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Yahoo! hits out at 'GCHQ violation'

A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in Geneva. Credit: Reuters

Internet company Yahoo! has called claims that UK spy agency GCHQ intercepted and stored webcam images of millions of users as a "whole new level of violation".

In its latest report on files leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Guardian newspaper claims a surveillance programme operated by GCHQ, collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk.

In a furious reaction to the report, a Yahoo spokeswoman said: "We were not aware of, nor would we condone, this reported activity.

"This report, if true, represents a whole new level of violation of our users' privacy that is completely unacceptable and we strongly call on the world's governments to reform surveillance law consistent with the principles we outlined in December.

"We are committed to preserving our users' trust and security and continue our efforts to expand encryption across all of our services."GCHQ declined to comment on the claims.

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UK spy agency 'intercepted Yahoo webcam images'

UK intelligence agency GCHQ "intercepted and stored" the webcam images of internet users who were not suspected of any wrongdoing, the Guardian claimed, citing secret documents.

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The newspaper claims GCHQ intercepted and stored images from Yahoo webcam chats Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Archive

Files dated between 2008 and 2010 allegedly show a monitoring programme, known as "Optic Nerve", stored still images from Yahoo webcam chats and saved them to agency databases with the help of its US counterpart the National Security Agency.

GCHQ has consistently said its activities are necessary and "carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework”.

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Earlier today, a tweet that reflected bad judgment was posted and has been deleted. We apologize to @google and the @gmail team.

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Yahoo's new logo Credit: Yahoo

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Flickr launched a new Android app to follow the December unveiling of a new iPhone app Credit: Rolf Vennenbernd/DPA/Press Association Images

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High-school dropout sells Tumblr for $1.1bn

High school dropout David Karp has sold his blogging website Tumblr for $1.1bn to Yahoo! He founded Tumblr in his bedroom in his mother's apartment in 2007 when he was 21.

It had 75,000 users in a fortnight of its launch and now there are roughly 110 million.

It means a $250m (£164m) fortune for the 26-year-old founder, six years after he created it.

US Correspondent Robert Moore reports.

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Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business. David Karp will remain CEO.

– Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer

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Facebook last year paid cash and stock initially valued at about $1 billion to buy popular photo-sharing service Instagram, according to figures quoted in The Wall Street Journal.

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Report: 'Yahoo to buy Tumblr for $1.1 billion'

Blogging platform Tumblr has been bought by Yahoo Inc for $1.1 billion (£720m), according to reports in The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian.

The deal would represent a major power shift in the technology business, according to the WSJ.

Tumblr had 75,000 users in a fortnight and now there are roughly 110 million. Credit: PA

It is understood that former Google executive Marissa Mayer, now in control of Yahoo, secured the deal yesterday afternoon when it was approved by the board.

A press conference is scheduled for this afternoon in New York's Times Square, close to Tumblr's headquarters.

David Karp founded Tumblr in his bedroom in his mother's apartment in 2007 when he was 21.

It had 75,000 users in a fortnight and now there are roughly 110 million.

Sir Richard Branson is among investors who have poured $125m into the company.

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