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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Fitbit's IPO filing shows a strong pulse

Sales of the company's devices more than doubled between 2013 and 2014

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Lyft turns to Verizon for an edge against Uber

Lyft's app will now come preloaded on select Verizon Android smartphones.

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Intel increases its hiring among women, minorities

Intel's also investing $5 million in an education program in Oakland, California.

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New app can unearth video gems on Periscope

With Stream, users can watch popular videos on Periscope.

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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