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Attention Yahoo Mail users, if you're rocking a browser release that's now dated, you'll need to upgrade to a newer version to continue to have access to all the same features you've grown accustomed to. Beginning June 5, Yahoo will put into effect a new policy to support only the two most recent versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari. If you choose not to upgrade, you'll still have access to your email, but you'll be automatically switched from the full-featured version of Yahoo Mail to the company's Basic Mail experience. "We understand that this policy update may be frustrating... Read more...
Yahoo is proud as a peacock to point out that it was an early adopter of Do Not Track, but at the same time, the company isn't willing to let that little tidbit prevent it from suddenly abandoning the privacy initiative by ignoring DNT requests. In case you're wondering why Yahoo changed its mind, the company's excuse boils down to, 'Meh, why bother?' We're paraphrasing, of course. "As of today, web browser Do Not Track settings will no longer be enabled on Yahoo. As the first major tech company to implement Do Not Track, we've been at the heart of conversations surrounding how to develop the most... Read more...
Yahoo announced some new changes to Flickr with version 3.0 for iOS and Android, and they seem to be aimed at competing with the wildly popular Instagram photo sharing service with a number of filters, advanced editing, intelligent search, and plenty of social elements. There are fourteen different live photo filters you can employ even before you snap a picture, and there are plenty of editing tools beyond that. The live filters work on up to 30 seconds of video, too.    Users get Flickr’s 1TB of storage with an AutoSync feature that backs up your photos as soon as you take them... Read more...
Not to self: Yahoo isn't a bad place to work for. Second note to self: Yahoo is an even better placed to be fired from. We know, that sounds insanely crazy, and typically speaking, that's a bunch of hogwash (the part about being fired from Yahoo, that is), But it turned out to be true for Henrique de Castro, Yahoo's former Chief Operating Officer who was given one heck of a severance package. Yahoo revealed in a filing with the SEC today that de Castro received a severance package worth $57.96 million in cash, restricted stock units that vest over time, stock options linked to performance, and... Read more...
As Seth covered earlier today, Bloomberg has accused the NSA of benefiting from the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug. The NSA denies this in fairly strong terms. I'd like to draw attention to a different facet of the topic -- first, by discussing the semantics of the NSA's denial and then the wider impact of how that denial is perceived and what it means for the tech community as a whole. The NSA's Denial is Surprisingly Straightforward For the past year, the NSA's responses to the Snowden leaks have followed the same strategy: Either the organization claims that its activities are legal or it denies engaging... Read more...
Terrible news, everyone: There’s a coding error in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library that allows anyone with the right tools and a little know-how to access secret encryption keys, usernames, passwords, and even content on sites using OpenSSL for protection. That includes roughly two-thirds of the Internet’s web servers, according to Ars Technica. The problem with the so-called Heartbleed bug is that there’s a missing bounds check. “By abusing this mechanism, an attacker can request that a running TLS server hand over a relatively large slice (up to 64KB) of its... Read more...
It seems like everybody thinks they can make great TV shows these days. Following in the formidable footsteps of Netflix and (to a lesser extent) Amazon, both Microsoft and Yahoo are looking to get into the original programming business. Yahoo’s effort in that direction, as reported by the Wall Street Journal and its anonymous sources, will take the form of 10-episode half-hour comedies as well as potentially the sort of shows that Netflix has been making, and they’ll be helmed and created by people with experience in the traditional TV industry. No deals are in place yet, but developing... Read more...
Technically, Yahoo already has a YouTube-ish video service called Screen (show of hands, who knew that actually existed?), but the company is rumored to be hatching a plan to create a true YouTube competitor. According to Re/code’s sources, CEO Marissa Mayer wants a much bigger web video presence, and to do so, Yahoo is trying to poach some of YouTube’s biggest stars with the promise of--what else--more money. For starters, they’d get a better advertising revenue deal than the 45% cut that YouTube takes and/or get guaranteed ad rates for videos, but they’ll also get the... Read more...
For the most part, we're taught from a young age to try and work well with others. Sharing, caring, and not hogging all of the spotlight is generally in one's best interest. So much for that. Yahoo has announced that it will cease letting users login to various services (including its popular Fantasy Football and photo-sharing Flickr sites) with anything other than a User ID from Yahoo. Previously, users were allowed to login via their Google or Facebook profiles -- a fairly standard practice across the Web. Creating a new ID for each site can be a hinderence, and enabling people to use logins... Read more...
It’s becoming more tedious to be a Yahoo! Mail user these days. The Gmail-ish redesign a few months ago was supposed to bring many attractive changes to the email service, but it launched with an annoying auto-forward bug, and anecdotally, performance has been slow and buggy from what I’ve experienced. Then, there was that outage last month that left some users without service for as much as a week. And now, Yahoo Mail has been hacked. “Recently, we identified a coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts. Upon discovery, we took immediate action to protect... Read more...
It's a new year, but much of the same for Yahoo. After a spending spree in 2013, Yahoo is continuing in the new year with yet another buy-and-shut down episode. The company has just purchased Sparq, noted as a marketing technology startup. Following the acquisition, it promptly shut Sparq down. Reportedly, Yahoo spent just under $2 million on the new firm, which was first founded in 2010 and best known for creating "deep link" tech for mobile apps. In other words, Sparq figured out an elegant way to link to a very specific spot on a mobile app from a different site; in other words, an email blast... Read more...
Somewhere on the other side, Ray Charles is punching keys on a piano and singing "Hit the Road Jack," only he's changing the words to include Henrique De Castro in the lyrics. Apparently the departing chief operating officer (COO) of Yahoo has been on the outs with company chief Marissa Mayer for some time now, and in a regulatory filing, it was revealed that today is his last day. "Mr. De Castro will receive the severance benefits provided for in his Employment Offer Letter, dated October 15, 2012, Severance Agreement, dated February 28, 2013, and equity award agreement," Yahoo stated in its Form... Read more...
As if Yahoo needed more bad press after the slow-boil frustration that is the new Yahoo Mail, at least one security firm found that the company’s homepage served up malicious ads to potentially millions of users, with likely thousands infected. Security firm Fox IT, which operates Security Operations Center service ProtACT reported that for a period starting on December 30th (possibly earlier) and stretching to around January 3rd (when the malicious traffic started to die off), visitors to Yahoo.com were served malicious ads that redirected them to domains that pointed to a single IP address... Read more...
Yahoo Mail users have had a rough time lately. First, Yahoo revamped its mail service back in October and removed some popular features, including tabs. More recently, a "complex" outage lasting nearly a week affected several users. The good news is things are looking up. Yahoo Mail has been fully restored, and that tab feature? It's making a comeback, baby. In a blog post today, Yahoo said that one of the reasons it removed the feature in the first place is because users complained that the more they had open, the more difficult they were to manage. So, Yahoo nuked the functionality altogether... Read more...
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