Kara Swisher

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Yahoo Ups Its Apple Apps, Including New Standalone Weather Offering

According to 9to5Mac, as well as sources I checked with, Yahoo is set to introduce a new weather app for the Apple iPhone and iPod, as well as an iPad version of its Yahoo Mail service. While the tablet version of its email app is a long time in coming, the weather app is an interesting wrinkle, given that the Silicon Valley Internet giant is the source — actually using data from the Weather Channel — for Apple’s default weather app on the iPhone and iPod. In Yahoo’s Q1 earnings call earlier this week, CEO Marissa Mayer pointed out that although Yahoo does not directly monetize its Apple weather app relationship, it benefits from links taking users back to its website. Yahoo also provides data for Apple’s preinstalled stock app, and offers a standalone weather app for Google’s Android.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik