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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 1/31/14: 5 stories you’d better have a look at

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 1/31/14: 5 stories you’d better have a look at

While we're all about watching the technology universe to deliver you news here at SlashGear essentially round-the-clock, we certainly don't expect you the reader to have eyes-peeled all day and night. That's why we're delivering you the most important - or most far-reaching - news bits from over the past 12 hours or so here, in one easy-to-digest capsule. Today's journey begins with a bit of a Yahoo mishap.

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Yahoo mail hacked: measures being taken

Yahoo mail hacked: measures being taken

The email systems at Yahoo have been hacked this week and Yahoo has issued a warning to the public on how to make due with the situation. Starting with a bit on what the company is doing to protect users potentially affected, Yahoo goes on to issue a short statement on what users can do to protect themselves in the near future.

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Gov loosens data grip, tech companies given go-ahead for better transparency

Gov loosens data grip, tech companies given go-ahead for better transparency

As NSA-related news continued to surface, consumers demanded transparency and tech companies felt the heat. Bound on one end by the government and hounded on the other by users, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and similar formed a coalition to reform government surveillance, all the while seeking permission to increase the numbers it is allowed to publish. A legal battle was ignited, and today the Department of Justice announced a settlement of sorts.

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Yahoo Voice Assistant may join in Siri war – or hoax battle

Yahoo Voice Assistant may join in Siri war – or hoax battle

After acquiring the company known as SkyPhrase earlier this year, it would appear that Yahoo is ready to roll with an early iteration of its own personal assistant app. The presentation you're about to see appeared first on the video hosting website Dailymotion, but was subsequently pulled - now we're seeing it proliferated through other video sites like YouTube. Could this be Yahoo's real Siri/Google Now competitor, or does it smell like a fix-up?

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Yahoo Mail outage blamed on hardware problems

Yahoo Mail outage blamed on hardware problems

Some Yahoo Mail users have been experiencing outages since Monday night that prevent them from accessing their email. Yahoo is blaming the ongoing outage on what it calls complex issues with its data centers. Yahoo admits that the issues with its data centers have been more difficult to fix than it anticipated.

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