Zach MinersIDG News Service

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

Older adults warm up to social networking

Sixty percent of people ages 50-64 use social networking this year, up from 6 percent in 2005. Among people ages 30-49, the percentage also increased sharply, according to survey results released Monday by the Pew Research Center.

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Google confirms it's shutting down Google+ Local for iOS

Google is shutting down the Google+ Local places and discovery app for iOS devices and will be transitioning its features over to its Maps app, the company said Friday.

Study: Google accounts for 25 percent of all Internet traffic

The diversified range of new products being built and provided by Google now make the company accountable for nearly 25 percent of all Internet traffic, up from a mere 6 percent just three years ago, according to a new study.

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Action: Yahoo buys Qwiki moviemaking app

In yet another mobile acquisition, Yahoo has acquired Qwiki, a New York City company that makes an app for turning photos and videos into short, edited movies.

Google keeps users' data available until July 15 in Reader's wake

Google's Reader is now officially dead, but the company wants to make users' transition to other content aggregators as painless as possible, partly by keeping their data available for the next couple weeks.

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Twitter adds genre search to #music iOS app

Twitter is hoping to make it easier for people to discover new music on its #music iOS app with the addition of genre search tools, released Thursday.

Yahoo News gets a redesign aimed at personalization

In its continuing efforts to woo users with new products and services, Yahoo is at it again, this time with a redesign of its News Page.

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Google adds malware, phishing numbers to its transparency report to make the Web 'safer'

Google is revealing some new numbers around malware and phishing attempts in an effort to get more people thinking about online security and to make the Web safer.

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New AOL Reader product teased just days before Google Reader's shutdown

Once-mighty America Online appears to be working on a new RSS reader product, with about a week to go before Google pulls the plug on its own Reader.

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Spying

Does encryption really shield you from government's prying eyes?

Encrypting data may not guard against surveillance, some experts say, while others argue in favor of taking steps to protect privacy.

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Yahoo recruiting iOS developers to 'radically improve' Flickr

Yahoo's Flickr mobile app may be getting a completely new look in the months to come, as the company seeks to hire multiple iOS engineers to "radically improve" the photo-sharing site's app and attract new users.

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Tumblr ads go mobile

Animated GIFs, journal entries, cat photos, and now, more ads. Tumblr, in an effort to further boost its revenue, is rolling out ads into users' mobile feeds.

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Yahoo launches new weather, email apps in its 'second sprint' of rebuilding

Yahoo has released two new mobile apps, for weather and email, suggesting the company may be on track toward delivering on its promise of offering users a range of new mobile products over the next several months.

Developers get some tips on mobile app privacy

Mobile app developers face a huge challenge in keeping up with the fast-changing landscape of data privacy law. They got some tips Wednesday at a conference devoted to the topic in San Francisco.

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Vine moves beyond Twitter with new embed feature

Vine's branching out. Videos made with the trendy Twitter-owned mobile app can now be posted anywhere on the Web.

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