Stories by Zach Miners

Obama orders chip-and-PIN in government credit cards

President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Friday to have secure chip-and-PIN technology embedded into government-issued credit and debit cards as part of a broader move aimed at stemming payment data breaches.

Snapchat rolling out non-'creepy' ads that still might get creepy

Ads are officially coming to Snapchat, in a form the company says is not "targeted," but Snapchat's own terms of service suggest it could do something very much like that.

Neil Young's Pono music store has more than 600K songs 'ingested', downloads are another matter

Neil Young says he is making progress toward filling his online Pono store with millions of high-fidelity music files. He's mum, though, on exactly when people can actually start downloading and listening.

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Twitpic really is shutting down after a failed acquisition

What a tease. Image hosting company Twitpic will in fact shut down on Oct. 25, the firm said Thursday -- a surprising development after it previously said an acquisition would save it from death.

Google misses forecasts, while cost per click also dips

Google missed analyst forecasts for both earnings and income in the third quarter, while the amount it makes when users click on ads also dipped.

Q&A: Will.i.am dubs his Puls wearable a bracelet, not a smartwatch

Musician and technology entrepreneur Will.i.am unveiled the "Puls" on Wednesday, a high-tech bracelet that lets people make phone calls, check Twitter and Instagram, and tell the time.

Will.i.am's beast of a smartwatch makes calls and more without needing a phone

American musician-cum-entrepreneur Will.i.am thinks he's got a radical gadget to beat the band: a massive app-infused watch that he says can do everything a phone can, and more.

Tech workers now oppose settlement they reached in Silicon Valley hiring case

Technology workers have asked an appeals court not to approve a US$324.5 million settlement in Silicon Valley's controversial employee hiring case, according to a document filed Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton: Social media is no match for real-world interactions

Former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, sees value in social media and other technologies as tools for connecting people, but she feels their impact pales in comparison to in-person meetings when it comes to solving society's biggest problems.

Q&A: How Yik Yak wants to weed out abuse and become the next Twitter

Of the new social media apps that have sprung up around connecting anonymously, Yik Yak might be the most toxic. Or the most misunderstood. Perhaps it's both.

US retailer Kmart hacked, exposing customers' card numbers

Sears Holding Corp. said Friday the payment systems at its Kmart retail chain had been breached as a result of malware, compromising shoppers' credit and debit card numbers.

Uber's surge pricing earns it an 'F' on Better Business Bureau test

Uber aims to give people an easy way to hail a ride from their smartphones, but its surge pricing is wreaking havoc on at least some customers.

Judges spar with attorneys on national security data requests

Federal judges challenged attorneys on Wednesday to clarify the rationale and constitutionality of government data requests, in a line of questioning that may ultimately introduce greater transparency into what is now a tightly cloaked process.

Facebook's location-based ads can pitch you on the store you just walked by

If you're like me, you might stroll past a local coffee shop or book store numerous times before you notice it's there or go inside. Facebook thinks an ad might give that extra nudge.

Twitter sues for right to reveal more about national security requests

Twitter sued the U.S. government on Tuesday, becoming the latest tech giant to say it should be able to disclose more about official requests for information about its users.