January 17, 2014 |
In a New York Times story about the firing of Yahoo chief operating officer Henrique de Castro, there appears the following passage: "In the end, the whole misadventure might not matter unless [Yahoo CEO Marissa] Mayer is able to redirect the company away from its failing core business of selling display ads . " (Emphasis ours.) Really? Yahoo's "core business" is selling ads? That's like saying Target's core business is running checkout lines. One would have thought that Yahoo's core business is developing and hosting websites and services that (it is hoped)
January 15, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo Inc. Chief Operating Officer Henrique de Castro will be leaving Thursday, the company said in a filing Wednesday. The company did not give a reason for his abrupt departure in the regulatory filing and a Yahoo spokeswoman declined to comment. But the troubled Internet company has had disappointing advertising results and has been unable to kick-start revenue growth on his watch. And the former Google executive had reportedly been on the outs with Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer.
December 13, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Even for Yahoo Inc., a company with a lengthy track record of failure, this was an epic fail. For five days this week an untold number of its 100 million users couldn't send or receive email, prompting many longtime, loyal users to savage the company on social media and threaten to leave for another email service. Despite the misery the outage caused people and businesses - who could have sent a letter faster than they could an email - Yahoo was slow to respond and even slower to inform users about it. And that has cast a shadow over Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's yearlong effort to turn around the troubled Internet company.
December 13, 2013 |
Yahoo's email service outage, or what has come to be known on Twitter as #YahooMailFail, is entering its fifth day and continues to keep some users from accessing their messages. The company said Thursday that it has restored access to email for 97% of the affected users. It said it was able to deliver 80% of the messages those users missed during the outage, which began late Monday night. By now, those figures have likely improved, but many users are still tweeting that they cannot access their accounts.
November 25, 2013 |
Is Katie Couric cutting the TV cord? Yahoo officially announced Monday that Couric is joining its ranks as its “global anchor.” After more than three decades on the air as a journalist and talk show hostess, the 56-year-old will now add Internet explorer to her resume, helping to develop global coverage for Yahoo. As part of her new position, which is still being defined, Couric will conduct monthly interview series and serve as the “face" of Yahoo News. The confirmation comes after word leaked late last week that she'd be jumping ship from ABC News for more digital pastures.
November 25, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before pitching my young-adult novel. The Skinny: I saw "Catching Fire" on Saturday and enjoyed it, though I set a high bar for dystopian fiction. Oh, and for the sake of self-promotion, I'm writing the weekly box-office projections now, so watch out for that. Monday's stories include the box-office wrap-up, Katie Couric's latest career move and the two Hercules movies coming out next year. Daily Dose: The possible courting of Time Warner Cable by Comcast and Charter Communications could mean another squaring off between media moguls Brian Roberts and John Malone.
November 22, 2013 |
Well, that was fast. Katie Couric is on the move again - and her daily talk show is evidently headed for the skids. The veteran newswoman is about to join Yahoo in an "extensive deal," according to the Hollywood Reporter. Details weren't reported, but Couric already repurposes bits from her talk show for a feature on Yahoo News. The latest development will likely mean curtains for her talk show, "Katie," which has struggled in the ratings over the last two seasons. It's also the end of Couric's ties to ABC News.
November 5, 2013 |
We're only five days into the charity 'stache-growing season and the Movember movement, now in its 10th year, seems to be sprouting up all over the place, from the "Today" show anchor desk to 7 For All Mankind Kind jeans to the Internet -- where Yahoo is reporting a huge spike in searches for both "Movember" and the phrase "No Shave November. " Last year a bunch of guys at the offices of L.A.-based premium denim brand 7 For All Mankind (including, we're told, the brand's president, Barry Miguel)
October 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting Internet data -- almost certainly including American email traffic -- as it transits to Google and Yahoo servers abroad, according to the latest disclosure from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The documents, reported by the Washington Post, describe a project code-named MUSCULAR, a cooperative effort with the agency's British counterpart, GCHQ. Even though NSA has been obtaining data directly from Google and Yahoo with court orders through the previously disclosed PRISM program, the new documents show it also has been taking data without permission abroad, outside the oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.