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Kindle Fire owners get free access to Washington Post

The Washington Post announced a new app on Thursday that gives Amazon Fire tablet users free online access to the paper.

Where Paul McCartney, virtual reality and a 3D camera collide

Sir Paul McCartney is sitting less than five feet from me at a grand piano, singing his 1973 hit "Live and Let Die." When I turn my head to the right, his drummer is about six feet away. If I swivel 90 degrees, I can see the production crew hoisting cameras and running power cords behind the...

Honk app gets tow trucks for drivers lacking roadside coverage

For those who can’t summon a tow truck through the company that made their vehicle, their motor club or their insurance provider, a number of apps are providing a hand.

Uber: As drivers get perks, riders losing patience on privacy snafus

Negative news about ride-hailing service Uber continues to mount. Uber said Wednesday that an executive in New York City was under investigation for allegedly tracking a journalist's journey without her consent.

Facebook launches Groups app and FB Techwire

Facebook wants to help you organize your social circles and keep up with technology news – but not necessarily at the same time. The social media giant on Tuesday announced the launch of two separate products: Groups, a feature it has broken off from its website into a standalone app, and...

Uber can't sweep exec's revenge campaign under the car mat

Consumers, by and large, are trusting online companies to handle their personal data with at least a modicum of respect and privacy. That attitude could change in a flash — just ask Target.

'Facebook at Work' looks to compete with Microsoft Office, others

Facebook could soon compete with Microsoft Office, LinkedIn and Google Drive on workplace collaboration tools, according to a company source who was not authorized to speak on the matter.

Snapchat's Snapcash feature lets users send money via Square

First, it was photos then video text. Now, add money to the list of things people can send to each other via the Snapchat app.

Shots celebrates 1-year anniversary; photo app has millions of users

When John Shahidi and his brother, Sam, set out to make Shots, a photo sharing app, their primary focus was on making it a bully-free, safe haven for users -- and it appears they've succeeded.

Spotify partners with Uber to enable your soundtrack to follow you

In a deal with Uber announced Monday, the music-streaming service Spotify will let paid subscribers queue up a personal playlist on their smartphone and expect their tracks to be playing when they climb into the car.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel says first ads did well without targeting

Countering critics in the advertising industry, Snapchat’s chief executive said that the first two ads on the content-sharing app have been very effective.

Facebook changes News Feed to show fewer promotional page posts

The latest change made to Facebook’s News Feed comes not off the back of complaints about paid advertising, but off page posts that “feel too promotional,” according to an update on the Facebook blog.

Twitter bonds rated as junk

A day after announcing plans to increase the growth of its user base, Twitter received a junk rating on its bonds from the independent credit risk ratings service Standard and Poor’s.

Reddit's chief executive resigns, co-founder returns to helm

Reddit's chief executive, Yishan Wong, has resigned after 2-1/2 years with the company, the online media powerhouse announced Thursday.

Facebook simplifies privacy policy

Facebook has simplified and shortened its privacy policy by more than two thirds in hopes of getting its 1.35 billion users to read and understand how it targets advertisements to them.

Outlook grim for U.S. consumer tablet market as holidays draw near

The U.S. tablet market posted an 8% decline in revenue during the back-to-school season, leaving the once-thriving product category in a tough spot as the holidays draw near. 

Lyft launches corporate ride-sharing program to compete with Uber

Lyft, the ride-sharing service best known for the fluffy pink mustache its drivers attach to their vehicles’ grills, Thursday announced its move into corporate accounts with Lyft for Work. Companies will be able to buy Lyft credits employees can use commuting to and from work and...

Google gets new hearing in 'Innocence of Muslims' copyright case

Google Inc. will head back to federal appeals court over a controversial decision that forced the Internet giant to take down an anti-Muslim video earlier this year.

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