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China's Alibaba confirms plans for U.S. IPO
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group on Sunday announced its plans to make a public stock offering in the US, an event that could set a record for the US IPO of a Chinese company.
Copyright owners call for overhaul of DMCA takedown notices
Congress needs to overhaul the take-down notice provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to make it easier for copyright holders to police infringing uploads of their intellectual property, some advocates told lawmakers.
The paranoid's survival guide, part 2: Protect your privacy on social, mobile and more
We've rounded up a bunch of experts' tips about how to retain your privacy when messaging and using apps, and while on social media.
Yahoo gets help from Yelp to fight Google
Searching on Yahoo will now deliver local business reviews from Yelp, through a partnership that could help Yahoo search compete against Google, or at least make it more useful.
Yahoo acquires data visualization startup
Yahoo has acquired Vizify, a company that turns social media data into interactive visual aids such as infographics and videos, adding to Yahoo's string of acquisitions designed both to get talent and access to new technologies and services.
Yahoo services to cut Facebook, Google sign-ins
Users of Yahoo services will down the line have to use a Yahoo username to sign on to its services, as the company plans to phase out signing up to these services using Facebook and Google credentials.
The paranoid's survival guide, part 1: How to protect your personal data
We've rounded up a bunch of experts' tips about how to retain your privacy -- as much as possible, anyway -- and how to surf the Web silently, among other things.
Report: UK spies captured millions of Yahoo users' webcam images
U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ captured and stored still webcam images of millions of Yahoo users including substantial quantities of sexually explicit material, the Guardian newspaper reported Thursday.
Staff at recruitment tool firm Distill join Yahoo
The team at Distill, the developer of a collaborative video interview platform, is joining Yahoo, adding to the number of engineers and other staff from startups that have joined the Internet company.
Mayer says Yahoo investing in search through acquisitions
If you think Yahoo has given up on search, think again. The company may have handed its back-end search operations to Microsoft, but CEO Marissa Mayer said there's work to be done on mobile devices, particularly around contextual search.
Antitrust deal leaves Google unscathed
Google's agreement to end its three-year antitrust dispute with the European Union gives the company's search rivals a boost, but it's probably not enough to make a dent in Google's search engine dominance
How to Prepare Your Business (And Your Employees) to Work Remotely
Hurricanes, blizzards, floods, earthquakes, even mundane events like employees' car troubles or family obligations can disrupt your business and put a damper on productivity. Here's how to prepare your business and your personnel for working remotely.
Hackers try to hijack Facebook, other high profile domains through registrar
The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of hackers that has hijacked other high-profile domain names, managed to change the domain registration information for Facebook.com, but failed to redirect the domain to a different server.
Google, Facebook, Microsoft show steady rise in surveillance data requests
Google, Facebook and Microsoft were among the technology companies to release new figures showing a rising number of requests for their users' data coming from a secretive U.S. surveillance court.
Yahoo to buy developer of Donna personal assistant app
Yahoo has entered into an agreement to acquire Incredible Labs, the startup behind mobile personal assistant app Donna.
Yahoo resets passwords after email hack
Yahoo has been resetting email accounts that were targeted in an attack apparently aimed at collecting personal information from recently sent messages, the company said Thursday.
Startup Altiscale offers Hadoop hosted service
Organizations that want to run Apache Hadoop to analyze their big data without setting up a computer cluster can now procure the data processing framework as a service from a startup co-founded by the former CTO of Yahoo.
Yahoo acquires Tomfoolery, a social networking startup for business
Yahoo is acquiring Tomfoolery, a startup that makes software to better connect employees on the desktop and mobile, it was announced Wednesday.
Yahoo reports another sales decline as ads sag
Yahoo reported a 6 percent drop in revenue for the fourth quarter as sales of its display and search ads dropped compared to last year.
Obama administration forges deal with tech firms on data requests
Technology companies will be allowed to reveal more details about government data requests under a tentative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Yahoo buys virtual worlds gaming company Cloud Party
Yahoo has acquired Cloud Party, a gaming company specializing in virtual worlds, in another deal to give the search giant more engineering chops.
U.S. issues 320,000 requests for Verizon customer data
Verizon Communications received more than 320,000 requests for customer information from U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in 2013, more than 100 times the number of requests from any other country, the telecom carrier said in its first surveillance transparency report.
COO de Castro, a former Google exec, set to leave Yahoo
Yahoo Chief Operating Officer Henrique de Castro is leaving the company a little over a year after he was hired, according to a filing by the company.
Yahoo malvertising attack linked to larger malware scheme
A deeper look by Cisco Systems into the cyberattack that infected Yahoo users with malware appears to show a link between the attack and a suspicious affiliate traffic-pushing scheme with roots in Ukraine.
Yahoo email encryption standard needs work
Yahoo has started to automatically encrypt connections between users and its email service, adding an important security layer that rival Gmail has had for almost four years, but its implementation needs work, according to at least one security expert.
Yahoo buys 'smart home screen' company Aviate
Yahoo has acquired Aviate, a startup that developed a technology to organize the home screen of the user's Android device based on what the user is doing.
SNL cast helps Marissa Mayer launch Yahoo News Digest
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer got some help from "Saturday Night Live" cast members Tuesday when she took the stage at the International CES to announce a new app called Yahoo News Digest.
Malware from Yahoo ads did not affect US and Mac and mobile users
Yahoo said that malware spread by advertisements served by its European websites had not affected users in North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America as people in these locations were not served the advertisements.
Malware delivered to thousands via Yahoo.com ads
Malicious ads served through Yahoo's ad network delivered malware to thousands of site visitors, according to researchers at Fox-IT, but Yahoo subsequently blocked the attack.
Obama to meet tech leaders on Healthcare.gov site, surveillance
U.S. President Barack Obama, hoping to repair some of the damage wrought by the troubled Healthcare.gov site, will meet with executives from technology companies including Yahoo and Twitter on Tuesday.
Nearly a week in, Yahoo still fixing email woes
Nearly a week after Yahoo's email service crashed, the company is still working to bring it all back.
Marissa Mayer 'very sorry' for Yahoo Mail outage
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said Friday she was "very sorry" for this week's Yahoo Mail outage, which she implied has affected roughly one million users.
Update: Yahoo struggles under weight of long email outage
As Yahoo goes into another day of an email outage, angry users are venting their frustrations on social networks.
The top tech stories of 2013: Big Brother, wearables, and the struggles of aging tech giants
Politics collided with technology this year as stories about U.S. government spying stirred angst among U.S. citizens and foreign governments and the flawed HeathCare.gov site got American health-care reform off to a rocky start. Meanwhile, the post-PC era put aging tech giants under pressure to reinvent themselves.
8 big tech firms call for government surveillance reforms
Eight top tech companies in the U.S. have asked governments around the world to reform surveillance laws and practices, and asked the U.S. to take the lead.
Should Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter really judge what's news?
Where did you first learn about Amazon's crazy plan to deliver packages via drone? "60 Minutes"? The New York Times? Increasingly, the answer is likely to be Twitter, Facebook or Yahoo, and that's just how the online giants like it.
Website lets users find if personal data is exposed in large data leaks
A new website allows Internet users to check if their usernames and passwords were exposed in some of the largest data breaches in recent years.
House passes bill to curb patent trolls
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill meant to discourage so-called patent trolls from filing multiple infringement lawsuits or demanding licensing deals over the objections of some groups representing small inventors.
Microsoft to encrypt services, notify users of gov't data requests
Microsoft recently told its customers worldwide that it will encrypt their information and notify them when it receives legal orders to turn over files containing their data.
Yahoo acquires mobile video app startup Ptch
Yahoo has acquired Ptch, the startup behind a mobile app that allowed users to combine photos and video on their phones into movies, and the service will shut down by January.
Yahoo buys SkyPhrase for natural language expertise
Yahoo has acquired SkyPhrase, a natural language processing startup, in a move that could improve Yahoo's ability to make sense of user queries and commands across any number of Yahoo products.
Yahoo CEO Mayer talks mobile strategy, design approach
Yahoo is taking a "mobile first" approach to its product strategy, to the point where mobility could reinvent the company, according to CEO Marissa Mayer.
Google says users deserve to know more about surge in gov't data requests
The number of government requests for user information received by Google has doubled since 2010, not including requests made under the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which the company is not allowed to disclose.
Privacy groups seek FTC probe of Google, Yahoo for exposing data to NSA
Several advocacy groups are calling for an investigation into Internet companies Yahoo and Google whose networks were secretly accessed by the National Security Agency.
Tech firms furious after denied full view of government reply to FISA court
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and LinkedIn are objecting to the U.S. government's decision to provide them only a redacted version of its response to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
What to expect at Salesforce.com's Dreamforce, in pictures
Salesforce.com's annual Dreamforce conference will kick off next week in San Francisco, and with a reported 120,000 people registered to attend in person and virtually, it will be the cloud software vendor's biggest shindig yet.
Tech industry calls for 'oversight and accountability' of NSA surveillance
Internet companies are demanding reforms to U.S. government surveillance practices to enhance privacy protections and provide "appropriate oversight and accountability mechanisms."
Yahoo to close Cairo office by year's end
Yahoo has decided to shut down its office in Cairo, Egypt by the end of this year as the company tries to revitalize its business.
Yahoo snaps up LookFlow to improve Flickr
Yahoo has acquired LookFlow, an image recognition company, as part of a plan to improve photo discovery on Flickr, Yahoo announced Wednesday.
Yahoo can review redacted FISA papers before release
The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has allowed Yahoo's counsel to review declassified documents from a 2008 dispute over data disclosure, after the company said the public release of documents redacted by the government could lead to its role being misunderstood.
Yahoo can't stall Bing rollout in Taiwan, Hong Kong
A court in New York has upheld an arbitration award requiring Yahoo not to delay the roll out of Bing services in Taiwan and Hong Kong under a 2009 agreement.
Yahoo to reinvent small-business services unit
Yahoo, in its crusade to reinvent itself, is adding another item to the agenda: revamping its small-business Web hosting unit.
What do people hate most about the new Yahoo Mail?
When Yahoo Mail turned 16 earlier this month, the company celebrated by giving it a new, Gmail-like interface. It might now wish that it hadn't -- thousands of users have taken to the Web to complain about things they don't like.
Yahoo reports another sales drop as ad clicks yield less
Yahoo reported a 5 percent drop in revenue for the third quarter, with the money it makes from display and search ads both continuing to decline.
Yahoo to encrypt webmail sessions by default starting in January
Yahoo will start encrypting the webmail sessions of its users in early 2014 by making https standard for all Yahoo Mail connections.
NSA surveillance revelations prompt EFF to resign from Global Network Initiative
The reported participation of technology companies in the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance programs has prompted digital rights watchdog the Electronic Frontier Foundation to resign from the Global Network Initiative, a multistakeholder group whose members include Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Facebook and whose stated mission is to advance privacy and freedom of expression online.
Google backs effort to slash worldwide Internet costs
Internet access can be expensive, especially in developing countries. Google is backing a new project that aims to change that.
Release of Yahoo docs by FISA court may be delayed
The declassification and release of documents in a case that Yahoo believes will prove it resisted government demands for data collection will likely be delayed after the government said its staff cannot work on it during the shutdown of the U.S. government.
Yahoo abandons T-shirt rewards for vulnerability information
Yahoo will stop giving T-shirts as a reward for finding security vulnerabilities after a public shaming it's calling "t-shirt gate."
U.S. opposes company requests to publish surveillance stats
The U.S. Department of Justice has opposed requests by Facebook, Google, Microsoft and other companies to publish the number of surveillance requests they receive from the U.S. National Security Agency and other agencies.
Yahoo concerned that release of redacted FISA papers may mislead
Yahoo has asked that it be allowed to review declassified documents of a secret court about a dispute over data collection between the Internet company and the government, as the release of the redacted documents could mislead the public.
Tech firms push Congress for transparency on NSA surveillance
The U.S. Congress must act quickly on legislation that would make electronic data collection efforts by the U.S. National Security Agency more public, a group of tech firms, civil liberties groups and other organizations said Monday.
Patent trolls will gain from single European system
The creation of a pan-European patent system will help spread abusive patent litigation to Europe and could lead to E.U.-wide sales bans on products, leading tech vendors have claimed.
Tech group asks 21 countries to disclose surveillance requests
Countries that have pledged to support Internet freedom should allow technology vendors to report the number of electronic surveillance requests they receive, a tech advocacy group said Thursday.
Why HP's Successful Turnaround Is Closer Than It Looks
Hewlett-Packard's turnaround effort under CEO Meg Whitman, like an object in the rearview mirror, is closer than it appears. Credit the impending success on strategic partnerships, good hires and a broad view of the future of tech.
CEO Mayer talks logos and her happiness at Yahoo
In a wide-ranging discussion Wednesday, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer talked about the company's not-so-popular new logo, the status of her turnaround efforts and whether she's happier at Yahoo than she was at Google.
Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft petition US over surveillance requests
Facebook, Google and Yahoo on Monday filed petitions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as part of a renewed collective effort to provide more information to their users about government data requests.
China frees journalist jailed based on Yahoo-provided email
A Chinese journalist who was jailed because of incriminating email records provided by Yahoo has been freed by local authorities after serving over eight years in prison.
Yahoo got more than 12,000 U.S. data requests, disclosed info more than 11,000 times
Yahoo received 12,444 requests from the U.S. government for user data in the first half of this year, resulting in 11,402 instances of data disclosure, it said Friday in its first transparency report.
Yahoo freshens its image with a new logo
Yahoo's logo is now a little bit sleeker, under a redesign unveiled Wednesday in keeping with the company's reinvention efforts.
New York Times site hack shifts attention to registry locks
One way that owners of major websites can mitigate the risk of their domains being hijacked like The New York Times' site was on Tuesday is to apply what is known as a registry lock on the domain, security researchers say.
Yahoo aims for consistency with site redesign
Yahoo has redesigned its Sports, Movies, Music, TV, omg, Games and Weather sites with a more consistent look and some personalized tools, the company said Tuesday.
Tech firms' responses to new NSA disclosures cloud the truth
Technology companies may be hiding behind legal jargon to avoid being more forthcoming in their responses to new documents on government surveillance that were disclosed Friday, some experts say.
Mayer's plan gets a boost as Yahoo tops Google
For the first time since 2011, Yahoo topped Internet behemoth Google in Web traffic last month, according to Internet tracker comScore Inc.
Tumblr flaw lets incorrect posts appear on user blogs
Tumblr is working to resolve an issue causing seemingly random content to be posted to personal blogs.
Yahoo looks to showcase changes with new logo
Yahoo is revamping its logo. The company began a 30-day run of rolling out a new logo every day until it unveils the official symbol at midnight ET Sept. 5.
Yahoo buys failed browser maker Rockmelt
Yahoo today acquired Rockmelt, a company that tried to compete with Google, Microsoft and Mozilla in the cut-throat browser market, but failed.
Patent firm Eolas loses appeal in Web patents lawsuit
Patent firm Eolas Technologies lost an appeal against Google, J.C. Penney, Yahoo and Amazon.com in a long-drawn lawsuit involving key Web patents.
U.K. Prime Minister warns Internet companies to ban child abuse search terms
The British government wants Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to block Internet searches that are likely to lead to child abuse images.
Wall Street Beat: Software a bright spot as tech results bring gloom
Though software sales provided a ray of light in otherwise mixed results this week, gloom settled over the tech sector Friday in the wake of bellwether IT quarterly earnings reports.
SAS Institute, National Instruments top list of companies with good work-life balance
Sixteen of the top 25 companies offering a good work-life balance are technology companies, according to a new ranking from the job site Glassdoor, with the SAS Institute and National Instruments leading the pack.
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.
One year under Mayer, Yahoo no longer 'dead company walking'
After a year with Marissa Mayer at the helm, Yahoo is no longer seen as a 'dead company walking,' according to one analyst.
Tumblr issues security update, asks users to change passwords
Tumblr, the blogging site recently acquired by Yahoo, has released a security update for its iPhone and iPad apps that it said addresses an issue that allowed passwords to be compromised in certain circumstances.
Yahoo profit rises by 46%, though sales still drag
Yahoo's profits rose by 46% in the second quarter, aided by nearly a dozen product launches, though sales at the company were still down.
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.
Ad networks agree to take steps against online piracy
A group of U.S. companies operating Internet advertising networks has pledged to bar websites trafficking in pirated goods from using their services and to take other steps to fight online copyright infringement.
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.
Dropbox adds new tools to make syncing smarter
Dropbox is adding a suite of features to its file-hosting services to provide more syncing tools for app developers and make it easier for end users to access their data across devices.
Yahoo buys contact management outfit Xobni
Yahoo has continued a major buying spree by acquiring Xobni, which offers products designed to help people keep better track of their contacts.
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.
Yahoo kills a dozen more products to sharpen its focus
Yahoo is slimming itself down again by axing 12 of its products, part of an ongoing effort to sharpen its focus on services it thinks people need in their daily lives.
Teradata expands Hadoop support
Teradata's enterprise customers have a fresh set of options for integrating Hadoop into their environments.
Yahoo News gets a redesign aimed at personalization
In its continuing efforts to woo users with new products and services, Yahoo is at it again, this time with a redesign of its News Page.
FTC advises Google, Yahoo, others to be clearer in labeling paid search results
Searching online for something like "diet plans," or "Caribbean vacation," or of course "iPhone," is bound to present a slew of results, including ads. Now, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission wants search engines to display those ads more clearly.
Yahoo discloses user data requests from U.S. law enforcement agencies
Yahoo has received between 12,000 to 13,000 requests for user data from law enforcement agencies in the U.S. between Dec. 1 and May 31 this year, the company said Monday.
Does encryption really shield you from government's prying eyes?
If you're thinking about encrypting email in light of revelations about U.S. government spying, you may be wasting your time.
Spy-proof enterprise encryption is possible, but daunting
Data encryption could help enterprises protect their sensitive information against mass surveillance by governments, as well as guard against unauthorized access by ill-intended third parties, but the correct implementation and use of data encryption technologies is not an easy task, according to security experts.
Yahoo moves to bolster Flickr on phones, acquires photo app developer
Yahoo moved to strengthen the mobile portion of its revamped Flickr photo sharing service, acquiring the developer behind a popular photo editing app.
Yahoo to issue inactive mail accounts to other users
Yahoo is resetting email accounts that have not been used for at least 12 months and issuing them to other users.
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Smile, Kinect users. The Brits may spy on you with your camera.
A report that Britain's spy agency GCHQ has snooped on and stored webcam images from millions of Yahoo users has potential dangers for Kinect owners. The surveillance agency has been evaulating using Kinect's camera to spy on its owners as well.
Closely examined IT companies disclose FISA requests
Under the gun and a microscope, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) are rushing to out-do one another in releasing their inaugural FISA reports to the public. FISA -- the pleasant-to-the-ears acronym of the dread Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act -- is a law that requires IT firms to hand users' data to a secretive U.S. court upon request.
Now eager to reverse negative perception, IT companies are spreading their FISA request numbers far and wide. That's fine with bloggers, as long as they aren't a favorite request.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers read between the lines.
On a fast break, Yahoo throws a curveball
Rosy cheeked bloggers are giggling about supposed rumors from Yahoo insiders that the company intends to change the way it does search. Currently Yahoo uses Microsoft's Bing search technology, but notes passed around the classroom read that Yahoo fully intends to use its own in the near future.
Good rumors always spawn more questions: Is Yahoo in puppy love with its own search engine, or simply playing games to increase Microsoft's affection?
Why the NSA gets higher marks for privacy than business
Despite the NSA's insatiable appetite for people's personal data, Americans trust the spy agency more than business.
Yahoo! Mail login problems: HOWTO abuse users for fun and profit
Marissa Mayer captains a sinking ship.
Yahoo! Mail login problems persist for many, as company reps say bupkis. Yahoo! fiddles as Mail burns. Execs make crass jokes about kicking users where it hurts, while... errm... kicking them where it hurts. Repeatedly! In IT Blogwatch, bloggers roll their eyes at the chronic incompetence being demonstrated here.
Why PRISM kills the cloud
The migration from desktop computing to the cloud is on every tech firm's playlist this season, with Apple expected to deliver improvements to iCloud later today -- but recent revelations regarding the US government's PRISM could be the kiss of death to the future of the cloud.
Microsoft leads the way into massive NSA, FBI privacy invasion
One of Microsoft's latest ad campaigns promises "Your Privacy Is Our Priority," but Microsoft led the way for companies to open up their servers and massive data warehouses to NSA and FBI data snooping. Microsoft was the first company to cooperate in the data-gathering program, and information grabbed from Skype is skyrocketing.
Apple finally kicks Samsung from chip development
The moment has arrived, following many months of speculation Apple has finally evicted Samsung from it’s A-series iOS chip development project, according to the Korea Times.
Yahoo! Voices hack reveals 453,492 passwords, claims D33Ds Company
Yahoo! Voices (née Associated Content) has been hacked by a group calling itself D33Ds Company. The perps claim to have lifted almost half a million login credentials using a SQL-injection attack. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers change their Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) passwords, just in case.
Yahoo! CEO resigns over resume/CV 'error'; Thompson 'fired' by Loeb
Scott Thompson, the scandal-encumbered Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) CEO, has resigned. His resume claimed a degree he didn't have, and Daniel Loeb wanted his head. There are also some big changes on the board. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers check their CV docs for lies, dissemblance, and inadvertent errors. Not to mention: Arduino Simonoids...
Yahoo! My resume is wrong! (Inadvertently!)
Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) is in full-on spin-control mode after revelations that its CEO's resume is materially inaccurate. CEO Scott Thompson claimed to have a Comp. Sci. degree, but he doesn't. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers break out the popcorn for the latest episode of Yahoo's death-march.
Yahoo shutting down Facebook with mega lawsuit
Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) tries shutting down Facebook. It's suing over alleged infringement of ten patents. Yahoo claims it invented many of the techniques that Facebook uses to run its eponymous, ubiquitous, cloud-computing social network. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers weigh up the merits of the case. Not to mention: How homeopathy works...
Microsoft Bing is now nearly the number 2 search site, but continues to bleed cash
The latest figures from Comscore show that Microsoft is essentially in a dead heat with Yahoo as the second most popular search site, with Microsoft at 15%, and Yahoo at 15.1%. That's the good news. The bad news is that Bing continues to bleed cash.
Four reasons Microsoft shouldn't buy part of Yahoo
Reports say that Microsoft is part of a consortium bidding to buy a minority stake in Yahoo. Making the deal would only hurt Microsoft. Here are four reasons it should stay away.
Google versus Microsoft in Yahoo buyout -- no matter what happens, Google wins
Google and Microsoft appear to be engaged in a high-stakes bidding game over who will buy Yahoo. But Google holds all the high cards; no matter which of the two ends up with the company, Google wins.