Stories by Zach Miners

PayPal to acquire money transfer service Xoom for $US890 million

PayPal is acquiring Xoom, an international money transfer service, in a deal that lets PayPal break into a new market worth an estimated $600 billion a year, the companies said Wednesday.

By Zach Miners | 02 July, 2015 10:05

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, paypal, Xoom, internet, Mergers and acquisitions

Facebook tests a new way to show video - and make money from it

Facebook is preparing a new way to show videos on the social network and opening the door to a new source of advertising revenue at the same time.

By Zach Miners | 02 July, 2015 08:13

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

Zuckerberg wants to be the Stephen Hawking of social relations

Facebook uses an algorithm for its News Feed, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg is after something much bigger: One that governs all human relationships.

By Zach Miners | 01 July, 2015 10:50

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

Which songs stumped Shakira? Shazam will now show you

Shazam is releasing a new version of its music recognition app that lets users connect with artists they like and see what songs they've searched for using its service.

By Zach Miners | 30 June, 2015 13:50

Tags: mobile applications, Internet-based applications and services, Music and audio, mobile, Shazam, social media, internet, search engines

Uber grabs mapping tech, employees from Microsoft

Uber is adding to its mapping smarts by acquiring technology used by Microsoft's Bing Maps, and has hired roughly 100 Microsoft employees who work on image collection and data analysis.

By Zach Miners | 30 June, 2015 08:04

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

PayPal tweaks terms in wake of 'robocall' controversy

PayPal is fine-tuning its policies after a recently announced plan to make unsolicited prerecorded calls and texts to users drew questions and concerns from customers, regulators and consumer advocates.

By Zach Miners | 30 June, 2015 05:16

Tags: advertising, Internet-based applications and services, telecommunication, e-commerce, paypal, internet

Tech throws its weight behind US marriage ruling ... with rainbows, emojis and software

When the Supreme Court issued its historic ruling on Friday legalizing same-sex marriage across the U.S., many of the biggest technology companies embraced the decision with characteristic flair through social media, on their sites, and with tools that others could use to show their support as well.

By Zach Miners | 27 June, 2015 07:16

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

Here's how Facebook wants to make sharing links easier on mobile

Sharing links with friends in Facebook's mobile app is a pain that requires -- gasp -- leaving Facebook and copying and pasting URLs. Now there's a feature that simplifies the process.

By Zach Miners | 26 June, 2015 07:56

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

Yahoo spruces up mobile search with related content

Yahoo is updating its search service on mobile devices, taking a leaf out of Google's book and highlighting content such as images, videos and reviews ahead of regular search results.

By Zach Miners | 26 June, 2015 07:27

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

How the next Java update could make Yahoo your default search provider

Next time you're prompted to update the Java software on your computer, pay attention or you might become a Yahoo user without realizing it.

By Zach Miners | 25 June, 2015 10:49

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Yahoo, software, internet, search engines, Oracle

A Facebook account is no longer needed for Messenger

Facebook wants to squeeze as much growth as it can out of its popular Messenger app, even if that means foregoing Facebook.

By Zach Miners | 25 June, 2015 04:51

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

Amazon, eBay, Etsy to remove Confederate flag merchandise

Amazon, eBay and Etsy have joined big retailers in removing Confederate flags and related items from their sites, in moves responding to increased vitriol over the symbol after a shooting last week at an African-American church in South Carolina.

By Zach Miners | 24 June, 2015 06:28

Tags: amazon, Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, ebay, internet, search engines

Instagram gets more Twitter-y with trending photos

Instagram, the popular app for sharing photos with friends, is broadening the reach of those photos.

By Zach Miners | 24 June, 2015 04:29

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

US, UK spies said to attack security software

Spies working for the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart found anti-virus and security software a hindrance to their intelligence gathering processes, and worked to thwart it, according to a report Monday in The Intercept.

By Zach Miners | 23 June, 2015 05:00

Tags: kaspersky labs, security, data protection, Exploits / vulnerabilities, privacy

Twitter tests a new way to sell goods

Twitter has long positioned its site as a way to see what's happening in the world. Now, it wants to tap into our desires as consumers.

By Zach Miners | 20 June, 2015 04:48

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, twitter, mobile, social media, internet

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