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While Yahoo's logo didn't draw too much (any?) applause, the company's refined mobile apps have been nearly universally praised. Now, it's branching out into yet another sector: the second screen. Yahoo Screen is a new iOS app, which Yahoo says is designed to bring a "simple, intuitive experience that turns your finger into a remote control. Just swipe through channels of content from Yahoo and our great partners then lean back and watch…no matter where you are." You'll be able to browse through trending clips, search for shows, or jump right in and start watching. Swiping left and right... Read more...
Yahoo, new logo and all, it turning over a new leaf when it comes to privacy, reporting, and what the public is allowed to know. In the wake of the NSA / PRISM scandal, which is honestly still ongoing, Yahoo has followed Facebook in issuing a public transparency report. Facebook did likewise last month, and now Yahoo has published the company's first global transparency report, which details government data requests from January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013. As you might expect, the report includes national security requests. Here's the bottom line from Yahoo: "For each country in this Transparency... Read more...
At this rate, Yahoo is apt to acquire a company a week -- or so it seems. Since Marissa Mayer came to town as CEO, she has been on an acquisition rampage. Company after company has been swooped up by Yahoo, reportedly due to Mayer's desire to procure talented developer and engineering resources at an accelerated rate. This week, IQ Engines came out of the woodwork in order to announce that it too has been acquired by Yahoo. The company's primary objective was to "transform the way people search and browse their photos by helping to process them intelligently." So, obviously, this particular move... Read more...
Yahoo President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marissa Mayer is obviously doing something right, lest anyone can come up with another explanation as to why her company would rank No. 1 on comScore's list of top 50 online properties in the U.S. According to comScore, Yahoo and its websites recorded 196.5 million unique visitors in July, trumping Google, who's combined properties attracted 192.2 million unique visitors for second place. Perhaps the back-to-school shopping season played a role in why more visitors directed their browser over to Yahoo and its properties than at Google. "Back-to-school... Read more...
Well, if you're going to kick off 30 days of change, you might as well waste no time in getting right to the crux of things. Yahoo, after a solid year of acquiring companies left, right, and center, is kicking off a new campaign that'll spur a massive amount of change in an Internet company that has seemingly grown stale with time. Right away, the company is getting rid of something that has defined it for years: its logo. The new Yahoo logo is seen here, boasting more modern text, a bolder and less childish font, and the same "!" at the end. Some things can change, but clearly, the exclaimation... Read more...
A new report (albeit from unnamed industry sources, not Edward Snowden) alleges that the government has used the broad powers granted it by the Patriot Act to demand broad information about a user's passwords, website security, and even encryption information from service providers. The benefits of having this type of information are enormous, as it theoretically allows the government to directly monitor an account as email is sent and received. Email is typically the central repository for website login data and username/password information at any number of sites; it's used as identity verification... Read more...
Edward Snowden's leaks have shaken something loose in the IT industry. For years, companies have been afraid to talk about the requests and data sharing procedures the NSA and FBI have forced upon them as a result of the Patriot Act. Companies that went to court to fight these demands lost, and lost in silence, forbidden to even reveal that such requests were taking place. Now that the programs are common knowledge, multiple corporations have joined in to demand the right to tell us just how they participate in NSA requests. Today, a coalition of 63 companies, non-profits, and organizations issued... Read more...
From the "Why wasn't it done sooner?" file comes word that the Web's major advertising platforms will soon be blocking ads from being seen on sites designed to distributed pirated materials. The consortium of sorts that's responsible for the movement involves the Interactive Advertising Bureau and seven participants: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, 24/7 Media, Adtegrity, Condé Nast and SpotXchange. If I were to burn you a copy of Adobe's or Microsoft's latest and greatest piece of software, that'd be frowned-upon. If I were to charge you for it, it'd become a criminal offense. With that perspective,... Read more...
Yahoo, apparently in the mood for a Qwiki, went and acquired the startup for an undisclosed sum, the company announced today. Currently exclusive to Apple users, the Qwiki app turns pictures and videos from the iPhone's camera roll into brief movies to share. Users can rearrange, add, or remove pictures and videos, and then add transitions, a soundtrack, filters, and captions. "We’re excited to announce that Yahoo! acquired Qwiki - a company that uses awesome technology to bring together pictures, music and video to capture the art of storytelling," Yahoo said in a statement. Yahoo said it... Read more...
With a show of hands, who here knew that the old-school search engine AltaVista still existed? Well, that looks like none of you - and I admit, I'm right there with you. Prior to the year 2000, our choice in Web services - heck, even software - was seriously limited. If you didn't use Internet Explorer, you probably used Netscape, and if you didn't use ICQ, you probably called MSN Messenger your home. But what about search? Choice back then was even more lackluster, with AltaVista being the go-to solution for nearly everyone. Admittedly, it's been so long since I've last used AltaVista that I can't... Read more...
It would probably take most of us a few lifetimes to earn a billion dollars, but it evidently only takes a few days to officially spend it. The extravagant purchase of Tumblr by Yahoo has officially closed this week, making the site formally a Yahoo property. CEO Marissa Mayer is once again assuring users that Tumblr will continue to function as a separate business, led by CEO David Karp. According to Mayer, "Their product roadmap, their team, and tone will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators and curators alike to do what they love best: create." It's still tough to see... Read more...
Now that the NSA has apparently assented to allow companies from which it culled personal user data to post some numbers about how many requests were made, more companies are disclosing that information. Facebook and Microsoft posted some numbers this weekend, and now Yahoo! has some as well. According to a post written by Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and Yahoo! General Counsel Ron Bell, law enforcement agencies made between 12,000 and 13,000 requests for data from Yahoo!, (including FISA requests) between December 1st, 2012 and May 31st, 2013. Yahoo! HQ Yahoo! says that “The most common of these... Read more...
Do you have a fair bit of "sway" among your group of colleagues? Do you have hundreds or even thousands of "followers" on various social networks? Are you the CEO, founder or Senior Editor of your organization? If so, Yahoo! has devised a way to target you with higher-priced advertising. Don't you feel special? Filed in late 2011 but finally published just this week, Yahoo!'s patent could scan social networks and other locations to give you an "authority" score - the higher it is, the higher the price advertisers will have to potentially pay to target you. A CEO of a company may be targeted with... Read more...
Remember that Yahoo! e-mail address you started in high school, but forgot to keep using as you entered the real world? Perhaps there are a lot of people just like you, and it's because of people like you that Yahoo! is running short on great usernames for people who actually want to use the company's services in the here and now. A post on the company's blog has made clear that Yahoo! IDs that are going unused for a year will be freed up for use by a new person. Here's the crux of it: "We’re freeing up IDs, that have been inactive for at least 12 months, by resetting them and giving them... Read more...
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