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New Firefox Defaults to Google, Ends Friendship With Yahoo

Mozilla’s new Firefox Quantum browser launched on Wednesday, and there’s a lot to like about it. One change you might notice right away is that it now defaults to the Google search engine instead of Yahoo. Mozilla is framing this as doing the right thing for its users, but in reality it may just be taking advantage of a really bad deal that Yahoo signed. Read More >>

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Equifax and Yahoo Complain They Are Helpless Against State-Sponsored Hacks

Former and current Equifax and Yahoo executives appeared on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify about the major consumer data breaches that occurred under their watch. An executive at Verizon, which acquired Yahoo this summer, was also called as a witness. Read More >>

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The AOL-Yahoo Merger Apparently Smells Like Grapefruit, Cedar and ‘Salty Ozone’

Oath isn’t just a cultishly-named agglomeration of Yahoo, AOL, and 12 other legacy web brands of varying relevance—it’s also a fragrance. Read More >>

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All 3 Billion Yahoo Accounts Affected in Catastrophic Breach

The Yahoo breach was already considered to be the largest known hack of user data when it was counted at 1 billion affected accounts. Now, that record-breaking breach has tripled in size. 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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De.lici.ous Was Once Worth $15m, It’s Just Sold For $35,000

The social sharing service Delicious, formerly De.lici.ous, has been sold to Pinboard owner Maciej Cegłowski for just $35,000. Delicious was acquired by Yahoo in 2005 for, apparently, $20 million. It was sold to Avos Systems in 2011, a company owned by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, for a rumoured $1 million. Read More >>

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Here’s How Russian Hackers Totally Owned Yahoo’s Servers to Spy on Enemies and Make Bank

On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice announced charges against two members of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and two hackers-for-hire for allegedly breaching Yahoo’s servers. Mary McCord, the acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, said that prosecutors believe the FSB agents carried out the hack in their capacity as Russian government officials. We knew that the intrusion was rather bad—the Justice Department called it the largest data breach in US history—but the indictment offers new details on how the hackers allegedly exploited their access to Yahoo’s servers for sweet, sweet cash. Read More >>

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Rich Person Marissa Mayer Bravely Forgoes Her Bonus Over Yahoo Security Clusterfuck

Yahoo had a bad time in 2016. It took its last symbolic breaths as a crusty, once-powerful internet company, it had its email service banned on Capitol Hill, and—oh yeah!—it disclosed it suffered not one but two massive hacks of user data. Read More >>

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How to Delete Your Online Existence, But Save All Your Data 

Sick of Snapchat? Tired of Twitter? Fed up with Facebook? This is a great time to completely eradicate yourself from social media. All of these online services let you scrub out your accounts if you want a cleaner, leaner life online. Even better, plenty of them let you export your data for safekeeping before you do. So you can always remember that time The Rock answered your desperate tweets or your roommate plastered your Facebook wall with photos of your dog. Read More >>

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Marissa Mayer Will Resign From Yahoo’s Board, Yahoo to Get a New Dumb Name

Marissa Mayer will resign from Yahoo’s board of directors and the company itself will be renamed Altaba Inc., according to documents filed with the SEC today. Read More >>

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Yahoo Smashes Own Record With Hack Affecting Over a Billion Accounts

Yahoo has beaten its own record in spectacular fashion. The company’s just revealed a colossal hack affecting over a billion accounts, dating back to August 2013. Read More >>

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Some Employees Knew Yahoo Was Compromised Years Before Hack of 500 Million Was Revealed

In September, just two months after US telecoms giant Verizon announced plans to acquire Yahoo, the search and email giant revealed that state-sponsored hackers had stolen the personal information of 500 million users. According to Yahoo, it began seriously investigating the attack this summer, but the company now says at least some employees knew of the breach as early as 2014. Read More >>

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Yahoo Employee Katie Couric Uses Gmail Instead of Yahoo Mail

Wikileaks published the third instalment of hacked emails from Hilary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta on Tuesday. Although the trove of messages doesn’t include any bombshells near the level of Donald Trump’s lewd remarks about women, the hacked emails do include a few surprises. Read More >>