Stories by Zach Miners

Uber, facing public backlash, will rethink privacy

Silicon Valley-based ride-sharing company Uber is looking eastward to inject some wisdom into how it handles user data.

Yahoo dethrones Google as default Firefox search tool

Mozilla has picked Yahoo to be the default search engine for its Firefox browser in the U.S., deposing Google in a new five-year partnership announced on Wednesday.

Uber's rider-controlled Spotify jams could cost drivers

Uber drivers nice enough to let their passengers control a car's music with Spotify might find themselves subsidizing the party.

Now you can search every tweet that was ever sent

Want to look at tweets posted during the 2008 summer Olympics? Or tweets you sent on your vacation a few years ago? Soon you'll be able to. Twitter is enabling users to search through its entire index of roughly half a trillion public tweets.

WhatsApp adding end-to-end encryption to message service

Ramping up efforts to keep its customers' messages safe from snooping, WhatsApp said Tuesday that it now supports end-to-end encryption for messages sent between users.

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Facebook: You post it, we can see it, and that's that

Facebook lets its users control whether other people can see the information they post, but when it comes to controlling what Facebook itself gets to see, privacy-conscious users are out of luck.

Pandora says its 'like' data keeps it relevant against Spotify, Apple

Pandora, the algorithmic music radio app, is not afraid of its competitors in on-demand streaming like Spotify and Apple-owned Beats Music, because it has better feedback data than them, the company claims.

FTC chair wants clearer disclosures to protect privacy

Online service providers need to do a better job telling users what information will be gathered about them and how it will be used, a top official at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday.

Control over personal info nearly dead, Pew survey respondents say

Internet companies have run amok with our personal data, and people aren't entirely sure what to do about it, judging from the results of a new survey.

Yahoo acquires video ad platform BrightRoll for $640 million

Yahoo is acquiring the video advertising platform BrightRoll for $640 million, in a move that could help to offset declines in its traditional display ad business.

Instagram brings editing tools and more of your friends to the foreground

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it's worth fewer with a lousy caption -- and let's not even get into hashtags -- so Instagram is trying to help users clean things up.

Half a billion people now use Messenger, after Facebook forced them into it

Facebook's Messenger is now one of the most used mobile messaging apps in the world, with more than 500 million people logging in monthly, the company said Monday.

AT&T extends network to Mexico with $2.5 billion lusacell acquisition

AT&T will pay US$2.5 billion to acquire Mexican wireless company lusacell, in a major push to expand its coverage and improve mobile Internet service for those living south of the U.S. border.

Facebook gives users more ways to filter their feeds

Facebook is giving users more options to control what content they see in their feeds.

Facebook will be mostly video in 5 years , Zuckerberg says

If you think your Facebook feed has a lot of video now, just wait.