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One more reason to shun yahoo - and its news feeds

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:27 pm    Post subject: One more reason to shun yahoo - and its news feeds Reply with quote

First there was this:

humanrightsusa.org wrote:
In 2002, Wang Xiaoning was arbitrarily detained by Chinese police, convicted of "subversion," and sentenced to 10 years in prison for writings he published using his Yahoo! email account (Wang Xiaoning’s wife, Yu Ling, pictured left).

In 2004, Shi Tao, a Chinese journalist, was detained, and convicted for emailing a description of the Chinese government’s instructions to journalists for the upcoming anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre (Shi Tao’s mother, pictured below).

Both men were punished for exercising their freedom of speech because Yahoo! Inc.’s Chinese subsidiary provided their identifying information to the Chinese government. By turning its users’ personal information over to a regime determined to suppress any dissidence, Yahoo! enabled serious human rights abuses such as torture, forced labor, and arbitrary and prolonged detention.

In 2006, Yahoo! testified before the U.S. Congress that it was unaware of the nature of the charges against Shi Tao when it gave his personal information to the Chinese government. In April 2007, Human Rights USA filed a groundbreaking corporate accountability lawsuit against Yahoo! Inc. under the Alien Tort Statute (28 U.S.C.§ 1350; ATS, also called the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA)) Alien Tort Claims Act (1789) and Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991 (TVPA), 106 Stat. 73 (1992). Yahoo! filed motions to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that the company was forced to provide internet user information to Chinese officials in order to comply with Chinese law, and that its communications with Chinese officials were privileged actions not subject to challenge in U.S. courts. In response to Yahoo!'s motions to dismiss, we sought initial and jurisdictional discovery from Yahoo!.

In the course of our litigation against Yahoo!, new evidence came to light that Yahoo! knew the charges against Shi Tao and disclosed his identity anyway. In November 2007 Yahoo! was called to testify about its actions in China before the bi-partisan House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Our clients’ families traveled from China to watch as the Committee questioned Yahoo!’s executives (see Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang and General Counsel Michael Callahan, pictured above). Referencing the discrepancy between Yahoo!’s leaders’ testimony in 2006 and the new evidence, the Committee Chair, Representative Tom Lantos, said Yahoo!’s failure to correct the record was ‘inexcusably negligent behavior at best and deliberately deceptive behavior at worst.

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And now there is this:

CNN wrote:
Yahoo CEO scores $26 million pay package

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Yahoo's new CEO is poised to score a rich payday for taking on the troubled company. He's eligible for up to $26 million this year in salary, stock and bonuses.

Scott Thompson, formerly the president of PayPal, was appointed Yahoo CEO on Wednesday and will officially take the helm on January 9. He will try to pull off the kind of turnaround promised by the last Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500) CEO, Carol Bartz, who was fired by phone in September.

Thompson will receive a base salary of $1 million for 2012. He's guaranteed a bonus of at least $1 million, and it could be as much as $2 million if he hits various performance goals.

The contract, which doesn't lock Thompson into the role for any set number of years, also awards him lucrative stock grants. Thompson will get a grant this year valued at $11 million, plus an additional $5 million grant as a one-time hiring perk.

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It seems that there's good money to be made in helping to suppress human rights.

Not only do you expose yourself to privacy breaches when you use yahoo email, but you --- dear reader --- also add to yahoo's bottom line (and outrageous CEO pay) when you load their web pages and banners.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Considering that Yahoo! has not been doing so hot as a company, there should be NO bonuses or big paychecks for anyone.

It is still my go-to site for web searches (don't see the fixation with Google) but there are issues there that don't warrant anyone getting paid!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer McClatchy news to the others.
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