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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Mozilla releases first public Firefox for iOS preview

Mozilla hopes to have its version of Firefox for iOS devices out by the end of the year as part of its push to grow its share of mobile traffic.

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Some Uber trip info is publicly accessible through Google

On Thursday, a site-specific search on Google for produced dozens of links to Uber rides that have been completed and cancelled, in countries around the world including the U.S., England, Russia, France and Mexico.

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Airbnb's new Apple Watch app lets you message your host

Airbnb is trying its hand at the Apple Watch, with a new app for that device focused on messaging between users of its home rental service.

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Facebook hits milestone: One billion people logged in on Monday

Facebook said it had 968 million daily users in July.

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Facebook to crack down on pirated videos

Facebook is improving its technology to better identify videos uploaded to its site without the permission of copyright holders.

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Twitter shutdown of apps for deleted tweets could give politicians new control

By effectively shutting down apps that showed politicians' deleted tweets, Twitter is giving politicians more control over public speech, and at the cost of transparency, some digital media experts said.

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Another Uber driver sues, claiming unpaid wages

A California man who drives for Uber has sued the company in federal court, claiming he's owed unpaid wages under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Apple, Intel cite gains in hiring women and minorities

Since January, Apple said nearly half of its U.S. hires were women, black, Hispanic or Native American.

Google's Niantic Labs to become independent company

The developer of Google's mobile game Ingress will go solo as it aims to reach bigger audiences.


Google restructures, naming parent company Alphabet

Alphabet will also house Google's advanced X labs, and health sciences projects

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Facebook gives businesses more ways to privately message users

Businesses can now respond to users' comments on Facebook via Facebook Messenger.

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Facebook CEO Zuckerberg: Video today, virtual reality tomorrow

The Facebook CEO seems set on virtual reality as the next medium for sharing content.

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Facebook revenue surges 39 percent but costs also soar

Profit shrunk as costs went up by more than 80 percent.

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Twitter mulling big changes to how you view tweets

The company is considering changes to help it become a truly mass-market service

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New York City eases limits on Uber's growth

It's probably safe to say goodbye to "de Blasio" mode in Uber's app in New York