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AltaVista search engine shutting down next week

AltaVista search engine shutting down next week

Before there were the Google, Bing, and Yahoo search engines, there was AltaVista. Launching in 1995, the search engine became wildly popular, but as Google launched and other big companies followed suit with their own search engines, AltaVista quickly fell behind. However, Yahoo (who owns AltaVista) will be shutting down the classic search engine on July 8.

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Yahoo to shutdown a dozen services by September

Yahoo to shutdown a dozen services by September

As the latest of many changes that have been made to Yahoo! under CEO Marissa Mayer's reign, the company announced via Tumblr that it will be shutting down a dozen services over the new few months, with the last one going down on September 28. This move in part removes services that have received little attention in modern times - some of them perhaps being unknown to most of Internet users - while others are more known. Regardless, the purpose is to do away with the old and draw the company's users towards a more cohesive, modern Yahoo!.

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FTC tells search engines to better distinguish ads from results

FTC tells search engines to better distinguish ads from results

Whether you use Google or Yahoo! or some other search engine entirely, you've likely found yourself at some point clicking on a link, believing it to be a search result, only to be taken to what is obviously an advertisement, feeling annoyed all the while. This has become a more common problem over time as design changes make it harder to tell what results are money-backed, and in light of such the FTC is telling companies to make sure the distinction is clear.

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Yahoo account recycling identity theft fears downplayed

Yahoo account recycling identity theft fears downplayed

Yahoo has dismissed fears of hacking and impersonation after it deactivates dormant user accounts, arguing that the risk of identity theft is incredibly low. The company announced last week that it would be culling those accounts not used for twelve months, prompting concerns that new sign-ups with recycled names could go on to "borrow" the personality of the old account owner. That, Yahoo tells Reuters, is something the company is "going to extraordinary lengths" to prevent.

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Tumblr media director quits, second big departure after Yahoo acquisition

Tumblr media director quits, second big departure after Yahoo acquisition

Making this the second big departure for Tumblr in just a few weeks, the company's media director Mark Coatney (one of the initial employees at Tumblr) has announced that he's resigning from his role at Tumblr. He didn't say what his future plans were, other than that he has "a hungry baby to feed," but he's currently open to starting projects in the future and is taking suggestions.

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Yahoo! reveals law enforcement data request numbers

Yahoo! reveals law enforcement data request numbers

On June 11, Google made public a letter it sent to the Attorney General and the FBI requesting permission to include FISA and similar data requests in it Transparency Report. A couple days later, Facebook and Microsoft revealed aggregated government data request numbers, followed soon after by other companies. Now Yahoo! has revealed its own numbers.

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Yahoo cleaning house, will deactivate inactive accounts after a year

Yahoo cleaning house, will deactivate inactive accounts after a year

It's hard to get a clean username anymore when signing up for a service, especially if it's a fairly popular service, like Twitter or Yahoo. Speaking of that, though, Yahoo has announced that it'll be doing a bit of spring cleaning on all of its accounts, deactivating the ones that have been inactive for a year or longer.

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Yahoo updates search with Google-like redesign

Yahoo updates search with Google-like redesign

With Google's dominance in the search engine realm, it's hard to compete, but Yahoo's trying their best and they think a redesign will do the trick. The company outed a new look for their search page in the US, claiming that it "puts your results front and center," getting rid of a bit of clutter and introducing a new Google-like navigation bar at the top.

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Tumblr creative director quits after Yahoo acquisition

Tumblr creative director quits after Yahoo acquisition

Could it be that the recent Yahoo acquisition of Tumblr rubbed some people the wrong way? Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said that they wouldn't screw it up, but sometimes you can't make everyone happy. It turns out that Tumblr's creative director and one of the company's first employees, Jacob Bijani, is stepping down from his post.

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Tumblr Sponsored Posts hit web with dollar-sign icon

Tumblr Sponsored Posts hit web with dollar-sign icon

This week Tumblr has begun to roll out sponsored posts beyond their mobile application environment. While back on the 22nd of April Tumblr brought advertisements to smartphones, users working with their desktop computers and browsing their Dashboard with a web browser will see the same thing. Because the Yahoo buyout of Tumblr was announced so very recently, it's likely this move was scheduled well ahead of said acquisition.

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Yahoo News and certain other media companies must acquire license in Singapore

Yahoo News and certain other media companies must acquire license in Singapore

Some locations have requirements for media companies above others, with one of them being Singapore. Starting June 1, certain companies are going to have to seek out an individual license as set forth by the Media Development Authority, otherwise known as the MDA. Such a requirement will only be applied to companies that meet both of two requirements, however.

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Yahoo Hulu acquisition rumored for $800m bid

Yahoo Hulu acquisition rumored for $800m bid

After we recently heard about the possibility of Yahoo buying out Hulu, more information is surfacing revealing that Yahoo is said to be paying somewhere between $600 million and $800 million for the streaming service. This range is based on different options that Yahoo has laid out for Hulu, including the length of licenses and how much control content creators will still have.

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