A recently leaked top secret NSA sketch, complete with smiley face, showing how the agency exploits the connection between Google's front-end servers and its data centers to then access that data center network and reap massive amounts of information.

NSA Ticks Off Google & Yahoo With Report Of Snooping On Private Data Centers

The latest round of revelations about National Security Agency cyber-snooping includes information that the NSA infiltrated private networks operated by Google and Yahoo. Not surprisingly, these two titans of the Internet are not pleased to find out about the government’s invasive actions. [More]

New Monopoly Teaches Kids The Importance Of Xbox, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and EA!

This is a real thing that a real company is actually selling, and which some people will purchase.

The folks at Hasbro have never had a problem letting everything from towns to universities to movies to big-name commercial brands slap their names on licensed versions of Monopoly, but a new version of the classic board game is unabashedly all about learning the value of today’s biggest fast food, retail, tech, and entertainment companies — everything a growing child needs to get ahead! [More]

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Apple, Google, Facebook & Other Tech Giants Pen Letter Asking For NSA Transparency

In the wake of that whole thing where the National Security Agency is reportedly snooping on people, a whole bunch of tech industry giants have banded together with privacy advocates to send a letter to the lawmakers and President Barack Obama asking for some transparency when it comes to government surveillance. [More]

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Yahoo Doesn’t Think I Should Be Mailing Myself Porn Links

As Yahoo continues to fight for relevance, they’ve made some changes to the e-mail system. We haven’t heard from anyone who actually likes these changes, but customers remain loyal. Reader Raven is one of those customers, and is frustrated because the e-mail system wouldn’t deliver a message that he didn’t think was malicious: just a porn link he had e-mailed to himself. [More]

FTC To Search Engines: Do A Better Job Of Labeling Paid Search Results As Ads

FTC To Search Engines: Do A Better Job Of Labeling Paid Search Results As Ads

A decade ago, the Federal Trade Commission told the major Internet search engines that they should be more transparent about search results that received premium placement because the advertiser paid for it. The companies eventually obliged, but the FTC says that search engines have backslid and begun being less-than-transparent again, and that they could still do more to distinguish between ads and organic search results. [More]

Graphic: Which Internet Biggies Are Even Slightly Concerned About Your Privacy?

Graphic: Which Internet Biggies Are Even Slightly Concerned About Your Privacy?

When it comes to online privacy, many consumers assume that their service provider, or the websites they are browsing, have the users’ best interest in mind and that these companies won’t simply hand over your information to authorities. These people are mistaken, as are those who believe that no online companies make user privacy a priority. The truth, as usual, is a bit from column A and a bit from column B. [More]

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Yahoo To Pay $1.1 Billion Cash For Blogging Platform Tumblr, Maybe Not Ruin It

Yesterday, Yahoo and Tumblr announced that they’re getting hitched. Why? Yahoo needs content that uses design principles from the last decade, and Tumblr needs some grown-ups to supervise the place and figure out how to actually earn money. Is everyone involved in this transaction making a huge mistake? [More]

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Report: Google & Yahoo May Be BFFs With Hollywood, But Both Place Ads On Piracy Sites

Google and Yahoo might crow about supporting the entertainment industry, but a new report says that hasn’t stopped the two Internet giants from placing ads on sites with pirated movies, TV shows and music.  The report looked at analysis of which sites have the most copyright infringement notices against them and found that Google and Yahoo are in the top 10 ad networks that support major piracy sites. Ruh roh. [More]

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Yahoo! Announces Streamlined Makeover For Its Email Across Web & Mobile Platforms

Sometimes change is one of those things that make people grumpy — especially when it comes to familiar technological platforms. Call it the fear of the unfamiliar or call it knowing what you like and how you like it, but even if Yahoo! email customers aren’t ready for a change, the company’s about to bring it to’em with a new look for its email service on both the Web and various mobile platforms. [More]

Actual Paying Yahoo Customer Takes His Business Elsewhere

Actual Paying Yahoo Customer Takes His Business Elsewhere

If Yahoo were going to pay attention to any of their customers, you’d think it would be Israel. He’s been using their services since 1995. He’s a paying customer. He’s even a shareholder in the company. But recent cutbacks mean the closing of the Concierge desk that would normally help people like Israel. Now that he’s having unexplained problems with his e-mail account, he’s taking his pixels and leaving for Google. [More]

Yahoo To Add "Do Not Track" Feature To Sites

Yahoo To Add "Do Not Track" Feature To Sites

Days after the Federal Trade Commission called on companies and lawmakers to beef up online privacy measures, the folks at Yahoo have announced they will be adding a “do not track” feature to its array of websites. [More]

Yahoo Files Patent Suits Against Facebook For Social Networking, Messaging

Yahoo Files Patent Suits Against Facebook For Social Networking, Messaging

When Facebook was shooting up in popularity, everyone wanted to hang out with them and get something going, including Yahoo. But Yahoo has had enough of Mark Zuckerberg, it seems, as they’re filing patent suits against Facebook claiming it’s using technologies they developed without paying any licensing fees. [More]

Yahoo Shuts Down Decade-Old E-Mail Account, Shrugs

David is a paying customer of Yahoo, for web hosting services. It’s also been his e-mail account for the last decade. So why can’t he get an answer out of anyone there as to why they abruptly shut down his account a few weeks ago? He’s been locked out of his digital house on the Internet, and no one can tell him what he did wrong. Yahoo is an impenetrable fortress with no phones, designed to keep customers from talking to anyone with an idea what’s going on. [More]

Bing Beats Out Yahoo To Claim Distant No. 2 Search Engine Spot Behind Google

Bing Beats Out Yahoo To Claim Distant No. 2 Search Engine Spot Behind Google

When you’re trudging up a mountain with not even a glimpse of the summit, and all you know is that you’re really, really far behind the guy in the lead, it might be nice to know that hey, at least you’re in second. Bing can claim that status now in the search engine world, as it has surpassed Yahoo to sit a distant second to Google. [More]

Customer Wants To Give Flickr Money, Flickr Can't Accept It

Customer Wants To Give Flickr Money, Flickr Can't Accept It

Trevor pays for a Pro account on photo-sharing site Flickr, and he’d like to continue doing so. Unfortunately, Yahoo, Flickr’s parent company, doesn’t seem to want his money. The payment page gets caught in an infinite loop when he logs in using his Yahoo account. Flickr keeps giving him complimentary extensions of his Pro account, but is that a viable long-term solution? [More]

Yahoo To Hold Onto Your Search Data For At Least 18 Months

Yahoo To Hold Onto Your Search Data For At Least 18 Months

Since 2008, Yahoo has made it a point of pride that the company only retains info about users’ search engine queries for three months, while competitors like Google held onto the data for over a year. But that’s about to change, as the internet biggie announced yesterday that, in a bid to remain competitive, it will retain search history info for at least 18 months. [More]

Yahoo: We're Selling Delicious, Not Closing It

Yahoo: We're Selling Delicious, Not Closing It

Yahoo apparently never planned on selling Delicious along with the rest of its under-performing initiatives. Contrary to a leaked slide that indicates Delicious is headed to a “sunset,” along with AltaVista and Buzz, the sunset of Delicious will be one with a possible sunrise to follow. Yahoo wants to sell the site, and it’s ticked at the press for causing people to think any different. [More]

10 Companies That Were Once Great But Now Kinda Suck

10 Companies That Were Once Great But Now Kinda Suck

There was a time when many of us got our videos at Blockbuster after shopping for a Sony Discman at Sears, all while talking on our Motorola phone. All of these companies have had their glory days, but now they’re on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of 10 Companies That Have Lost Their Edge. [More]