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Yahoo CEO fired over the phone, rocky run ends

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc Chairman Roy Bostock fired CEO Carol Bartz over the phone on Tuesday, ending a tumultuous tenure marked by stagnation and a rift with Chinese partner Alibaba. Chief Financial Officer Tim Morse will step in as interim CEO, and the company will search for a…

Apple called on to pull ‘gay cure’ app from iTunes

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple on Monday was under pressure to yank a so-called “gay cure” application from its iTunes shop for software for iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices. More than 110,000 people had electronically signed an online petition at a change.org website calling for Apple to remove the Exodus International…

Google chief suspects ulterior motive in Pakistan

SAN FRANCISCO — Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said he suspects suppressing political criticism is a factor behind the move to block YouTube and Facebook in Pakistan in the name of Islam. “I’m always suspicious of these broad bans,” Schmidt told a gathering at non-profit public policy institute New America…

Under fire, Facebook promises privacy changes

Facebook on Saturday said it plans to simplify privacy controls at the popular social-networking service to appease critics. “We’ve spent the last couple of weeks listening to users and consulting with experts in California; Washington, DC, and around the world,” Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in response to an AFP…

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