Stories by Zach Miners

Verizon subscribers can now opt out of 'supercookies'

Verizon customers can now opt out of having a unique identifier placed on their phones that critics have labelled a 'supercookie' because it's almost impossible to remove.

Amazon tries a physical button for making purchases

Amazon might be on to the killer app for restocking toilet paper from the privacy of your home.

With Tidal relaunch, Jay Z doubles down on streaming for audiophiles

Tidal, the Jay Z-owned streaming service built around high quality tracks, is relaunching in a move that could give consumers a new option when weighing competitors like Spotify or Pandora.

Facebook reveals the logic behind its forced Messenger split

Facebook annoyed and puzzled many people last year when it forced them to download its Messenger app for chats. Its reasons for doing so are now clearer: Messenger is becoming a beast of an app, with its own links to outside businesses and software apart from Facebook's main site.

Slack hacked, compromising users' profile data

The popular group chat tool Slack suffered a hack of its central database last month, the company admitted Friday, potentially compromising users' profile information like log-on data, email addresses and phone numbers.

At Facebook, a sharpening focus on virtual reality

In 10 years, there may be no need to check Facebook's site to see what that friend overseas is up to. You might just pick up a pair of goggles, reach out and hold her hand at her birthday party.

WhatsApp not as open as Messenger to outside developers

Facebook-owned WhatsApp, the popular mobile messaging and calling service, has no immediate plans to offer tools to outside developers to let them build services on top of it.

How Messenger chats factor into what you see in Facebook news feed

Haven’t seen many posts from some friends lately on Facebook? Perhaps you need to reach out directly to them.

Facebook extends Parse tools to the Internet of Things

Facebook is extending its Parse developer tools to the Internet of Things, providing software and services for bringing connectivity to home appliances, fitness trackers and other objects.

Facebook extends Parse to build IoT apps

Facebook is extending Parse, its suite of back-end software development tools, to create Internet of Things apps for items like smart home appliances and activity trackers.

Google said to prep billing payment service for Gmail

Google reportedly is creating a service to let people pay their bills from their Gmail accounts.

Twitter tests videos that play automatically

Twitter has started to let videos play automatically in some people's feeds, in a test that could allow it to make more money from video advertising.

Twitch hit by possible data breach, resets user passwords

Account information for users of Twitch, the popular live-streaming service for gamers, may have been accessed through unauthorised means, the service warned on Monday.

Facebook Messenger as a platform? It's a gamble

Facebook's Messenger app has traditionally been used for keeping in touch with friends. Now people can also use it to send each other money. In the future, it could become a platform which other apps could use, if recent rumors prove true.

Leaked US antitrust report on Google adds weight to rivals' complaints

A leaked report by staff at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission paints an ugly picture of Google as a bullying monopolist and adds credence to complaints from rivals who have long criticized its business practices.

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