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Social messaging apps cost mobile companies $14 billion

Social messaging apps cost mobile companies $14 billion

If you used Google Talk, Facebook Chat, imo, or any other data-based social messaging platform on your phone, congratulations. You helps reduce the pockets of mobile providers by nearly $14 billion. That's the number that analytics group Ovum came up with, saying the rise of instant messaging apps is killing what is one of the highest margin line items on any cell phone bill. And it isn't just text messaging. New apps that allow users to place calls without using any plan minutes are also on the rise.

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Yahoo’s CORE makes news hyper personal

Yahoo’s CORE makes news hyper personal

Yahoo is offering a way for users to check out the news that's most relevant to them not based on the category of content or type of publication but based on where they live, what their gender is, and how old they are. It's called the Content Optimization and Relevance Engine, or CORE. The powerful algorithms shed insight not only to what other people like you are watching, but also what kind of information advertisers look at when they target you.

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Facebook and Google agree to Indian censorship demands

Facebook and Google agree to Indian censorship demands

Facebook and Google have deleted content in India after the Delhi High Court ordered them to remove what's been described as material offensive to Muslims, Hindus and Christians. The contentious religious content spread on Facebook, ZDNet reports, and was discoverable through Google searching, a private complaint alleged back in December, and could "corrupt minds", resulting in higher court justice  Suresh Kait threatening China-style blocking if the sites did not comply with take-down requests.

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DMARC: Facebook, Google, Microsoft & more team on anti-phishing

DMARC: Facebook, Google, Microsoft & more team on anti-phishing

Google, Microsoft, PayPal, Facebook and other big names have announced a new anti-spam and phishing project, DMARC.org, creating a new system for email authentication that promises to learn from past attacks. "Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance" will use "a feedback loop between legitimate email senders and receivers to make impersonation more difficult" and, the companies hope, will eventually be adopted by the IETF as a standard.

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Yahoo mobile apps taken down, no one notices

Yahoo mobile apps taken down, no one notices

Yahoo! Meme, Yahoo! Mim, Yahoo! AppSpot, Yahoo! Deals, Yahoo! Shopping, and Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search have all been removed from Apple's App Store. And if you're like most people, you never even looked at these apps in the first place. That's exactly the point. It's part of Yahoo's strategy to rebuild its mobile presence from the ground up.

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Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang resigns from board

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang resigns from board

Yahoo has announced that co-founder and former CEO Jerry Yang has resigned from its Board of Directors. Yang has also resigned from all other positions with the company, specifically from the boards of Yahoo Japan and Alibaba. The resignation is effective today and sees Yang leaving the company he co-founded nearly 17 years ago.

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Bing buoyant as Google search suffers further investigation

Bing buoyant as Google search suffers further investigation

Microsoft's Bing search engine has overtaken Yahoo! search, digital tracker comScore reports, though the gap between it and Google's increasingly noticeable market dominance continues to grow. Bing had 15.1-percent of the core US search market in December 2011, the stat company says, putting it 0.7-percent ahead of Yahoo!'s falling share. However, Google rose 0.5-points to 65.9-percent, responsible for two thirds of the 18.2bn US searches made, and faces calls for FTC investigation for potential antitrust behavior.

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Ooma HD2 adds Facebook and Google contacts sync to VoIP phone

Ooma HD2 adds Facebook and Google contacts sync to VoIP phone

VoIP company Ooma has launched a new handset for its Telo phone system, the Ooma HD2, with Facebook, Google and Yahoo! integration to sync contacts and show picture caller ID. The new handset has a 2-inch color display and HD Voice for improved in-call audio quality; however it's the fact that you can sign into your social networking or contacts accounts and pull over the addressbook that most people will be keen on.

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