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Yahoo buys vanishing message app Blink

Self-destructing message application Blink is vanishing into Yahoo’s growing mountain of mobile technology company take-overs. A post Wednesday at the Blink website announced that the start-up is becoming part of Yahoo but did not disclose financial terms of the deal. Blink said that in coming weeks it will shut down…

ACLU steps in after Justice Dept. slaps gag orders on Twitter and Yahoo

Why Is The DOJ Gagging Twitter And Yahoo Concerning Grand Jury Subpoenas? (via Techdirt) The ACLU has jumped into a troubling legal fight, in which it appears that the DOJ has issued gag orders against Twitter and Yahoo concerning grand jury subpoenas that have been sent to both companies. This…

NSA got access to 40,000 Yahoo and Google user accounts in first 6 months of 2013

Last week, we noted that the DOJ and various internet companies had settled their legal fight, which concerned whether or not those companies could reveal the details of how many FISA Court requests they were receiving -- both in terms of how many requests……

Yahoo! users will be mostly mobile in 2014: CEO Marissa Mayer

Struggling Internet giant Yahoo! will see more users accessing its services by mobile in 2014 than classic desktops, chief executive Marissa Mayer said on Wednesday at the Davos World Economic Forum. "2014 will be the year of the crossover," Mayer said……

Yahoo plans a ‘major expansion’ of news gathering

Yahoo News named a new editor-in-chief Monday who comes from The New York Times and promised a “major expansion” of news gathering at the US Internet giant. Megan Liberman, deputy news editor of The New York Times, started on Monday, taking the position which has been vacant since Hillary Frey…

Yahoo reports 12,000 federal data requests in 2013

Yahoo received some 29,000 government requests for data on its users this year, with almost half coming from the United States, according to the company’s global transparency report released Friday. Yahoo said in the report, covering the first six months of 2013, that 12,444 of the requests from worldwide governments…

FISA court may reveal spying justification given to Yahoo

The federal government must determine what it can release publicly about the justification it gave to search company Yahoo in 2008 for the government’s broad wiretapping efforts, a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) ruled on Monday (PDF). Judge Reggie B. Walton gave the government until July 29…

Yahoo prepares to buy Tumblr for up to $1.1 billion

Marissa Mayer, the former Googler who is now chief executive of Yahoo, is poised to create yet another nothing-to-riches tale in the web industry with a rumoured $1.1bn (£720m) acquisition of the blogging site Tumblr. Mayer called Yahoo’s board together on Sunday afternoon to discuss the company’s latest attempt to regain the glamour it…

Yahoo buys personal recommendation app Jybe

Yahoo! on Wednesday announced that it has bought Jybe, the startup behind a smartphone application that makes local entertainment or dining recommendations based on what people like. The Jybe team of five employees, all former Yahoo! workers, will return to the fold at the Sunnyvale, California-based firm, according to cloud…

Yahoo dumping products in turn-around plan

Yahoo! is dumping products along with workers in a quest to return the faded Internet star to glory. Yahoo! boss Scott Thompson announced the move on Tuesday while mapping out the company’s turnaround on the heels of an unusually upbeat quarter in which profit climbed 28 percent. It was the first time since…

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