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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US regulator keen on driverless cars, but urges caution around safety

A federal highway safety representative is generally excited about the technology

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Apple Maps search may get personal, and much better, thanks to Spotsetter

Apple has reportedly acquired Spotsetter, a social search and mapping startup, after the service said that it had closed down.

Google reveals $1,000 Project Tango tablet for seeing in 3-D

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Developers can sign up to be notified of the upcoming sale of the $1,024 device

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Tinder takes a page from Snapchat, offering vanishing photos

The dating app is now allowing users to post photos that disappear after 24 hours.

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Amazon teases launch of mysterious device with 50-second video

Some kind of 3-D device -- perhaps the long-rumored smartphone -- may launch later this month

Google, in promoting encryption, calls out Microsoft and Comcast

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Google is releasing new data about how services encrypt email in transit

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Instagram loads up on editing effects in major update

Ten new editing tools are coming to the app on iOS and Android.

Google writes a poem to herald Chromebooks in 9 new countries

The laptops are coming to New Zealand, Mexico and other countries, Google said Monday.

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Google courts Apple users with photo-heavy G+ mobile update

The app now includes Google's 'Stories' photo playback program

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Backlash over Facebook's 'listening' feature is a problem of trust

An online petition against the feature had 500,000 backers by Friday

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IBM patents technique for killing fraud, using click patterns

A new technology would pick up on suspicious changes in people's online activity

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Top executives fly the coop at Twitter, Foursquare

A top engineer at Twitter, and two business executives at Foursquare, are leaving

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Wearables get the runway treatment at Augmented World fashion show

Not every wearable device has to look as clunky as Google's Glass. A fashion show at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, Calif., this week showed off the glamorous side of wearable tech.

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How augmented reality wants to help you shop

At this week's Augmented World Expo, some companies are showing off how 3D imaging techniques can be used to help sell products.

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Facebook tries to limit over-sharing

The company said it would be de-emphaizing certain posts from outside apps