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Flickr upsets users by (apparently) boosting compression

Flickr upsets users by (apparently) boosting compression

Some users of Yahoo's photo sharing and hosting website Flickr have taken to the Internet with upset comments, expressing issues with the quality of their lesser-sized photos. Namely, the sized-down non-original photos appear to have more compression artifacts than they used to, suggesting that Flickr has made some silent tweak that cuts down on data numbers while (very slightly) lessening the visual quality of many images. Flickr has issued a statement on the matter, though it dances around actually confirming whether a change has happened.

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Yahoo drops axe on Maps, Pipes, and more

Yahoo drops axe on Maps, Pipes, and more

Yahoo is shuttering its mapping service, slashing availability of Yahoo TV and Yahoo Music, and unplugging Yahoo Pipes in a wide-reaching product cull. The decision, which Yahoo says is to keep it in line with its current focus on search, communications, and digital content, will mean Yahoo Maps will be yanked at the end of June, while other geo-service APIs will also be cut later this year. Meanwhile, older Macs and iOS devices will lose support for synchronizing Yahoo Mail and Contacts.

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Judge allows email scanning class action suit against Yahoo to proceed

Judge allows email scanning class action suit against Yahoo to proceed

Yesterday , U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled in San Jose, California that two class action suits have enough merit to be brought against Yahoo as classes instead of individual suits. These suits were initially brought against Yahoo in 2013, but only now were ordered eligible to proceed. The plaintiffs allege that Yahoo scanned the emails to Yahoo Mail users that were sent from non-Yahoo Mail account holders, for the purposes of creating "targeted advertising." Yahoo allegedly scanned attachments as well.

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Google, Yahoo said to also be interested in buying Flipboard

Google, Yahoo said to also be interested in buying Flipboard

Barely a day after the news broke that Twitter was considering an acquisition of Flipboard, the mobile newsreader app, news has surfaced that both Google and Yahoo are also interested, and have even had talks with Flipboard already. The negotiations between Twitter and Flipboard were described as having hit a roadblock in April, though the purchasing price was said to be as much as $1 billion. Sources told the Wall Street Journal that internet giants Google and Yahoo have met with Flipboard in just the last few weeks, but no prices were revealed.

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Yahoo researchers turn phone touchscreens into biometric sensors

Yahoo researchers turn phone touchscreens into biometric sensors

Most might be familiar with the way fingerprints can be used to uniquely identify individuals, but anyone who has watched a few seasons of CSI will probably know by now that a lot of other body parts can be used similarly. Parts like ears and palms, which, coincidentally, are body parts other than fingers that also get in contact with smartphone screens. Bearing that in mind, researchers from Yahoo have found a way to turn ordinary smartphone touchscreens into makeshift biometric scanners for these body parts.

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Yahoo to take on Siri and Google Now (again) with Index

Yahoo to take on Siri and Google Now (again) with Index

Yahoo is one company that definitely doesn't have "quit" in its vocabulary. Predating but practically overthrown by Google and perhaps to some extent even Bing, Yahoo is always in search of new ways to generate income but without budging on its true calling. Under CEO Marissa Mayer, the company is hedging its bets on search. But it won't be taking on Google directly, though of course it will do that as well. Instead, it is training its guns on Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. Yes, Yahoo will once again be entering the personal assistant arena. This time perhaps for real.

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Yahoo shows off Weather, Sports, & News for Apple Watch

Yahoo shows off Weather, Sports, & News for Apple Watch

Yahoo may have ceded their place in search long ago, but their mobile apps are just plain great. Yahoo Weather is a triumph, and they’ve still got a strong foothold in Sports. Today, Yahoo is announcing four of their major properties will make an appearance on the Apple Watch as well as your phone. Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports Fantasy, Yahoo News Digest, and Yahoo News Hong Kong will make their way to Apple’s wearable, and they look as good as their smartphone companion apps.

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Yahoo Mail adds LinkedIn, Twitter info to Contact Cards feature

Yahoo Mail adds LinkedIn, Twitter info to Contact Cards feature

Last month, Yahoo brought us Contact Cards, an update to Yahoo Mail that gave you quick, contextual info about a person you were receiving emails from. On launch, Contact Cards brought you info like phone numbers and alternate emails a person might have associated with their Yahoo Mail account, as well as links to their social media profiles. Today, Yahoo is fleshing the Contact Cards feature out a bit more, adding LinkedIn and Twitter info to the mix to give us all a more well-rounded view of one another.

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Yahoo may be readying new Messenger to battle Snapchat, Periscope

Yahoo may be readying new Messenger to battle Snapchat, Periscope

You probably don’t use Yahoo Messenger. It’s tired, really. As a simple chat app, it’s fine, but we want more than that. In an age of sending each other more than words, Yahoo is way behind. Instead of dropping messaging, Yahoo may be priming a revamp to Messenger, one that reportedly combine live and recorded video sharing. This app is meant for mobile, though it’s not clear if Yahoo is also readying the app for your desktop as well. If the report is accurate, we’ll see this new Messenger by the end of Q2 2015.

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Rumor: Yahoo trying to buy Foursquare for $900 million

Rumor: Yahoo trying to buy Foursquare for $900 million

Yahoo, under Marissa Mayer, is no stranger to acquisitions. The company is among the busier players when it comes to snapping up startups, but sometimes they also make bigger purchases. A few years ago, Yahoo bought Tumblr for around $1 billion, and they’re reportedly eyeing a similarly sized acquisition. Reports now indicate Yahoo is interested in Foursquare, which recently split in two to comprise a two-pronged attack for finding places to go and checking in. The deal is said to be worth around $900 million.

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Gmail unified inbox puts all your mail in one place

Gmail unified inbox puts all your mail in one place

There's an update to Gmail this week that will allow you - on your mobile device - to push all your email into one, single inbox. This is not the "Inbox" app, nor is it a destruction of the separate email boxes like Social, Promotions, and Updates. Instead, it's a central place where you can get email from all of your different accounts, be they all Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, or whatever you happen to be using. All in one, single Inbox, that'll forever overflow for the rest of time.

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Flickr Tab for Chrome brings beautiful pictures to your new tab

Flickr Tab for Chrome brings beautiful pictures to your new tab

If you don’t already use Yahoo’s Weather app, I’d humbly suggest you start right now. In addition to being accurate, it feeds you info in a really neat format. The app also uses Flickr images as its background, which are just phenomenal and contextual pieces of art that will have you opening the app over and over. If you’re using google’s Chrome browser, Yahoo just unleashed an extension that lets you display brilliant Flickr images in new tabs as a background image.

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