Facebook loosens grip – allows users to customize news feeds … within reason 0:44

New controls allow Facebook users to customize the composition of their news feeds. Set to debut on iOS first, they signal a reversal for the social network, which has historically favored behavioral algorithms to recommend…

Sexist search? Google less likely to show women high-paying job ads than men

According to a new study, women are less likely than men to be shown ads for high-paying jobs. “In particular, [they] found that males were shown ads encouraging the seeking of coaching services for high paying jobs more than females.”

Update: Facebook has no plans to develop music streaming service

Contrary to an earlier report, Facebook will not launch a music streaming service. The social media giant does plan on integrating an ad-supported music video platform on the service, though.
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Showtime standalone streaming debuts on multiple devices, offers Hulu discount 0:30

CBS's a la carte Showtime service launches on Apple devices, Roku, PlayStation Vue, and on the web today. The service will cost $11 per month, without a cable or satellite subscription, and even offers a discount of $2 per month…

YouTube star PewDiePie said to have made a whopping $7 million in 2014

Ever tried to make some money on YouTube? PewDiePie gave it a go, and now he's raking in millions of dollars annually. The YouTube star, who's scored nearly 10 billion views in five years, has made a living out of recordings of…

Microsoft unveils Groove, a rebrand of Xbox Music set to launch alongside Windows 10

Microsoft has unveiled Groove, a rebrand of the company's Xbox Music service set to launch alongside Windows 10. It'll ship with a new app, but notably without an ad-supported listening tier.

There is free Wi-Fi at the top of Japan’s highest mountain

Japan's free Wi-Fi services are about to reach new heights with the launch of hotspots along Mount Fuji's hiking trails. The new service is aimed primarily at foreign travelers, thousands of whom visit each year to climb the nation's…

Former DEA agent pleads guilty to extorting $700,000 in Bitcoin

Definitely a sad way to end a successful career in the DEA, agent Carl M. Force will be sent to prison for up to twenty years for his role in extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars in Bitcoin.

“We screwed up,” Reddit CEO Ellen Pao admits in an apology post

Reddit CEO Ellen Pao is offering an abject apology for the series of grievances faithful Reddit users have leveled against her. In a Reddit post of her own, Pao acknowledged, "We screwed up."

Microsoft unveils a redesigned Bing Maps for the Web

Microsoft has unveiled Bing Maps Preview, a redesign of its mapping service for the Web. It features a bevy of improvements, among them trip planning tools and interface improvements.

Amazon’s new Prime Day celebration promises ‘more deals than Black Friday’ 1:52

Amazon's celebrating its 20th birthday with a special day of sales that promises "more deals than Black Friday." In truth, it looks like a shrewd move to boost its Prime membership numbers, though existing members may well find an…

Weekly Rewind: Netflix tax, iPhone 5C leaks, and more

It can be challenging to keep track of everything that happens in the tech world. That's why we have compiled a list of the top 10 tech stories from this week -- just for you.