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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, seen speaking in San Francisco in November, says both Yahoo and its investors would have to pay taxes if Alibaba shares were given to investors. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Yahoo will gain nearly $8 billion from the Alibaba IPO because of its $1 billion investment in Alibaba 2005. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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With Alibaba IPO, Yahoo Reaps A Big Reward From Risky Bet

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Court Documents Show How NSA Leaned On Yahoo, How Yahoo Fought Back

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer delivers the keynote address at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month. Robert Galbraith/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Nick d'Aloisio displays his mobile application Summly, which Yahoo recently purchased for a reported $30 million. But the Internet company is killing the app and integrating the algorithm that drives it into its own technology. Matt Dunham/AP hide caption

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NPR's Steve Henn works from his Silicon Valley home. He says his fragmented schedule allows him to fit in time with his daughters. "It works for me because, in the end, the hours balance out — and I am in control of my time," he says. Steve Henn/NPR hide caption

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