Stories by Zach Miners

Five things we learned about Etsy from its IPO filing

Etsy, the online marketplace for buying and selling handmade goods and crafts, disclosed some interesting tidbits about the company's business when it filed to go public Wednesday.

By Zach Miners | 05 March, 2015 12:24

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, social networking, Etsy, social media, internet

Facebook wants to get better at detecting fake profiles

Facebook is taking steps to improve how it detects fake profiles, particularly those created by people claiming to be someone else.

By Zach Miners | 05 March, 2015 08:29

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

Judge says $415 million settlement in Silicon Valley hiring case is 'substantial'

A judge has approved a US$415 million settlement in a Silicon Valley employee hiring case, calling the amount "substantial" to settle claims that Apple, Google, Adobe Systems and Intel conspired not to hire each other's workers.

By Zach Miners | 04 March, 2015 14:03

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Apple, Google, Civil lawsuits, legal, adobe, intel, internet, search engines

Uber buys deCarta to improve mapping and arrival estimates

Uber is acquiring deCarta, a mapping and location company that could help Uber to develop new types of services and also ensure its drivers show up on time.

By Zach Miners | 04 March, 2015 12:33

Tags: Uber, Internet-based applications and services, deCarta, consumer electronics, Maps, mobile, internet

Twitter CFO floats idea of newspaper-like 'daily edition'

Here's an idea for the next version of Twitter that might crystallize the service's value: The Twitter Daily Favorite.

By Zach Miners | 04 March, 2015 08:38

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

Google scores a win in SOPA-tinged Mississippi case

A federal judge has put the brakes on an investigation of Google in Mississippi, where the movie industry was accused of conspiring with the state's attorney general to revive the failed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

By Zach Miners | 03 March, 2015 10:32

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, Civil lawsuits, legal, internet, search engines

Tinder grants do-overs, transatlantic swiping with paid version

Tinder, the popular dating app, wants to offer a second chance at love for users who may passed on a potential mate.

By Zach Miners | 03 March, 2015 06:34

Tags: mobile applications, Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, social networking, mobile, social media, tinder, internet

Personal data on 50,000 Uber drivers exposed in breach

The names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers were compromised in a security breach last year, the company revealed Friday.

By Zach Miners | 28 February, 2015 10:06

Tags: Uber, Internet-based applications and services, security, data breach, mobile, internet

Google's new campus plans hint at staggering ambitions

Google has revealed eye-popping ideas for a redesign of its California headquarters that symbolize how far the company wants to move beyond its core search business.

By Zach Miners | 28 February, 2015 08:16

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, Google, social media, internet, search engines

'Ride-share' and 'unboxing' added to Oxford dictionary

Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft looking to promote the "sharing" aspect of their service have scored a victory of sorts.

By Zach Miners | 27 February, 2015 11:49

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, Oxford Dictionaries, social networking, social media, internet

Twitter adds more reporting tools to curb abuse and improve safety

Twitter has added new reporting tools to help it fight abuse and protect users on its site.

By Zach Miners | 27 February, 2015 10:33

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

Facebook improves tool for suicide prevention

Facebook is adding new features to its site to provide better information and support to people at risk of suicide.

By Zach Miners | 27 February, 2015 08:49

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

Zuckerberg to hold public Facebook Q&A in Barcelona

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is likely to reveal more of the company's plans to bring underserved parts of the world online when he holds Facebook's fourth public Q&A next Wednesday in Barcelona.

By Zach Miners | 26 February, 2015 11:56

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

Google more than doubles free music storage in the Cloud

Google has made its free Cloud storage service for music a bit more appealing, especially considering alternatives from Apple and Amazon.

By Zach Miners | 26 February, 2015 07:18

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, Music and audio, internet, search engines, entertainment

Uber's loyalty deal with Starwood Hotels could boost global growth

Uber likes to promote its service as an easy way to get from point A to point B with a smartphone. Now the company wants to reward you for making one of those points a hotel.

By Zach Miners | 25 February, 2015 15:47

Tags: Uber, mobile applications, Internet-based applications and services, Starwood Hotels, Maps, mobile, internet

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