Stories by Zach Miners

Google to change Maps search system after offensive White House results

Google said Thursday it would make changes to its Maps search system after racist search terms brought up the White House among their top results.

By Zach Miners | 22 May, 2015 08:57

Tags: analytics, Internet-based applications and services, Google, mobile, internet, search engines

PayPal hypes its mobile strengths ahead of IPO

As PayPal prepares for its upcoming IPO as an independent eBay spinoff, it wants to make at least one thing clear: It's got mobile covered.

By Zach Miners | 22 May, 2015 06:10

Tags: analytics, Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, paypal, mobile, internet

Racist query terms in Google Maps trigger the White House in results

Google Maps lists the White House among top search results for certain queries containing racist terms against African-Americans.

By Zach Miners | 21 May, 2015 06:36

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, Maps, mobile, internet, search engines

Tweets now appear in Google search results

Performing a search on Google now also displays relevant tweets from Twitter. The integration will widely distribute Twitter content beyond its own site and is also aimed at adding a new real-time element to Google search results.

By Zach Miners | 20 May, 2015 06:03

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

PayPal slapped with $25 million fine over credit service

The US financial consumer protection watchdog has ordered PayPal to cough up US$25 million in fines for deceptive practices around the company's credit service, which included signing up customers for the service without their consent.

By Zach Miners | 20 May, 2015 05:30

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, regulation, legal, paypal, government, internet

Anti-Islamic video could go back on YouTube after copyright ruling

A woman who received death threats after appearing unwittingly in an anti-Muslim film on YouTube cannot require Google to remove it on the grounds that her performance was copyright-protected, a San Francisco federal appeals court ruled Monday.

By Zach Miners | 19 May, 2015 10:56

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, intellectual property, copyright, legal, internet, search engines, video

Facebook could cash in from Messenger games

Facebook is said to be eyeing games for its mobile Messenger product, a move that might jump-start the revenue the company generates from non-advertising sources.

By Zach Miners | 19 May, 2015 06:42

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

Google looks set to join the 'buy' button trend

Google will include a "buy" button in its search results on mobile devices in the coming weeks, said a report on Friday in the Wall Street Journal, a move that could give online shoppers an easier way to buy products on small screens.

By Zach Miners | 16 May, 2015 10:40

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, Google, mobile, internet, search engines

Bing joins Google in favoring mobile-friendly sites

Microsoft is adjusting how it ranks Bing search results for mobile users, prioritizing sites that display better on smaller screens to accommodate the increased use of mobile search.

By Zach Miners | 15 May, 2015 08:00

Tags: mobile applications, Internet-based applications and services, Microsoft, mobile, internet, search engines

Reddit's new anti-harassment rules anger some users

Upon learning of Reddit's plan to change its rules to prohibit harassment and make the site friendlier, some users reacted with resentment and confusion.

By Zach Miners | 15 May, 2015 06:56

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

Facebook tackles 'myths' about Internet.org, says it's no walled garden

Facebook's Internet.org project provides access to online services in developing countries, but it's also sparked questions about its compatibility with net neutrality, Facebook's underlying business motives and how the company collects user data. On Wednesday, Facebook sought to set the record straight.

By Zach Miners | 14 May, 2015 10:45

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

Greenpeace fingers YouTube, Netflix as threat to greener Internet

The next time you watch "House of Cards" on Netflix, think about the impact you might be having on the environment.

By Zach Miners | 13 May, 2015 08:44

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, Internet of Things, netflix, internet, video, youtube

Google's self-driving cars of tomorrow face the mean streets of today

Google says its self-driving cars can make driving safer because they pay better attention to the road than humans do - though there have been dings along the way.

By Zach Miners | 12 May, 2015 10:15

Tags: analytics, consumer electronics, Google, internet, search engines

Some Flickr users facing browser support woes

Some Flickr users are reporting problems with the photo sharing site that may be related to what browser they're using -- even if the browser's up to date.

By Zach Miners | 09 May, 2015 10:03

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

Facebook study disputes the 'echo chamber' effect

On Facebook, you might see a fair number of news articles shared by friends supporting Republican presidential candidates as the race heats up. Even if you're a Democrat.

By Zach Miners | 08 May, 2015 10:23

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

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