Zach Miners

U.S. Correspondent

Zach Miners covers social networking, search, and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

Firefox coming to iOS this year, Mozilla says

LinkedIn spruces up messaging ... and adds GIFs and emojis

LinkedIn spruces up messaging ... and adds GIFs and emojis

Buttoned down LinkedIn is adding a touch of modern to its messaging client, streamlining its design while also adding support for digital media like stickers, emojis and GIFs.

Nest thermostat gets bigger display, can monitor furnace health

Nest thermostat gets bigger display, can monitor furnace health

Google's Nest division is releasing a new version of its thermostat that has a bigger display and is a little smarter than its predecessor.

Google to expand tests of self-driving cars in Austin with its own prototypes

Google to expand tests of self-driving cars in Austin with its own prototypes

Google will for the first time take its marshmallow-shaped self-driving car beyond its home turf in California and onto the streets of Austin, Texas.

Uber failed to screen out criminals from its drivers, prosecutors say

Uber has failed to screen out criminals from its drivers, prosecutors allege, including 25 drivers who had been convicted of crimes including murder, sex offenses, kidnapping, and assault.

Google's Project Ara phone failed the drop test

Google has to find a new way to secure the modules in its modular phone known as Ara, because the device failed the drop test.

Google releases stylish $199 Wi-Fi router meant to be shown off

Google is giving the ugly Wi-Fi router a makeover, with its own device the company claims is easier to use.

Google delays Project Ara testing to 2016

Google is delaying initial testing for its modular smartphone, known as Project Ara, to 2016.

Mozilla tests a true stealth mode for Firefox

A new tool in prebeta is designed to block browser tracking across sites

Apple, Intel cite gains in hiring women and minorities

Since January, Apple said nearly half of its U.S. hires were women, black, Hispanic or Native American

Google's Niantic Labs to become independent company

The developer of mobile game Ingress will go solo as it aims to reach bigger audiences

Twitter drops 140-character limit for direct messages

The new character limit is 10,000, roughly seven times the length of the article below

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