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Tech Giants Knew About NSA Surveillance

The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency said Wednesday that U.S. technology companies such as Yahoo and Google were fully in the know about the spy agency’s widespread collection of their customers’ data, contrary to claims they made at the time those programs became publicly known.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Peeping Toms of the Intel World: Recording Bulk Private Yahoo Webcam Chats

In the same way that pedophiles are attracted to professions where they come into frequent contact with children, peeping Toms surely are attracted to electronic surveillance work.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE



British Spies Intercepted User Webcam Images

Secret documents reveal that British surveillance agency GCHQ and the U.S. National Security Agency collected and kept the webcam images of millions of Internet users who were suspected of no wrongdoing and some of whom were engaged in sexual activity at the time of capture.

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Yahoo Wants to Bring Back the Newspaper by Putting It on Your Phone

Nick D’Aloisio was 15 when he created Summly, and he became one of the youngest millionaires ever when he sold his tech to Yahoo two years later.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Google Engineers Say ‘Fuck You’ to the NSA, Encrypt Future Stolen Data

While their bosses use less salty language to push for reform and transparency, a couple of Google’s security engineers have taken to the company’s own social network to vent their frustration at U.S. and British spying.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE


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Taxpayer Money Used to Cover PRISM Compliance Costs

Top-secret material passed to The Guardian shows that the National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to help major Internet companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook cover the cost of certification for participating in the PRISM surveillance program.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Up to Their Eyeballs

One of the most disturbing aspects of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal is the way government has reportedly worked with private companies such as Yahoo, Facebook and Google.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Tries to Downplay Surveillance Programs

Caught in the act of secretly spying on millions of Americans, the president is trying to minimize the damage done to his public reputation, including among his most devoted supporters.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Leak: NSA Has Backdoor Access to Google, Apple, Microsoft and More

A career intelligence officer has leaked the existence of a top secret program called PRISM, which gives the government direct access to files, including photos, e-mails and video chats, hosted by the biggest technology companies.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



Tumblr Is Worth $1.1 Billion to Yahoo for One Reason: You

Tumblr shunned advertising and earned the trust of its users, but Yahoo undoubtedly has other plans.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Will Yahoo ‘Ruin’ Tumblr?

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Yahoo’s board has approved a deal to buy social media site Tumblr for a whopping $1.1 billion in cash. But there’s a good reason that not everyone is enthused.

Posted on May 19, 2013 READ MORE



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The American Way of Work

I have been working at home for most of my life. Naturally, I’m interested in the controversy generated by Marissa Mayer, the new boss at Yahoo, when she ordered all that company’s employees to report to a regular company office.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Mad Cow: Consumer Reports Says Regulators Are Failing the Food Supply

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Consumer Reports senior scientist Dr. Michael Hanson tells us the United States lags far behind Europe and Asia in its regulation of the meat industry; Tupac and the LA Riots at 20; Rocky Anderson’s alternative campaign for president; and Greenpeace protests Apple’s dirty cloud.

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Mad Cow: Consumer Reports Says Regulators Are Failing the Food Supply

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Consumer Reports senior scientist Dr. Michael Hanson tells us the United States lags far behind Europe and Asia in its regulation of the meat industry; Tupac and the L.A. riots at 20; Rocky Anderson’s alternative campaign for president; and Greenpeace protests Apple’s dirty cloud.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 READ MORE


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Pakistan to Watch Web for Blasphemous Content

Eagle-eyed Pakistani officials will be fixing their gazes on major websites like Amazon, Yahoo, Google and MSN in an attempt to zero in on, and even block, content that might be considered offensive to Muslims.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE



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Palin E-Mail Hacker Could Get 50 Years Behind Bars

Remember that guy who allegedly broke into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo e-mail account back in 2008? Well, it turns out he’s in federal court in Knoxville, Tenn., facing 50 years in the slammer if convicted of the criminal charges.

Posted on Apr 24, 2010 READ MORE


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3 Brits Convicted of ‘Soft Drink’ Plot to Explode Airliners

On Monday, a British court found three men guilty of planning to blow up seven airliners in a synchronized attack using liquid explosives disguised in soft drink bottles, which apparently has something to do with why passengers haven’t been able to bring sodas on board for some time now.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Micro-hoo Deal Announced

A long-rumored partnership between software giant Microsoft and Internet giant Yahoo has come to pass. In an effort to tag-team Google, Microsoft will combine its new Bing search engine with Yahoo’s vast advertising empire.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009 READ MORE



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Flickr User Banished for Criticizing Obama

Shepherd Johnson’s Flickr account, along with an estimated 1,200 photos, vanished shortly after he started hassling the president via the White House’s official photostream. Yahoo, which owns the popular photo sharing site, won’t comment, but Johnson says he lost access after posting 20 or so negative comments, complete with links to images of torture.

Posted on Jun 9, 2009 READ MORE



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Palin’s Hacked E-Mail Gets a ‘G’ Rating

Anonymous, an Internet-based group best known for pranking and protesting the Church of Scientology, apparently hacked Sarah Palin’s Yahoo Mail account and posted images of her inbox and correspondence on the Web. The McCain campaign condemned the “shocking invasion,” which turned up nothing of substantial juiciness.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Inquiry on Search Partnership

A recent advertising partnership between search giant Google and competitor Yahoo has antitrust authorities worried. Not only does a Google-Yahoo deal look ridiculous in name, but critics (such as Microsoft) say the partnership would consolidate Google’s control of Internet search ad revenue to a whopping 90 percent of U.S. market share.

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Murdoch Eyes Yahoo

Having just rebuffed a $42.1-billion offer from Microsoft, Yahoo Inc. has another suitor: Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Although Murdoch is rich, he’s not Bill Gates rich, and MySpace, which is supposed to entice Yahoo into the deal, is so 2007. Murdoch detractors, therefore, should take pause, but not panic. The most popular news site on the Internet and Yahoo’s many other properties remain impartial, for now.

Posted on Feb 13, 2008 READ MORE


Yahoo Sued for Collaborating With China

A human rights organization is suing Yahoo for assisting the Chinese government in arresting dissidents by providing information on its users. Like Google and Microsoft, Yahoo has defended the practice of handing over data to China as a necessary evil mitigated by the benefits of the Internet, crippled and corrupt though it may be.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


George Bush, Alcoholic - Part 5

Yahoo! health columnist Patrick Moore wraps up his five-part series on George Bush’s untreated alcoholism with a zinger: “President Bush cannot be of service to his country until he looks inward and surrenders to the fact that he is an alcoholic, with all the challenges the disease of alcoholism carries with it.”

Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


George Bush, the Alcoholic (Pt. 4)

Yahoo! health columnist Patrick Moore continues his five-part series on what he terms President Bush’s “untreated alcoholism.”

  • Today’s update: “Mr. Bush lives by the creed, ‘Stay the Course!’  But that course is disastrous on everything from the environment to health care to education to national security. He is like a drunk who insists on driving even as the passengers in the car scream, ‘Stop!  For God’s sake, stop!’ ”

  • Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    George Bush, the Alcoholic (Pt. 3)

    Yahoo!‘s health columnist continues his series about the dangers of Bush’s “dry drunk” syndrome. “Like most alcoholics, the president is a frequent liar, but he is not a particularly good one.  He has surrounded himself with advisors who embrace the strategy that if one repeats a lie over and over with complete conviction that it becomes true.”

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


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    In Google, Yahoo, Should We Trust?

    For years, we’ve been supplying the oracles of Google and Yahoo with the most intimate details our personal health, political leanings, and secret obsessions.

    The government is already combing through Internet archives.

    Mark Malseed, co-author of the international bestseller “The Google Story,” argues that it’s time we started asking better questions about our queries.

    Posted on Feb 14, 2006 READ MORE


    New York Times Roundup

    The Gray Lady publishes a slew of important and underreported stories its Saturday edition:

  • Two federal courts strike down the Partial Birth Abortion Act because it doesn’t have an exception for the life of the mother.
  • Yahoo and AOL are going to introduce digital postage stamps that companies can buy to ensure delivery of their e-mail.
  • Most Internet users have no idea how easy it is for courts to get ahold of their personal information.
  • The personal savings rate of Americans falls below zero for the first time since the Great Depression.
  • Now James Frey’s editor says that he, too, was fooled by the fabricating fabulist.

  • Posted on Feb 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Yahoo Concedes Search Race to Google

    Yahoo’s chief financial officer says she’d be happy just to “maintain our market share.” | story
    Even though it’s been “Game Over” in the search wars for quite some time, it’s still shocking to hear the No. 2 company be so blatant about it.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Google and Yahoo: TV Network Killers?

    Internet-based companies will disclose plans to conquer TV. | more

    Posted on Jan 5, 2006 READ MORE


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