Stories by Zach Miners

Starbucks hit by major computer failure

Starbucks suffered what appears to be a major computer system failure late Friday.

By Zach Miners | 25 April, 2015 10:08

Tags: starbucks, business issues, Internet-based applications and services, services, retail, industry verticals, internet

Google sales hit a speed bump in Q1

Google's sales rose 12 per cent during the first quarter, the slowest rate of revenue growth since 2013, while the amount it charges for ad clicks continued to drop.

By Zach Miners | 24 April, 2015 07:10

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

Facebook video is booming, now at 4 billion views per day

Besides connecting with friends, Facebook is fast becoming the place to watch videos. Billions of videos.

By Zach Miners | 23 April, 2015 10:03

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

Mobile ads now generate almost 75 percent of Facebook's revenue

Facebook continued growing its business with ads placed on small screens last quarter, when it generated 73 percent of its sales from mobile ads.

By Zach Miners | 23 April, 2015 07:47

Tags: business issues, advertising, Internet-based applications and services, financial results, mobile, social media, internet, Facebook

Facebook releases a caller ID app for Android

Facebook wants to mesh its massive social network with phone communications so that it can provide its members with useful information about people at the other end of the line.

By Zach Miners | 23 April, 2015 05:54

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, smartphones, Telephony/conferencing, mobile, social media, internet, Facebook

Yahoo, still reliant on PCs, posts earnings that disappoint

Mobile is a crucial element in CEO Marissa Mayer's turnaround plan for Yahoo, but the company is still heavily dependant on PCs for its money.

By Zach Miners | 22 April, 2015 07:58

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

Appeals court rejects man's claim he owns half of Facebook

Paul Ceglia, who for years has claimed to own 50 percent of Facebook, was denied a bid to revive his case against the company in a U.S. appeals court on Monday.

By Zach Miners | 21 April, 2015 11:34

Tags: Criminal, Internet-based applications and services, Civil lawsuits, legal, social networking, social media, internet, Facebook

Live streaming apps pose legal risks for users

Live video is messy. It's raw, unedited, and with new mobile apps, it's now capable of capturing many more people who aren't aware they're being recorded. And in some cases, that can add up to legal problems,

By Zach Miners | 21 April, 2015 05:52

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

Want to be open to all direct messages? Twitter will let you

As part of Twitter's larger push to give more people a reason to use its service, it is changing its direct messaging function to let users receive missives from people they don't follow.

By Zach Miners | 21 April, 2015 03:46

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

Facebook tries to keep it real by killing more 'fake' likes

Facebook has tripled its detection and elimination of "fake" likes, which can artificially inflate a brand's prominence on the site and deceive users, the company said on Friday.

By Zach Miners | 18 April, 2015 04:25

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

Instagram clarifies rules to ban revenge porn

Instagram is clarifying its rules around sexual, illegal and other inappropriate content, including posts involving revenge porn.

By Zach Miners | 17 April, 2015 05:48

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

Twitter turns its home page into a news and information hub

Twitter, in an effort to attract new users, is turning its home page into a portal for news and content around dozens of topics.

By Zach Miners | 16 April, 2015 04:55

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

Europe reportedly ready to file antitrust charges against Google

Europe's top antitrust chief is reportedly ready to file formal charges against Google accusing the company of violating the EU's antitrust laws, advancing a five-year investigation that could lead to fines or changes in Google's businesses overseas.

By Zach Miners | 15 April, 2015 06:26

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, antitrust, Google, legal, business management, internet, search engines

Apple's ResearchKit is here, now open your iPhone and say 'ah'

An Apple a day keeps the doctor away, unless that doctor is now gathering your health data through your Apple iPhone.

By Zach Miners | 15 April, 2015 04:42

Tags: Apple, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Sage Bionetworks, consumer electronics, Internet of Things, smartphones, mobile, internet, analytics

Does your wrist itch for an Apple Watch? Go to eBay, but it'll cost you

Shipping dates for Apple's Watch have already been pushed back to June after the company began taking pre-orders early Friday. But you might be able to get one a tad sooner if you pay a premium.

By Zach Miners | 11 April, 2015 05:23

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Apple, consumer electronics, accessories, mobile, internet

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