Stories by Zach Miners

SEC drops probe into Facebook's pre-IPO sales disclosures

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has dropped its investigation into disclosures about Facebook advertising sales before the company went public in 2012.

Facebook isn't giving up on search

Facebook reported Wednesday that it now handles an average of more than 1 billion searches a day, but it still has work to do to provide a comprehensive search tool.

Facebook reports a big sales jump, helped by mobile ads

Facebook's quarterly sales rose 61 per cent on the strength of mobile advertising, the company said Wednesday.

Dating app Wyldfire tries to avoid creeps by letting women take the lead

There's a new dating app trying to let in only the most desirable bachelors, by letting women choose who can join.

Yahoo buys Flurry to make more money from mobile apps

Yahoo has reached an agreement to acquire Flurry, a mobile analytics company, as part of a push to grow its advertising revenue within its mobile products.

EFF releases Chrome, Firefox plugin to block third-party tracking

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital privacy rights group, has released a downloadable plugin for Chrome and Firefox designed to stop third parties from tracking people's Web browsing.

Twitter and Facebook see a bright future for in-the-moment spending

If you're an impulse buyer trying to reform your ways, Facebook and Twitter are not on your side.

Google sales jump despite mixed ads results

Google's core advertising business helped to propel a 22 percent increase in sales during the second quarter, even while the cost of its ads dropped.

Facebook tests 'buy' button to let users make purchases from their feeds

Facebook is testing a "buy" button that lets users make purchases directly from their news feeds.

Google nixes real-name policy for Google+

Google+ may attract some new -- and mysterious -- users after Google announced Tuesday it was abolishing its real-names policy for the profiles in the service.

Yahoo revenue drops as ad business flounders

Yahoo reported falling sales and mixed results in its crucial advertising business on Tuesday, signaling further challenges ahead in CEO Marissa Mayer's efforts to turn around the aging company.

Seattle city council legalizes Uber, Lyft, Sidecar without caps

Seattle city council members voted Monday to legalize ride-hailing apps like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, despite concerns from one council member about the adequacy of insurance coverage provided by the companies.

Secret, an app for posting anonymously, lets users tap into Facebook

How can something be a secret if all your Facebook friends see it?

Yahoo acquires video streaming startup RayV

Yahoo has acquired online video streaming company RayV with the aim of distributing content to more people, particularly via mobile devices.

Public parking app MonkeyParking suspends service in San Francisco

MonkeyParking, an app that lets people bid on public parking spaces, said Thursday it will suspend its service in San Francisco to avoid a potential lawsuit from the city attorney.