Stories by Zach Miners

Alibaba shares open at a high $92.70

In their first day of trading, shares of Alibaba stock opened at US$92.70 on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, an increase of more than 35 percent over the $68 initial public offering price.

Mysterious entity acquires TwitPic, saving it from death

TwitPic, the image-hosting company that two weeks ago said it would shut down after a trademark dispute with Twitter, has apparently been acquired, keeping its service alive.

Home Depot breach put 56 million payment cards at risk, company says

The breach of Home Depot's payment systems may have compromised 56 million payment cards as a result of malware that has since been eliminated, the company said Thursday.

Facebook turns its feed into a popularity contest

Facebook users will soon start to see more posts higher in their feeds tied to popular events or topics of conversation, with less relevant posts getting pushed farther down.

Bug infects Apple's iOS 8 HealthKit, delaying app launches

A bug in Apple's HealthKit -- a back-end feature in iOS 8 -- is delaying the launch of outside developers' fitness and health apps, the company said Wednesday.

Lyft car-pooling opens in LA despite regulatory challenge

Lyft is bringing its car-pooling service to Los Angeles, even while California regulators say it's illegal.

Uber doubles down on shared rides, enacts permanent pricing cut for UberX

Uber appears determined not to stand down in the face of a regulatory challenge to its new shared ride service.

Google reports a 19% jump in US government data requests

Google fielded 19 percent more requests from the U.S. government for data on its users in the first half of this year compared to the second half of last year, the company said Monday.

Yahoo slams new 'digital will' law in US, says users have privacy when they die

What should happen to your personal digital communications -- emails, chats, photos and the like -- after you die? Should they be treated like physical letters for the purposes of a will?

Uber, competitors face regulatory battles in US

New car-pool services sold by ride-sharing companies including Uber and Lyft are illegal in California, according to state regulators.

Yahoo says it faced $250,000 daily fines for defying US surveillance requests

The U.S. government once threatened to fine Yahoo US$250,000 a day if it failed to assist with its surveillance efforts, Yahoo said Thursday.

Dropbox reports a steady rise in government data requests

Interest in Dropbox is growing among users, and law enforcement too.

Coinbase expands Bitcoin services in Europe

Coinbase, one of the more prominent exchanges for buying and selling bitcoins, is opening up wider access to the digital currency in Europe.

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Twitter sets its platform ambitions high with new 'Flight' conference

Twitter wants to help more mobile developers build apps so it will show them how during its first-ever mobile developer conference, called "Flight."

Google buys 'smart' spoon maker Lift Labs

Google has acquired Lift Labs, which makes a mechanical spoon for people suffering from tremors, in a move giving Google new technology for combating neurodegenerative diseases.