Zach MinersIDG News Service

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service

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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.

on pcworld.com

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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.

on pcworld.com

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.

on techhive.com

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.

on techhive.com

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.

on pcworld.com

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.

on techhive.com

Mozilla developing geolocation data service for public use

The privacy-aware geolocation project will use publicly available cell tower and Wi-Fi signals.

on pcworld.com

Direct Twitter messages with links fall prey to technical issues

Twitter's direct messaging feature appears to be experiencing technical difficulties, and the social networking service says an issue with URLs is likely to blame.

on techhive.com

LinkedIn pitches to recruiters on the go with mobile app

LinkedIn Recruiter is a mobile version of the many recruiter tools already available on the LinkedIn website.

on pcworld.com

When 10 seconds don't do -- Snapchat now lets photos stay for a day

Snapchat is giving photos and videos captured with its app some longevity.

on techhive.com

Google buys Flutter, a gesture recognition startup

Flutter makes a desktop app for controlling various programs through hand motions.