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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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Yahoo has another ‘acquihire’ in Blink, will shut service down

Yahoo has another ‘acquihire’ in Blink, will shut service down

Messaging app Blink has been acquired by Yahoo. A self-destructing messaging platform like of Snapchat, Blink saw minimal success in the US but broadened their scope to reach other markets. The service, which will be shuttered, saw widespread adoption in the Middle East.

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Yahoo spent more than anyone on acquisitions in 2013, but why?

Yahoo spent more than anyone on acquisitions in 2013, but why?

Yahoo, who trail behind contemporaries like Google, have topped the list of large tech companies making acquisitions in 2013. According to a study by PrivCo, Yahoo acquired more companies and spent more money than anyone else. With an upcoming investment maturing, the spending may increase, but some are wondering what Yahoo is up to.

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Yahoo Mail update adds contextual info, new features

Yahoo Mail update adds contextual info, new features

Yahoo’s mail app has been updated for iOS today, adding some unique functionality breaks the simple “email app” mode. The main mobile portal for Yahoo will now offer up “one-tap access to personalized, real-time information”. You will still have access to mail, of course, but that doesn’t seem to be the focus anymore.

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Yahoo to launch original comedy series

Yahoo to launch original comedy series

Not to be outdone by the growing proliferation of original series TV shows, Yahoo plans to launch its own television-length comedy series (two of them, to be precise), which will be made available to viewers on the company's mobile apps and websites.

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