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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Rated or Hated? The secret to getting a good score from your Uber driver

Keeping your driver waiting and not giving a tip could get you docked one or more stars

Aereo closing Boston and NY offices to 'preserve' company

'We are not shutting down, just reducing burn,' an Aereo spokeswoman said.

Google and LG strike broad, decade-long patent licensing deal

The deal covers existing and future patents for the next 10 years.

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Facebook reports a 24 percent rise in government requests for user data

The majority of requests targeted users in the U.S.

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Google's Nest thermostat becomes a faster learner with major software update

The update helps the device become more aware of how people use it and adjust automatically to fit customer needs.

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Facebook wants to make push notifications less annoying

The company's Parse back-end platform now offers A/B testing to developers, which can use it to test Facebook mobile campaigns.

Android creator Andy Rubin leaving Google

He was in charge of Google's robotics efforts, but now strikes out to parts unknown.

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Zuckerberg to connect with regular folk in first 'community Q&A'

The Facebook chief will hold the company's first public Q&A next Thursday. What would you ask him?

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Facebook: $15 billion of WhatsApp's value is based on what it could be

Facebook revealed the calculations behind the massive acquisition price for the first time

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Facebook sales, driven by mobile, shoot up nearly 60 percent

Roughly two thirds of total revenue came from mobile ads, the social networking giant said.

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Google's new Fit app plays well with Strava, Runkeeper and others

Fit tracks physical activity and serves as a hub for other health apps

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Bing emoji search brings new meaning to smiley faces

Yahoo also offers the tool. Google? Not yet.

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Startup arms cops with Internet-connected 'smart' guns

A sensor in the guns could give departments better information about their use and make police more accountable

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Twitter shares fall as user growth stalls

Twitter's stock price fell after it reported weak user growth in its Monday earnings report