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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Facebook will give you control over the data you're sharing with apps and websites

Users can now decide what types of data to share with third party apps

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Google extends Android voice search to Zillow, Shazam, NPR

The apps launch new integrations with the "OK Google" command

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Anonymous social app Secret shuts down

The app let users post comments to a feed without their names attached

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Airbnb's new app for tablets features magazine-style layout

Big photos of homes and the map view stand out prominently

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Apple devices may soon shine a Spotlight on tweets

Tweets might appear in Spotlight searches on Apple devices, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said.

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Twitter blames weak sales on lackluster ads, drops forecast

Sales grew by 74 percent, but below analysts' estimates.

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Facebook adds free video calling to Messenger

The feature works over Wi-Fi and LTE, taking aim at other video solutions like Google Hangouts.

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Starbucks hit by major computer failure

Stores appear to be affected across the country, with some giving out free drinks

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Google sales hit a speed bump in Q1

Total sales grew by 12 percent, below analysts' projections.

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Facebook video is booming, now at 4 billion views per day

Many of the views are driven by auto-playing videos

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Mobile ads now generate almost 75 percent of Facebook's revenue

Total sales for the first quarter grew by more than 40 percent


Yahoo, still reliant on PCs, posts earnings that disappoint

Smartphones and tablets account for less than a quarter of Yahoo's ad revenue.

Appeals court rejects man's claim he owns half of Facebook

A U.S. appeals court sided with a lower court's decision against Paul Ceglia.

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Live streaming apps like Meerkat and Periscope pose legal risks for users

Apps like Meerkat and Periscope can lead users astray of privacy and copyright laws

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Facebook tries to keep it real by killing more 'fake' likes

The company has improved its technology for detecting suspicious patterns of likes