Bringing Digital Magazines to the Yahoo App on Android in the U.S.

By Fernando Delgado, Senior Director of Product Management, Mobile and Emerging Products

The Yahoo app for Android brings you the very best of the web, personalized to your interests. Today, we’re excited to introduce even more content to cover your interests by including  Yahoo Food, Yahoo Tech, Yahoo Travel, Yahoo Movies, Yahoo Beauty, and our latest addition, Yahoo Health.

Just like your favorite glossy publications, our Yahoo Digital Magazines allow you to immerse yourself in the topics you care most about through elegant design, visual storytelling and distinct editorial voices. Our all-star team includes Bobbi Brown, Paula Froelich and David Pogue

TheYahoo app continues to be the experience you know and love. With a single swipe, check out the latest news, local weather, popular photos and videos, your stocks and more.

As usual, we encourage you to log in to get the most out of the app and receive content tailored to your interests. The more time you spend reading topics you care about, the more we will surface personalized stories to your fingertips.

Android users in the U.S. can update the Yahoo app in the Play Store today. 

Hundreds of Yahoo’s joined CEO Marissa Mayer yesterday in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at our Sunnyvale campus.

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Yahoo responds to the ALS Ice Bucket challenge!

Welcome Michele Promaulayko & Katie Brown to Yahoo!

By Kathy Savitt, CMO of Yahoo

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We are ecstatic to have Michele Promaulayko and Katie Brown joining the Yahoo Digital Magazine family.  Michele will be joining as editor in chief of Yahoo Health and Katie as editor in chief of the DIY Crafts Magazine, the latest in our magazine initiative launching this fall.

Michele Promaulayko, Yahoo Health Magazine

Michele joins us from Women’s Health where she was editor in chief for 5 years. Under her leadership, Women’s Health has experienced tremendous growth digitally and in print, while garnering some of the magazine industry’s highest accolades including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. She is also the author of the popular book Look Better Naked: The 6-Week Plan To Your Leanest, Hottest, Body—Ever.  Michele is frequently called on as an expert to comment on trends and news in health & fitness.  

Through expert insights, the hottest fitness regimens, nutrition updates, and information about common conditions and health news, Yahoo Health inspires readers to be happy & healthy.  

Michele is based in New York and starts on August 25.

Katie Brown, Yahoo DIY Crafts Magazine

Bringing over 15 years of experience in decorating, home renovations, and entertaining, Katie is a best selling author, and host of the TV series “Katie Brown Workshop” on public television and Create TV.

The new Yahoo DIY Crafts Magazine will be a destination for sophisticated “how to” projects, a resource for DIY enthusiasts, and will make aspirational projects doable. From decorating a room on a budget, learning how to stain a floor, hang curtains, and get tips on hosting a unique dinner, the magazine will be infused with personality, style, and sophistication.

Katie will be based in New York and Los Angeles and starts on August 18.

 

Yahoo To Host Taylor Swift In Special Worldwide Live Stream Event

On Monday, August 18th, Yahoo will host seven-time Grammy Award winning musician Taylor Swift in an exclusive worldwide live stream event from New York City. You’ll be able to catch the action on Yahoo Screen (http://yahoo.com/TaylorSwift) in an event you won’t want to miss!


Make sure to tune in to Yahoo Screen or GMA at 5:00pm EST / 2:00pm PST on Monday, August 18th.

Introducing Our New CIO Mike Kail

By Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO

Technical infrastructure has always played an important role in Yahoo’s ability to deliver the best possible user experiences. As we continue to focus on delighting and inspiring our users, I am excited to announce that Mike Kail is joining Yahoo as our CIO and SVP, Infrastructure. Starting today, Mike will lead the IT and data center functions for the company.

Mike brings the perfect combination of experience and vision to lead the technical infrastructure at a company with Yahoo’s global reach and scale. He brings more than 23 years of IT operations experience, with a focus on highly scalable architectures, to Yahoo. Most recently, he served as VP of IT Operations at Netflix. Prior to that, Mike was VP of IT Operations at Attensity, where he was responsible for the Americas data center operations team, including managing various big data systems including their Hadoop cluster, HBase, and MongoDB components. In addition, he serves as a Customer Advisory Board member for Box, SumoLogic, One LogIn, and Context Relevant. Mike holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Iowa State University.

Welcome, Mike!

Two Key New Hires for Our Security Team

By Alex Stamos, VP of Information Security

The security of our users is a huge focus for us at Yahoo. We’re deploying encryption technologies across our platform, encouraging our partners to ensure that any data running on our network is secure, and improving the security of the overall web ecosystem.

We’re also focused on hiring the best talent to help us achieve our goals. That’s why I’m excited to introduce the two newest members of our security team: Chris Rohlf and Doug DePerry. Both Chris and Doug have incredible experience and are well-respected in the online security community. Chris and Doug will continue to be based out of New York, where they’ll further enhance our top notch security team, provide key trainings as we grow, and help us recruit the brightest minds in the software security space.

Chris and Doug come to us from Leaf Security Research, a security consulting firm known for its deep understanding of software security. The Leaf team has discovered and published critical vulnerabilities in every major web browser and other widely used applications. Chris and Doug have helped design and lead Leaf’s “Advanced C/C++ Source Code Analysis” training course, which educates participants on how to find exploitable vulnerabilities by manually auditing the source of large and complex programs. Chris and Doug have taught this unique course for public and private audiences, including at Black Hat USA 2013.

Chris and Doug will make a comeback to Black Hat USA this year — this time as Yahoos! — to teach their course on August 2nd & 3rd and again on August 4th & 5th. If you’re planning to be at Black Hat USA 2014, come connect with us at Mandalay Bay to learn techniques to find new vulnerabilities, and analyze code for exploitation primitives for target-specific exploitation.

We’re thrilled to welcome Chris and Doug to our team of talented security experts at Yahoo and look forward to seeing you at Black Hat USA 2014 this year!

Interested in learning more about opportunities on our security team? Check out Yahoo Careers.

Yahoo to Acquire Flurry to Strengthen Mobile Products

By Scott Burke, SVP Advertising Technology

Over the past couple of years, Yahoo has been focused on re-imagining our users’ daily habits, and mobile is at the center of everything we do. Today, I’m excited to announce the next step in our vision, that we have reached a definitive agreement to acquire Flurry, the industry leader in mobile analytics.

When completed, our acquisition of Flurry will be a meaningful step for the company and reinforces our commitment to building and supporting useful, inspiring and beautiful mobile applications and monetization solutions. By joining Yahoo, Flurry will have resources to speed up the delivery of platforms that can help developers build better apps, reach the right users, and explore new revenue opportunities. Together, we will make Yahoo mobile experiences better through products that are more personalized and more inspiring.

Analytics are critical for all mobile developers to understand and optimize their applications. We are reinvesting in developers and continuing to build great analytics products. Our combined scale will accelerate revenue growth for thousands of developers and publishers across the mobile ecosystem.

Our combined offerings will enable more effective mobile advertising solutions for brands seeking to reach their audiences and gain unique insights across desktop and mobile. Our users will benefit from app experiences that are more personalized and inspiring.

Flurry has been delivering the platform and insights to help developers optimize and personalize their apps since 2008. The Flurry stats speak to their success.

  • 170,000 developers use Flurry Analytics  
  • Flurry sees app activity from 1.4 billion devices monthly
  • Flurry sees 5.5 billion app sessions per day
  • Flurry Analytics is in 7 apps per device on average
  • 8,000 publishers monetize with Flurry
  • Flurry works with mobile developers in 150 countries

As announced in Q2 earnings last week, Yahoo mobile usage is growing rapidly.

  • Yahoo’s mobile display and search revenue each grew more than 100% year-over-year
  • More than half Yahoo’s total monthly audience visits on a mobile device, and in Q2, over 450 million mobile monthly active users came to Yahoo, a 36% increase year-over-year
  • Time spent on mobile has grown 79% in the last year alone
  • The average Yahoo user now spends 86% of their time on smartphones in apps  

Yahoo’s growth in mobile traffic comes from great people and great products. Flurry’s success is the result of years of committed investment by a passionate team to create an indispensable platform for mobile developers. We want to harness our collective innovative spirit and bolster the mobile ecosystem by providing developers the analytics and monetization solutions to drive their success.

After the transaction closes, the Flurry team will remain in its present locations, where their vision, mission, and focus will stay the same. Flurry’s products will continue to operate and innovate with Yahoo’s support and investment. Today is an incredibly exciting day for Yahoo and Flurry. We’re thrilled to welcome this new star team to join us!

* The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. More information about the news can be found in the press release we issued today.

The Remarkable and Inspirational Story, “One Chance,” Comes Exclusively to Yahoo Screen This Fall

By Kathy Savitt, CMO

Whether it’s comedy, live events or inspiring stories, we are always looking to bring the very best content from the world’s greatest creators to our audience.  That’s why today, we’re thrilled to announce that this fall, we’ll be the exclusive US home for the pre-theatrical release of the Weinstein Company’s film “One Chance.”  

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From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, “One Chance” is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an 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.

Every day we help Yahoo users find inspiring and entertaining content. We are excited to bring ‘One Chance,’ a fresh and emotionally compelling film to Yahoo Screen, thanks to our new partnership with the Weinstein Company.

Follow us @YahooScreen for the latest news and updates. 

Welcome RayV!

By P.P.S. Narayan, VP of Cloud Platforms and Services

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I’m thrilled to announce that we have acquired RayV, a company with an exciting approach to online video streaming in the rapidly evolving mobile space.

Watching mobile and online video has gone from being a novelty to a daily habit for millions of users. Yahoo is focused on growing video users and monthly streams, and while we’re only getting started, we’re very focused on this in 2014. This deal demonstrates our dedication to accelerating our video strategy and boosting our underlying technology infrastructure in the space.

At Yahoo, we are focused on building a video offering that delivers best-in-class quality and content, and can be streamed on-demand and live, on all platforms. The RayV team shares our passion for innovation and commitment to build a video infrastructure to deliver the ultimate video experience to our users. RayV has built a compelling technology that enables improved high quality streaming for online and mobile content partners.

The team lives and breathes video, and have become industry pioneers. Omer Luzzatti, Co-Founder and CTO and Ofer Shem-Tov, Co-Founder and Chief Architect are veterans in the audio and multimedia space with key VoIP startups under their belt. They have solid domain expertise and a passion for video that makes them a perfect fit for the Yahoo Video and CDN platform.

We’re thrilled to welcome the RayV team, most of whom will join the Yahoo R&D center in Tel Aviv. We are excited for the leadership that they will bring to Yahoo.