Consumer Web/Social Media

Yahoo Inc

Yahoo-AOL merger proposal: recipe for revival, or stagnation?

A proposed merger of Internet pioneers AOL Inc and Yahoo Inc could create a nimbler player in Web video, but strong growth, the measure of success in Silicon Valley, would remain elusive.

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Uber

German courts uphold ban on Uber ride-share service

Courts in Berlin and Hamburg upheld bans on online transportation service Uber on Friday, saying the company did not comply with German laws on the carriage of passengers.

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BlackBerry cuts loss and sees rising sales; shares jump

BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) (BBRY.O) reported a smaller quarterly loss on Friday and flashed encouraging signals about its hard-pressed smartphone business as well as its software and services sales, spurring a more than 4 percent jump in its shares.

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EU privacy watchdogs give Google guidelines to change privacy practices

European data privacy regulators on Thursday handed Google a package of guidelines to help it bring the way it collects and stores user data in line with EU law after six regulators opened investigations into the internet giant.

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HP

HP exploring sale of photo sharing service Snapfish - source

Hewlett-Packard Co is exploring the sale of its web-based photo sharing service Snapfish, and has held discussions with multiple private equity and industry buyers, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

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U.S. threatened hefty fines to make Yahoo hand over user data

The U.S. government in 2008 threatened to fine Yahoo Inc $250,000 a day if it failed to turn over customer data to intelligence agencies, according to documents unsealed on Thursday.

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Twitter to raise $1.3 billion through debt offerings

Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said it plans to raise $1.3 billion by issuing convertible senior notes, its first debt offering since its market debut in November. Twitter shares fell about 1.5 percent in extended trading on Wednesday.

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Minecraft

Microsoft nears deal to buy Minecraft maker Mojang : WSJ

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is in serious discussions to buy Mojang AB, the Swedish company behind the popular "Minecraft" video game, The Wall Street Journal said, citing a person with knowledge of the matter.

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Netflix

Tech, equipment makers join U.S. 'net neutrality' debate

Regulating internet providers more like public utility companies could hurt the Internet and the U.S. economy, more than two dozen network technology and equipment makers have told U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.

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WeChat helps Apple rack up bonus points in China

Apple Inc has a lot for which to thank people like Deng.

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Alibaba who? U.S. retail investors not that interested

When Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding revealed plans earlier this year to go public on a U.S. stock exchange, financial advisers like Bob Mecca in Hoffman Estate, Illinois braced themselves for a wave of frantic calls from retail investors wanting to get in on the action.

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WhatsApp

EU regulators to decide on Facebook, WhatsApp deal by Oct. 3

European Union antitrust regulators will decide by Oct. 3 whether to clear world No. 1 online social network Facebook's $19 billion offer for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp, the European Commission said on Monday.

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YouTube, Google

Google to launch YouTube Music Key premium subscription service

YouTube is set to launch a new premium music service called YouTube Music Key. Android Police noted that since last year, there were rumors of a YouTube music service that will let users pay a monthly subscription to access its full library of music and music videos without advertising.

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Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids

Google Inc is considering allowing online accounts for children under the age of 13 and give their parents control over how the service is used, according to media reports.

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China tells South Korea it blocked KakaoTalk, Line to fight terrorism

Chinese authorities say they have blocked messaging apps KakaoTalk and Line as part of efforts to fight terrorism,South Korea said on Thursday, the first official explanation of service disruptions in China that began a month ago.

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