Rest of the Day: Yahoo Secretly Scanned Emails for NSA and FBI
It turns out that hackers weren’t the only ones having access to your Yahoo email account. Last year, Yahoo built software into its email platform that allowed U.S. intelligence officials to search for specific information in Yahoo’s email accounts. About this and much more in today’s news.
- According to a Reuters report , Yahoo followed a classified NSA directive that allowed them to scan incoming emails from hundreds of millions of Yahoo accounts for “specific information.” Although telephone and Internet companies reportedly transmit large amounts of metadata about user accounts, this is one of the first known cases of an Internet company agreeing to requests from intelligence agencies to verify all incoming messages. So if those 500 million users weren’t enough to get you to leave Yahoo Mail, now this is it. [Reuters]
- As for the lighter Yahoo news, they just launched the Newsroom mobile app, which is sort of a repackaging of Yahoo’s recently revamped home page. It differs from the Yahoo News Digest app , which summarizes the top news of the day. [9to5Mac]
- Mid-century modern furniture is a pumpkin spice latte. [Fast Company]
- Here’s a look at what appears to be a keyboard for yet to be confirmed Microsoft Surface-branded PCs . Microsoft is set to unveil new hardware later this month. Why are there so many tech news leaks lately? Photos of new Google phones have also been circulating in the weeks prior to their announcement. [Windows Central via The Verge ]
- You can now add your Periscope account to your Twitter profile if you like. [The Next Web]