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Tech groups ask US for transparency in secret data requests

Influential technology companies and groups want the U.S. government to lift restrictions on publicizing secret requests for user data as the fallout continues over the scale of government surveillance.

Yahoo earnings up under Marissa Mayer

Yahoo’s profits rose by 46 percent in the second quarter, aided by nearly a dozen product launches, though sales at the company were still down.

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Yahoo buys Admovate to ramp up its mobile advertising

Yahoo has bought ad tech startup Admovate to grow its mobile advertising sales and provide a stronger channel for personalized display advertising.

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Yahoo profit rises by 46 percent, though sales still drag

Yahoo's profits rose, though sales at the company were still down. Analysts say it is too soon to tell if the company can ever be "cool" again.

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Get the Yahoo username of your dreams with new wishlist site

Yahoo is in the process of recycling unused usernames from decades past and opening them up to active users looking to get the username of their dreams.

FISA court asks government to declassify secret order in Yahoo case

The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ordered the government to declassify its secret order and parties' briefs in a case which Yahoo expects will demonstrate that it resisted government directives.

After a year at Yahoo, Mayer still sprinting to catch up

Since taking the reins as Yahoo's CEO a year ago this week, Marissa Mayer has set out to revamp the struggling Internet company with a series of rapid fire acquisitions that could make even her former colleagues at Google envious.

Yahoo says release of secret FISA court order will prove it resisted directives

Yahoo wants the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to order the public release of a secret order in a 2008 surveillance dispute, as it will demonstrate that the Internet company "objected strenuously" to government directives.

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Yahoo buys Xobni; some products have a year to live

Yahoo has bought Xobni, which specializes in organizing user address books. Most of Xobni's products will be phased out in a year's time.

Action: Yahoo buys Qwiki moviemaking app

In yet another mobile acquisition, Yahoo has acquired Qwiki, a New York City company that makes an app for turning photos and videos into short, edited movies.

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Yahoo kills a dozen more products to sharpen its focus

Yahoo slims itself down again by axing a dozen products, part of an ongoing effort to sharpen its focus on services the search engine thinks people need in their daily lives.