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.

Google, broadening its reach, tries for a snazzier look

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The company aims for a prettier and more consistent look for software with Android L

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Google previews Fit software kit for health-tracking apps

The SDK will be available in a few weeks and is aimed at helping pull together data from multiple devices

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At Google I/O, expect smartwatches as Android spreads to new screens

The Moto 360 smartwatch could launch, and possibly a mobile health-tracking system

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Yahoo launches Aviate app for a 'smarter' Android home screen

Aviate plays a role in Yahoo's efforts in contextual search

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Google opens Glass sales in the UK, for £1,000 a pop

The unit recognizes U.K. accents and the metric system, Google said

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Twitter keeps sending texts to recycled phone numbers, lawsuit says

A consumer who was hit with unwanted messages wants to start a class-action case

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Judge not sold on $324M settlement in Silicon Valley tech worker case

The suit accuses companies like Apple and Google of conspiring not to hire each others' workers

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LinkedIn launches mobile job search iOS app

The app provides filtering tools, saved search and notifications

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The real 'fire' in Amazon's smartphone? A shopping spree

Amazon's Fire smartphone is more a retail device than a phone.

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Will full encryption sideline Google's targeted ads?

Mining personal data to deliver targeted ads is the lifeblood of Google's business -- and of many other online firms. But what if that data dries up at the source?

Pinterest ramps up location search

The new tool is faster and better at predicting users' intentions, the company said.

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PayPal launches 'PassPort' site to help merchants seize a growing overseas market

The site includes country-specific information, including shopping customs

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Google pays $500 million to buy satellite maker Skybox Imaging

New geographic data could find its way into Google apps.

PayPal chief joins Facebook to strengthen mobile messaging

Facebook is looking to build new messaging experiences for its apps

Facebook to launch Slingshot, yet another photo messaging app

The new app focused on sharing everyday moments will launch soon, Facebook says.