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Firefox will soon use Yahoo as its default search engine

Firefox will soon use Yahoo as its default search engine

Mozilla has announced a new partnership with Yahoo, and under it Firefox will be dropping Google from its long-standing position as default search engine. Soon, users in the US will be seeing a sleek version of Yahoo as their browser's default search option, something that is said to represent Yahoo's "most significant partnership" over the last half decade. If all goes as planned, Mozilla will be launching the new offering some time next month. According to Yahoo, this new search experience will be coming to US users first.

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Yahoo buys BrightRoll, has largest video ad network

Yahoo buys BrightRoll, has largest video ad network

Yahoo is continuing their shopping spree, this time acquiring a video advertising network. Marissa Mayer and company have announced they’ve purchased BrightRoll for $640 million in cash. It’s an investment in video, one of Yahoo’s four “strategic pillars” as well as a “growth business” for the search-centric company. In announcing the acquisition, Yahoo is also attempting to re-brand what video is, calling is “display 2.0”, and something that can replace banner ads. BrightRoll makes Yahoo the largest video ad platform provider in the US.

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Yahoo Mail app now tracks your flights, event info

Yahoo Mail app now tracks your flights, event info

Yahoo is announcing some changes to the Yahoo mail app today, bringing in some features that will remind you of Google’s Inbox. Yahoo’s latest update rolls in cards that will tell you about travel plans, and even lets you get real-time info about possible flight delays. If you are attending an event, you might even get event details held in place under the “Today” tab. Best of all, the Yahoo Mail app may also give you directions to the airport or your event’s venue.

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Yahoo earnings: 17% of revenue is from mobile ads

Yahoo earnings: 17% of revenue is from mobile ads

When Marissa Mayer took over at Yahoo, the company was in a tailspin. At first blush, her shopping spree after assuming control didn’t seem to help. Spending big cash on properties like Tumblr seemed like they may do more harm than good. Now, with Yahoo’s recent earnings report, we find out Mayer might have been taking a few steps back to start sprinting and get up to speed. Yahoo’s numbers now reflect their mobile properties, and just how well they’re doing for the once dominant search giant.

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Report: Tumblr wants to be the new YouTube

Report: Tumblr wants to be the new YouTube

Yahoo’s Tumblr platform is a subtle social layer populated by quite a bit of original content. Since purchasing it for $1.1 billion, Yahoo has left Tumblr alone, but that could change. According to several sources speaking to Business Insider, Tumblr is being prepped for a big fight with an even bigger social entity full of creative folk. Yahoo is exploring turning Tumblr into a YouTube opponent, and even discussing whether they should poach existing YouTube talent for the new-look Tumblr.

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Yahoo servers breached via Shellshock bug

Yahoo servers breached via Shellshock bug

Remember the shellshock bug that caused a lot of hoopla in recent weeks? According to Future South Technologies security researcher Jonathon Hall, some of Yahoo's servers have been breached by hackers via the security vulnerability. The researcher took to Reddit to talk about his discovery, saying that he had contacted Yahoo before going public, but then had to eventually contact both the FBI and "several media outlets" before the company responded to his message. In its response, according to Hall, Yahoo confirmed the security breach.

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Yahoo tipped to be investing in Snapchat

Yahoo tipped to be investing in Snapchat

Snapchat is about to gain a new investor: Yahoo. So says the Wall Street Journal, which is reporting that Yahoo will reinvest a bit of its Alibaba cash into the mobile app. The information comes from "people familiar with the matter".

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Yahoo Directory will close on December 31

Yahoo Directory will close on December 31

Yahoo has been steadily closing down various services and sections of its business over many months, and so it isn't surprising the company has announced a couple more things that will be soon fizzling away into nothingness. What is notable is the last entry on its list: the Yahoo Directory, which received a mere paragraph of note.

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Yahoo: Government made us give info to PRISM

Yahoo: Government made us give info to PRISM

When PRISM first leaked, the tech companies involved in such a program were a major concern. Just about every major conduit for your digital info was listed, including Yahoo. Now it seems Yahoo’s participation in PRISM may have been under heavy duress, and under penalty of a massive fine.

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Ditto will scan Tumblr photos to identify you with brands

Ditto will scan Tumblr photos to identify you with brands

Social media sometimes reveals quite a bit about what you like or dislike, and Tumblr is trying to capitalize on that. the picture-centric social site is now allowing Ditto Labs to scan posts to gauge how we feel about products we post pictures of. It’s a unique attempt at creating meta-data that goes beyond the hashtag.

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Yahoo Mail users will get end-to-end encryption option next year

Yahoo Mail users will get end-to-end encryption option next year

Yahoo, one of several tech companies swept up in the government spying controversy, has revealed that it'll be giving its Mail users an end-to-end encryption option starting next year. The announcement was made at Black Hat earlier today, where Yahoo Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos detailed the plan.

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Yahoo Voices and more to close down as services are pared

Yahoo Voices and more to close down as services are pared

Yahoo has announced another business move, this one involving trimming the proverbial fat from its services. Said Senior Vice President of the Cloud Platform Group Jay Rossiter, the company has updated its plans to shut down products that aren't so popular anymore, among them being things like its Yahoo Voices content platform.

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