Zach MinersIDG News Service

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service

Facebook's new rating system catches flak from some business owners

Small businesses are lashing out against a new star rating feature on the site

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Facebook killing off one kind of ad that some users hated

A program pairing user activity with promotional content will disappear come April 9

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Snapchat says sorry for the hack, with a tweak to its app

The company's mobile app now lets users de-link their phone numbers from their usernames

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Report: Ford's Alan Mulally says he won't go to Microsoft

The Ford CEO said he wouldn't be leaving, at least not until after 2014

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Kanye West sics lawyers on Coinye -- a digital currency he inspired

Attorneys send a cease and desist letter, alleging copyright infringement

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Palo Alto Networks acquires security startup Morta to outsmart hackers

The combined company will provide enhanced automation technology to prevent attacks

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Pinterest buys VisualGraph to better understand all those pins

The technology could help Pinterest learn more about how people use its site

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BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest's Typo over 'iconic' keyboard design

The suit names a company co-founded by the American Idol host which happens to make a keyboard case for the iPhone.

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Snapchat, feeling the heat, will let users opt out of compromised feature

New controls will let people stop themselves from being searchable based on their phone numbers

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Meet Coinye West, the Kanye-inspired Bitcoin alternative for normal folk

The technology is designed to bring digital currency to the masses.

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FireEye buys Mandiant for nearly $1 billion to stamp out cyber attacks

The deal will give FireEye more tools to help companies identify and combat attacks.

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Could Bitcoin's frothy venture funding dry up?

Recent regulatory developments could slow the pace of investments in 2014, one expert said.

In 2014, more retailers may analyze how you shop

Technologies like video analyzers and Wi-Fi trackers could find increased usage in stores.

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Governments want more Google content removed, with Turkey and Russia getting extra greedy

Harmful political speech played a big role in the uptick

Washington Post reports servers attacked, suspects Chinese hackers

Chinese hackers are suspected to be behind the attack