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Yahoo Announces Tax-Free Alibaba Spin Off, Stock Price Shoots Up 7% In After-Hours Trading — Yahoo's stock price shot up more than 7 percent in after hours trading Tuesday after the company released its fourth quarter earnings and announced a plan to cash out its stake in Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, tax-free.

Uber, Lyft Battle It Out In San Francisco With Ultra-Low Prices On Carpool Rides — Lyft and Uber's ridesharing war is raging on in San Francisco, where the two companies are trying to undercut one another by slashing the prices of the carpooling services both launched last year. UberPool and Lyft Line, as the services are called, group together riders who are headed in the same direction into the same car, allowing them to split the cost of their ride.

Facebook Emerging As A Video Powerhouse That Could Topple Google’s YouTube — YouTube turns 10 next month, but after nearly a decade of being the unquestioned leader in online video, the Google-owned service finally has a formidable rival: Facebook. Though the social network has never been known for video, it has spent the past year adding user-friendly features and building its service into a challenger capable of putting a dent in YouTube's monopoly -- and advertisers and brand marketers are starting to take note.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Doubled His Pay In 2014, Raked In $9.2 Million — Tim Cook earned $9.2 million for his work as Apple's chief executive last year, according to documents released Thursday by the Cupertino, California, company. Cook's 2014 was more than twice the $4.3 million he made the year prior. Apple paid its CEO $1.7 million in salary and the rest in various forms of compensation, according to the company's proxy.

Uber Raises Another $1.6 Billion In Convertible Debt, In Talks For An Additional $600 Million — Uber has secured another $1.6 billion, this time in convertible debt from Goldman Sach's private wealth management division, according to multiple reports. With this amount, Uber has raised more than $4 billion since it was founded in 2009.

Google Reportedly Planning To Sell Wireless Service To Consumers — Google may soon join the ranks of Boost Mobile, FreedomPop, Virgin Mobile and others by offering its own wireless service, according to multiple reports Wednesday. The move appears to be the latest in a long line of projects Google has been working on that are designed to get as many people connected to the Internet as possible.

After Losing 1.6% Of Search Market, Google Teaches Firefox Users How To Switch Back From Yahoo — If you needed any more evidence that the search wars are back on, just take a look at Google's tweet Wednesday morning, which shows Firefox users how to change their default search engine from Yahoo back to Google. The instructional tweet comes just one day after a new report showed that Google and Yahoo swapped 1.6 percent of market share last month.

Video Startup Vessel Looks To Poach 'Stars' From YouTube With Promise Of 20-Times More Revenue — Watch out, YouTube. Vessel, a new service that gives users $3 a month for early access to online videos, is looking to poach YouTube "stars" with the promise of 20-times more revenue through a combination of ads and subscription fees.

The Verge To Air Regional 30-Second Ad During Super Bowl XLIX Broadcast — Super Bowl broadcasts typically feature advertisements for upcoming movies as well as beer and car companies. But at this year's game, audiences in the tiny town of Helena, Montana, can expect a 30-second ad from The Verge, a website dedicated to covering technology stories.

Facebook To Add 'False' Flag To Help Eliminate Hoax Stories On News Feed — Don't expect to see as many hoaxes in your Facebook news feed going forward as the social network Tuesday announced plans to cleanse itself of fake posts. The Menlo Park, California-based company said it will give users the ability to report stories as false. Stories so flagged will receive "reduced distribution" in the news feed.
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Jan 27, 2015

For all intents & purposes, Marissa Mayer just said Yahoo is definitely interested in replacing Google as Apple's default search for Safari

Jan 27, 2015

Yahoo Announces Tax-Free Alibaba Spin Off, Stock Price Shoots Up 7% In After-Hours Trading… for @IBTimes

Jan 27, 2015

Snapchat really needs to improve how quickly snaps load. The wait time is ridiculous.

Jan 27, 2015

Everything is coming back up. Thank God. I couldn't go to sleep knowing FB, IG and T were going through hard times.

Jan 27, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: Facebook suffers widespread outage affecting users in United States, Asia

Jan 27, 2015

Facebook, Instagram and Tinder are all down. Time to put the team on your back, Snapchat.

Jan 27, 2015

RT @jules_su: Facebook, Instagram, and Tinder are all down... This is how it ends.

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