Zach MinersIDG News Service

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

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California regulators say Uber, Lyft and Sidecar's carpool services are illegal

Drivers can't carry multiple passengers while charging individual fares, the California Public Utilities Commission said.

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U.S. threatened Yahoo with $250,000 daily fines for defying surveillance requests

Yahoo's disclosure comes amid newly unsealed court documents

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Dropbox reports a steady rise in government data requests

The firm received 268 requests during the first half of 2014

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Coinbase expands Bitcoin services in Europe

The expansion allows people to exchange bitcoins and accept payments in 13 European countries

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Google buys 'smart' spoon maker Lift Labs

Lift Labs makes a mechanical spoon for people with neurodegenerative diseases.

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Twitter sets its platform ambitions high with new 'Flight' conference

The event will help outside developers build apps using Twitter tools

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5 things the Apple Watch can do, and 5 things it can't

There's fitness tracking and shopping tools, but no built-in GPS or Wi-Fi

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Home Depot confirms breach of its payment systems

Customers will not be held responsible for fraudulent charges, the company said

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Uber CEO cites 'scrappy,' 'fierce' methods in fighting taxis, Lyft

Uber's tactics have come under fire in recent weeks, but Travis Kalanick told TechCrunch Disrupt attendees he has no problem "scrapping" with rival ride-sharing services.

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba seeks up to $21 billion in US IPO

Shares will be priced between $60 and $66 in one of the biggest IPOs ever

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Tech giants appeal settlement decision in Silicon Valley hiring case

The judge's recent settlement rejection was a clear error as a matter of law, attorneys said

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Google adding GPS, offline music playback to Android Wear smartwatches

The software update will hit a range of devices in the coming months, Google said

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Judge proposes January trial in Silicon Valley employee hiring case

A jury trial might be preempted if a new settlement is reached

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New Facebook tool walks users through a privacy settings checkup

It's the latest initiative by the company to help its members make sure they're not over-sharing on the social networking site.

Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler gets deeper into ride-sharing

By purchasing RideScout and the maker of the mytaxi app, the automotive giant could become a stronger competitor to the likes of Lyft and Uber.