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NSA secretly taps Google, Yahoo data transmission worldwide

NSA secretly taps Google, Yahoo data transmission worldwide

The National Security Agency, in conjunction with England's NSA counterpart Government Communications Headquarters, has been secretly intercepting Google and Yahoo data transmissions around the world, according to a new analysis of the Snowden documents. The documents show how the two spy agencies can cooperate to send copies of customer records en masse to the NSA's data centers at Fort Meade. Intercepted records include email addresses, personal identities, and even the contents of private messages flowing between and among Americans and all other nationalities. The interceptions are within the bounds of current US law because they occur at points outside US soil.

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Yahoo denied request to delay Bing search partnership in Hong Kong, Taiwan

Yahoo denied request to delay Bing search partnership in Hong Kong, Taiwan

Yahoo has been denied a request to delay Microsoft's Bing search in Taiwan, something that is required under a partnership the company has with Microsoft. The reason cited was the upcoming Microsoft CEO shift, with Yahoo's CEO Mayer wishing to delay the search in Hong Kong and Taiwan until Microsoft appointed a new chief executive for her to discuss the matter with.

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Yahoo! acquires URL-shortening startup Bread

Yahoo! acquires URL-shortening startup Bread

Bread, a startup that launched back in 2011 offering URL-shortening with a side order of monetization, has announced an acquisition by Yahoo. Such a move comes at a time when the startup was reportedly low on funds and actively pursuing a buyout from a bigger company, and brings with it a 30-day deadline to transition away from the company's shortened links.

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Flickr iOS app update brings auto-upload from Camera Roll

Flickr iOS app update brings auto-upload from Camera Roll

Yahoo appears to finally have gotten with the program with the Flickr app for iOS, allowing this newest update to carry the all-important automatic upload for iOS devices. The iPhone and the iPad can now set Flickr to automatically pull photos from their Camera Roll, uploading on mobile networks or Wi-fi depending on the users preference.

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Yahoo Mail update brings redesign, Mail Plus features, and 1TB storage boost

Yahoo Mail update brings redesign, Mail Plus features, and 1TB storage boost

Yahoo has begun pushing out a redesign for Mail, bringing with it a variety of themes that users will be prompted to choose from upon first logging on after the update arrives. With the design changes come a new compose box, as well, and a storage boost, giving users 1TB of storage. Mail Plus features are now available to free users, but those who want an ad-free experience may not be happy with the change.

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Yahoo receives class action lawsuit over email scanning

Yahoo receives class action lawsuit over email scanning

Serving up advertisements can be tricky business, and depending on how it is achieved, could land companies in hot water. Such was the case with Google earlier this year over issues with email scanning, something that had prompted it to say that emails sent to Gmail addresses had no expectation of privacy. Following a judge's ruling that a case against Google could go forward, Yahoo has found itself hit with a lawsuit over similar actions.

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Yahoo to launch button for rejecting messages intended for previous users

Yahoo to launch button for rejecting messages intended for previous users

Later this week, Yahoo users will receive a new functionality in their inbox, with a button being added titled "Not My Email." As its name suggests, this allows individuals to respond to messages with a simple notification that the intended recipient no longer has the email address, and follows the company's decision this summer to recycle old email addresses.

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Yahoo and Facebook chase US surveillance freedom as Google demands transparency

Yahoo and Facebook chase US surveillance freedom as Google demands transparency

Facebook and Yahoo have petitioned the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for permission to reveal how many personal data requests are made by the government, joining Google and Microsoft in taking a stand against secret snooping. The new suits, which join an amended Google transparency petition the search engine filed today, see Facebook and Yahoo voice concerns that they are unable to give any greater detail on what user information is disclosed in the name of national security than the raw overall numbers.

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Yahoo releases first transparency report, details government-originating requests

Yahoo releases first transparency report, details government-originating requests

The topic of government intrusion into the public's privacy via the technological underpinning of modern life has been a frequent headline this year, and as more information surfaced many tech companies felt the pressure from their users. Yahoo! has been vocal about its opposition to government intrusion, and today has announced its first transparency report complete with government data request numbers.

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NSA paid millions to Google, Facebook for PRISM participation

NSA paid millions to Google, Facebook for PRISM participation

More information was revealed today about how the National Security Agency (NSA) obtained information about U.S. private citizens. According to The Washington Post, leaked court documents show that the NSA paid tech companies like Google and Facebook millions of dollars to participate in their PRISM surveillance program.

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Yahoo reclaims top web property spot from Google in ComScore US report

Yahoo reclaims top web property spot from Google in ComScore US report

For the first time in over two years, Yahoo came in at number on on ComScore's list of Top 50 US Web Properties. The list, which was just released today, is a bit of a surprise, as Yahoo hasn't claimed the top position since May 2011. While initial speculation made it seem like the acquisition of Tumblr had something to do with this boost, that is not the case.

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Yahoo acquires Rockmelt: apps close shop on August 31

Yahoo acquires Rockmelt: apps close shop on August 31

In its latest in a long line of acquisitions this year, Yahoo has acquired the web browser technology group Rockmelt. While this news does not affect the way that Rockmelt works right this minute as a web browser up for download on multiple platforms, it does spell trouble for those hoping for Rockmelt-centric development in the near future. Instead you'll see technological advancements from this team entering Yahoo environments.

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