September 11, 2013 |
Alabama Coach Nick Saban addressed the Yahoo allegations that one of his star former players, D.J. Fluker, received impermissible benefits while attending college. Saban on the Yahoo article: “I didn't read the article, I just came from practice. I know [Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle] has already made comment on the story. I will say from an administrative standpoint, our people do a fantastic job. I think we have one of the best programs in what we try to do to help our players make good choices and good decisions when it comes to agents.
September 11, 2013 |
A day after Sports Illustrated unveiled a five-part series alleging football corruption at Oklahoma State, a Yahoo Sports investigation alleged that five SEC players took impermissible benefits while they were in college. The list includes former Alabama star offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, another Tennessee player and two from Mississippi State. We'll see where this leads and how fast the NCAA responds. Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle issued a statement saying the school was looking into the charge against Fluker before the Yahoo report.
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 |
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 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 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.