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Yahoo court document to be declassified showing FISA opposition

Yahoo court document to be declassified showing FISA opposition

The PRISM news may have slowed in recent weeks, but the backlash against companies who were accussed of giving the government unmitigated access to their users' data hasn't, and these companies are responding to clear their names. Yahoo! is one such company, and it has recently received a victory in court, with a ruling being issued that will declassify a document showing that it fought against FISA orders.

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Yahoo acquires Xobni for address book boost

Yahoo acquires Xobni for address book boost

The folks at Yahoo have made another purchase this week with the group known as Xobni, here aiming for Smarter Contacts in a rather basic way. With this service, Yahoo will expand its current app user base with email and social services, taking expertise from the development team at Xobni for what must be assumed to be their own already-developed apps. This sort of acquisition is one of those made more for the talent, rather than the app the developers have in play.

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Yahoo acquires Qwiki to battle Vine with video sharing

Yahoo acquires Qwiki to battle Vine with video sharing

This week the folks at Quiki have confirmed that they've been acquired by Yahoo, the latter company aiming to make use of the former's video sharing app environment. That said; if you're able to keep track of all the clever names for companies aiming for mobile glory these days, you deserve a gold star. Quiki will make Yahoo a real competitor for top spot in mini-video sharing if they keep with the aim of the original app, that's for certain.

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AltaVista search engine shutting down next week

AltaVista search engine shutting down next week

Before there were the Google, Bing, and Yahoo search engines, there was AltaVista. Launching in 1995, the search engine became wildly popular, but as Google launched and other big companies followed suit with their own search engines, AltaVista quickly fell behind. However, Yahoo (who owns AltaVista) will be shutting down the classic search engine on July 8.

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Yahoo to shutdown a dozen services by September

Yahoo to shutdown a dozen services by September

As the latest of many changes that have been made to Yahoo! under CEO Marissa Mayer's reign, the company announced via Tumblr that it will be shutting down a dozen services over the new few months, with the last one going down on September 28. This move in part removes services that have received little attention in modern times - some of them perhaps being unknown to most of Internet users - while others are more known. Regardless, the purpose is to do away with the old and draw the company's users towards a more cohesive, modern Yahoo!.

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FTC tells search engines to better distinguish ads from results

FTC tells search engines to better distinguish ads from results

Whether you use Google or Yahoo! or some other search engine entirely, you've likely found yourself at some point clicking on a link, believing it to be a search result, only to be taken to what is obviously an advertisement, feeling annoyed all the while. This has become a more common problem over time as design changes make it harder to tell what results are money-backed, and in light of such the FTC is telling companies to make sure the distinction is clear.

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Yahoo account recycling identity theft fears downplayed

Yahoo account recycling identity theft fears downplayed

Yahoo has dismissed fears of hacking and impersonation after it deactivates dormant user accounts, arguing that the risk of identity theft is incredibly low. The company announced last week that it would be culling those accounts not used for twelve months, prompting concerns that new sign-ups with recycled names could go on to "borrow" the personality of the old account owner. That, Yahoo tells Reuters, is something the company is "going to extraordinary lengths" to prevent.

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Tumblr media director quits, second big departure after Yahoo acquisition

Tumblr media director quits, second big departure after Yahoo acquisition

Making this the second big departure for Tumblr in just a few weeks, the company's media director Mark Coatney (one of the initial employees at Tumblr) has announced that he's resigning from his role at Tumblr. He didn't say what his future plans were, other than that he has "a hungry baby to feed," but he's currently open to starting projects in the future and is taking suggestions.

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