September 9, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Technology giants Facebook, Google and Yahoo presented a rare united front in filing separate motions asking to publicly disclose more details about secret national intelligence requests they receive under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. They made the motions Monday in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The companies are seeking permission to reveal the number and nature of the national intelligence requests to address growing public concern and regain the trust of users.
September 6, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo has released its first ever transparency report , shedding some light on the number of government data requests it receives. The report comes amid damaging disclosures that the National Security Agency can crack the encryption of online traffic - - email, medical records, online shopping and other Web activities - - of the world's biggest Internet companies, including Yahoo. The disclosures in the Guardian, The New York Times and ProPublica were taken from documents from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden and raise a fresh batch of concerns about the security of personal information stored online.
September 6, 2013 |
Call it a live-action "Scooby Doo" for the Funny or Die crowd. "Ghost Ghirls," a scripted Web series produced by Jack Black, will debut next week on Yahoo Screen with 12 episodes, each with a length of around 10 to 12 minutes. The show, created by Maria Blasucci, Amanda Lund and "Drunk History" director Jeremy Konner, follows two paranormal investigators as they try to solve supernatural mysteries. The episodes will be unveiled Sept. 9 through the Yahoo Inc. video website. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview Black said distributing the series through Yahoo made sense because it gave the creators more control over the process than they might have had at a traditional outlet, and consumers are increasingly watching programming over the Web and through mobile devices and tablets.
September 5, 2013 |
Yahoo says it has made a major change to its logo, but unless you have studied design it's hard to tell the difference. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company unveiled the new design on Tumblr late Wednesday night, and it does appear the company came up with a new design after 18 years that looks more serious and hip. The design, which can be seen in the video above, keeps many of Yahoo's traditional logo elements. The color scheme remains purple, the letters capitalized and, perhaps most important, the exclamation mark is still there.
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 |
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 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 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.