Stories by Zach Miners

ISIS supporters operated at least 46,000 Twitter accounts, study finds

Supporters of the Islamic extremist group known as ISIS operated at least 46,000 Twitter accounts at the end of last year, a new study says, underscoring the challenge facing social networks as they become powerful tools for propaganda and recruitment.

Google's new car insurance site lets you compare rates

Google has launched a new auto insurance site in the U.S. designed to simplify for consumers the process of shopping for policies.

Five things we learned about Etsy from its IPO filing

Etsy, the online marketplace for buying and selling handmade goods and crafts, disclosed some interesting tidbits about the company's business when it filed to go public Wednesday.

Facebook wants to get better at detecting fake profiles

Facebook is taking steps to improve how it detects fake profiles, particularly those created by people claiming to be someone else.

Judge says $415 million settlement in Silicon Valley hiring case is 'substantial'

A judge has approved a US$415 million settlement in a Silicon Valley employee hiring case, calling the amount "substantial" to settle claims that Apple, Google, Adobe Systems and Intel conspired not to hire each other's workers.

Uber buys deCarta to improve mapping and arrival estimates

Uber is acquiring deCarta, a mapping and location company that could help Uber to develop new types of services and also ensure its drivers show up on time.

Twitter CFO floats idea of newspaper-like 'daily edition'

Here's an idea for the next version of Twitter that might crystallize the service's value: The Twitter Daily Favorite.

Google scores a win in SOPA-tinged Mississippi case

A federal judge has put the brakes on an investigation of Google in Mississippi, where the movie industry was accused of conspiring with the state's attorney general to revive the failed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Tinder grants do-overs, transatlantic swiping with paid version

Tinder, the popular dating app, wants to offer a second chance at love for users who may passed on a potential mate.

Personal data on 50,000 Uber drivers exposed in breach

The names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers were compromised in a security breach last year, the company revealed Friday.

Google's new campus plans hint at staggering ambitions

Google has revealed eye-popping ideas for a redesign of its California headquarters that symbolize how far the company wants to move beyond its core search business.

'Ride-share' and 'unboxing' added to Oxford dictionary

Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft looking to promote the "sharing" aspect of their service have scored a victory of sorts.

Twitter adds more reporting tools to curb abuse and improve safety

Twitter has added new reporting tools to help it fight abuse and protect users on its site.

Facebook improves tool for suicide prevention

Facebook is adding new features to its site to provide better information and support to people at risk of suicide.

Zuckerberg to hold public Facebook Q&A in Barcelona

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is likely to reveal more of the company's plans to bring underserved parts of the world online when he holds Facebook's fourth public Q&A next Wednesday in Barcelona.