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Yahoo acquires graph-centric Vizify

Yahoo acquires graph-centric Vizify

Yahoo is no stranger to acquisitions, nabbing up scores of startups during CEO Marissa Mayer's reign. The latest among these is a startup based out of Porland, Vizify, which keeps itself busy by turning rote statistical information and data into visually-appealing interactive infographs. Vizify revealed the acquisition on its website today.

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NSA tight-lipped on webcam spy role as privacy advocates seethe

NSA tight-lipped on webcam spy role as privacy advocates seethe

The NSA has refused to detail exactly how much access to secret Yahoo webcam surveillance that snapped photos of millions of unwitting video chatters, including those involved in adult activities, as demands from privacy regulators for more transparency in monitoring increase in volume. Allegations earlier this week that a clandestine UK scheme run by GCHQ tapped into millions of Yahoo webcam streams and recorded numerous still images to create a vast virtual "mugshot" book of potential terrorists, with technical assistance from the US' NSA in setting up the system, has reawakened criticism of the federal agency after moves by President Obama to try to dampen down what have been seen as overly intrusive methods.

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Webcam spy program grabbed secret stills of millions of Yahoo users

Webcam spy program grabbed secret stills of millions of Yahoo users

A clandestine security program run by the UK's surveillance agency GCHQ with the aid of the NSA captured and stored still images of millions of global webcam users, a new document leak suggests, part of a sweeping monitoring program that required no suspicion of guilt around those impacted. Optic Nerve - which in one six month period alone is said to have captured and stored more than 1.8m Yahoo accounts around the world - ran between 2008 and 2012 at least, grabbing a still every five minutes to create a privacy-intruding digital "mugshot" book security services could later use.

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Yahoo teams on mobile context research with Carnegie Mellon

Yahoo teams on mobile context research with Carnegie Mellon

Yahoo has inked a deal with Carnegie Mellon University to test machine-learning research, new mobile interfaces, and natural-language recognition on search and other real-time data. Dubbed Project InMind, the five year partnership is worth $10m and will see Yahoo Labs set up a new fellowship program at the university, while CMU students can dig into Yahoo's data to see how online systems can better predict and cater for user needs and intentions.

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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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