August 26, 2013 |
Yahoo on Monday began notifying those who received usernames that had expired. But if you didn't apply the first time around, Yahoo is offering a "watch list" service: For $1.99 it'll let you know if a username becomes available down the line. The announcements were the latest in a plan Yahoo announced earlier this summer to delete Yahoo accounts that had not been accessed during the past year. Though the listing of deleted usernames wasn't made public, people were invited to list five choices and the usernames were to be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis if a choice freed up. Yahoo said highly sought usernames included David, Michael, Alex, Maria, Jennifer, Jessica, Batman and Superman.
August 14, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Silicon Valley may be best-known for its consumer technology companies. But software is definitely not just for consumers anymore. The latest entrant: Slack, a flashy new service that makes it easier for co-workers to communicate and collaborate from Stewart Butterfield, founder of a startup in Vancouver, Canada, called Tiny Speck. Companies selling software to businesses are in the midst of a renaissance here. Designers who grew up on the Web have touched off a wave of innovation, rejecting clunky software in favor of stylish, simple tools that mimic the familiar templates of Facebook and Google.
August 8, 2013 |
Today comes word from the folks over at Yahoo that searches for the name "Tom Ford" have spiked 155% in the last month and that the search engine's queries for the fashion designer's name are up ninefold in 2013 compared with the same time last year. In this morning's "what's spiking" email, Yahoo Web trends expert Carolyn Clark suggests the spike could have something to do with Jay Z's song "Tom Ford" (sample lyric: "I don't pop molly, I rock Tom Ford") off the album "Magna Carta Holy Grail," which was released in early July.
July 16, 2013 |
Marissa Mayer kicked off her tenure at Yahoo one year ago -- on July 17, 2012, to be exact. Since then, she has changed company culture, revamped faltering services and purchased notable new ones. To say Mayer's time as Yahoo chief executive has been eventful would be an understatement. From announcing her pregnancy right off the bat to her billion-dollar purchase of Tumblr, Mayer is leaving a mark on Yahoo. Here are her biggest moments and accomplishments since joining the company.
July 16, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- It's not such a happy anniversary for Marissa Mayer, who just polished off her first year at the helm of Yahoo. Shares of Yahoo are down 2% after the company released a second-quarter earnings report that showed revenue fell 7% year over year to $1.14 billion, giving investors very little to yodel about. Analysts had expected disappointing numbers. The June quarter reflects the tough challenge facing Mayer as she attempts to turn around the aging Internet company that continues to trail competitors Facebook and Google: a steady decline in Yahoo's advertising business.
July 15, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- No question Marissa Mayer has star power. But can she lift Yahoo out of its doldrums? One year ago the aging Internet laggard's fortunes suddenly seemed brighter: It recruited the prominent Google executive. Overnight, Yahoo was splashed across headlines: not for its past foibles and failures, but for new hope that it could stage a comeback. But in attempting to make Yahoo cool again, Mayer faces a central challenge that stumped all of her predecessors: how to put an end to the steady, years-long decline in advertising revenue and the daily drubbing from competitors Google and Facebook.
July 15, 2013 |
Yahoo has freed up a substantial number of inactive user names and will give them to people on a first-come, first-served basis , the company announced Monday. A month ago, Yahoo announced it would deactivate accounts that hadn't been touched for a year. The plan is designed to entice more people to check out Yahoo and its email, news, search and sharing services. The scheme raised concerns among online security experts who worried that previous owners of an email could have their online identity hijacked if they had listed their little-used Yahoo email as a backup email on another service and since forgotten.
July 12, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- David Karp, founder and chief executive of Tumblr, rang the Nasdaq opening bell on Friday to celebrate his company's $1.1-billion acquisition by Yahoo. Marissa Mayer was on hand to take pictures and cheer on the Tumblr team (as captured in this animated GIF on Mayer's Tumblr). Turns out the Tumblr team had even more to celebrate. Ever since the blockbuster Yahoo deal blasted the news across the world that there was this little thing called Tumblr, the social network is averaging 250,000 new blogs and 80 million new posts a day, according to Which-50.
July 8, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo's Marissa Mayer just landed some plum talent from Silicon Valley's design guru: Apple. "I'm happy to join Yahoo! today as Principal Designer. Marissa Ann Louie + Marissa Ann Mayer = Yahoo! - at Yahoo! HQ,” former Apple designer Marissa Louie wrote in a Facebook post. Louie has an impressive track record as a designer at Apple, Ness and elsewhere. Her jump to Yahoo signals the dramatic rise of the designer in Silicon Valley. (Think Jony Ive .) Inspired by Apple, designers -- not engineers -- are the ones with the all-important job of making technology smart, simple to use and elegant.
July 2, 2013 |
Yahoo will live-stream red-carpet and behind-the-scenes content for this year's Emmy Awards, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said Tuesday. This is the first time the television academy has partnered with a company outside of the broadcast networks to stream content. In the past, streaming has been hosted by the networks running the broadcast, which this year is on CBS. The academy said this significantly expands the digital reach of the awards show, which will be telecast Sept.