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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Instagram's Hyperlapse app gives videos a time-lapse effect

Users can shoot longer videos and then play them back up to 12 times faster

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Reports: Amazon will pay $1 billion to buy video-game streaming site Twitch

The deal was reached after talks with Google cooled, The Wall Street Journal said

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Airbnb to reveal 124 New York hosts to attorney general

New York's attorney general is conducting an investigation into whether people are using Airbnb's service in violation of state and local laws.

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Report: Amazon building ad system to compete with Google's

The system may resemble Google's AdWords for keyword-targeted ads

Google acquires Gecko Design to help with crazy Google X 'moon shots'

Gecko's designers will join Google X, which works on new products like Glass

Google's search app gets friendlier to bilingual Android users

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Queries can now be made in multiple languages without switching settings

Analysis of Ferguson tweets shows Twitter's quick grip on the news

Nearly 150,000 tweets appeared a full two days before cable news networks covered it

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Paid YouTube Music service could be a gateway drug to other Google offerings

Premium content, not a lack of ads, might be the real draw

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Uber hires an Obama insider for its political fights

David Plouffe, a former Obama campaign manager, will become Uber's senior vice president of policy and strategy.

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FCC extends net neutrality comment period to Sept. 15

The public will now have five additional days to weigh in on this contentious issue.

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Google broadens its malware sleuthing to sniff out deceptive downloads

More types of malicious software will be identified by Google's safe browsing service

Microsoft makes Bing search more chatty

A new feature lets people simplify how they phrase their questions

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Rivalry between Uber and Lyft gets ugly

The finger-pointing continues between the ride-sharing services, which both accuse the other of ordering and canceling thousands of rides.

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Twitter sets the stage for video ads

A new program, now in beta, allows for paid video content in people's feeds.

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Lyft accuses rival Uber of dirty ride-sharing tricks

Lyft says that Uber employees have ordered and cancelled thousands of Lyft rides since last fall, hurting its business.