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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...
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 8-K filing with the SEC. Image Source: Flickr (Yahoo Pressebilder) De Castro came on board to lead... 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 and introduced a "Recent view" feature for hopping between emails, drafts, and search results. "Many... Read more...
For some unlucky users, Yahoo's email service has been down for nearly a week. The problem first began at 10:27 PM PT last Monday, and since that time, Yahoo's team of engineers have been working feverishly to fully restore service. Things are taking longer than expected because the issue is "much more complex than it seemed at first," Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer stated in a apologetic blog post. According to Mayer, the problem was traced back to a specific hardware outage in one of Yahoo's storage systems serving 1 percent of its users. At the time, Yahoo expected to have things fully operational by 1:30 PM PT on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the outage first began. "However, the problem was... Read more...
Yahoo's team of engineers are scrambling to fix a problem with the company's email service that is still affecting some users after more than 48 hours of downtime. Some Yahoo Mail users have been unable to access their email since late Monday night, and while Yahoo initially tried to dismiss the outage as something temporary for "scheduled maintenance," the company eventually fessed up that something else was going on after the problem persisted. "Some of our users have not been able to access their mail since 10:27 PM PT on Monday night, due to a hardware problem in one of our mail data centers," Yahoo's senior vice president Jefferey Bonforte said in a statement. "The issue has been harder... Read more...
It's easy to see why Yahoo chose Marissa Mayer to serve as the company's President and Chief Operating Officer (CEO) after parting ways with Scott Thompson in 2012. For the most part, she's been nothing but brilliant in her role and is quick to react to market conditions. Underscoring her business savvy is the decision to encrypt all user data that travels between its data centers by the end of March 2014. Mayer made the announcement in a short blog post outlining Yahoo's commitment to protecting user information. In addition to rolling out full encryption by the end of the first quarter in 2014, Mayer said that Yahoo Mail will be made even more secure than it already is by introducing Secure... Read more...
When the NSA forced several major tech companies including Facebook, Google, and Yahoo to cough up data on their users, one got the sense that it was a situation of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object. The first round of that battle went to the NSA because it had (some shadily-acquired) court documents that forced compliance, but these are companies with leaders that are not accustomed to being told what to do. (If anyone is going to spy on Facebook users, by god it’s going to be Facebook itself.) Further, the companies are concerned that the NSA is also hacking their network transmissions, including tapping fiber optic cables and breaking encryption. Unsurprisingly, the companies... Read more...
Yahoo’s fresh new Mail revamp earlier this week brought a new look, new themes, 1TB of storage, and deeper changes such as disposable addresses, mail filters, automatic mail forwarding, offline access with POP, and more. It also came with a major bug. Some users have complained that they were missing emails, and it turns out that the issue is apparently that the auto-forwarding feature is switched on by default on some accounts. Thus, if those users had previously set up a secondary email address, their emails were getting sent there instead of to their Yahoo inboxes. You can see some of the mess spilling out on Yahoo's Customer Care Twitter feed. That would be an annoyance at best if your... Read more...
Rather than receiving keys to a new car for its 16th birthday, Yahoo Mail is celebrating its milestone by handing users the keys to a revamped email service designed to be "elegant and intuitive on desktop, iOS, and Android." Part of that entails the addition of "conversations," otherwise known as emails grouped into threads. "We redesigned Yahoo Mail to be more efficient, too. Things you do all of the time like search, starring, and deleting are now one-click actions that appear when you hover over an email," Yahoo stated in a blog post. "We also wanted to give you more breathing room in your inbox, so you can collapse the left-hand toolbar to be more productive." Yahoo also decided to dole... 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 Report, we show the number of government data requests that we received during the reporting period... Read more...
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