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Sidecar and Lyft switch from donations to minimum fares in California

Sidecar says it's introducing minimum fares and rival service Lyft is reportedly making the move away from donation-based fares, too.

Facebook's redesigned Messenger takes aim at WhatsApp, Snapchat

Users don't have to be Facebook friends to message each other with the new app.

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Next-gen HTTP 2.0 protocol will require HTTPS encryption (most of the time)

The future of the Web is encryption, though there are still some technical details to work out.

Bing's music video search gets visual with hover-over previews and more contextual results

Hover-over previews now let you blare your tunes from directly within Bing's search results.

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Beware scammers gathering data via fake social net IDs

Spear phishing is one of the most effective ways to break into a corporate network, and recent studies show that employees can be easily tricked on social media.

Ad group urges self-regulation to balance privacy, promos

New polling from the Digital Advertising Alliance highlights the importance of guidelines to limit Web companies' online tracking.

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Beehive ID advises who's real and who's an Internet fake

Dear Internet bots and sockpuppets: Your days are numbered, because the Beehive ID service is out to spot the frauds online.

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Gogo adds voice calls, texting support to in-flight service

Passengers in flight could make voice calls and exchange text messages using a new service from Gogo, but that doesn't mean your seatmate will be able to blab all through your next flight.

"We have to make surveillance expensive again" says Bruce Schneier

The ongoing revelations of governmental electronic spying point to a problem larger than NSA malfeasance.

Silk Road drug marketplace rises from the grave after legal smackdown

The Silk Road online marketplace has resurfaced.

New bug bounty program wants to make the whole Internet safer

A new bug bounty program sponsored by Microsoft and Facebook will reward security researchers for finding and reporting vulnerabilities in widely used software that have the potential to affect a large number of Internet users.

Biz Stone's Jelly app 'very close' to launching

The mysterious company now has a permanent office space in San Francisco, as its app -- free for iOS and Android -- is about to launch.

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Google+ gains new controls to give business users more privacy

New 'restricted communities' are designed to let companies share information securely.

123456: Millions of Adobe hack victims used horrible passwords

A security researcher has poured through file dumps of leaked Adobe password info, and surprise! Millions of people use utterly atrocious passwords.

Google introduces Helpouts to connect experts with advice-seekers via video

Google has launched a new tool that connects people with experts over live interactive video for free or paid advice, while adding a revenue stream for the company in the form of transaction fees from providers.