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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Uber hires an Obama insider for its political fights

David Plouffe, a former Obama campaign manager, will become Uber's senior vice president of policy and strategy.

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FCC extends net neutrality comment period to Sept. 15

The public will now have five additional days to weigh in on this contentious issue.

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Google broadens its malware sleuthing to sniff out deceptive downloads

More types of malicious software will be identified by Google's safe browsing service

Microsoft makes Bing search more chatty

A new feature lets people simplify how they phrase their questions

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Rivalry between Uber and Lyft gets ugly

The finger-pointing continues between the ride-sharing services, which both accuse the other of ordering and canceling thousands of rides.

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Twitter sets the stage for video ads

A new program, now in beta, allows for paid video content in people's feeds.

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Lyft accuses rival Uber of dirty ride-sharing tricks

Lyft says that Uber employees have ordered and cancelled thousands of Lyft rides since last fall, hurting its business.

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Google backs $300 million undersea Internet cable to Japan

The system will help Google connect its data centers in Asia and the US

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Microsoft sues Samsung, says it stopped paying for patents

Samsung stopped paying to license Microsoft technology late last year, Microsoft says

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People are twisting facts in requests to be forgotten, Google says

Some requests are being made with 'false and inaccurate information,' Google says

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Twitter reports a rise in government data requests

Requests worldwide rose by 46 percent to 2,058

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In a hyper-social world, some seek a little privacy

People are getting more selective about what they want to share, and online firms are picking up on it

Twitter more than doubles its sales, stock soars

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Shares were trading at around $52 in after-market hours, up more than 30 percent

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Uber, Airbnb go after businesses

New services try to make it easier for companies to manage employees' bookings.

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Facebook moves all mobile chat to Messenger app

You'll no longer be able to send messages from Facebook's main mobile app