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Yahoo will ring in the new year by killing its website directory

Other services like Yahoo Education and Qwiki will also close, Yahoo said. But it's the Web directory that first launched Yahoo onto the Web.

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Papers please: Russia requires Facebook, Twitter and Google to register as social networks or be blocked

If the companies refuse a second request to register as 'organizers of information distribution' they may be blocked in Russia

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Yahoo reports a drop in government data requests

There were 18,000 requests in the first six months of this year, down from 29,000 a year ago

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FCC questions how to enforce net neutrality rules

Groups disagree on how the agency should apply any regulations it might pass

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Alibaba shares open at a high $92.70

Shares were trading a tad lower around $90 later in the afternoon

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Mysterious entity acquires TwitPic, saving it from death

The TwitPic photo-sharing service for Twitter has been acquired, though it's not saying yet by whom.

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Senators hear calls on the FCC to step back from net neutrality rules

Republican lawmakers and witnesses repeat criticisms that net neutrality rules would slow broadband investment.

Lyft car-pooling opens in LA despite regulatory challenge

California regulators last week called the service illegal. But that hasn't stopped services like Lyft from operating like business as usual.

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Mail.Ru buys rest of Russia's VKontakte, ending shareholder dispute

VKontakte shareholders and a company co-founder have settled a dispute involving allegations of embezzlement and secret service interference

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China's Baidu partners with BMW on driverless car research

Baidu revealed earlier this month it is working on its own driverless car

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Yahoo slams new 'digital will' law, says users have privacy when they die

Yahoo says legislation giving estate attorneys broad data access violates its terms.

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Uber ignores California's warning, doubles down on carpool service

The company is promoting a service regulators have said violates the law, while permanently cutting the price of its lower-cost UberX service.

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FTC warns of using big data to exclude consumers

The agency will enforce existing laws related to privacy and discrimination, the FTC's chairwoman says