Zach MinersIDG News Service

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

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.

on pcworld.com

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.

on pcworld.com

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.

on pcworld.com

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.

on techhive.com

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.

on techhive.com

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.

on pcworld.com

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.

on techhive.com

Eerie streets of abandoned Fukushima town revealed in Google Maps

The earthquake and tsunami that demolished northeastern Japan in 2011 left many thousands of its survivors cut off from their homes. But displaced residents of Namie-machi, a small town on the eastern coast of the Pacific that's still in an exclusion zone, can now at least get a present-day glimpse of their neighborhood, thanks to Google.

on techhive.com

Twitter adds line breaks, draws mixed response

Twitter has added the ability to incorporate line breaks into tweets, thrilling some users and annoying others.

on techhive.com

Facebook, Twitter called out for deleting photo metadata

Photographers turning to social networks like Facebook and Twitter to promote their work may be losing the legal rights to their photos because the sites are deleting the images' metadata.

At SXSW, marketing may drown out the next Twitter

This year's South by Southwest Interactive will play host to tech trends in areas as diverse as gaming, artificial intelligence, 3D printing and social networking, but whether the next Twitter will emerge at the conference is harder to say.

on techhive.com

Facebook shutters Vintage Camera's access

Facebook has blocked Vintage Camera, an Instagram-like photo app, from accessing its API (application programming interface). The move follows the recent blocking of other apps by the social networking giant.

Facebook defends Graph Search's privacy controls for teens

Facebook is working hard to assure users that Graph Search, its new search engine designed to uncover all sorts of information buried within the site, does not compromise the privacy rights of minors.

on techhive.com

Facebook targeted by hackers, says no user data compromised

Facebook said Friday it had been the target of a sophisticated hacking attack but that it had no evidence any user data had been compromised.