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Yahoo acquires NLP startup SkyPhrase

Yahoo acquires NLP startup SkyPhrase

Yahoo has acquired yet another company, announcing today that it has purchased SkyPhrase, a startup that has worked on developing a natural language processing technology. Yahoo is keeping mum on most of the details surrounding the acquisition, not the least of which is how much it paid for the company, but it does mention the NLP aspect of SkyPhrase, making it reasonable to assume that is where its focus lies.

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NSA tapping fiber-optics for Google and Yahoo data suggest insiders

NSA tapping fiber-optics for Google and Yahoo data suggest insiders

Fiber-optic cable taps, not clandestine agreements with big cloud data users like Google and Yahoo, may have given the NSA its treasure-trove access to internet traffic, insiders suspect, with the government agency potentially targeting interconnects rather than data centers themselves. While data centers are heavily secured, the fiber-optic cable links between them are traditionally unencrypted, sources familiar with Google and Yahoo infrastructure told the NYTimes, fingering Level 3 Communications as the most likely target for NSA attention.

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Katie Couric joins Yahoo as “Global Anchor” in 2014

Katie Couric joins Yahoo as “Global Anchor” in 2014

Yahoo has confirmed that Katie Couric will join Yahoo News early in the new year, with the ABC News correspondent taking the role as Global Anchor though also continuing to present her existing talk show Katie. Couric, who has previously worked at NBC News and CBS News, is no stranger to Yahoo, with her existing weekly webshow Katie's Take already syndicated to the site. Unclear at this stage is how much Yahoo is spending to bring Couric to the team, given her multi-million paycheck from ABC News.

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Yahoo to encrypt all internal and user data by early next year

Yahoo to encrypt all internal and user data by early next year

Marissa Mayer, by way of the official Yahoo Tumblr, has announced the plans to begin encrypting more data. This follows the recent news about encrypting Yahoo Mail. The mail encryption is coming by January 8, 2014 and promises https (SSL - Secure Sockets Layer) encryption with a 2048-bit key. This next phase of encryption is set to go into effect during Q1 2014.

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Yahoo undergoing Microsoft search transition after failed attempt to delay

Yahoo undergoing Microsoft search transition after failed attempt to delay

Last month, Yahoo lost one of its latest legal efforts to delay a search transition with its long-term partner, Microsoft, in both Hong Kong and Taiwan. The given reason was that Yahoo wanted to wait until Microsoft selected a CEO, with the going reason being that Yahoo CEO Mayer wants to back out of the failed deal betwixt the two. Microsoft didn't appreciate such a move, and such spawned a legal battle that Yahoo has lost.

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Google Engineers reply to NSA: “all too often, laws are for the little people”

Google Engineers reply to NSA: “all too often, laws are for the little people”

There are a couple of Google engineers working for the Google security team replying in kind to the NSA and the GCHQ (on the other side of the ocean) regarding the most recent round of Edward Snowden-leaked documents on government snooping into Google and Yahoo cloud networks. What you'll find is a rather everyman-level bit of talk that essentially anyone can understand. Per Google's Mike Hearn: "We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here."

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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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