Zach MinersIDG News Service

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

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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.

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Netflix warns ISPs against 'draconian' response after net neutrality ruling

The company said it would vigorously protest higher fees.

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Wearables, connected homes to spur surge in data sharing by 2017, Gartner says

Wearables and 'smart' appliances are driving the trend.

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Some tech firms say Obama's surveillance plan is thin on details

Companies like Mozilla, Google and Facebook wanted more answers in the president's speech

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Obama's surveillance reform speech invokes history for context

The president sought to provide context for why spying is needed, as he called for changes in government practices

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100 American Eagle stores, hungry for data, will ping shoppers' phones

An integration with Shopkick will send deals to people's smartphones at the front entrance.

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Appeals court lets class-action status stand in Silicon Valley collusion case

The suit alleges companies including Google and Apple suppressed wages by agreeing not to hire each other's workers.

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Kanye West sues Amazon, others in massive digital currency smackdown

Efforts to launch the digital currency Coinye appear to be abandoned

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Seeing more ads on Twitter? It might depend on who you are

Users have privacy options to turn the feature off, the social network said.

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Facebook to gain street cred in Russia, with help from Yandex

Public posts from Facebook users overseas will start appearing within Yandex's search results

New software tools help developers create Bitcoin-friendly Android apps

A new SDK lets Android developers easily accept Bitcoin payments in their apps

Why Google paid $3.2 billion for Nest's smart thermostats

The deal gives Google a stronger footing in the emerging world of the connected home

Google buys smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion

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Google stands to gain a massive stream of new data about people's daily habits.

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Sleepy at the wheel wearing Google Glass? Now there's an app for that

"OK Glass, keep me awake," users can say. However, the DriveSafe app is still in beta.