Yahoo Donates 200 Servers to Georgia Tech

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By Seth Tropper

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have something new to buzz about this week. On Monday, Yahoo gifted Georgia Tech 200 servers! These servers, donated through our Y-STAR program (Yahoo Servers To Academic Researchers), will significantly contribute to Georgia Tech’s education and research activities by enabling a large-scale, hands-on education experience for undergraduate and graduate students, and opening up new possibilities for data-intensive research.

Supporting the academic community is one of the top priorities at Yahoo Labs; and the vision of the Labs’ Academic Relations group is to help Yahoo be one of the first companies that academics think of for new research or business collaborations, employment opportunities, inspiring and entertaining online products, open publications, tools, and datasets.

Yahoo Employees Award 1,000 Grant; Share Best Practices for Giving Circles

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By Olivia Khalili, Director, Yahoo for Good

If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.

This is the defining ethos of a giving circle, a form of participative philanthropy in which a group pools its funds and jointly decides how and where to donate. Through collective action, participants are able to leverage time, resources, and intellectual capital toward a shared goal of impact.

Since 1999, Yahoo employees have been engaging in a modernized version of an old tradition, bringing it, appropriately, online via electronic ballot. The volunteer-run Yahoo Employee Foundation (YEF) has donated nearly $20 million to organizations that reflect employee interests from STEM education and family welfare in the San Francisco Bay Area to child hunger and disaster relief globally. Employees who donate to YEF are eligible to champion an organization to receive a grant of up to $50,000. 

This week, YEF celebrates its 1,000 grant, awarded to Teens eXploring Technology (TxT). The Los Angeles-based organization uses coding and technology to promote positive development and leadership among low-income males in middle and high school.

Flurry Insights: Apps to Cable: “Three Strikes and You’re Out!”

Mark this past week as a win for cord cutters. Last Tuesday comScore released its latest video report that validated what many suspected: consumers want TV content on every device, not only on TV. Later that day, HBO announced an “Over the Top” streaming service. Two days later CBS announced its own subscription streaming service. These developments have made one thing clear: we are witnessing a massive change in the way viewers consume TV content. In honor of the World Series which starts today, we will use a baseball analogy to illustrate this shift.

Strike One: Cable started to lose the movies-on-demand market to internet companies like Netflix. Strike Two: Companies like Hulu, and now CBS, swooped in to take broadcast share. So what’s left? One industry perception is that cable has one last massive weapon to defend its lock on television content consumption: live sports. In fact, CBS announced the NFL would be carved-out of its new streaming service.

But today, as the World Series kicks off, Flurry Analytics uncovered an interesting trend that could signal Strike Three: Sports Fans are turning to apps to follow live sports, keep up with scores, trade their fantasy players, and watch game highlights.

Take a full look at the findings over on the Flurry Insights Blog.

Browse Photos Like Never Before on the New Flickr App for iPad

By Bernardo Hernandez, Vice President, Flickr

You’ve asked for it, and we’re excited to announce that today users all over the world can browse over 10 billion Flickr photos on the new iPad app! The new Flickr App for iPad makes it easy and enjoyable to access, organize, and share your snapshots from any device.

We’re also delivering a better experience with iOS 8 so that you can best capture, improve, and explore your images. Catch your favorite moments with our powerful camera, then bring them to life on your screen with high resolution images - we’re talking up to three million pixels per photo!

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Improve photos and videos with live filters and a set of professional editing tools on iPad, then explore with our new search features. Quickly and easily search your photos and the photos of the Flickr community without any need for tags or additional photo information. And with 1000GB (aka 1TB) of free storage, you can upload all of your photos - not just your favorites!

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If you already have Flickr on your iOS device, just update it today. If not, download the app on the App Store. Available around the world in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish Portuguese, Indonesian, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

Note: You’ll need to update your device to iOS 8 to enjoy this experience.

Yahoo DIY Makes a Home Online

By Katie Brown, Editor in Chief of Yahoo DIY

At my house, everything is an adventure. Whether I’m planning an informal dinner party, getting my hands dirty in the garden, or just trying to survive the demands of everyday life, I look at every activity as an opportunity to show my personality and infuse a touch of homemade flair. Today, I’m excited to launch Yahoo DIY, a new digital magazine that inspires, entertains, and educates do-it-yourself enthusiasts and weekend warriors alike.  

The magazine is packed with design trends on a budget, step-by-step decor improvements, wearable crafts, and easy projects for kids.  Yahoo DIY won’t just tell you how to do it - we will show you through slideshows, listicles, and original videos. All of these are visual blueprints to keep your projects on track and on-budget.

We’ll bring do-it-yourself projects to life by launching three new video series: “Daily Made” shows off easy solutions for common household conundrums; “Home Made” provides crafters with must-know how-to tips;  and “Katie Made offers a sneak peak inside my own quirky DIY projects.

Yahoo DIY isn’t about perfection. We will be working alongside you as you take on projects and explore your creativity. My goal is to create a homebase where you can find simple tips and step-by-step guides to make your aspirational projects doable.

You’ll be amazed by what a little elbow grease and a dose of personality can do!

Follow us at @YahooDIY on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest and share your projects with us!

Want to learn more?  Check out our Press Center.

[Year in Review] Yahoo’s Bug Bounty Program: Protecting Our Users Hand-in-Hand with the Security Community

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By Ramses Martinez, Senior Director of Investigations, Intelligence, and Response

Users come first at Yahoo and we’re committed to protecting their security. Our security team, which we affectionately call the Paranoids, is continuously monitoring for, analyzing, and responding to many potential threats.

The Paranoids do an amazing job — but in today’s complex security environment we can’t do it alone. This is why in October of 2013 we launched our Bug Bounty program. Through this community effort we invited researchers to report potential technical vulnerabilities to our security team.

Our Bug Bounty program has matured and grown since last October. We are proud to now have more than 600 contributors, we’ve also paid over $700,000 in bounties to contributing researchers since our launch. Inspite of this growth we haven’t forgotten our roots. This is why we still send the occasional t-shirt to researchers who successfully identify a tech vulnerability of significant value.

The Weinstein Company Extends “One Chance” Free Run on Yahoo After Successful First-Time Pilot

By Kathy Savitt, CMO

You loved “One Chance!”

We have had a successful 10 day pre-theatrical release of the film, along with the Weinstein Company and I am thrilled to say that the inspiring film will continue to be available on Yahoo Screen until November 9th.

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Click here to learn more about this inspiring story and here for more about this announcement.

Follow @YahooScreen for the latest updates. 

PREMIERING TODAY: “One Chance”

By Kathy Savitt, CMO

When I heard about “One Chance” I was excited about the opportunity to share this fresh, emotionally compelling film with Yahoo audiences everywhere.  The true story of Paul Potts, along with a unique and powerful soundtrack, grabbed my attention immediately.  

That’s why we are pleased to announce that starting today you can watch the full-length feature film exclusively on Yahoo Screen (on desktop & mobile via the Yahoo Screen app) TEN DAYS BEFORE it’s released in theaters nationwide.  You can also visit Yahoo Screen for exclusive clips and cast interviews. Read on for more about this incredible story.

From the director of “The Devil Wears Prada”, “One Chance” is a true story adapted into a screenplay, which revolves around Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for “Britain’s Got Talent.” Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win “Britain’s Got Talent” and the hearts of millions. “One Chance” stars James Corden, the recently announced new host of “The Late Late Show” on CBS, as well as Alexandra Roach and Julie Walters.

Along with The Weinstein Company, we are proud to continue bringing amazing content from some of the world’s greatest storytellers to our audience. We couldn’t be more excited to premiere this poignant and inspiring film.

So get your popcorn ready and sit back and enjoy a new era of movie viewing.

Yahoo Answers New Navigation!

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We’ve rolled out some new updates to make Yahoo Answers simpler to navigate, easier to use, and more personalized.


Navigation is now Simpler

The left navigation now features links to the Answers homepage, notifications and Answers profile

  • On the Answers Home, we’ve trimmed down…

JUST ADDED! Album Release Party with Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL on Yahoo Live

By Dave DiMartino, Executive Editor of Yahoo Music

Tomorrow, legendary performer Prince and his band 3RDEYEGIRL will be live on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen at 10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT for a special album release party for PLECTRUMELECTRUMARTOFFICALAGE.  In addition, fans will get an exclusive behind the scenes look at Prince’s legendary Minnesota studio complex, Paisley Park, the creative sanctuary where Prince has recorded many of his most recognized musical creations.

But first, chart-topping country stars Lady Antebellum will take the stage in a New York City concert to celebrate the release of their latest album, “747.”

Be sure to set your reminders on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen so you don’t miss out on this spectacular night of music!

LADY ANTEBELLUM

8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT

LIVE from Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY

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PRINCE

10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT

LIVE from Paisley Park in Minneapolis, MN

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You’ll be able to watch both performances from wherever you are through the Yahoo Screen App on iOS, Android, mobile Web, desktop and Smart TV platforms including AppleTV, Roku and Xbox 360.

Progress Report: Continued Product Focus

By Jay Rossiter, SVP, Cloud Platform Group

At Yahoo, focus is an important part of accomplishing our mission: to make the world’s daily habits more entertaining and inspiring. To achieve this focus, we have sunset more than 60 products and services over the past two years, and redirected those resources toward products that our users care most about and are aligned with our vision. With even more smart, innovative Yahoos focused on our core products - search, communications, digital magazines, and video - we can deliver the best for our users.

Last quarter, we gave an overview of our progress. Today, we want to continue to communicate some product changes that affect our users:

  • Yahoo Education: As we take a close look at our offerings, we identify areas outside of our core experiences where users’ needs are already well served by alternative online resources. For this reason, on September 30, we will close Yahoo Education, a site designed to connect users with education providers and content.

  • Qwiki: Many times, we find a technology can be best utilized through integration. On November 1, we will shut down the Qwiki app, which automatically created short movies based on events from a user’s camera roll. The Qwiki team will continue to innovate on new digital media experiences for Yahoo users. To download content you’ve created with Qwiki, visit http://www.qwiki.com/download_videos

  • Directory: Yahoo was started nearly 20 years ago as a directory of websites that helped users explore the Internet. While we are still committed to connecting users with the information they’re passionate about, our business has evolved and at the end of 2014 (December 31), we will retire the Yahoo Directory. Advertisers will be upgraded to a new service; more details to be communicated directly.