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Self Description

November 2001: "Yahoo! Inc. is the Internet's leading global consumer and business services company, offering a comprehensive network of essential services for Web users around the globe as well as businesses of all sizes. As the first online navigational guide to the Web"...

Third-Party Descriptions

December 2014: "It's just that some of the photographers made their photos available under Creative Commons under the impression that they'd be used in articles or by other sources rather than Yahoo itself turning them into a source of revenue, much less one that leaves out the content creators. In fact, it's entirely possible that the move could hurt Yahoo. If enough photographers feel that way, they could simply stop using Flickr, and take their photos to other sites that do share revenue with content creators in these types of scenarios."

September 2013: '“It means that people will be able to claim Yahoo IDs and use them to take over other people’s identities via password resets and other methods,” he wrote at the time. “For example someone who uses a Yahoo email address solely as a backup for Gmail, and thus haven’t logged into it for a long time, would be vulnerable to having that address taken over by a malicious individual who only wanted to ultimately get into the active Gmail address. You can see a chain of events where that could lead to taking over online banking accounts, social media accounts and the like.”'

January 2012: 'Google vs. Yahoo Yahoo has long followed a single sign-on to access a wide range of services, from email to travel to games to finance to personals. Per its privacy policy [12], it collects all sorts of information about you, as well as about your transactions with Yahoo and its partners. It's not entirely clear how much data is passed among services: "Yahoo uses information for the following general purposes: To customize the advertising and content you see, fulfill your requests for products and services, improve our services, contact you, conduct research, and provide anonymous reporting for internal and external clients."'

June 2011: 'And so when Judge Jean-Jacques Gomez of Le Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris sent Yahoo the requisite summons, the company's CEO Jerry Yang issued a statement right out of Barlow's playbook. France "wants to impose a judgment in an area over which it has no control," Yang declared.'

October 2009: "Using information he received from an Iranian blogger, Koman accused Yahoo of handing over the account information for 200,000 Iranian bloggers to the country's authorities -- an act not unlike handing a list of synagogue members over to the Nazis -- in exchange for the Iranian government lifting its ban on Yahoo access."

December 2008: "BERLIN — Microsoft offered Monday to abide by a European privacy panel’s request that it reduce the length of time it kept records of Web searches if its rivals, Yahoo and Google, did the same."

November 2008: 'The Yahoo case was a landmark. It made clear that search engines like Google and Yahoo could be held liable outside the United States for indexing or directing users to content after having been notified that it was illegal in a foreign country. In the United States, by contrast, Internet service providers are protected from most lawsuits involving having hosted or linked to illegal user-generated content. As a consequence of these differing standards, Google has considerably less flexibility overseas than it does in the United States about content on its sites, and its “information must be free” ethos is being tested abroad.'

September 2008: "A group called Anonymous has claimed responsibility for the hacking of Mrs Palin's Yahoo e-mail."

July 2008: "The devil's best trick is to persuade us that he doesn't exist, but Google only has to convince us that it's not evil. Nearing an agreement with Yahoo to grab the ailing company's search business, Google scripted a series of dramatic public events apparently designed to distract from the pending deal. These events emphasize network neutrality, an ever-changing regulatory ideal that Google thrust into the political spotlight two years ago. As entertaining as this spectacle is, regulators should not be fooled. They should apply traditional anti-monopoly standards, blocking the Google-Yahoo deal."

July 2008: "In Google’s view, the deal with Yahoo is a supplier agreement involving competitors who also collaborate. In the modern economy, these sorts of arrangements are increasingly common and, Google notes, American antitrust authorities have routinely looked at such partnerships in recent years and blessed them."

June 2008: "But Free Press and Public Knowledge found that sometimes when a WOW subscriber visited Yahoo or Google, NebuAd faked an additional packet of data that appears to be the last part of the downloaded Google webpage. The extra packet included NebuAd-written JavaScript that directs users' browsers to a NebuAd-owned domain named, where the company drops tracking cookies from other domains and companies on the user's computer. These can be used later to deliver customized ads based off analysis of where people have gone on the web or what search terms they have used."

March 2008: 'Mr. Brodsky says he has asked the Web companies point-blank if they would support legislation similar to what he has proposed. Microsoft gave him a firm “yes,” but Yahoo, he said, seemed to be opposed to any sort of regulation. Yahoo declined to comment on its meeting with Mr. Brodsky.'

March 2008: 'Indeed, Yahoo makes advertisers agree that their ads “do not (as determined by us) reflect poorly on or tarnish the reputation or goodwill of a Yahoo! Entity.”'

February 2008: "Yahoo has also extended its advertising reach into old media, launching a consortium more than two years ago with a number of newspapers, which now exceeds 200 members. The newspapers place Yahoo's search engine on their Web sites, and Yahoo acts as a one-stop broker for advertisers seeking newspaper space around the country. Microsoft's bid for Yahoo may have already expanded the consortium."

October 2007: In a written statement, Yahoo spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said Yahoo representatives have been truthful with Congress. He called the House committee's accusation 'grossly unfair' and said it 'mischaracterizes the nature and intent of our past testimony.'

August 2007: "In short, all Yahoo did was follow Chinese law....Yet two years ago, while citing the First Amendment, Yahoo went to the U.S. courts in a bid to prevent it from having to pay millions in fines levied by a French court for allowing French citizens to barter Nazi paraphernalia on its auction site _ a practice against French law.

August 2007: Sadly, you can find ads for many of these suspect antispyware products on popular search engines. Typically, these ads appear as 'sponsored links,' 'sponsored sites,' or 'sponsor results' on Google, Yahoo, and Windows Live (the search engine behind Microsoft's's time for Google, Live, and Yahoo to look at their advertisers and take immediate action against deceptive products instead of accepting tainted ad dollars.

December 2005: What: Cecilia Barnes sued Yahoo after ex-boyfriend allegedly posted a personal profile with nude photos of Barnes and her work contact information.

July 2007: In a bid to keep up with its competition, Yahoo yesterday launched a system to let marketers tailor advertising content to individual users, theoretically making the ads more effective and, therefore, more lucrative for Yahoo.

January 2007: Yahoo has also been criticised by human rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch over its decision to hand over e-mail account data to the Chinese government that has led to the imprisonment of “cyber dissidents”.

March 2007: Yahoo!'s web hosting division, which provides services to Cutting Through, pulled the site without explanation after Watt posted an audio 'blurb' about the CIA's links to drug traffickers and the 1980s crack epidemic in Los Angeles, he said.

February 2006: Yahoo made different choices when it began offering Web services in China in 1999. It filters search results without telling users that it is doing so, and it launched an e-mail service based in China and provides user data to the police when requested.

February 2006: America Online and Yahoo, two of the world's largest providers of e-mail accounts, are about to start using a system that gives preferential treatment to messages from companies that pay from 1/4 of a cent to a penny each to have them delivered. The senders must promise to contact only people who have agreed to receive their messages, or risk being blocked entirely.

February 2005: Mary Osako, a spokeswoman for Yahoo Inc. in Sunnyvale, Calif., which manages about 40 million accounts, said that "our hearts go out to the Ellsworths and any family that suffers from a tremendous loss such as this." But, she added, "the commitment we've made to every person who signs up for a Yahoo Mail account is to treat their e-mail as a private communication and to treat the content of their messages as confidential."

December 2004: Before the start of the trial yesterday, Geico reached an out-of-court settlement with the Yahoo search engine for undisclosed terms. Yahoo Inc. does not allow companies to bid on search terms involving the trademark names of their rivals.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Organization Mar 5, 2011
Opponent (past or present) Eolas Technologies Organization Feb 10, 2012
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Flickr Organization Jul 6, 2008
Formerly Owned by (partial or full) HotJobs Organization Jun 28, 2016
Opponent (past or present) International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA) Organization Jun 23, 2011
Cooperation (past or present) National Security Agency (NSA) Organization Sep 5, 2013
Member of (past or present) Open Book Alliance Organization May 9, 2010
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Overture Services Organization Oct 20, 2004
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Right Media Organization May 21, 2010
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Yahoo News Source Dec 25, 2010
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Carol A. Bartz Person Apr 19, 2010
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Danah Boyd Person Jul 7, 2008
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Deborah Cohen Person
Research/Analysis Subject Prof. Ben Edelman J.D., Ph.D Person Mar 30, 2008
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Tim Koogle Person Apr 20, 2005
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Terry Semel Person Jan 22, 2006
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Geeta Sharma Person
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Scott Thompson Person May 7, 2012
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Founded/Co-Founded by Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Jerry Yang Person Apr 28, 2010

Articles and Resources

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Dec 06, 2014 Yahoo Angers Photographers By Selling Their Work

QUOTE: some of the photographers made their photos available under Creative Commons under the impression that they'd be used in articles or by other sources rather than Yahoo itself turning them into a source of revenue, much less one that leaves out the content creators.

Sep 26, 2013 Is Yahoo Doing Enough To Protect Sensitive Emails?

QUOTE: ...Yahoo announced that it would give away inactive email addresses and Yahoo IDs. They would only do so if the address had been inactive for at least a year. The idea was that Yahoo’s loyal users would be able to get more desirable email addresses....People began criticizing Yahoo’s move pretty much right after it was announced in early summer. Security experts warned of privacy and cybersafety issues that could arise from the initiative.

Sep 10, 2013 New details in how the feds take laptops at border

QUOTE: President Barack Obama and his predecessors have maintained that people crossing into U.S. territory aren't protected by the Fourth Amendment. That policy is intended to allow for intrusive searches that keep drugs, child pornography and other illegal imports out of the country. But it also means the government can target travelers for no reason other than political advocacy if it wants, and obtain electronic documents identifying fellow supporters.

Yahoo News
Sep 05, 2013 N.S.A. Foils Much Internet Encryption

QUOTE: The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents. The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world...

New York Times
Feb 09, 2012 Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll’s Claim to Own the Interactive Web

QUOTE: The chief issue in the case was whether the first computer program that allowed access to an “interactive web” was created by the little-known Chicago biologist Doyle, who runs Eolas out of Chicago. Or was it one of the web pioneers put on the stand by the defendant companies — such as Pei-Yuan Wei and his Viola browser, or Dave Raggett and his embed tag?

Jan 26, 2012 How does Google's new privacy policy compare?

QUOTE: Much ado has been made about Google's new overarching privacy policy, but the company's not doing anything much different than Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, or Yahoo

Aug 31, 2011 Hackers may have stolen more than 200 SSL certificates: Source say DigiNotar breach generated fraudulent certs for Mozilla, Yahoo and Tor, not just Google

QUOTE: Hackers may have obtained more than 200 digital certificates from a Dutch company after breaking into its network, including ones for Mozilla, Yahoo and the Tor project....Security researchers now wonder what else DigiNotar hasn't told users.

Jun 22, 2011 Nazi hunting: How France first "civilized" the Internet

QUOTE: France has long attempted to "civilize" the Internet out of things like racism and Nazi ideology by curbing their dissemination. In fact, the first battle in this war concluded a decade ago. The winner was France; the loser was the then-reigning giant of the Web—Yahoo—along with the notion that the Internet is a "global" place that inherently transcends national boundaries.

Ars Technica
Apr 05, 2011 Google Antitrust Investigation May Be On FTC’s Agenda

QUOTE: Google has done much to advance its laudable mission to “organize the world’s information,” but we’re concerned by a broadening pattern of conduct aimed at stopping anyone else from creating a competitive alternative.

Mar 31, 2011 Antitrust Cry From Microsoft

QUOTE: The litany of particulars in Microsoft’s complaint… includes claims of anticompetitive practices by Google in search, online advertising and smartphone software. But a central theme, Microsoft says, is that Google unfairly hinders the ability of search competitors — and Microsoft’s Bing is almost the only one left — from examining and indexing information that Google controls, like its big video service YouTube.

New York Times
Mar 27, 2011 Ethical Quandary for Social Sites

QUOTE: The photos had been removed because he did not take the images himself, a violation of the site’s community rules… “That is totally ludicrous,” he said. “Flickr is full of accounts with photos that people did not take themselves.” Human rights advocates have also criticized Facebook for not being more flexible with some of its policies, specifically its rule requiring users to create accounts with their real names.

New York Times
Mar 01, 2011 Internet Cheating Scandal Shakes Japan Universities

QUOTE: Many here are wondering aloud whether admission to top universities — a ticket to a top corporate or government job — remains as merit-based as it used to be, or whether some young people are unfairly getting a leg up, in this case from misuse of new technologies.

New York Times
Feb 21, 2011 2 Executives Quit Amid Fraud Inquiry

QUOTE: The company said in its statement that 100 sales officers at Alibaba had helped perpetrate the fraud by allowing fake companies in China to register and sell products on Alibaba’s international Web site as “Gold Suppliers,” which suggested that they were among the more trustworthy.

New York Times
Dec 24, 2010 Fairness being raised over divisional alignment

QUOTE: Since the NFL switched to its current eight-division format in 2002, which made the possibility of an 8-8 division winner more likely, three times have teams won their division with only a 9-7 mark. One of those teams, last season’s Buccaneers, went to the playoffs while the Browns sat home with a 10-6 record. This season, there’s a chance that seven teams could finish with better records than two division winners, but not make the postseason.

Yahoo News
May 26, 2010 Facebook Bows to Pressure Over Privacy

QUOTE: The back and forth between Facebook and its users over privacy is gaining importance as the company’s growth continues unabated. It now has nearly 500 million users around the world, and its policies, more than those of any other company, are helping to define standards for privacy in the Internet age.

New York Times
May 21, 2010 Social networks may be sharing your info with advertisers

QUOTE: several social networking sites are sharing, with advertisers, information that can be used to identify individuals....In the case of social networking sites, the information on the last page viewed often reveals user names or profile ID numbers that could potentially be used to look up the individuals.

May 21, 2010 Sure, It’s Big. But Is That Bad?

QUOTE: “The government is finally onto the notion that they have to start asking questions about Google,” he said. “Google started off saying they were going to treat everything on the Web neutrally. That is the basis on which they secured dominance. And now they’ve changed the rules.”

New York Times
May 04, 2010 Consumer Groups Say Proposed Privacy Bill Is Flawed

QUOTE: Consumer groups have been fighting what they see as the prevalence of online tracking....Industry groups, while arguing that free Internet content depends on this type of sophisticated advertising, have issued their own self-regulatory principles.

New York Times
Apr 27, 2010 China Moves to Tighten Data Controls

QUOTE: China is on the verge of requiring telecommunications companies and Internet service providers to halt and report leaks of what the government deems to be state secrets, the latest in a series of moves intended to strengthen the government’s control over private communications.

New York Times
Feb 24, 2010 Microsoft Takes Down Whistleblower Site, Read the Secret Doc Here

QUOTE: Microsoft has managed to do what a roomful of secretive, three-letter government agencies have wanted to do for years: get the whistleblowing, government-document sharing site Cryptome shut down. Microsoft dropped a DMCA notice alleging copyright infringement on Cryptome’s proprietor John Young on Tuesday after he posted a Microsoft surveillance compliance document that the company gives to law enforcement agents seeking information on Microsoft users.


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