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Researchers reveal 3 devious ways online trackers shatter your privacy and follow your digital footsteps

The use of such tracking tools may be unknown to most users, according to a research paper

on pcworld.com

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How e-hail app Hailo is playing by the rules to take on Uber and Lyft

We sat down with Hailo’s Kevin Hatfield to talk about ridesharing, surge-pricing, and winning over New York.

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Twitter tweaking Direct Messages for easier use across devices

Private conversations will fully sync across devices -- except for the messages you delete.

Verizon FiOS getting faster uploads to match download speeds

Now's the perfect time for Verizon to generate some good will.

on pcworld.com

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Uber’s on-demand ice cream delivery returns Friday

The company is expanding its popular stunt to 144 cities around the world for one day only.

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Twitter and Facebook see a bright future for in-the-moment spending

Both companies are looking at new services around shopping and promotions.

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Facebook tests 'buy' button to let users make purchases from their feeds

Users can buy products directly from their news feeds from select advertisers, the company says.

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Airbnb wants you to think of belonging, not eviction, when you see its new logo

The company is trying to remake its image—literally—in the wake of legal scuffles in NYC and San Francisco.

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Dead in Japan? Yahoo Ending has everything you need

Yahoo Japan's end-of-life portal covers everything from online data to cremation.

Yahoo’s revenue slumps on weak ad sales

Yahoo reported falling sales in the second quarter and mixed results in its critical advertising business.

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Google nixes real-name policy for Google+

Since the social network's inception, Google had required that people use their real names in profiles, but that's changing now.

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Yahoo revenue drops as ad business flounders

The company has to work faster to make up for the drop, CEO Marissa Mayer says

on pcworld.com

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Lyft's brand of ride-sharing might not fly in New York City

Regulators consider Lyft's peer-to-peer model a violation of city regulations on for-hire car services.

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Seattle city council legalizes Uber, Lyft, Sidecar without caps

Previously, Seattle had put limits on the number of cars allowed on the road. But the city's mayor brokered a deal with taxi operators, legislators, and ride-sharing companies.

Internet giants press for net neutrality in FCC filing

Strong net neutrality rules should keep the Internet open, dynamic and spontaneous for all, the companies said.

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Rap Genius is now just 'Genius,' wants to annotate all the things

Rap Genuis changes its name to reflect its broader mission, and announces some new goodies for bloggers and Web developers.