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Dec 11, 2012

Yahoo CEO Mayer unveils overhaul of email service

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc rolled
out new versions of its popular Web email on Tuesday, the first
major product makeover since Chief Executive Marissa Mayer took
the helm of the struggling Internet company five months ago.

Yahoo released new versions of its Yahoo Mail product for
smartphones and tablets – in keeping with Mayer’s focus on
mobile devices – and a revamped version of its Web-based mail
product for PC users that cuts out ancillary features and that
the company said delivers faster performance.

Dec 10, 2012

Britain’s Pace approaches Google over Motorola Home

LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – British TV decoder maker Pace Plc confirmed on Monday that it had made an early-stage proposal to internet group Google Inc to acquire its set-top TV box maker Motorola Home.

“Discussions with Google are currently at a preliminary stage and there is no certainty as to whether any agreement regarding any transaction will be reached,” Pace said in a statement.

Dec 7, 2012

Exclusive: Google to replace M&A chief

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc is replacing the head of its in-house mergers and acquisitions group, David Lawee, with one of its top lawyers, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Don Harrison, a high-ranking lawyer at Google, will replace Lawee as head of the Internet search company’s corporate development group, which oversees mergers and acquisitions, said the source, who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Dec 7, 2012

Google to replace M&A chief

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) is
replacing the head of its in-house mergers and acquisitions
group, David Lawee, with one of its top lawyers, according to a
person familiar with the matter.

Don Harrison, a high-ranking lawyer at Google, will replace
Lawee as head of the Internet search company’s corporate
development group, which oversees mergers and acquisitions, said
the source, who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized
to speak publicly.

Dec 7, 2012

Google to charge small businesses for Web-based Apps software

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Google Inc will no
longer offer its Web-based office productivity software free to
small businesses, the Internet company’s latest move to expand
revenue beyond its core advertising services.

Google said on Thursday that businesses with 10 or fewer
people will now need to pay $50 per user per year – the same
rate that larger businesses pay – to use its Google Apps
software which includes email, word processing, spreadsheet and
presentation tools.

Dec 6, 2012

In brewing rivalry, Instagram trims ties to Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s recently acquired photo-sharing service Instagram removed a key element of its integration with Twitter, signaling a deepening rift between two of the Web’s dominant social media companies.

Instagram Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said Wednesday his company turned off support for Twitter “cards” in order to drive Twitter users to Instagram’s own website. Twitter “cards” are a feature that allows multimedia content like YouTube videos and Instagram photos to be embedded and viewed directly within a Twitter message.

Dec 5, 2012

Facebook’s Instagram cuts support for key Twittter integration

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s
recently-acquired photo-sharing service Instagram removed a key
element of its integration with Twitter, signaling that
competition between the popular Web social media companies may
be heating up.

Instagram said it had turned off support for Twitter “cards”
- a Twitter feature that allows Instagram’s photos to be
embedded and viewed directly within a Twitter message. On
Wednesday, Twitter users discovered that Instagram photos did
not display properly on Twitter’s website.

Dec 3, 2012

Yahoo sees several flaws in $2.7 billion Mexico ruling: source

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc believes it has “numerous” grounds to appeal a Mexico City civil court’s $2.7 billion preliminary judgment against the company, including both errors in procedure and in application of law, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

The ruling in the case, which involves allegations of breach of contract related to an online yellow pages listings service, was made by the 49th Civil Court of the Federal District of Mexico City, Yahoo announced on Friday.

Dec 3, 2012

Yahoo sees several flaws in $2.7 bln Mexico ruling-source

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc believes
it has “numerous” grounds to appeal a Mexico City civil court’s
$2.7 billion preliminary judgment against the company, including
both errors in procedure and in application of law, a person
familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

The ruling in the case, which involves allegations of breach
of contract related to an online yellow pages listings service,
was made by the 49th Civil Court of the Federal District of
Mexico City, Yahoo announced on Friday.

Dec 3, 2012

Facebook voting begins on Instagram data-sharing, email privacy

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc opened the polls on Monday for its roughly 1 billion users to vote on a variety of changes to the social network’s policies, including a proposal to scrap the user voting system that Facebook introduced in 2009.

Facebook also said it had “clarified” some of the proposed changes, specifying that a new policy allowing it to share user data with recently acquired photo-application Instagram will be carried out in compliance with applicable laws and that Facebook will seek user consent when necessary.

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