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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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.

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Apple, Intel cite gains in hiring women and minorities

Since January, Apple said nearly half of its U.S. hires were women, black, Hispanic or Native American.

Google's Niantic Labs to become independent company

The developer of Google's mobile game Ingress will go solo as it aims to reach bigger audiences.

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Twitter drops 140-character limit for direct messages

The new character limit is 10,000, roughly seven times the length of the article below

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Four knowns and four unknowns in Google's Alphabet soup

Google's restructuring raises new questions about its strategy and the future of its products

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Internet giants to block child porn images using a common list

Google, Facebook and Twitter are among the companies that will block child sexual abuse images, using a hashed list

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Google restructures, naming parent company Alphabet

Alphabet will also house Google's advanced X labs, and health sciences projects