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Yahoo won’t be selling Alibaba stake after all

Yahoo won’t be selling Alibaba stake after all

Yahoo might be in deep financial trouble, but it might not be so desperate yet so as to divest itself of what remains of its core businesses and assets. Caving into pressure from investors because of the potential tax repercussions, Yahoo has revealed that it is no longer looking into selling its Alibaba stakes, currently valued at $30 billion, despite strong indications that it wanted to do so. Instead, it will simply focus on creating a new company that will hold it as well as its remaining assets.

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Verizon’s open to the idea of buying Yahoo

Verizon’s open to the idea of buying Yahoo

Yahoo’s board has reportedly been in talks about the future of the company, and that future could involve a big sale. Whether it comes to that is yet to be seen, as Yahoo hasn’t provided any official statement on the matter. Verizon, however, is open to the idea of acquiring Yahoo if the latter company decides to sell and, more importantly, if the "deal made sense” for the service provider.

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Yahoo Messenger revamp counts on GIFs and regrets

Yahoo Messenger revamp counts on GIFs and regrets

Remember Yahoo Messenger? Since the answer may very well be no, Yahoo has a problem, and it's hoping a shiny new version will fix it. Launched today, the new Yahoo Messenger has both smartphone versions for iOS and Android, as well as a browser interface and integration with Yahoo Mail.

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Yahoo tipped in talks to sell its Internet business

Yahoo tipped in talks to sell its Internet business

Yahoo is looking into selling its core business, according to sources who have cropped up. The company is reportedly planning to hold a “series of meetings” starting tomorrow to discuss the plan and the options that are available. The meetings will run through Friday, according to the sources, and will reportedly include talk about whether Yahoo should “spin off its investment in Alibaba,” sell its web properties, or do both of those things.

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Yahoo Mail obstructing AdBlock users from signing in [UPDATE: Statement]

Yahoo Mail obstructing AdBlock users from signing in [UPDATE: Statement]

It seems another big web company is taking steps to circumvent ad-blocking software, this time by preventing users from getting at their email. A growing number of AdBlock Plus users are reporting that Yahoo Mail is preventing them from signing in to the service unless they disable the browser plugin. Seeing as how Yahoo, and its email service, are fairly dependent on advertisements that display on their webpages, they could be among the businesses concerned about the rapid rise in the use of ad-blockers.

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Yahoo updates image search with Flickr results

Yahoo updates image search with Flickr results

Yahoo has updated its image search engine to include images from Flickr, its image-hosting website. You’ll have to be logged into your Yahoo account, which will pull up personalized Flickr results when searching for an image on Yahoo. This will include some of your own images on Flickr, and images from other people, such as users you follow and top photos on the image service.

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Yahoo strikes up a search advertising deal with Google

Yahoo strikes up a search advertising deal with Google

Rivals make strange bedfellows, but that is exactly what's in store for Yahoo and Google, now a unit of the larger Alphabet company. Practically conceding defeat in its native advertising business, Yahoo has inked a deal that will let it earn an percentage of revenue harvested from ads that are displayed on its site. This mirrors a similar deal Yahoo made with Microsoft, who, of course, owns a rivaling Bing search business, leaving Yahoo with very little room of its own in that market segment.

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Yahoo updates email apps with third-party account support, no passwords

Yahoo updates email apps with third-party account support, no passwords

Yahoo has just announced a big update to its email apps on all platforms, including desktop, iOS and Android. Among the changes are a refreshed user interface, the ability to use multiple email accounts, including non-Yahoo services, brand new mobile apps, and the elimination of passwords for more secure sign-ins. The new iOS and Android apps are rolling out globally to their respective app marketplaces, and Yahoo says today's changes are about making email easier and faster to use.

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Yahoo Mail update adds event and package reminders

Yahoo Mail update adds event and package reminders

Yahoo Mail has received a much needed update, with Yahoo adding in new event reminders and package reminders to help users remember when they have something going on. Yahoo has added in visual information on events and packages that are being shipped, as well as informative notifications that include pertinent details, such as the time of the event. The information includes things like shipment tracking shortcuts, and links to the original email in which the rest of the data resides.

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Yahoo’s ads spread malware via hackers, vulnerable Flash

Yahoo’s ads spread malware via hackers, vulnerable Flash

Yahoo was recently hit by hackers who used its advertisements to deliver malware to an unspecified number of visitors on several of its own websites, it has been revealed. The malware campaign carried on for a full 7-day week before Yahoo, having been alerted by the researchers who discovered it, took it down. Yahoo says it is investigating the matter, and though it has not revealed how many people were affected, it said through a spokesperson that the initial reports "grossly misrepresented" the scale of the attack.

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Yahoo to acquire social shopping service Polyvore

Yahoo to acquire social shopping service Polyvore

Yahoo is gobbling up businesses, and there’s no sign of that slowing down. The latest among its business deals is an agreement to buy the social shopping website Polyvore. The details of the upcoming acquisition’s financial terms were not given, and the deal is said to be subject to certain unspecified closing conditions. Polyvore’s co-founder Jess Lee praised the deal, saying, “I’m delighted to join Yahoo.” Polyvore's service will keep operating after the Yahoo acquisition goes through.

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Yahoo officially outs Livetext, a messaging app with silent videos

Yahoo officially outs Livetext, a messaging app with silent videos

In New York today, Yahoo officially announced a new messaging app for iOS and Android called Livetext. While the app was quietly released in Hong Kong and Taiwan earlier this month for testing, this launch marks its debut in the US, Canada, France, Germany, and the UK. At first glance, Livetext seems to be Yahoo's take on rebuilding its old Messenger service with the Tumblr and Snapchat generation in mind, as the app focuses on a mix text messages and videos with no sound, much like ever-present GIFs.

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