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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EFF's snoop-stopping, ad-smashing Privacy Badger plugin hits beta

One feature aims to stop tracking tied to clicking the Facebook 'like' on outside sites

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Twitter and Facebook see a bright future for in-the-moment spending

Both companies are looking at new services around shopping and promotions.

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Google reports a Q2 sales jump despite mixed ad results

While paid clicks rose, the cost per click dropped in the second quarter.

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Facebook tests 'buy' button to let users make purchases from their feeds

Users can buy products directly from their news feeds from select advertisers, the company says.

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Google nixes real-name policy for Google+

Since the social network's inception, Google had required that people use their real names in profiles, but that's changing now.

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Yahoo revenue drops as ad business flounders

The company has to work faster to make up for the drop, CEO Marissa Mayer says

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Seattle city council legalizes Uber, Lyft, Sidecar without caps

Previously, Seattle had put limits on the number of cars allowed on the road. But the city's mayor brokered a deal with taxi operators, legislators, and ride-sharing companies.

Secret, an app for posting anonymously, lets users tap into Facebook

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The app now offers Facebook log-in, to help members find more friends

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Yahoo acquires video streaming startup RayV

RayV's technology will help Yahoo deliver mobile video.

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Public parking app MonkeyParking suspends service in San Francisco

The move comes after a cease-and-desist demand from the city attorney.

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LinkedIn tries again to keep people connected, with a redesigned app

The company's Connected app uses a cards interface to deliver updates on people's contacts

Microsoft settles with No-IP in botnet hunt, after seizing its domains

Microsoft "regrets any inconvenience" caused by service outages, the company said.

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Mt. Gox CEO selling Bitcoins.com, will give some proceeds to burned investors

The domain will go on sale July 24, with an opening bid of $185,000

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Google Glass creator wants something smaller, faster and less awkward

Babak Parviz lays out Google's goals for an improved version of the device.

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Zuckerberg: Basic Internet should be as universal as 911 service

Certain Internet services should be provided for free like some phone services, according to Facebook's CEO.