Zach MinersIDG News Service

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

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The real 'fire' in Amazon's smartphone? A shopping spree

Amazon's Fire smartphone is more a retail device than a phone.

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Will full encryption sideline Google's targeted ads?

Mining personal data to deliver targeted ads is the lifeblood of Google's business -- and of many other online firms. But what if that data dries up at the source?

Pinterest ramps up location search

The new tool is faster and better at predicting users' intentions, the company said.

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PayPal launches 'PassPort' site to help merchants seize a growing overseas market

The site includes country-specific information, including shopping customs

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Google pays $500 million to buy satellite maker Skybox Imaging

New geographic data could find its way into Google apps.

PayPal chief joins Facebook to strengthen mobile messaging

Facebook is looking to build new messaging experiences for its apps

Facebook to launch Slingshot, yet another photo messaging app

The new app focused on sharing everyday moments will launch soon, Facebook says.

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US regulator keen on driverless cars, but urges caution around safety

A federal highway safety representative is generally excited about the technology

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Apple Maps search may get personal, and much better, thanks to Spotsetter

Apple has reportedly acquired Spotsetter, a social search and mapping startup, after the service said that it had closed down.

Google reveals $1,000 Project Tango tablet for seeing in 3-D

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Developers can sign up to be notified of the upcoming sale of the $1,024 device

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Tinder takes a page from Snapchat, offering vanishing photos

The dating app is now allowing users to post photos that disappear after 24 hours.

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Amazon teases launch of mysterious device with 50-second video

Some kind of 3-D device -- perhaps the long-rumored smartphone -- may launch later this month

Google, in promoting encryption, calls out Microsoft and Comcast

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Google is releasing new data about how services encrypt email in transit

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Instagram loads up on editing effects in major update

Ten new editing tools are coming to the app on iOS and Android.

Google writes a poem to herald Chromebooks in 9 new countries

The laptops are coming to New Zealand, Mexico and other countries, Google said Monday.