Zach MinersU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Zach Miners covers social networking, search, and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Sony cancels 'The Interview' release as terrorist threats follow crippling cyberattacks

The studio said it was the victim of an 'unprecedented criminal assault.' It's rattled theater chains enough for them to block the opening of the comedy film.

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Uber envisions a safer ride in 2015

The company is looking at using new driver screening methods, which may include polygraph tests

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Google's work on full encryption chugs along, with Yahoo's help

Code has been migrated to GitHub to foster involvement from the wider tech community

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Instagram exposes 5 new filters for a more subtle effect

The updated app lets users pretty up their photos without going overboard

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Carpooling, a European ride-share service, rolls in to America

The app lets people request rides for trips longer than your typical Uber or Lyft.

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Facebook cold on 'dislike' button, but mulling other ideas

An international rollout of Graph Search is in the offing too, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said at Facebook's second public town-hall meeting.

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How your in-store shopping affects the ads you see on Facebook

Tracking offline sales will play a big role in Facebook's advertising moving forward.

Uber slapped with unlawful business lawsuits by San Francisco and LA

Lawsuit follows September warning and is latest legal hurdle for the company.

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Portland sues Uber, tells ridesharing service to cease 'illegal' operations

The move comes less than a week after Uber began operating in Oregon's largest city.

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Facebook brings Graph Search to iOS so you can sift through past posts

Now you can search for old posts in Facebook's iOS app and on your desktop browser.

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With biggest update in two years, Pandora wants more of your feedback

The company's updated mobile app wants users to rate songs more frequently

Twitter starts peeking at the other apps on your phone

Use Uber? Snapchat? Google Maps? Now Twitter knows.

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San Francisco DA pushes for chip payment cards in tech's backyard

Chip-and-PIN technology in credit and debit cards is designed to curb theft and fraud

Twitter Offers drops digital coupons into your feed

But the tool requires you to store payment information with Twitter.

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Google Fiber's gigabit-Internet service in Austin priced at $70 per month

The broadband service is already in Kansas City and Provo, Utah.