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NSA and FBI reportedly pulling data directly from Google, Microsoft and more [UPDATE]

NSA and FBI reportedly pulling data directly from Google, Microsoft and more [UPDATE]

Yesterday, it was revealed that a secret court order initiated by the FBI strong-armed Verizon into handing over detailed phone records of millions of US consumers to the NSA. Such an action made it obvious that other activities of a similar nature are likely taking place, something confirmed today by The Washington Post, which says it has acquired a "top-secret document" showing the NSA and FBI pulling detailed content from central servers of nine major US companies.

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AOL shuts down its entire music division

AOL shuts down its entire music division

AOL has announced that it will be shutting down its entire music division. AOL's music division had been struggling for quite some time, especially since most users opt for more popular music services like Spotify and Pandora. However, AOL Music had stood its ground longer than other similar music services, such as MSN Music and Yahoo Music, both of which shut down in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

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Yahoo appoints former AOL exec as new Global Public Privacy head

Yahoo appoints former AOL exec as new Global Public Privacy head

Yahoo has just appointed Tekedra N. Mawakana as its Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Global Public Policy. Mawakana used to be the Senior Vice President of Pubic Policy and Deputy General Counsel at AOL, where she worked for around 12 years. At her new position, she will be working together with industry and government agencies to work on global governmental affairs and help develop policy initiatives.

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Xbox LIVE explodes with video apps including Vimeo, Crunchyroll, and AOL On

Xbox LIVE explodes with video apps including Vimeo, Crunchyroll, and AOL On

It's not every day that the folks responsible for the Xbox LIVE app environment release so many items at once, and certainly not so many high-profile names as these. What we've got here is a fabulous list of additions to the Xbox LIVE lineup starting with Vimeo - finally you'll be able to have that one big YouTube alternative that makes your videos look just a little bit more refined than the competition - so smooth!

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AOL Alto wrestles your email into order

AOL Alto wrestles your email into order

Entrusting AOL with your email sounds like something best left for the 90s, but the company hopes that its cross-platform management client Alto will bring you back into the fold. Designed to bring existing Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, .Mac, and .me email accounts into some semblance of order, Alto organizes messages into cloud based "stacks" that can be themed by sender, recipients, keywords, or other factors, mimicking the way people traditionally sort through their physical mail.

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Google makes small gains in latest comScore search rankings

Google makes small gains in latest comScore search rankings

Analytics firm comScore has delivered its latest search engine rankings, and it probably isn't going to surprise you at all to hear that, for the month of September, Google remained the reigning king. The big G actually enjoyed a 0.3 percentage increase from August to September, climbing from 66.4% explicit search share to 66.7%. Others enjoyed small gains too, including Ask, which was up 0.3% itself, from 3.5% share to 3.8%.

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Nokia Lumia lineup grabs Entrance by AOL entertainment hub on AT&T

Nokia Lumia lineup grabs Entrance by AOL entertainment hub on AT&T

The Nokia Lumia lineup of devices have gotten a boost in the entertainment department as AT&T and Nokia team up to bring on an entertainment hub called Entrance by AOL. This hub will bring AOL Music, Moviefone, and "The Huffington Post Entertainment" together in an experience made specifically for Lumia smartphones. This environment will bring 55,000 SHOUTcast radio stations and free music album streaming via AOL Music, breaking news from across the entertainment industry, and Movifone's on-device movie search.

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Facebook’s patent purchases simplified

Facebook’s patent purchases simplified

It was revealed today by Facebook that they'd be picking up nearly 1,000 patents, patent applications, and licenses for patents from Microsoft, the latter company having purchased these and more from AOL last year. Facebook's renewed search and purchase mission this spring, it should be no secret, comes amid their current spat with Yahoo over patents both companies say the other has infringed. Facebook's purchase of patents today from Microsoft is said to be a continuation of a deal that was forged last year when it was Microsoft who picked up an "all or nothing" package from AOL for $1 billion USD.

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