Google begins penalizing search 'over-optimization'

Google is making a change to its search algorithm to penalize what the company's head of Web spam called "over-optimization" and instead favor websites with high-quality content and less refined search-engine optimization.

Facebook earnings show continued growth, decline in profit

Facebook announced on Monday that its total revenue rose 45 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2012, but its profit fell 12 percent.

Berners-Lee: Demand your data from Internet companies

In speaking out against a proposal in the U.K. to allow government intelligence to monitor digital communications, Tim Berners-Lee has said that the problem with companies like Facebook and Google is not that they collect vast troves of data about their users, but that they don't share with them what they learn from it.

Ban.jo hits 1 million users, signaling mainstream interest in social location apps

The mobile app Banjo hit a million users this week, suggesting that a new crop of location-based social apps may become popular with mainstream users despite privacy concerns.

Survey: Paying with smartphones to outpace credit cards by 2020

More than two-thirds of technology insiders believe that paying with smartphones will overtake cash and credit card payments by 2020, according to a survey.

Facebook to make profile URL usernames and email handles the same

Facebook members who have customized their profile webpage with a unique name will have to use that same name as the handle of their Facebook.com email address, according to the social networking firm.

Microsoft to start charging for Bing search API

Microsoft will begin charging developers to use the application programming interface for its Bing search engine.

Google+ update irks developers

When Google rolled out significant changes to Google+ on Wednesday, it did so without first warning developers on the platform.

Study: Geolocation apps draw users, despite privacy concerns

A survey by a nonprofit group that focuses on risk and security management found that nearly 60 percent of smartphone users employ apps that access their location data despite having concerns about risks to their privacy and even personal safety.

Analysis: Girls Around Me shows a dark side of social networks

The furor surrounding the Girls Around Me App reveals how much users still have to learn about what social networks reveal about them.

Bump Pay will let users exchange money by bumping smartphones

The startup Bump Labs threw its hat into the crowded mobile payments ring on Thursday, launching an app that allows people to exchange money by tapping their phones together.

Google enables third-party apps in video Hangouts

Google has opened its Google+ Hangout service to third-party applications, and is adding an apps menu to the video chat application to help people find them.

US lawmakers question iPhone app developers on privacy

Ranking members of the House's Energy and Commerce Committee has asked leading iOS developers how they collect and store user data.

Facebook rolls out high-resolution photo display and full-screen viewer

Facebook now automatically displays shared photos at the highest possible resolution for users on a desktop offers a full-screen viewing option.

SXSW: Location, location, location fuels mobile apps

Apps that draw on smartphone location data to deliver a range of experiences were all the rage at the South by Southwest conference this past week.