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.
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!
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!
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.
We put our users first in all that we do, and accessibility is no exception. Accessibility is about ensuring that every user, regardless of his or her capabilities , can fully enjoy using Yahoo’s products. That is why we are excited to introduce…
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.
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!
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.
Click here to learn more about this inspiring story and here for more about this announcement.
At Yahoo, we invest a lot of effort in generating, retrieving, and presenting content that is engaging to our users. The hypothesis being that the more users are truly engaging with the content in a site, the more they will return to it. Now, what is…
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Jackie Reses, Chief Development Officer, welcoming partners and discussing the Partner Day agenda
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
And for all you young photographers out there, keep inspiring us with your photos!
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.
Yahoo News Digest for iPad is Here, Featuring Katie Couric
By Nick D’Aloisio, Product Manager, Mobile and Emerging Products
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Willkommen, Bonjour and Bienvenidos: Yahoo Aviate Now Available in 8 Languages!
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, Indonesian, 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.
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.
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.
These are just a few of the many features I have planned. Yahoo Style is your best friend, your confidante, with style secrets and stories to share and I look forward to hearing from you.
Follow us at @YahooStyle on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, and share your fashion questions and experiences.
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?
Today, we’re excited to launch NFL Now on Yahoo, bringing you a personalized dose of the NFL every single day — available across devices including Web, iPhone and iPad and coming soon on Android.
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!
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.
The Yahoo 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.
Today, we’re excited to introduce Yahoo Stores, a completely re-imagined, next-generation version of our eCommerce platform that will help anyone start, build and grow a successful business online. Yahoo Small Business took the best of everything we’ve…
Welcome Michele Promaulayko & Katie Brown to Yahoo!
By Kathy Savitt, CMO of Yahoo
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.
We all know how busy the world is today. People race around from place to place trying to shave off minutes from their commutes in order to squeeze in more time for other things. But what if you had a happier, more pleasant journey?
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.
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.
Whether riding the subway or standing in line for coffee, we frequently catch up on the latest stock-quotes, company trends and breaking financial news. Today, we’re happy to announce the latest versions of the Yahoo Finance app – a completely…
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.
It’s baaaaaaack! On Saturday, August 23 Yahoo Sports and Fantasy Football fans around the country will be celebrating National Draft Day. This season, we’re taking things to the next level. Vegas baby!
By Phil Pearlman, Interactive Editor, Yahoo Finance
Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of Yahoo Finance Contributors - a finance-focused and socially driven network where expert contributors will regularly create and share premium original content.
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.