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Messaging app Line buys Microsoft's MixRadio music-streaming app

Line, the messaging app from Japan, has acquired MixRadio, the free music-streaming service Microsoft gained through its Nokia acquisition, the companies announced Thursday.

By Zach Miners | 19 December, 2014 06:23

Tags: instant messaging, Internet-based applications and services, Microsoft, Music and audio, MixRadio, internet, social media, mobile, mobile applications, Line

Sony cancels 'The Interview' release after threats following cyberattack

Sony Pictures on Wednesday canceled the Dec. 25 release of its controversial comedy, "The Interview," after theater chains decided not to play the film following terrorist threats after a cyber attack.

By Zach Miners | 18 December, 2014 10:57

Tags: Criminal, security, legal, data breach, data protection, Sony Pictures, cybercrime, privacy

Uber envisions a safer ride in 2015

Uber, in 2015, is resolving to make its car hailing service safer, partly by enhancing its driver screening through the use of biometrics and voice verification.

By Zach Miners | 18 December, 2014 08:45

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

Google's work on full encryption chugs along, with Yahoo's help

Google is making progress developing a user-friendly tool for fully encrypting people's messages on their computers, with coding help from Yahoo and a transition to GitHub.

By Zach Miners | 17 December, 2014 10:07

Tags: Yahoo, Internet-based applications and services, Google, security, Mail, encryption, internet

Instagram exposes 5 new filters for a more subtle effect

Instagram's got five new filters that it hopes will improve people's smartphone photos by changing them less.

By Zach Miners | 17 December, 2014 06:48

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

Carpooling, a European ride-share service, rolls in to America

There's a new ride-sharing app in town that actually lives up to its name.

By Zach Miners | 16 December, 2014 00:49

Tags: Uber, Internet-based applications and services, social networking, Carpooling.com, internet, social media, mobile

Facebook cold on 'dislike' button, but mulling other ideas

For all those times on Facebook when a "like" just doesn't cut it, the company is thinking about adding more options, though probably not "dislike."

By Zach Miners | 12 December, 2014 11:16

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

How your in-store shopping affects the ads you see on Facebook

While many activities have migrated online, Facebook is still eager to know how its users shop in physical stores.

By Zach Miners | 11 December, 2014 12:14

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

Uber showdown in Portland escalates as city files suit

The city of Portland, Oregon, has sued Uber, ordering it to halt its service until it obtains the permits to operate legally.

By Zach Miners | 09 December, 2014 12:52

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

Uber showdown in Portland escalates as city files suit

The city of Portland, Oregon, has sued Uber, ordering it to halt its service until it obtains the permits to operate legally.

By Zach Miners | 09 December, 2014 12:52

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

Find 'Joe's turkey carving pics' with Facebook post search

Nearly two years after introducing graph search, Facebook has added significant smarts to that functionality, letting users track down posts previously shared with them.

By Zach Miners | 09 December, 2014 07:07

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

Find 'Joe's turkey carving pics' with Facebook post search

Nearly two years after introducing graph search, Facebook has added significant smarts to that functionality, letting users track down posts previously shared with them.

By Zach Miners | 09 December, 2014 07:07

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

With biggest update in two years, Pandora wants more of your feedback

Do you hate the song Pandora just played for you? The music streaming service wants you to give it more feedback so it can play the songs you want to hear.

By Zach Miners | 03 December, 2014 00:50

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Spotify, Pandora, Music and audio, Rdio, internet, Beats, mobile, mobile applications

Use Uber? Snapchat? Google Maps? Now Twitter knows

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

By Zach Miners | 27 November, 2014 05:57

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

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

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.

By Zach Miners | 26 November, 2014 11:16

Tags: e-commerce, visa, security, data protection, internet, Identity fraud / theft, fraud

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