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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Intel pumps $60 million into Chinese drone maker Yuneec

Intel has previously invested in Airware and PrecisionHawk, but the Yuneec deal marks the chipmaker's largest investment in a drone company.


Uber working on mapping and safety technology at University of Arizona

The partnership lays the groundwork for Uber to develop new technologies that might one day make their way into cars that pick up passengers, or deliver items, without a driver behind the wheel.

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Slack releases 'Add to Slack' button for other apps

The startup has launched a new feature that lets other companies integrate their sites and apps into Slack with a button called "Add to Slack."

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Twitter shutdown of apps for deleted tweets could give politicians new control

By effectively shutting down apps that showed politicians' deleted tweets, Twitter is giving politicians more control over public speech, and at the cost of transparency, some digital media experts said.

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Google Classroom gains collaboration, class management features

Google is adding new features to Google Classroom, the company's software that helps teachers manage their class assignments online.

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Google now displaying tweets in desktop search

A partnership between Google and Twitter that began displaying tweets in Google search results on mobile devices has been expanded to the desktop.

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L is for Life Sciences: Google's contact lens maker will be its own company

Google's Life Sciences unit, whose projects include a smart contact lens for measuring blood glucose levels, will become its own independent company within Alphabet under Google's reorganization.

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Google ordered to remove links to stories about 'right to be forgotten' request

Google has been ordered to remove links to news articles reporting on the company's earlier removal of links in response to a "right to be forgotten" request in Europe.

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Google to update tools for students and teachers

Google plans to unveil changes to its suite of products and services for students, teachers and other working professionals at an event on Sept. 2.

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Google's Project Ara phone failed the drop test

Google has to find a new way to secure the modules in its modular phone known as Ara, because the device failed the drop test.

Uber failed to screen out criminals from its drivers, prosecutors say

Uber has failed to screen out criminals from its drivers, prosecutors allege, including 25 drivers who had been convicted of crimes including murder, sex offenses, kidnapping, and assault.

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Another Uber driver sues, claiming unpaid wages

A California man who drives for Uber has sued the company in federal court, claiming he's owed unpaid wages under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Google delays Project Ara testing to 2016

Google is delaying initial testing for its modular smartphone, known as Project Ara, to 2016.

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Google tool helps homeowners decide on solar system purchase

A new Google tool, called Project Sunroof, lets users enter their home address and gives them information related to the costs and savings of having a solar power system installed on their home.

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Mozilla tests a true stealth mode for Firefox

Sick of having that one ad follow you around the Internet for weeks? A new tool in pre-beta builds of Firefox could help block browser tracking across sites.