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Want to Commit Crimes? Upgrade to 5G, Apparently

Europe’s police agency is worried that the 5G will interfere with law enforcement’s ability to track people. Read More >>

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Flickr Takes Another Sad Turn, Gets Bought by Something Called SmugMug

In the latest of an endless series of unfortunate events to befall the once beloved photo-sharing service Flickr, the company has been resurrected from the grave of Yahoo and bought for an undisclosed amount by premium photo-hosting platform SmugMug. Read More >>

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Yahoo Wants You to Pay for an Ad-Free Version of Its Notoriously Hacked Email Service

Remember Yahoo Mail? That email service famous for undergoing the largest breach of user data ever—and then outdoing itself a few months later with an even larger breach? Well, the company is now offering a paid version of its mail service in hopes that you’ll shell out cash to use the most-pwned email service ever. Read More >>

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Yahoo Shutters That £24 Million App It Bought From a Teen

Yahoo is shutting down an app created by teenager. Four years ago, said teenager sold the app to the struggling internet company for a reported $30 million (around £24 million). It’s one of many casualties from Verizon’s recent acquisition from the big purple Dot Com giant, but it’s especially interesting since Yahoo turned so many heads by spending such a huge sum on an app created by a teen. Then again, maybe it was inevitable all along. Read More >>

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The Sad Sale of Yahoo Confirms That Marissa Mayer Failed

At long last, Marissa Mayer’s rocky reign at Yahoo appears to be coming to an end. The news comes not with a bang—or an exclamation mark—but with something closer to a resigned sigh. Read More >>

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Marissa Mayer Says She’s ‘Planning to Stay’ at Yahoo

After a weekend full of rampant speculation, Verizon finally confirmed this morning that it had reached an agreement to purchase Yahoo’s core business for $4.8 billion (£3.7 billion). Read More >>

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Verizon to Buy Yahoo For Chump Change

US telecoms giant Verizon will today announce its plan to buy Yahoo’s core assets for a pitiful $4.8 billion (£3.6bn) according to “two people with direct knowledge of the situation,” Bloomberg reports. Considering that at the peak of its success, Yahoo was valued at $125 billion (£95bn), this is yet another benchmark moment in the company’s fall from grace. In 2008, the company rejected Microsoft’s buyout offer of $44 billion (£35bn). Read More >>

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5G Networks Being Tested in the US

The fifth generation of mobile networks — or 5G — is still a little way off providing your phone with data. But at Mobile World Congress, US telecoms provider Verizon has announced that it at least already testing the technology. Read More >>

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The Guy Who Acquired Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Old Number Gets Loads of Dirty Messages

Sorry Gerald, but your Boba Fett anecdote has nothing on this. Jonathan Nichols, an American lawyer, has revealed that he unwittingly acquired Sir Mix-A-Lot’s old mobile number in 2012, and has been receiving a suitably odd array of messages from fans and, ahem, wannabe acquaintances ever since. Read More >>

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Will Google Buy Twitter? Amazon Buy Yelp? Rumours Swirl After AOL Deal

Technology is filled with all kinds of rumours, real and fabricated. It gives us a look at what might be and will be. BitStream gathers the whispers all in one place to divine what the future has in store. Read More >>

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All the Media Companies That Belong to Verizon Now

US communications company Verizon yesterday bought AOL, but before that, AOL was a company with deep pocketbooks (all that dial-up money!) and a very weird portfolio of acquisitions. Read More >>

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Verizon is Buying AOL for $4.4 Billion

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Verizon is buying AOL for a cool $4.4 billion in cash. The newspaper claims that Verizon's purchase is “aimed at advancing the telecom giant’s growth ambitions in mobile video and advertising.” Read More >>

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Report: Google Wants to Become a Network

Google bosses are dreaming about adding wireless services to the search giant's menu of offerings, in the US at least. A couple of unnamed sources "who have discussed the matter with Google" told Amir Efrati at The Information that it would roll out the service in the same areas where Google Fiber is offered. In other words, Google wants it all. Read More >>

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The US Government Shared All Its Sneaky Information With British Intelligence

In addition to the recently-unearthed and scary PRISM, the US Government has also been spying on the users of one of its biggest phone networks, Verizon. And given the oh-so-special relationship between the two countries, it's no real surprise to find that data gleaned from phone records has been shared with British security services. Read More >>