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Fandom after the Yahoo Livestream:


Fandom after the VMAs:


Fandom after The Rolling Stone article and Taylor Swift joining Tumblr:


Fandom after the iHeartRadio Music Festival Performance:


Fandom when 1989 is finally released on October 27:


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Taylor had this bar with all sorts of alcohol just sitting out, so when it was almost time to leave I walked up to Taylor and I was like “hey Taylor can we take a shot before we leave?!” And she was like “ooh like a Polaroid??” And I was like “no like a shot shot. I saw all of that alcohol over there…let’s take a shot!” And she like pushed my shoulder and laughed out loud and was like “hahaha no…that would be great for the rumors wouldn’t it?!”

I LITERALLY CAN’T BELIEVE THAT TODAY REALLY HAPPENED!!! So, I won a contest to go to New York City and be present for Taylor Swift’s live stream for her announcement of a new single (“Shake It Off”) and album (“1989”). It was SO perfect. As if being present for her announcement, sitting 5 feet in front of her, and dancing with her wasn’t enough… SHE INVITED US OVER TO HER APARTMENT AFTERWARDS TO HANG OUT AND HAVE PIZZA. We just chilled and ate pizza and drank diet coke and listened to the radio…and when we were hanging out in her kitchen the new single came on the radio and she blasted it and we danced all around her kitchen. And then we grabbed all of her awards (Grammys, VMAs, CMAs, etc.) off of her shelves and took pictures with Taylor and all of her awards. I’m so dead right now. In the best way. And I can’t thank @taylorswift enough for this opportunity. I finally got to tell her in person how much I love her and how much her music means to me. IT WAS THE BEST DAY EVER. #taylorswift #yahoo #livestream #1989 #shakeitoff (at Times Square NYC)


Yahoo reports that it is on the verge of releasing 1,500 pages of documents related to a long court battle over its participation in the PRISM program, a National Security Agency program revealed last summer as part of the Snowden leaks.

A leaked top-secret slide about PRISM shows that Yahoo was one of the first participants, having begun contributing to the database in March of 2008. It did so under severe duress. Company executives believed the government’s demand for data was “unconstitutional and overbroad” and fought it in court.

"Our challenge, and a later appeal in the case, did not succeed," explained Yahoo General Counsel Ron Bell in a blog post published today. "The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)… ordered us to give the U.S. Government the user data it sought in the matter."

After it lost, Yahoo was threatened with $250,000 per day fines if it didn’t comply with the program. Not only that, but the government got permission to share the ruling with other companies in order to put pressure on them as well, according to a just-published story by The Washington Post.

Ultimately, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, YouTube, Skype, AOL, and Apple would all participate in PRISM. Before it was discontinued in 2011, the program gathered up vast amounts of what the government called “metadata” about e-mail, including who users e-mailed and when.

The original order to Yahoo in 2007 required the company to provide information on targets that were outside the US, even if the person was a US citizen.

(via A company will scan your Tumblr pictures to work out what brands you love)

When Yahoo bought Tumblr for more than a billion dollars, a lot of us wondered how it would ever turn a profit. After all, people sharing cat GIFs and monochrome erotica didn’t seem like a very effective business model. According to Mashable, however, the social network is going to earn its keep by helping big brands like Coca Cola and Nike understand how they’re perceived. That’s because Tumblr is hooking up with analytics firm Ditto, which will scour your pictures looking for sneakers and soft drinks in the frame. It’ll then pass this data on to the companies involved for a fee, helping them to ensure the teenagers are all praising the right sort of soda at the next box social, or something.

Update: Tumblr’s reached out to confirm the deal, a “firehose partnership” with the agency, will go ahead this week.

Yahoo Worldwide Livestream | New York City, NY | August 18, 2014

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Thank you so much to this submitter for sending in this indistinguishable get the look for Taylor’s crop top and skirt from her Yahoo Live Chat. 

While Taylor’s original look is composed of leather, you can get the same exact design cut into polyester for a fraction of the price!  

The real items: Lovers + Friends crop top and skirt

Secret Surveillance Battle Between Yahoo and the U.S. Government Revealed

Sep. 11 2014

Update: The office of the Director of National Intelligence has released many of the declassified documents from the Yahoo litigation

More than 1,000 pages documenting a secret court battle between Yahoo and the government over warrantless surveillance will soon be released, the company said Thursday afternoon.

In 2007, Yahoo fought back against the government’s demand for information on certain overseas customers, saying that the request was over-broad and violated the constitution.

Yahoo’s challenge ultimately failed, knocked down by both the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC, which oversees secret government spying) and its review court. The company then became one of the first to hand over information to the NSA’s PRISM program, which allowed the government access to records of internet users’ chats, emails, and search histories, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The targeted user was supposed to be foreign, but U.S. communications could still be swept up in the effort. Google, YouTube, AOL, and Skype were also among the companies that provided communications data to PRISM. According to the Washington Post, the government used the FISC court’s decision in the Yahoo case to pressure those others to comply.

In a statement on the company tumblr, Yahoo’s general counsel wrote that the government at one point threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 per day if it did not release the data. That revelation is among the 1,500 pages of documents that the company plans to post shortly, he said. Also included is the original FISC opinion from 2008 forcing Yahoo to acquiesce to the government’s  demands.

The legal fight has mostly been hidden from view, with the heavily redacted exception of the review court’s order upholding the FISC decision. Yahoo’s name was even blacked out in that order, and not revealed until 2013. Yahoo asked for declassification of the court materials, and in August, the government finished its redactions. The FISC review court ordered the declassified material be released today—but it’s still mostly documents from the review, not the original challenge. Yahoo said it is still pushing for the rest of the case to be made public.

Shedding Light on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC): Court Findings from Our 2007-2008 Case

By Ron Bell, General Counsel

Today we are pleased to announce the release of more than 1,500 pages of once-secret papers from Yahoo’s 2007-2008 challenge to the expansion of U.S. surveillance laws.

In 2007, the U.S. Government amended a key law to demand user information from online services. We refused to comply with what we viewed as unconstitutional and overbroad surveillance and challenged the U.S. Government’s authority.

Our challenge, and a later appeal in the case, did not succeed. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) upheld the predecessor to Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. The Court ordered us to give the U.S. Government the user data it sought in the matter.

The FISC and the FISC-R are “secret” courts that oversee requests by the U.S. Government for surveillance orders and other types of legal process in national security investigations. The Court’s hearings and records are closed to the public and typically classified. For example, our role in the 2007-2008 lawsuit remained classified until 2013. In spite of this, we fought to declassify and to share the findings from the case. A decision to open FISC or FISC-R records to the public is extremely rare. 

We consider this an important win for transparency, and hope that these records help promote informed discussion about the relationship between privacy, due process, and intelligence gathering.

Key takeaways from these documents include:

  • An expanded version of the FISC-R opinion in the case, originally released in 2008 in a more redacted form.

  • The release of the never-before-seen 2008 FISC opinion that we challenged on appeal.

  • The parties’ briefs, including some of the lower court briefings in the appendices.

  • An Ex-Parte Appendix of classified filings.

  • A partially redacted certification filed with the FISC, as well as a mostly unredacted directive that Yahoo received.  

Despite the declassification and release, portions of the documents remain sealed and classified to this day, unknown even to our team. The released documents underscore how we had to fight every step of the way to challenge the U.S. Government’s surveillance efforts. At one point, the U.S. Government threatened the imposition of $250,000 in fines per day if we refused to comply.

Our fight continues. We are still pushing for the FISC to release materials from the 2007-2008 case in the lower court. The FISC indicated previously that it was waiting on the FISC-R ruling in relation to the 2008 appeal before moving forward. Now that the FISC-R matter is resolved, we will work hard to make the materials from the FISC case public, as well.

Users come first at Yahoo. We treat public safety with the utmost seriousness, but we are also committed to protecting users’ data. We will continue to contest requests and laws that we consider unlawful, unclear, or overbroad.

NOTE: As there is no FISC-R public docket, we’d like to thank the Center for Democracy and Technology (LINK) for hosting the documents released by the FISC.