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Are Uber's aggressive recruitment tactics legal?

Uber has come under fire this week for employing controversial recruitment practices against rival Lyft, but beyond a question of ethics some experts say the revelations could potentially put the company in legal hot water.

By Zach Miners | 28 August, 2014 11:31

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

Dropbox offers 1TB Pro plan for $9.99

Dropbox is consolidating its three Pro account options into a single plan that's priced at US$9.99 per month and includes 1TB of storage and added controls for document sharing and security.

By Zach Miners | 27 August, 2014 22:51

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, dropbox, internet, cloud computing

Instagram's Hyperlapse app gives videos a time-lapse effect

Instagram on Tuesday released Hyperlapse, a stand-alone app that will let people record longer videos and then speed them up for a time-lapse effect.

By Zach Miners | 27 August, 2014 03:57

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

Amazon to acquire video game streaming site Twitch for US$970 million

Amazon will pay US$970 million to acquire Twitch, a site for live video broadcasts of people's video gaming sessions.

By Zach Miners | 26 August, 2014 07:48

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, amazon.com, games, Twitch, internet, social media, Mergers and acquisitions, video, Google

Reports: Amazon will pay $1 billion to buy video-game streaming site Twitch

Amazon will pay at least US$1 billion to acquire Twitch, a site for streaming video-game play, according to reports published Monday in The Wall Street Journal and The Information.

By Zach Miners | 26 August, 2014 05:07

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, amazon.com, Twitch, social networking, internet, social media, video

Facebook moves to rid its feed of click bait

Facebook will reduce "click-bait" posts of outside links that try to lure users with eye-catching headlines.

By Zach Miners | 26 August, 2014 04:49

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

Report: Amazon building ad system to compete with Google's

Amazon plans to expand its small online ad delivery business enough to take on Google's AdWords, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

By Zach Miners | 23 August, 2014 11:12

Tags: advertising, Internet-based applications and services, Google, e-commerce, amazon.com, internet, search engines

Airbnb to reveal 124 New York hosts to attorney general

Airbnb will hand over information on 124 of its hosts in New York to comply with a request from the state attorney general, who is investigating the legality of the service, the company said Friday.

By Zach Miners | 23 August, 2014 10:10

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

Google acquires Gecko Design for next-generation products

Google has acquired Gecko Design, which will become part of the Internet company's unit developing cutting-edge products like Glass and balloons for Internet access.

By Zach Miners | 23 August, 2014 06:05

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, Google, internet, Gecko Design, Mergers and acquisitions, search engines

Google's search app gets friendlier to bilingual Android users

Want to Google the name of a restaurant in English and then ask for the weather in Japanese? On Android it no longer requires switching back and forth between language settings.

By Zach Miners | 22 August, 2014 10:13

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

Analysis of tweets around Ferguson shows Twitter's quick grip on the news

Is social media in general and Twitter in particular speeding up the news cycle?

By Zach Miners | 21 August, 2014 10:12

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

YouTube music might be a win for other Google services

A tricked-out version of YouTube offering exclusive content might prove lucrative bait for Google to lure some of its users deeper into its digital video and music services.

By Zach Miners | 20 August, 2014 11:34

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, Music and audio, internet, social media, youtube, video

Uber hires an Obama insider for its political fights

Uber has hired David Plouffe, a former campaign manager for President Obama with deep ties to the White House, to help it enter new markets and bolster its fight against taxi competitors.

By Zach Miners | 20 August, 2014 07:06

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

FCC extends net neutrality comment period to Sept. 15

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has extended a deadline for comments on its proposed net neutrality rules to Sept. 15, giving members of the public more time to weigh in on how the government should regulate Web traffic.

By Zach Miners | 16 August, 2014 08:46

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, regulation, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, government

Samsung buys SmartThings in ambitious push to connect your home

Samsung has agreed to buy SmartThings, a two-year-old startup that makes software to connect household objects and let them be controlled from afar via smartphone.

By Zach Miners | 15 August, 2014 09:53

Tags: SmartThings, business issues, Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, Samsung Electronics, internet, Mergers and acquisitions

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