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Countries convene to plot Internet governance

A summit on Internet governance kicks off in Brazil Wednesday, aiming for a new global partnership in the wake of revelations on US online surveillance. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called the gathering last years amid ire worldwide stemming from the disclosures about US spying in documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The two-day NETmundial gathering in Sao Paulo includes representatives from countries around the world and comes in the wake of word from US officials that they plan to loosen their grip on the Internet.

Countries convene to plot Internet governance

A summit on Internet governance kicks off in Brazil Wednesday, aiming for a new global partnership in the wake of revelations on US online surveillance. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called the gathering last years amid ire worldwide stemming from the disclosures about US spying in documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The two-day NETmundial gathering in Sao Paulo includes representatives from countries around the world and comes in the wake of word from US officials that they plan to loosen their grip on the Internet.

Brazil conference will plot Internet's future post NSA spying

By Esteban Israel and Anthony Boadle SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of U.S. spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control over the Web.

Netflix blasts AT&T fiber network; opposes Comcast, TWC merger

By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - Netflix Inc, the video streaming service, on Monday criticized AT&T's high-speed fiber network as inadequate and slow, while renewing its call for AT&T to interconnect directly with Netflix.

AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet to as many as 25 metro areas outside Northeast

NEW YORK, N.Y. - AT The service, called GigaPower, has a 1 gigabit per second speed that is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically get with broadband. That means faster video downloads and the ability for more devices to connect to the network without congestion. AT A rival offering from Google Inc., known as Google Fiber, is available in Kansas City and is coming soon to Austin and Provo, Utah. Smaller companies and public utilities offer or plan such speeds in a handful of other markets throughout the U.S. AT

China jails blogger in online 'rumour' crackdown

A Chinese court jailed a blogger for three years on Thursday, state media reported, the first person to be sentenced in a government-led crackdown on so-called Internet rumours. Qin Zhihui -- among hundreds of bloggers reportedly detained in an official campaign to assert greater control over China's popular social media -- was found guilty of "slander" and "picking quarrels and provoking troubles", state broadcaster CCTV said.

Alibaba steals Yahoo's thunder ahead of IPO

If Yahoo appears back in favor, it can thank Alibaba, the Chinese Web giant in which it holds a big stake and that is set for a public stock offering. Yahoo shares soared 6.26 percent to close at $36.35 Wednesday on the heels of a better-than-expected quarterly report, but some were more focused on the Alibaba financial results buried in the document. "The salient point of Yahoo's first quarter results was the very strong December quarter results from Alibaba," said Jordan Rohan, analyst at the brokerage Stifel.

Firing pays off for former Yahoo chief operating officer who gets $58 million in severance pay

SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job. The disclosure in a regulatory filing Wednesday may lead to more second-guessing about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to hire de Castro as her second-in-command in October 2012. Mayer dumped de Castro in January after concluding he wasn't executing on her plan for reviving Yahoo's lacklustre ad growth. De Castro had been in charge of ad sales.

Yahoo nominates three new members to board

(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc, which posted anemic first-quarter revenue growth, said it has nominated three new members to its board. The three members include billionaire Charles Schwab, namesake chairman and chief executive of discount broker Charles Schwab Corp. The other two are David Filo and Lee Scott, the company said in a statement. Filo, who is rejoining the board, co-developed Yahoo in 1994, the company said.

Yahoo's growth anemic as turnaround chugs along

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc <YHOO.O> again posted anemic quarterly revenue growth as the Internet company's advertising business continues to lag its rivals, nearly two years into Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer's comeback effort.
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