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.

Yahoo Transparency Report Update

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By Ron Bell, General Counsel

Today we’re issuing our third transparency report, continuing our efforts to provide as much information as we can about government requests for our users’ data and government requests to remove content.

This latest transparency report contains information covering the first six months of this year (January 1 to June 30, 2014). This includes National Security Letters (NSLs) and criminal data requests (such as search warrants, court orders, and subpoenas issued in criminal investigations). FISA requests included are from July 1 - December 31, 2013, as they are subject to a six-month delay imposed by the U.S. Government.

At Yahoo, our users always come first. We evaluate any government request from a users first approach by:

  • Narrowly interpreting government requests to minimize disclosure of user data
  • Contesting requests we believe may violate a user’s human rights, including rights to privacy or free expression
  • Publishing a transparency report to promote accountability and transparency

An important example of how we put users first is our recent effort to push the U.S. Government to release 1,500 pages of once-secret documents detailing our 2007-08 challenge to the expansion of U.S. surveillance laws. We are still pushing for the FISC to release additional materials from this case. 

We also continue to advocate for legislative reform, both in the United States and around the world.

Through the Reform Government Surveillance Group, we are advocating for reform to ensure that U.S. surveillance laws are transparent, reasonable and subject to independent oversight. To that end, when Congress returns to session, the Senate should immediately consider the USA FREEDOM Act, introduced by Senators Leahy (D-VT), Lee (R-UT), Franken (D-MN) and Heller (R-NV). The USA FREEDOM Act would prevent the bulk collection of Internet metadata under various legal authorities. In turn, we could share more detail with our users about the type and frequency of national security data requests we receive.

On the international front, a number of countries seek to expand their surveillance authorities beyond their borders. Efforts by the U.S. Department of Justice to improve the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) process can help address this worrisome trend. We continue to engage on the critical MLAT reform process to protect our users.

We will continue our efforts to protect your information from unclear, improper, overbroad or unlawful government requests.

Yahoo hosts Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Sunnyvale

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By Tekedra Mawakana, VP & Deputy General Counsel, Global Public Policy

Yesterday afternoon, we were pleased to welcome Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy to our Sunnyvale headquarters. Prime Minister Renzi is the youngest ever Italian Prime Minister, sworn into office at the age of 39 in February 2014. Prime Minister Renzi is acutely tuned into the important role of technology in today’s global environment. He understands the power and reach of digital platforms, and is tapping into social media networks to engage with the public and advance his views on government and reform.

Next Stop, Advertising Week!

By Ned Brody, Head of the Americas

4 days, 250+ events. Advertising Week 2014 is almost here and we’re excited to join our ad industry partners to share the work Yahoo is doing to re-imagine digital experiences for users, and create ad opportunities that are just as innovative.

During the week, we’ll showcase the latest Yahoo products, our newest research, and how we’re redefining the way brands connect with our more than 800 million users globally.

 

 

This year, we are excited to share that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will join Fast Company’s Robert Safian for a conversation on the Times Center Stage on October 2 at 12:00 pm ET. Watch it live on AdvertisingWeek.com or follow us at @YahooAdBuzz for updates!

Here’s a preview of where Yahoo will be during the week:

Monday, September 29:

Tuesday, September 30:

Wednesday, October 1:

  • Andrew Snyder will talk about the growth of video and what’s next for brands in Future Video 3.0 at the Times Center Hall.

  • At SMX East, Leo Polanowski will share best practices for search advertisers in What SEMs Should Be Doing With Mobile at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

  • At the IAB Global Summit, Valerie Chavanne will join a conversation on the future of the Internet on the Debating the “Right to be Forgotten” panel at the IAB Ad Lab.

  • Splenda will join Yahoo’s Peter Foster and Tumblr’s David Hayes to share Content Marketing Success Stories and what’s really working at the Liberty Theater.

  • Leo Polanowski will talk about how advertisers are combining native and search efforts for better results at SMX East at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

  • Scott Burke will deliver a keynote about the future of cross-screen advertising at the Alphonso Summit.

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We will be sharing daily updates during Advertising Week, so follow @YahooAdBuzz and check out the Yahoo Advertising Blog for updates, photos and more straight from Times Square!

Top Fall TV Show Searches!

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Fall TV season is here at last! According to your searches, it looks like you’re most excited for Bad Judge, Gracepoint and A to Z. And it doesn’t stop there…! Check out the below infographic to see what other shows are buzzing. Oh, and make sure to find a comfy seat on the couch. Happy viewing!

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Flurry Insights: Gaming - The Lingua Franca of Mobile

By Jarah Euston, Flurry

Some entertainers, like Michael Jackson, become worldwide stars. Others, like Psy of Gangnam Style, capture the world’s attention for 15 minutes. And others stop at the border, never attaining international fame. With games, the same is true. What makes one gaming title spread like wildfire beyond its country of origin to become an international juggernaut, while another is only a local hit? In today’s report, we investigate.

Gaming is the Global Pastime

In this study, we dove deep into global gaming activity to understand which types of games cross borders, and which tend to stay local. For the purpose of this report, we restricted the consideration set to Android devices only, due to its larger market share internationally.

Gaming is truly a global pastime, and Flurry’s data proves it. The chart above displays the average daily time spent in all gaming categories. Globally, gamers are averaging 37 minutes a day playing games. The US leads the pack with nearly 51.8 minutes a day, followed by another leading industrial powerhouse, Germany, with 47.1 minutes. China rounds out the top 10 with 28.6 minutes. It’s a testament to mobile’s global reach that half of the top 10 countries are outside the West. It’s this reach that makes gaming the lingua franca of the modern world.

Take a look at our full report over on the Flurry blog.

Yahoo Weather Comes Alive in iOS Update

By Shenglong Gao, Associate Product Manager, Mobile Weather

With our latest iOS update, we’re taking our award-winning experience on the Yahoo Weather App even further. By using technology typically only experienced in video games, we’re bringing weather to life on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch through animations that appear directly in the Yahoo Weather Today widget as well as in your app. It’s the same beautiful design and location-based weather photos from Flickr, now combined with amazing weather effects.

Now when you check the forecast during a hot summer day, you will actually see the haze come across your screen. You’ll also see the rain, snow, and fog –with even more effects coming soon.

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These animated effects will make checking the forecast daily more delightful than ever. So take the opportunity to explore the weather in your favorite places around the world, and see for yourself. Update your app or download the latest version in the App Store today.

Introducing the New Yahoo Developer Network Website

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By Amotz Maimon, Chief Architect, Yahoo

Today, we’re excited to announce the new Yahoo Developer Network (YDN) website. Supporting external developers with open source and open APIs has long been key to Yahoo’s success. With over 500,000 developers using Yahoo APIs, we needed a new home to support our developer community. The updated site significantly improves the experience for developers and advertisers using Yahoo APIs such as Search and advertising (Gemini).

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Check out the new Yahoo Developer Network

Yahoo On The Road: Live It Live

By Kathy Savitt, CMO

Just when you thought music festival season was over, this fall, Yahoo Live: On the Road will head out on our second annual cross country road trip. We’re firing up our school spirit as the big purple buses make their way to 13 college campuses across the U.S. We’ll have two buses to rally students with fresh performances and amazing Yahoo Live experiences. We’re excited to kick off the tour with some of today’s most popular bands including Bleachers, Matt & Kim, Tokyo Police Club, Mayer Hawthorne, G-Eazy, Young the Giant and Panic! At the Disco.

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Get your tickets! When the purple buses arrive on campus students should head to the Yahoo On the Road “Amped Up Hub.” DJs will be spinning and fans can secure registration codes for concert tickets that will grant them access to the show (first come, first served), and allow them to participate in exclusive in-concert experiences using the Yahoo Screen App.

Can’t make it in person? Fans across the country can tune-in to all Yahoo On the Road concerts on Yahoo Live. You can catch 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.

For more details on Yahoo On the Road ticketing please visit our website or follow our Facebook or Twitter page.

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Yahoo Hosts Partner Day, Launches New Partner Site

By Ian Weingarten, Head of Global Partnerships

Last week we held our 6th annual North American Partner Day in Sunnyvale. The event included senior executives and decision makers across search, mobile & communications, content, media, data, platform and ad-tech partners. CEO Marissa Mayer took the stage for an informal interview with Yahoo Tech’s David Pogue.

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Jackie Reses, Chief Development Officer, welcoming partners and discussing the Partner Day agenda

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Ian Weingarten, Head of Global Partnerships, kicking off Partner Day

Partners had the opportunity to view presentations on product, road maps, and platform strategy from senior executives.

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Welcoming partners to our Sunnyvale campus

Ian Weingarten, Josh Cobb, Jackie Reses, Stacey Monn-Vudrag at Partner Day

We want to make it easy for our partners to find out more about working with us and announced that we had created Partners.Yahoo.com. Here, our existing partners can find out information about topics such as our ad platforms and case studies, and potential partners can learn how they can team up with Yahoo. The site is intuitive, easy to navigate by type of partnership, and mobile friendly.


We encourage partners to voice their feedback, provide suggestions or request features by visiting the Stay Connected Page.

Flickr Celebrates Exceptional Young Photographers with 20under20 

By Bernardo Hernandez, Vice President, Flickr 

Photography has the power to fascinate, inspire, and even change the way we see and understand the world around us. At Flickr, we celebrate this along with our community of users. Today, we’re excited to introduce the first annual Flickr 20under20 - an initiative that celebrates 20 of the world’s most extraordinary young photographers on Flickr, who are under the age of 20. 

Millions of photographers share their inspiration with the world every day on Flickr, and we wanted to show our support by finding and promoting the future’s brightest young photography talent. The 20under20 were selected from Flickr’s young photography community by a panel of influential Flickr photographers — Lou Noble, Cuba Gallery, and Rosie Hardy — and myself, based on their creativity, technical talent, and overall strength of portfolio.

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Collection of Photographs By the 20under20

We’ll be showcasing the work of these 20 inspirational photographers throughout the year on Yahoo and Flickr. Their work will also be exhibited at a gala event on October 1 at Milk Studios in New York City, curated by Vogue Photography Director, Ivan Shaw. As part of our 20under20 initiative, Shaw chose photographer Laurence Philomene to receive the 20under20 Curator’s Choice Award. Shaw felt her photography offered a unique and fresh perspective, a window into a world he hadn’t seen before. As part of the award, he will mentor Philomene for a year. 

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Collection of Photographs by Laurence Philomene

Visit flickr.com/20under20 to learn more about  the 20 photographers who have been chosen for this honor. Also tweet to vote for the photographer you think should receive the Audience Choice Award. Using #Flickr20u20 and the photographer’s name, vote for the #mostcreative, #besttechnique, and #strongestportfolio. These winners will be announced at the gala on October 1. We’d also encourage you to submit nominations for next year’s Flickr 20under20 by emailing their Flickr name or URL to 20under20@yahoo-inc.com.

And for all you young photographers out there, keep inspiring us with your photos! 

20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

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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.