Zach MinersIDG News Service

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

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5-year-old hacks Xbox, becomes Microsoft 'security researcher'

The boy got in via a glitch in the password verification screen

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Google amends terms to clarify that data is analyzed for ads

The company seeks to add greater clarity around its scanning of data such as email content

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Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns amid controversy over anti-gay marriage support

The announcement comes after days of backlash, following a controversial donation Eich made.

Yahoo turns on encryption between data centers

You still have to manually flip the security switch for some sites like Yahoo News and Yahoo Sports

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Twitter looks to cash in on TV-related tweets overseas

Two acquisitions could help Twitter develop new advertising partnerships overseas, one expert said

Bing adds context to people, places with 'snapshot' feature

Microsoft's new Bing tool shows results in a panel with related information from various sources.

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Trial to proceed in Silicon Valley employee 'no poaching' case

A judge ruled that the evidence should be considered in a jury trial beginning May 27

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Why Zuckerberg prefers drones to Google's balloons

The Facebook chief explains some of his thinking behind Internet access delivered via drone and satellite

Microsoft changes course, won't access user data in theft probes

Instead, the company will refer the matter to law enforcement agencies.

Lawyers talk of settlement in Silicon Valley employee-poaching case

In a hearing, both sides cited progress made with a mediator

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AOL sharpens advertising ambitions with its One platform

The One platform offers an enhanced form of automated ad-buying

Bitcoin's backers know they need to win you over

New applications are needed for wider acceptance, investors recently said.

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Swap agreement aims to protect Bitcoin holders from the next crash

A framework for Bitcoin derivatives seeks to guard against price swings

Twitter kills its music app, which never got much play

The app, which let people follow artists and play songs, will be removed from Apple's app store Friday

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Worried about the government? Internet giants also dip their hands in the cookie jar

Internet companies can access your data even as they secure it from intrusion by others