safety technology at University of Arizona

The partnership lays the groundwork for Uber to develop new technologies that might one day make their way into cars that pick up passengers, or deliver items, without a driver behind the wheel.

Slack releases 'Add to Slack' button for other apps

The startup has launched a new feature that lets other companies integrate their sites and apps into Slack, by placing a button in their own apps called "Add to Slack."

Twitter shutdown of apps for deleted tweets could give politicians new control

By effectively shutting down apps that showed politicians' deleted tweets, Twitter is giving politicians more control over public speech, and at the cost of transparency, some digital media experts said.

By Zach Miners | 25 August, 2015 05:53

Tags: twitter

Google Classroom gains collaboration, class management features

Google is adding new features to Google Classroom, the company's software that helps teachers manage their class assignments online.

By Zach Miners | 24 August, 2015 22:03

Tags: Google

Google now displaying tweets in desktop search

A partnership between Google and Twitter that began displaying tweets in Google search results on mobile devices has been expanded to the desktop.

By Zach Miners | 21 August, 2015 22:11

Tags: Google, twitter

L is for Life Sciences: Google's contact lens maker will be its own company

Google's Life Sciences unit, whose projects include a smart contact lens for measuring blood glucose levels, will become its own independent company within Alphabet under Google's reorganization.

By Zach Miners | 21 August, 2015 03:39

Tags: Google

Google to update tools for students and teachers

Google plans to unveil changes to its suite of products and services for students, teachers and other working professionals at an event on Sept. 2.

By Zach Miners | 20 August, 2015 23:18

Tags: Google

Google ordered to remove links to stories about 'right to be forgotten' request

Google has been ordered to remove links to news articles reporting on the company's earlier removal of links in response to a "right to be forgotten" request in Europe.

By Zach Miners | 20 August, 2015 22:50

Tags: Google

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