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Apple could be ditching Google as its default search engine, report says

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News broke last week that Yahoo would replace Google as the default search engine on Firefox browsers. Now another — more powerful — company might also be ditching Google.

Apple‘s contract with Google is almost up, and in 2015 the Cupertino tech giant will be free to nix another connection with perhaps it greatest competitor in favor of another option, according to The Information

Yahoo and Microsoft are already vying for the tech giant’s attention in hopes of replacing Google, the report said. This isn’t exactly a surprise: Stories circulated earlier this year that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wanted “very badly” for Apple to abandon its use of Google Read more…

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Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris

cooliris yahoo Photo app-maker Cooliris just announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo. The company was founded in 2006 and was initially known for creating a “3D wall” for navigating photos and other media content. More recently, its focus shifted to an app (also called Cooliris) that allowed users to browse photos from across services like Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr. It also launched… Read More

Flickr Now Lets You Buy Wall Art From Professional Photographers And Creative Commons

flickr-wall-art Flickr today is expanding its Wall Art print service to include access to images from Flickr’s licensed artists and Creative Commons. The expansion comes only a month after the launch of Flickr Wall Art, which initially allowed users to turn any of their personal photos into canvas prints. Flickr also previously launched a photo book service, again for personal photos. But this is… Read More

Yahoo Mail is resurrecting one of its most requested features: E-stationery

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Yahoo Mail messages are about to get a sprucing up. The service is bringing back e-stationery, and this time, they’re actually worthy of sending.

Yahoo is teaming up with online invitation and stationary giant Paperless Post to offer 50 stationery designs that can be sent directly within an email

When Yahoo updated its Mail service last year, it eliminated the stationery feature, which the company says was “old and dated.” It’s leaning on Paperless Post for some creative assistance here, in the form of hearts, stripes and English holly to include in your messages; the designs are all free. Read more…

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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

mpicpp writes with news that Yahoo will soon become the default search engine in Firefox. Google’s 10-year run as Firefox’s default search engine is over. Yahoo wants more search traffic, and a deal with Mozilla will bring it. In a major departure for both Mozilla and Yahoo, Firefox’s default search engine is switching from Google to Yahoo in the United States. “I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve entered into a five-year partnership with Mozilla to make Yahoo the default search experience on Firefox across mobile and desktop,” Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said in a blog post Wednesday. “This is the most significant partnership for Yahoo in five years.” The change will come to Firefox users in the US in December, and later Yahoo will bring that new “clean, modern and immersive search experience” to all Yahoo search users. In another part of the deal, Yahoo will support the Do Not Track technology for Firefox users, meaning that it will respect users’ preferences not to be tracked for advertising purposes. With millions of users who perform about 100 billion searches a year, Firefox is a major source of the search traffic that’s Google’s bread and butter. Some of those searches produce search ads, and Mozilla has been funded primarily from a portion of that revenue that Google shares. In 2012, the most recent year for which figures are available, that search revenue brought in the lion’s share of Mozilla’s $311 million in revenue.

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Firefox to switch default search from Google to Yahoo

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Yahoo will soon be the default search engine on Firefox browsers.

Mozilla CEO Chris Beard announced the new five-year partnership in a post on the company’s blog Wednesday.

“Our new search strategy doubles down on our commitment to make Firefox a browser for everyone,” Beard wrote. “We believe it will empower more people, in more places with more choice and opportunity to innovate and ultimately put even more people in control over their lives online.”

Firefox will make the switch to the new “enhanced Yahoo search” for U.S users in December, though users will still be able to change the default to Google, Bing, eBay, Amazon, Wikipedia or Twitter Read more…

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The new push for NSA reform is more of the same. Will it finally be granted?

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A coalition of tech companies is asking the U.S. Senate to pass a bill to curb NSA surveillance and let the companies be more transparent in reporting the number of data requests they receive. The group includes ones who have lobbied for this cause before, like Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft — as well as new ones, like Twitter, Evernote, LinkedIn and Dropbox.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because many of the companies in the coalition already came out in support of the USA Freedom Act last year, when they sent a similarly-worded letter at the end of October 2013. The bill proposed in that letter has been meandering through Congress since then. Read more…

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The new push for NSA reform is more of the same. Will it finally be granted?

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A coalition of tech companies is asking the U.S. Senate to pass a bill to curb NSA surveillance and let the companies be more transparent in reporting the number of data requests they receive. The group includes ones who have lobbied for this cause before, like Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft — as well as new ones, like Twitter, Evernote, LinkedIn and Dropbox.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because many of the companies in the coalition already came out in support of the USA Freedom Act last year, when they sent a similarly-worded letter at the end of October 2013. The bill proposed in that letter has been meandering through Congress since then. Read more…

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The Yahoo Answers Lounge Singers jazz up bad advice

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Yahoo Answers has earned a reputation online for being the worst possible place to actually learn anything valuable — but it is a great source of entertainment.

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald teamed up with Jimmy Fallon to form the the Yahoo Answers Lounge Singers, and pay tribute to the confounding site.

They also succeed in finding one piece of solid advice to share: “Are White Castle’s burgers any good?” Fallon croons, to which McDonald responds, “It depends on how high you are.”

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The Yahoo Answers Lounge Singers jazz up bad advice

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Yahoo Answers has earned a reputation online for being the worst possible place to actually learn anything valuable — but it is a great source of entertainment.

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald teamed up with Jimmy Fallon to form the the Yahoo Answers Lounge Singers, and pay tribute to the confounding site.

They also succeed in finding one piece of solid advice to share: “Are White Castle’s burgers any good?” Fallon croons, to which McDonald responds, “It depends on how high you are.”

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more…

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