Zach Miners

U.S. Correspondent

Zach Miners covers social networking, search, and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

Facebook hits milestone: One billion people logged in on Monday

Facebook hits milestone: One billion people logged in on Monday

Earlier this week, one billion people logged into Facebook in a single day, marking a new milestone for the social network. When Facebook reported its second-quarter results in July, the company said it had an average of 968...

Google calls European Union antitrust charges 'unfounded'

Google calls European Union antitrust charges 'unfounded'

Google is fighting charges brought against it by the European Commission over how it presents online shopping services, potentially setting up a lengthy legal battle between the company and the regulator.

Facebook to crack down on pirated videos

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.

Super intelligent machines spawned by AI? Execs aren't worried

Super intelligent machines spawned by AI? Execs aren't worried

It's the premise of many science fiction novels and movies: Super-intelligent robot machines that can outsmart humans, if not terminate them entirely. But the prospect doesn't exactly frighten some of today's experts in the field.

Intel pumps $60 million into Chinese drone maker Yuneec

Intel pumps $60 million into Chinese drone maker Yuneec

Intel has previously invested in Airware and PrecisionHawk, but the Yuneec deal marks the chipmaker's largest investment in a drone company.

Facebook's M blends AI assists with human help

Facebook's M blends AI assists with human help

When it comes to questions asked online, which ones are best handled by a machine, and which ones require human intervention? Facebook thinks it can perform the triage with M, its new personal digital assistant.

Uber working on mapping and safety technology at University of Arizona

Uber working on mapping and safety technology at University of Arizona

The partnership lays the groundwork for Uber to develop new technologies that might one day make their way into cars that pick up passengers, or deliver items, without a driver behind the wheel.

Slack releases 'Add to Slack' button for other apps

Slack releases 'Add to Slack' button for other apps

The startup has launched a new feature that lets other companies integrate their sites and apps into Slack with a button called "Add to Slack."

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

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.

Google Classroom gains collaboration, class management features

Google Classroom gains collaboration, class management features

Google is adding new features to Google Classroom, the company's software that helps teachers manage their class assignments online.

Google now displaying tweets in desktop search

Google now displaying tweets in desktop search

A partnership between Google and Twitter that began displaying tweets in Google search results on mobile devices has been expanded to the desktop.

L is for Life Sciences: Google's contact lens maker will be its own company

L is for Life Sciences: Google's contact lens maker will be its own company

Google's Life Sciences unit, whose projects include a smart contact lens for measuring blood glucose levels, will become its own independent company within Alphabet under Google's reorganization.

Google to update tools for students and teachers

Google plans to unveil changes to its suite of products and services for students, teachers and other working professionals at an event on Sept. 2.

Google ordered to remove links to stories about 'right to be forgotten' request

Google has been ordered to remove links to news articles reporting on the company's earlier removal of links in response to a "right to be forgotten" request in Europe.

Uber failed to screen out criminals from its drivers, prosecutors say

Uber has failed to screen out criminals from its drivers, prosecutors allege, including 25 drivers who had been convicted of crimes including murder, sex offenses, kidnapping, and assault.

Google's Project Ara phone failed the drop test

Google has to find a new way to secure the modules in its modular phone known as Ara, because the device failed the drop test.

Another Uber driver sues, claiming unpaid wages

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.


Google releases stylish $199 Wi-Fi router meant to be shown off

Google releases stylish $199 Wi-Fi router meant to be shown off

Google is giving the ugly Wi-Fi router a makeover, with its own device the company claims is easier to use.

Google delays Project Ara testing to 2016

Google delays Project Ara testing to 2016

Google is delaying initial testing for its modular smartphone, known as Project Ara, to 2016.

Mozilla tests a true stealth mode for Firefox

A new tool in prebeta is designed to block browser tracking across sites

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