Zach MinersIDG News Service

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service

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Microsoft, Google, Facebook show rise in surveillance requests

The latest round of reports come after an agreement between the government and tech companies about what information can be released

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Facebook gears up for its 10th birthday

The social network, now a billion-plus members strong, has reached the end of its first decade.

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Twitter buys 900 IBM patents, dodging a potential infringement suit

The patents likely cover a range of software and tools of interest to Twitter

Researchers create Android app to show when other apps track you

The app shows users when other apps are accessing their location

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Google sales rise despite Motorola slip

The company also had mixed results in its ads business

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Facebook asserts its success on mobile with another strong quarter

About 53 percent of the company's ad sales came from mobile devices

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Yahoo acquiring Tomfoolery, a social networking startup for business

Tomfoolery's Anchor product will be shut down, the company said

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Yahoo reports another sales decline as ads sag

CEO Marissa Mayer cited the company's investments as laying a foundation for revenue growth.

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Parents sue Uber over daughter's death, claim its app is illegal

The suit claims using Uber's app makes drivers unsafe

Executives at Bitcoin startup face money-laundering charges

The two defendants, who operate BitInstant, were charged Monday with using Bitcoin to facilitate illegal drug sales.

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Report: Spy agencies collude to gather personal data from mobile apps

The targeted apps have included the mobile versions of Facebook, Yahoo’s Flickr, LinkedIn and Twitter, according to reports in The New York Times, the Guardian and ProPublica.

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Yahoo buys virtual worlds gaming company Cloud Party

Acquisition of the company and its staff helps to improve Yahoo's own engineering prowess.

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U.S. Justice Department files lawsuits over counterfeit apps

Four men have been charged with copying Android apps and selling them through online markets.

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German court orders Google to block Max Mosley sex party pics

The ruling follows a similar takedown request from France

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Ouch -- Facebook called a 'twit' for Twitter-like trending feature

Some users don't care for a new tool to surface popular content on the social networking site.