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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Was Steve Jobs a jerk? Hiring case questions his character

Plaintiffs say materials such as Walter Isaacson's biography are permissible as evidence. Others call it character assassination.

Twitter kills its music app, which never got much play

The app, which let people follow artists and play songs, will be removed from Apple's app store Friday

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EA Games site hacked to steal Apple IDs

The attackers sought credentials and other personal information through a phishing scheme, researchers said

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Desktop app will help turn your voice into songs

Imitone aims to replace the amateur musician's MIDI keyboard.

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New York City makes room for Breather: Airbnb for work

Breather's app lets iPhone users unlock private rooms for work and conferencing.

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Slack exits beta with its tool for information overload

Slack aims to take your emails and files, along with content from Twitter, Dropbox, and elsewhere, and plunk that into its own platform to make it more easily searchable.

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Report: Spy agencies collude to gather personal data from mobile apps

The targeted apps have included the mobile versions of Facebook, Yahoo’s Flickr, LinkedIn and Twitter, according to reports in The New York Times, the Guardian and ProPublica.

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Appeals court lets class-action status stand in Silicon Valley collusion case

The suit alleges companies including Google and Apple suppressed wages by agreeing not to hire each other's workers.

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BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest's Typo over 'iconic' keyboard design

The suit names a company co-founded by the American Idol host which happens to make a keyboard case for the iPhone.

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Report: Apple buys Topsy for at least $200 million, gaining deep access to Twitter

Topsy analyzes social data across the Web, including all of Twitter's stream

Oops -- YouTube's new commenting system actually increased spam

That's unfortunate, since YouTube says it put the new system in place to clean up spam on its website.

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Google Play Music debuts on iOS, with unlimited songs for $10 a month

Google Play Music, a rival option to streaming services like Spotify and Rdio, is now available for iOS, six months after launching on the web and Android-based devices.

BlackBerry Messenger now available for the iPad and iPod

Thursday’s update makes the app available on a wider range of devices and also brings more options for finding friends through the service.

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Twitter now letting marketers target mobile ads by device, OS version, and Wi-Fi

Twitter will give advertisers more controls to serve different ads to users based on which OS version their mobile device uses.

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Google's iOS search app gets improved reminders, notifications

The new tools announced Tuesday bring more of the features that are already on Google’s Android-based search app to iOS devices.

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