Zach MinersU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Zach Miners covers social networking, search, and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Carpooling, a European ride-share service, rolls in to America

The app lets people request rides for trips longer than your typical Uber or Lyft.

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Facebook cold on 'dislike' button, but mulling other ideas

An international rollout of Graph Search is in the offing too, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said at Facebook's second public town-hall meeting.

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How your in-store shopping affects the ads you see on Facebook

Tracking offline sales will play a big role in Facebook's advertising moving forward.

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Facebook brings Graph Search to iOS so you can sift through past posts

Now you can search for old posts in Facebook's iOS app and on your desktop browser.

Twitter starts peeking at the other apps on your phone

Use Uber? Snapchat? Google Maps? Now Twitter knows.

Twitter Offers drops digital coupons into your feed

But the tool requires you to store payment information with Twitter.

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Rated or Hated? The secret to getting a good score from your Uber driver

Keeping your driver waiting and not giving a tip could get you docked one or more stars

Twitter weaves Fabric, but will developers be drawn in?

Twitter wants to help developers build apps -- with more tie-ins to Twitter -- through Fabric

Twitter brings log-in via phone number to wider app landscape with 'Fabric' platform

The tool provides an alternative to traditional social sign-in

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Meet Ello, an ad-free social network that's proudly pro-privacy (but with caveats)

The site still gathers certain types of data about users

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Bug infects Apple's iOS 8 HealthKit, delaying third-party app launches

The iOS 8 feature plays a key role in Apple's health tracking ambitions

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5 things the Apple Watch can do, and 5 things it can't

There's fitness tracking and shopping tools, but no built-in GPS or Wi-Fi

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New Dropbox Pro plan offers 1TB of storage, sharing controls for $10 per month

The new plan does away with previous options maxing out at 500GB.

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Dating app Wyldfire tries to avoid creeps by letting women take the lead

Men have to request access or be invited to join

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Google adds 13 more languages to Gmail

The languages change Gmail's display, not individual messages

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