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Verizon, the "Can you hear me now?" company (to quote an older marketing slogan), has major aspirations of makings its go90 streaming video service a big time money maker. To help accelerate those plans, Verizon is looking into making a purchase offer for Yahoo, provided the price is right and everything checks out.There's no offer in place at the moment, though Verizon is pretty serious about its interest in Yahoo. So serious, in fact, that it's tasked Tim Armstrong, CEO of its AOL subsidiary, in leading the charge on this one. Armstrong is one of Verizon's prized employees who's helped close big deals in the past, and it just so happens that he's known Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer for several years... Read more...
After falling short of financial expectations in the third quarter of 2015, Yahoo is hoping that Google can be the catalyst in its ongoing turnaround effort. As such, Yahoo is turning to the Mountain View giant to provide a bit of search and advertising as the company narrows its focus on its core business. More on the deal in a moment, but first, let's have a look at some numbers. Yahoo reported $1.2 billion in revenue for the quarter, up from $1.15 billion in the same quarter a year ago. However, net income was only $76 million, or 8 cents a share, way down from $6.77 billion, or $6.70 a share, from a year ago. Yahoo also reported a $42 million write-down related to its original video content,... Read more...
Adobe's Flash platform is running out of friends. You may recall that a few weeks ago Mozilla disabled Flash by default in its Firefox browser due to the discovery of multiple critical vulnerabilities, and around the same time, Facebook's chief security officer urged Adobe to set a kill date for its buggy API. Expect more of those sentiments following a recent week long attack on Yahoo's ad network. Security outfit Malwarebytes discovered the "malvertising" campaign, which kicked off on July 28. It involved hackers purchasing ads across Yahoo's various sites and then injecting them with malicious code. The malware would then seek out vulnerable versions of Flash to deliver payloads and ultimately... Read more...
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 your browser's default search engine and homepage to Yahoo. The option to change both will be selected... 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 its searches, it still has the flexibility to tailor the search experience for its customers.Yahoo... 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 have to bother trying to remember your password, and you won’t be using the same password you used... Read more...
Silicon Valley is getting a visit from President Barack Obama today, where he will sign an executive order to promote cooperation between the government and tech companies in the fight against large-scale data theft. The order will create Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs), which would work with the Department of Homeland Security to prevent the sorts of mass security breaches that have rocked Anthem, Sony, Target, and others. The groups will share information about hackers in the hopes that they can better prepare to defend against attacks with the shared data. President Barack Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)“By... 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 by Bing at 12.5 percent and Yahoo at 10.4 percent (all others picked up the crumbs at 1.9 percent).... 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 divided opinion, but since the announcement a few weeks ago, I've seen more against it than for... 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, rather than just an idea on a whiteboard. Google would be wise to take it seriously, especially after... 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, but at least it's a step in the right direction. It's one thing to see small, niche email systems... 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 on this in 2014. This deal demonstrates our dedication to accelerating our video strategy and boosting... 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 are black, 2 percent are two or more races, and the rest are undisclosed. "These statistics are only... 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 YouTube's model, where Google reportedly skims 45 percent of ad revenue off the top. Yahoo Dog is hoping... Read more...
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 for some affected users. We appreciate their help in upgrading their browser and hope that the... 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 user-friendly standard. However, we have yet to see a single standard emerge that is effective,... 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 Make-Whole RSUs. That's not a golden parachute folks, that's a platinum parachute laden with diamonds.... 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 private memory space,” wrote cryptographer Matthew Green in a blog post. “Since this is... 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 ability to sell their own ads and have the opportunity for marketing in prime Internet real estate,... 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 that they already own would (in theory) create less friction to signing up, thereby increasing the user... 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 our users, prompting them to reset passwords on impacted accounts,” wrote Yahoo’s... 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 could link to an app's purchase page instead of the overall landing page. The Sparq team will seemingly... Read more...
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