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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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Community cancellation nixed with Yahoo onboard

Community cancellation nixed with Yahoo onboard

Fears that the television hit Community was about to be put out to pasture can officially be put to rest: Yahoo has swept in and nabbed the series, effectively guaranteeing it for its sixth season and possibly more in the future.

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Yahoo’s powerful Android launcher is now available for free

Yahoo’s powerful Android launcher is now available for free

This week the folks at ThumbsUp Labs - acquired by Yahoo earlier this year - have delivered their "Aviate Launcher" for Android for free. This app changes the way you work with Android from top to bottom, allowing you to make your Android smartphone into a productivity machine. Aviate shows you "only the apps and information you need, as you need them" throughout your high-functioning day.

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Flickr forces Yahoo account: Ditches Facebook and Google

Flickr forces Yahoo account: Ditches Facebook and Google

Flickr users used to accessing their photo gallery account with their Google or Facebook credentials will have to set up a Yahoo account instead, the sharing service's owner has announced, warning users to switch over before the end of the month. The decision, which was communicated to registered Flickr users in an email this week, is described as "streamlining" the company's sign-in process.

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Yahoo YouTube alternative tipped for summer

Yahoo YouTube alternative tipped for summer

Yahoo is planning to introduce its own YouTube alternative this upcoming summer, according to "people brief on their plans." It is said the company wanted its video service to be known by now, having intended to reveal it last month, but ran into contract snafus that caused a delay.

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