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If you don't pay close attention, you may end up switching your default search engine without realizing it. That's the whole idea, really. During Yahoo's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, company boss Marissa Mayer talked about how search was in Yahoo's DNA and always will be. More importantly, she announced a three-year partnership with Oracle aimed at getting more users to try Yahoo's search engine. As part of the partnership, Yahoo will be the default search provider for Oracle's Java software. What this means is when you install or update Java, the software will ask permission to change... Read more...
Not too long ago, there were some serious doubts as to whether Microsoft and Yahoo would be able to ink a deal to continue there search partnership. However, those fears were unwarranted, as the two companies today announced that they have forged a new agreement the will still see Microsoft’s Bing engine power Yahoo search. There are of course a few changes compared to the original search deal that was put in place back in 2009. This time around, the search partnership is non-exclusive for both desktop and mobile search. So while Yahoo will still be using Bing technology to power the majority of... Read more...
We all know that many users have the same, weak password for most of his or her accounts. Plenty of password services have popped up to help us maintain strong, unique passwords, but not everyone is onboard with these programs. Now Yahoo is taking a stab at helping Joe Q. Public with his password problem with “on-demand passwords” and is touting an upcoming end-to-end (e2e) encryption plugin for Yahoo Mail.  The new feature sends a text message to your phone with a unique, strong password whenever you log into your Yahoo account. The idea is that, so long as you have your phone, you don’t... Read more...
Mozilla shocked the world (and especially Google) when it opted to end its longstanding relationship with Google as the default search provider for its Firefox browser, and instead inked a five-year deal with Yahoo to take its place. But while it was bold move for Mozilla, it's one that made complete sense for Yahoo, which is now reaping the rewards of its new relationship. As a result of the deal, Yahoo's U.S. search share is higher than it's been in five years, according to data provided by StatCounter. As of December 2014, Google took a dominant 75.2 percent share of search in the U.S., followed... Read more...
Poor Microsoft - 2015 hasn't been too kind to it so far. We reported just yesterday that Google exposed a rather big Windows bug to the world simply because Microsoft didn't patch it in time, and now, we learn that a bad code update conducted yesterday knocked out the company's Bing search. That in turn took out Yahoo's search, as it's based on Bing.Another service that was temporarily affected by the outage included Apple's Siri personal assistant.  A bad code update can result in various levels of problems, but for Microsoft, the biggest problem was merely rolling the update back. For a... Read more...
We wrote just a couple of weeks ago that Mozilla was shacking up with Yahoo to replace Google as Firefox's long-standing default search engine, and it didn't take long for the fruits of that relationship to be seen. With today’s release of Firefox 34, Mozilla has pulled the trigger on that move and at the same time rolled out some other enhancements and security fixes. Unless you specified a default search engine other than Google in the past, what you'll see after entering a term in either the address or search bar is this: Mozilla's decision to make Yahoo the default search engine has truly... Read more...
If the next time you open up the Safari browser on your iOS device and it appears to be blushing, don't try adjusting your display, it's normal behavior when you're being courted by multiple suitors. Such is the case with Safari, which is reportedly seeing interest from both Microsoft and Yahoo to replace Google as the default search engine when the existing agreement between Apple and Google expires next year.Citing "well-placed sources," the Morning Ledger says Apple is in separate discussions with both companies. The implication there is that this is something Apple is seriously considering,... Read more...
Considered a bigger threat than Heartbleed, Shellshock is a bug to be concerned about. It hasn’t been in the consumer’s consciousness for very long, but Yahoo appears to be the first business to fall victim to it. Yahoo recently announced that three of its servers had been breached by hackers via Shellshock. “A security flaw, called Shellshock, that could expose vulnerabilities in many web servers was identified on September 24. As soon as we became aware of the issue, we began patching our systems and have been closely monitoring our network,” said a spokesman for Yahoo.... Read more...
Call it the 'Edward Snowden' impact if you must, but there's no doubt that insight on the NSA's activities have technology companies working overtime to restore and regain trust. Following Google's lead to encrypt email communication, Yahoo will now do similarly by crafting a secure email system that should go online in 2015. The platform will be fortified in a way that Yahoo Mail is not currently, and will reportedly make it "nearly impossible for hackers or government officials to read users' messages." Of course, suggesting such a thing will only incite hackers to attempt to prove them wrong,... Read more...
For those who hang around this sector, Flurry is a common name. Every so often, perhaps every quarter or so, Flurry would unleash a flurry (sorry, we couldn't resist) of data surrounding platforms and mobile insights. Since launching in 2008, it has grown into a trusted, heavily relied upon source for information. Primarily tapped into by developers, the service claimed 170,000 devs and 1.4 million devices monthly before being acquired by Yahoo. That's right, acquired by Yahoo. The Internet brand has been on a rampage of late, snapping up all sorts of startups in a bid to enhance its stance in... Read more...
The transition from offline media like DVDs and Blu-ray discs to online streaming has been swift, and with it comes increased competition. To ensure it doesn't get left behind, Yahoo announced in a blog post that it acquired RayV, a video streaming startup based in Israel. RayV's strength is being able to deliver high-quality video feeds to a large number of people. "Watching mobile and online video has gone from being a novelty to a daily habit for millions of users. Yahoo is focused on growing video users and monthly streams, and while we’re only getting started, we’re very focused... Read more...
It's not too often that you see technology firms reveal data on diversity in the workplace -- or lack thereof -- so kudos to Yahoo for stepping to the plate with a bunch of figures. In a blog post this week, Yahoo disclosed details about gender, ethnicity, and how they break down across technical and non-technical positions, as well as leadership roles across the company. According to Yahoo's reported data, women comprise 37 percent of its workforce. In terms of race, half of Yahoo's workers are white, while 39 percent are Asian. Out of the remaining 11 percent, 4 percent are Hispanic, 2 percent... Read more...
Yahoo is reportedly in discussions with video producers about plans to debut a video service that will go head-to-head against YouTube, the uber-popular video site owned by Google. People at Yahoo originally planned to unveil the rival service in April to advertisers, but ultimately needed more time to iron out some contract issues. The new plan is go live this summer. According to Advertising Age, Yahoo's appeal to advertisers is that it's planning more lucrative revenue sharing deals than those currently offered by YouTube. The fixed ad rates Yahoo is proposing are supposedly much higher than... Read more...
From Apple to Yahoo, tech companies have a great deal of our data in their hands, and thanks to whistleblower Edward Snowden, we know that the government wants as much of it as possible--and has been too successful in that regard. In some cases, there’s just nothing much a company can do when the NSA comes knocking with a warrant, but there is a spectrum of cooperation, protection, and advocacy that various companies employ. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has created a list of many tech companies and charted out a star rating system with six categories: -Requires a warrant for content... Read more...
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