By Megan Cristina, Senior Director, Yahoo Trust and Safety
On the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Violence Against Women Act, Yahoo applauds the groundbreaking spirit behind its enactment and the tremendous progress that has been made in reducing the rates of domestic violence. We also acknowledge that even in the wake of triumphs to empower and protect victims over the years, the conversation is far from over.
Joining our growing team of digital magazine editors are two heavy hitters from the food and entertainment worlds. Kerry Diamond is joining Yahoo as Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo Food and Kristen Baldwin as Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo TV.
Kerry Diamond, Yahoo Food
Kerry Diamond is the co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe, a biannual indie magazine about women and food. Adweek named Cherry Bombe one of 2014’s five hottest new magazines. She is also the co-owner of three Brooklyn eateries: Nightingale 9, Wilma Jean, and Smith Canteen.
Kerry has been called “Brooklyn’s chicest restaurateur/editor” and has a career that spans not only food but beauty and fashion. Kerry has spoken at the TasteTalks Brooklyn Conference and the Women, Inspiration and Empowerment Symposium and has been featured in Vogue, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Marie Claire, Wall Street Journal, and other publications.
She will start at Yahoo on September 22 and will be based in New York.
Kristen Baldwin, Yahoo TV
Kristen joins Yahoo TV after 19 years at Entertainment Weekly (EW) where she started as an editorial assistant in 1995. She was instrumental in the integration of EW’s print and digital editorial operations and led the charge on some of EW’s most memorable issues, including the much revered Reunions issue and the always popular Fall TV Preview. In addition, she earned a loyal following on EW.com with her recaps of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
Kristen brought her wit and TV knowledge to appearances on “TODAY,” “The View,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “CBS This Morning,” “E! News,” and “VH1’s Behind the Music.”
Kristen will start at Yahoo on September 29 and will be based in New York.
By Nick D’Aloisio
In January, we launched Yahoo News Digest - an app that combines the strength of science and the power of journalism to deliver the need-to-know news directly to your mobile device twice a day. Today we are bringing this award-winning experience to the iPad with new features that allow you to dig deeper into the news.
We’ve added a new video segment, premiering every Sunday with our Global Anchor Katie Couric. Each week, Couric will walk you through a significant story from the week before and give you key context to get you in the know.
Yahoo News Digest is now optimized for the tablet, taking full advantage of the large screen to provide a beautifully designed landscape experience for you as you read the important news of the day. In addition, based on your feedback, we’ve created customizable notification delivery times. Your digest will still be available twice daily, but now you can decide when you receive your news. Choose anytime between 6am to 10am for your morning digest and 5pm to 9pm for your evening digest.
Once you’ve gotten through the key stories and completed the digest, read extra content if you’d like with Sections, including Politics, Sports, Entertainment and Technology. Check out a couple to whet your palate or read them all! Sections are available in the US edition and coming to other countries soon.
Yahoo News Digest for iPad is now available with US, UK, Canadian, and International editions in English globally. Download the app now in the App Store.
Learn more about the team and vision behind Yahoo News Digest by watching the video below.
By Ron Bell, General Counsel
Today we are pleased to announce the release of more than 1,500 pages of once-secret papers from Yahoo’s 2007-2008 challenge to the expansion of U.S. surveillance laws.
By Margaret Nagle, Executive Director & Head of US Government Affairs
Right now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering critically important rules around how best to ensure that the Internet remains an open platform for innovation.
At Yahoo, we firmly believe that a free and open Internet is critical to ensure our users have unfettered access to content and tools that enhance their lives.
We have urged the FCC to implement enforceable rules that ban paid prioritization, creating regulatory certainty for content providers such as Yahoo. These rules should apply to wired and wireless networks, so our users enjoy a comparable experience whether they access our services on their laptop or on a mobile device.
We encourage our users to learn more, including by visiting the Internet Association, checking out a letter we signed onto in May of this year, and visiting the FCC’s website to see the proposed rule and lend your voice to the discussion.
We’re committed to protecting a free and open Internet, and fighting to ensure that our users continue to enjoy online content and tools — without disruption.
By Tekedra Mawakana, VP & Deputy General Counsel, Global Public Policy
Few people symbolize the ability of one individual to empower, unite and inspire like Yoani Sanchez.
Yoani is an award-winning Cuban journalist, blogger, and author, recognized internationally for her promotion of freedom of expression online. I’m incredibly pleased to share that Yoani is this year’s Yahoo Fellow in International Values, Communications Technology and the Global Internet at Georgetown University.
You can find more information here in Georgetown University’s press release.
By Mike Kerns, Senior Vice President of Homepage and Verticals
At Yahoo, we understand the tools digital publishers need to monetize and develop their business. Over the years we have invested in and built world-class technology to support our media solutions. I’m excited to announce today that we are making that technology available to publishers across the web.
Yahoo Recommends is a technology that generates personalized content recommendations and a native advertising experience for users. The tool makes it easier for visitors to discover a publisher’s content and integrates an additional native advertising unit onto their site. We know first-hand that the combination of personalization and premium content works for users, and we’ve created Yahoo Recommends so publishers can put that powerful combination to work too.
Powered by Yahoo’s personalization technology, Yahoo Recommends comes in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate any site layout on PC or mobile — ensuring a seamless integration with any site and a fluid, relevant and transparent experience for readers.
To help publishers monetize, Yahoo Recommends includes clearly labeled sponsored ads. Premium and personalized ads featured on Yahoo Recommends are served through Yahoo Gemini, Yahoo’s unified mobile search and native ad marketplace. The launch of Yahoo Recommends represents the first time the marketplace has grown to carry inventory and serve ads beyond Yahoo’s own sites.
Digital publishers like CBSi, VOX Media and Hearst are already using Yahoo Recommends to both make discovery easy for visitors and monetize their sites. “We are pleased to be one of the first media companies to use Yahoo Recommends,” said Jim Lanzone, President and CEO, CBS Interactive. “The personalized content recommendations enable users to discover and engage with even more of CBS Interactive’s premium content.”
Publishers can also manage analytics with detailed reporting to understand how their content and ads are performing. Any publisher can start increasing engagement and revenue with three simple steps:
For more information about Publisher Solutions or to get started with Yahoo Recommends, contact your Yahoo representative or email Paul Krakow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Jarah Euston, Flurry
Tech media is buzzing that Apple may unveil a phablet-sized iPhone 6 on September 9th. Six years ago, who would have guessed that an extra inch of screen space could cause so much commotion?
Last Spring we reported that, as of February 2013, the phablet was an insignificant player in the mobile ecosystem dominated by phones and tablets. In fact, we said that this new kid on the block was not having a meaningful impact among consumers, developers or manufacturers. Today we are taking a second look to see how far phablets have come since our original report.
Take a look at our report over on the Flurry blog.
By Ron Jacoby, VP Smart TV
Yahoo Fantasy Football is coming to your Samsung Smart TV! The latest Samsung Sports app now features the Yahoo Fantasy Football TV experience. Keep tabs on your weekly fantasy match-ups and follow all your league scores without missing a second of the game. And, the Samsung Sports app also gives you live player stats, game summaries, drive charts, and more.
Look for the on-screen prompts on your Samsung Smart TV to launch the app while watching the game, or launch the app anytime through the Samsung TV app store (SmartHub).
The app is available now on select 2014 Samsung Smart TVs.
The summer of soccer is behind us, and sports fans across the U.S. can finally turn their attention to real football (that is, American football). After more than seven months of silence, the NFL stage is set for a new season of blood, sweat, and data. Yes, data.
Everybody hopes to see his or her favorite team clinch the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy, but data-driven predictions are another matter. And predictions are all the more fun when you add social media to the mix.
Following the success of our World Cup predictor where we correctly forecasted three out of four semifinalists using specific Tumblr chatter, Yahoo Labs is once again using the power of data science to bring you an answer to the only question that really matters this season: Who will win? Our statistical analysis includes Tumblr posts from May through August, which we used to create a machine learning predictor based on the popularity of each team and its players according to Tumblr’s 200+ million blogs.
By Paul Montoy-Wilson, Co-Founder of Yahoo Aviate
In late June Yahoo Aviate launched globally in English, and with over half of our users living outside of the U.S., we’re thrilled to bring Yahoo Aviate to our international users in their native languages. Our intelligent Android homescreen is now available in eight languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Bahasa, English and Russian.
We continue to focus on meeting our users’ needs and creating the best possible experience on Aviate. We’ve received great feedback, more than doubling our daily active users since launch and gathering data that reaffirms that phones should be dynamic.
We’re working towards bringing everyone around the world a more simple, intelligent and beautiful experience on their Android homescreen. Stay tuned for more to come in the near future!
Note: Users using the non-English language version of Yahoo Aviate will have the option to add Yahoo News Digest in English in their Today Space by downloading Yahoo News Digest from the Google Play Store.
By Joe Zee, Editor in Chief of Yahoo Style
I joined Yahoo a few months ago to launch a unique digital fashion magazine that would combine my expertise as a veteran print magazine editor with my love of innovation and the internet. Today, I am excited to introduce Yahoo Style: a sophisticated, fresh take on fashion for everyone, from enthusiasts to those who love it from the sidelines.
I had a mission to create a digital magazine that was a study in contrasts — accessible but aspirational, insider but inclusive. For me fashion is storytelling and Yahoo Style is what I hope will be the must-land destination for great and stylish storytelling.
The first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful digital cover of Yahoo Style, showcasing pop culture and style icons like Jessica Biel, our first cover girl. Scrolling through the rest of Yahoo Style, you’ll also find yourself lost in beautiful fashion editorials, designer profiles, first person essays, celebrity interviews, and shopping guides.
One of the many things that excites me about working at Yahoo is the ability to share fashion through the lens of moving image, whether videos, GIFs, or live experiences. We are launching two video series: "Fashion Bites," where I will sit down with renowned tastemakers to learn their tips and tricks and secrets to success, all dished out at their favorite greasy diner. And “Unbuttoned,” an uncensored, honest roundtable series, talking fashion truths of what really happens behind this mythical, glamorous industry.
On Tuesday, Sept 9th, we’ll have the ultimate all-access pass to Fashion Week. I along with style.com editors and our correspondents, will host “Yahoo Style Presents Live at New York Fashion Week with Style.com” delivering six hours of live commentary and big-name interviews, both out front and backstage at the shows.
Follow us at @YahooStyle on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, and share your fashion questions and experiences.
Want to learn more? Check out our Press Center.
What if there were a smarter way to expand your social network? That is to say, what if you were offered a reason to follow someone beyond “people you may know” on Flickr, Facebook, and LinkedIn, “recommended blogs” on Tumblr, and “who to follow” on Twitter, for example?
By Robby Stein, Director of Product Management
With NFL Now, each morning you’ll receive a free, personalized video feed based on your favorite teams and up-to-the minute news. As a lifelong (tortured) Washington fan, I log in every morning on my way to work to stay up to date on RG III and Alfred Morris news, along with preseason highlights.
With our focus on mobile at Yahoo, the NFL Now experience was built with the mindset of the football fan on-the-go. Now fans can carry the NFL in their pocket by downloading Yahoo Screen today (and coming soon to the Yahoo Sports app).
With the NFL preseason almost complete, now’s the time to download the app and start gearing up for week 1!