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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Nest thermostat retooled with a bigger display, furnace monitoring

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 restructures, naming parent company Alphabet

Alphabet will also house Google's advanced X labs, and health sciences projects

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Nest, Amazon and their IoT ilk spark privacy concerns

A privacy group is calling for an investigation by the U.S. FTC and DOJ

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Jay Z tries to grow Tidal with a desktop app

Students can also get a discount on the paid music streaming service.

Android and the Internet of Things

At Google I/O, Android may push deeper into the home

A new version of the mobile OS is said to target low-power devices with little memory.


Jay Z's Tidal doubles down on streaming for audiophiles

Tidal offers CD-quality streaming music across mobile and the desktop.

Facebook extends Parse to support Internet of Things apps

Facebook steps into the connected-home arena

The social networking company extends Parse, a collection of back-end development tools, outside developers to build apps that interface with connected-home devices such as garage-door openers.

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Google more than doubles free music storage in the cloud

Google Play Music users can now upload up to 50,000 songs for free, more than doubling what they could previously.

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Netflix said to be developing a live-action 'Legend of Zelda' series

Netflix is working closely with Nintendo on the series, according to a Wall Street Journal report

Hands-on with Neil Young's Pono music player

Detecting the supposed higher quality of sound in the new music player and companion music store can be a mind-twisting experience

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Google's Nest thermostat becomes a faster learner with major software update

The update helps the device become more aware of how people use it and adjust automatically to fit customer needs.

Your online TV watching is now being tracked across devices

A partnership between Adobe and Nielsen gives broadcasters detailed viewing data

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Google buys 'smart' spoon maker Lift Labs

Lift Labs makes a mechanical spoon for people with neurodegenerative diseases.

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Paid YouTube Music service could be a gateway drug to other Google offerings

Premium content, not a lack of ads, might be the real draw

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Yahoo acquires video streaming startup RayV

RayV's technology will help Yahoo deliver mobile video.