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Indian police arrest Mirwaiz, Gilani to thwart planned march – Pakistan Observer

Indian police arrest Mirwaiz, Gilani to thwart planned march
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srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested the Chairmen of All Parties Hurriyets Conference-G and M, Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq when they defying curfew tried to step out of their residences in Srinagar and lead a march towards …

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What Will Happen to Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Maps, and Yahoo Mail? An Exhaustive List. – Slate Magazine (blog)


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What Will Happen to Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Maps, and Yahoo Mail? An Exhaustive List.
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After putting itself on the market in February, Yahoo finally has a buyer for its internet business: Verizon. AT&T and Quicken Loans were both said to have been interested in buying the firm, and rumors of 38 other potential buyers surfaced back in March.

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Color fade: A visual history of Google ad labeling in search results

A look back at how Google has treated ads in search results from blue shading to the green label of today.

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CarPlay, Android Auto Coming to all 2017 Ford Vehicles

Every 2017 Ford vehicle that rolls off the lot in the U.S. next year will be ready for deep integration with your Smartphone.

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Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google.

Ford cars, trucks and SUVs will be fully loaded with the company’s Sync 3 entertainment system and will be compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

“We developed one platform – SYNC 3 – and have been able to quickly offer the technology across our lineup,” Ford global director of electrical and electronic systems engineering Chuck Gray said in a press release. “Customers considering a new vehicle can now choose any 2017 model year Ford car, SUV, light truck, or electrified vehicle with SYNC 3 and be able to access their favorite apps.”

SYNC 3 has updated hardware and software, supplying a “faster and more intuitive performance and more conversational voice recognition to help people easily connect to their smartphone and access a variety of features, including hands-free phone calls and available navigation.” Popular apps like Spotify, Pandora, Ford PASS, AccuWeather and AAA member services are now available via the SYNC AppLink.

Apple CarPlay incorporates many of the iPhone’s features on the vehicle’s display, enabling drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music via the touchscreen or by voice through Siri. Apple CarPlay supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. CarPlay only runs on the iPhone 5 and later models.

Android Auto, which is available on devices with Android 5.0 and higher, is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google. It includes audio and messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music and Spotify.

 


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SDCC: Marvel to Offer Anyone Chance to be Just Like a Comics … – The Outhouse


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It's your chance to be an industry insider with "Marvel Insider!"

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SearchCap: Verizon buys Yahoo, Google Maps wifi mode, Google AdWords features

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

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SDCC: See the First Wonder Woman Trailer! – The Outhouse – The Outhouse

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DC showed the first footage for their upcoming Wonder Woman film at San Diego Comic Con today. But instead of honoring the age-old Comic Con tradition of …

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Google’s Smart Bidding will soon include ability to set Target CPA by device in AdWords

Smart Bidding reporting is getting more robust and the bid automation tool will continue to take more conversion signals into account, says Google.

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Verizon to Purchase Yahoo’s Internet Division in $4.83B All-Cash Deal

The race to acquire Yahoo is over and wireless giant Verizon is the winner.

The company has agreed to acquire Yahoo’s Internet business for $4.83 billion in cash, an investment in Verizon’s digital advertising and media business.

The purchase comes as no surprise. Verizon is keenly interested in the Internet giant’s advertising technology tools such as BrightRoll and Flurry.  Assets such as search, mail and messenger, however, could also come in handy when combined AOL, which Verizon acquired in June 2015 for $4.4 billion.

“Just over a year ago we acquired AOL to enhance our strategy of providing a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertisers,” Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said.

“The acquisition of Yahoo will put Verizon in a highly competitive position as a top global mobile media company, and help accelerate our revenue stream in digital advertising.”

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Once the deal closes, likely in the first quarter of 2017, Yahoo will be integrated with AOL under Marni Walden, EVP and president of the product innovation and new businesses organization at Verizon.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is calling the deal a no-brainer.

“Yahoo and AOL popularized the Internet, e-mail, search and real-time media,” Mayer said. “It’s poetic to be joining forces with AOL and Verizon as we enter our next chapter focused on achieving scale on mobile. We have a terrific, loyal, experienced and quality team, and I couldn’t be prouder of our achievements to date, including building our new lines of business to $1.6 billion in GAAP revenue in 2015. I’m excited to extend our momentum through this transaction.”

Once the Yahoo acquisition becomes official, Verizon will boast one of the largest portfolios of owned and partnered global brands. AOL and Yahoo together will have more than 25 popular brands in its portfolio. Yahoo’s key assets include its finance, news and sports content as well as its popular e-mail service, serving roughly 225 million monthly active users.

The announcement of the deal brings an end to months of searching for the right buyer. Mayer, at the beginning of February, announced the spin off of Yahoo’s core Web business and, not long after that, the bidding began.

Aside from Verizon, other companies thought to be in the running included AT&T, Microsoft, IAC, CBS, The Daily Mail and Time, to name a few. Approximately 40 companies in total expressed interest in purchasing Yahoo’s core Internet business.

The sale will please many Yahoo shareholders, such as activist investor Starboard Value LP, which had been calling on the board to fire Mayer and her top executives for a number of months.

Mayer took over the reins four years ago and has made a lot of changes to make Yahoo more modern and hip. She has overhauled Yahoo’s look and focus and has fixed a myriad of problems. On the other hand, she also spent a lot of money acquiring numerous small start-ups , mostly for the talent it brought to the company.

If Mayer is given the boot after the company is sold, and she likely will be, it is estimated she will be laughing all the way to the bank with a $59-million payout.

Mayer, after the sale was announced this morning, penned an e-mail memo to her employees that reflected on all the positives of the past and those to come in the future.

 

 

“The strategic process has created a lot of uncertainty, but our incredibly loyal and dedicated employee base has stepped up to every challenge along the way,” she said. “Through the first half of the year, we met our operational goals and overachieved on plan. But, further, there are things that you cannot measure, like the passion of the people behind the products. The teams here have not only built incredible products and technologies, but have built Yahoo into one of the most iconic, and universally well-liked companies in the world. One that continues to impact the lives of more than a billion people. I’m incredibly proud of everything that we’ve achieved, and I’m incredibly proud of our team. For me personally, I’m planning to stay. I love Yahoo, and I believe in all of you. It’s important to me to see Yahoo into its next chapter.”

 


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