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Yahoo and Facebook chase US surveillance freedom as Google demands transparency

Yahoo and Facebook chase US surveillance freedom as Google demands transparency

Facebook and Yahoo have petitioned the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for permission to reveal how many personal data requests are made by the government, joining Google and Microsoft in taking a stand against secret snooping. The new suits, which join an amended Google transparency petition the search engine filed today, see Facebook and Yahoo voice concerns that they are unable to give any greater detail on what user information is disclosed in the name of national security than the raw overall numbers.

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Yahoo releases first transparency report, details government-originating requests

Yahoo releases first transparency report, details government-originating requests

The topic of government intrusion into the public's privacy via the technological underpinning of modern life has been a frequent headline this year, and as more information surfaced many tech companies felt the pressure from their users. Yahoo! has been vocal about its opposition to government intrusion, and today has announced its first transparency report complete with government data request numbers.

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Yahoo acquires Rockmelt: apps close shop on August 31

Yahoo acquires Rockmelt: apps close shop on August 31

In its latest in a long line of acquisitions this year, Yahoo has acquired the web browser technology group Rockmelt. While this news does not affect the way that Rockmelt works right this minute as a web browser up for download on multiple platforms, it does spell trouble for those hoping for Rockmelt-centric development in the near future. Instead you'll see technological advancements from this team entering Yahoo environments.

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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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