Hello and welcome to my very first blog for Yahoo. Today, I’m delighted to announce that I have signed with Yahoo as their Global Football Ambassador for 2014. I’m very excited that I will also be working as an exclusive analyst for Yahoo’s worldwide football coverage including the FIFA World Cup…
By Lisa Licht, Senior Vice President of Marketing Partnership
For the second consecutive year, we’re making Brazos Hall a daily habit for SXSW festivalgoers in the heart of Austin. Beginning March 8 through March 15 we have a great lineup including an evening of comedy with the iconic Upright…
The first unified ad marketplace for mobile search and native advertising
By Jay Rossiter, SVP of Cloud Platform Group, and Adam Cahan, SVP of Mobile and Emerging Products
When advertising appears seamlessly and naturally, it creates a more enjoyable experience for users, increases engagement and improves performance for advertisers. This is why we continue to work hard to roll out new, more innovative native ad formats on Yahoo. Native advertising is the sponsored twin of content — while the ads are clearly marked, they look and act just like the other stories on the page.
Today, we are excited to introduce Yahoo Gemini, the first unified marketplace for mobile search and native advertising. With Yahoo Gemini, advertisers get the performance and ease of search, combined with the scale and creativity of native advertising. By bringing the two together, advertisers can now buy, manage and optimize their mobile search and native ad spend in one place — driving greater performance and higher impact for their businesses and brands.
And to make it even easier for advertisers, Yahoo Gemini is available through our existing self-service buying platform, Yahoo Ad Manager.
Mobile is the fastest-growing market segment, and we have innovated how our users communicate, consume content and search for information across multiple devices. We are equally committed to building products that simplify the buying process and improve the experience for advertisers. Yahoo Gemini is the latest way we are helping advertisers reach millions of people directly on their mobile devices with smart, integrated, multi-channel campaigns.
We’ve hit the ground running here at Yahoo and have been listening attentively to what can make your lives simpler. Music is a huge part of our everyday lives and based on what we’ve heard from you, a big part of yours as well. That’s why we’re happy to announce our latest update:…
Last year was a wonderful year for Yahoo Labs. Among our most exciting accomplishments was our success in hiring more than 50 new PhDs to join our research teams around the world. But that was just a first step for us; we’re always…
What is one way you use technology to make the world a better place? That’s one question we’re asking ourselves this Safer Internet Day. We’re excited to once again support an international effort dedicated to promoting safe and responsible use of the Internet and mobile devices, especially…
More Transparency For U.S. National Security Requests
You may have heard that the U.S. government issued a new policy last week that lets Internet providers disclose more about the U.S. national security requests they receive. Yahoo and other tech companies fought vigorously in court for the right to share such information. We’re pleased that the Department of Justice has embraced the compelling need for greater disclosure.
In light of the new policy, we’re updating the disclosures we provided to you in Yahoo’s first global transparency report last September with more detailed information about the number of U.S. national security requests we receive. As we said then, the number of Yahoo accounts specified in global government data requests comprised less than one one-hundredth of one percent (<.01%) of our worldwide user base for the reporting period.
The U.S. government limits how we can report its national security requests. For example, such requests must be reported in ranges, rather than in exact numbers, and information about requests made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) must be delayed six months. (You can read the government’s reporting limitations here. We’ve adopted the disclosure option that lets us provide the most information to you about both the type and number of requests we get.)
The numbers reported below represent the number of U.S. national security requests received by Yahoo that were effective during the reporting period and the number of accounts about which data was sought. This is the maximum amount of detail that the U.S. government allows.
Reporting period: January 1 – June 30, 2013
Reporting period: July 1 – December 31, 2013
FISA Requests are compulsory legal process reviewed and approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that require companies to disclose information about their users in national security investigations.
FISA Requests for Disclosure of Content may be used to get content that users create, communicate, and store on or through our services. This could include, for example, words in an email or instant message, photos on Flickr, Yahoo Address Book or Calendar entries and similar kinds of information.
FISA Requests for Disclosure of Non-Content Data (NCD) are limited to NCD such as alternate e-mail address, name, location, and IP address, login details, billing information, and other transactional information (e.g., “to,” “from,” and “date” fields from email headers).
NSLs are national security requests approved by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that require companies to disclose information such as the names, addresses and length of service of their users. They may not be used to request content.
The Number of Accounts is typically larger than the number of users and accounts involved because an individual user may have multiple accounts that were specified in one or more requests, and if a request specified an account that does not exist, that nonexistent account would nevertheless be included in our count.
As always, Yahoo will continue to protect the privacy of our users and to ensure our ability to defend it. This includes advocating strenuously for meaningful reform around government surveillance, demanding that government requests be made through lawful means and for lawful purposes, and fighting government requests that we deem unclear, improper, overbroad, or unlawful.
Yahoo updates its full global transparency report every six months and will update it again in the next few months. We’re also pleased to share with you that our colleagues at tumblr released their first global transparency report today too.
By Ron Bell, General Counsel, and Aaron Altschuler, Associate General Counsel, Law Enforcement and Security
Security attacks are unfortunately becoming a more regular occurrence. Recently, we identified a coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts. Upon discovery, we took immediate action to protect our users, prompting them to reset passwords on impacted accounts.
Based on our current findings, the list of usernames and passwords that were used to execute the attack was likely collected from a third-party database compromise. We have no evidence that they were obtained directly from Yahoo’s systems. Our ongoing investigation shows that malicious computer software used the list of usernames and passwords to access Yahoo Mail accounts. The information sought in the attack seems to be names and email addresses from the affected accounts’ most recent sent emails.
What we’re doing to protect our users
We are resetting passwords on impacted accounts and we are using second sign-in verification to allow users to re-secure their accounts. Impacted users will be prompted (if not, already) to change their password and may receive an email notification or an SMS text if they have added a mobile number to their account.
We are working with federal law enforcement to find and prosecute the perpetrators responsible for this attack.
We have implemented additional measures to block attacks against Yahoo’s systems.
What you can do to help keep your accounts secure
In addition to adopting better password practices by changing your password regularly and using different variations of symbols and characters, users should never use the same password on multiple sites or services. Using the same password on multiple sites or services makes users particularly vulnerable to these types of attacks.
We regret this has happened and want to assure our users that we take the security of their data very seriously.
UPDATE: Yahoo to Live Stream Video Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Earnings on Yahoo Finance on January 28, 2014
Audience Invited to Submit Questions for Consideration in Advance
Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) will discuss the company’s financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013 via live stream video. In addition to analyst questions asked live during the event, Yahoo will accept questions in advance of the live stream sent via email to email@example.com.
Questions received before noon Pacific/3:00 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, will be considered for the live stream with Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman.
Q4 AND FULL YEAR LIVE STREAM DETAILS:
WHEN: Tuesday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific/5:00 p.m. Eastern
WHERE: The live stream will be broadcast from Yahoo’s Sunnyvale studio and will be available exclusively on Yahoo Finance at finance.yahoo.com. The video will be archived after the event at investor.yahoo.net and will be available for 90 days following the broadcast.
Today we are announcing a unified approach to digital advertising that only Yahoo can deliver – across premium and audience-focused display, native and search advertising.
The online advertising world today is fragmented, difficult to navigate, and not always customer-friendly. For advertisers to get the reach, targeting, and ad effectiveness they want, they have to work with multiple publishers, ad networks and exchanges, demand-side platforms, and analytics vendors, among others. And still, advertisers are left with limited ability to measure and optimize the performance of their campaigns.
We think there is a better way. The new Yahoo Advertising includes a comprehensive suite of web, mobile, and video ad products across native, audience, and premium display, which are accessible through a new buying platform. These products are supported by Yahoo’s data and analytical tools, with insights into the daily digital habits of more than 800 million people worldwide.
Tumblr Sponsored Posts now powered by Yahoo Advertising
Yahoo Audience Ads — a better way to buy ads targeted to specific audiences
Yahoo Ad Manager and Ad Manager Plus — a new buying platform that gives advertisers direct, hands-on access to Yahoo’s advertising products
Yahoo Ad Exchange — a new global ad marketplace that provides premium publishers with more visibility and control over advertising on their sites.
Yahoo Stream Ads and Yahoo Image Ads offer native ads that are organic and as engaging as the stories around them. Today, we are excited to announce that Tumblr Sponsored Posts are now powered by Yahoo Advertising. The ads are a more natural, seamless part of the reader’s experience, leading to higher impact for advertisers.
We’re introducing the new Yahoo Audience Ads, a better way to buy ads targeted to specific audiences. Yahoo Audience Ads deliver the right messages to the right users across Yahoo and other high-quality sites with the scale and targeting precision of real-time programmatic buying. Expanding the services previously available as Genome, Yahoo Audience Ads offer optimized, data-driven ad buying with enhanced analytics. Advertisers have access to a comprehensive set of audience data, combining Yahoo data with advertiser data and third-party data, all usable on an extended pool of high-quality inventory.
Yahoo Audience Ads complement our existing premium display offering, Yahoo Premium Ads. Yahoo Premium Ads offer the largest digital advertising canvas for brand and performance advertisers on the web. Run a brand campaign on the Yahoo homepage, sponsor March Madness on Yahoo Sports, or run premium video ads on Yahoo Screen. Yahoo Premium Ads ensure the right audiences are reached on brand-safe and contextually relevant sites.
A Simplified Platform
These new native and display ads are now available to large and small advertisers through a new simplified platform, Yahoo Ad Manager. Yahoo Ad Manager gives advertisers direct, hands-on access to Yahoo’s advertising products. Yahoo Stream Ads, Yahoo Image Ads and Tumblr Sponsored Posts powered by Yahoo Advertising are available today through a simple user interface that helps advertisers get ads online in a matter of minutes, with insights and analytics built in.
Yahoo Ad Manager Plus is an extension of Yahoo Ad Manager for larger advertisers to plan, execute and optimize complex display ad campaigns directly, giving them greater control over the performance of their ads on Yahoo and third-party programmatic inventory. Many features of Yahoo Audience Ads and Premium Ads can be accessed through Yahoo Ad Manager Plus, available later in Q1. Yahoo offers managed services through Yahoo Audience Ads and Yahoo Premium Ads for advertisers who want custom audience definition, richer campaign measurement and insights, access to exclusive inventory, varied pricing options, and full-service optimization.
Yahoo Ad Exchange is a new global ad marketplace launching in Q1 that provides premium publishers with more visibility and control over advertising on their sites. Continuing the evolution of programmatic advertising, the Yahoo Ad Exchange upgrades the powerful services that our partners know from Right Media with a higher-quality marketplace and an enhanced platform featuring payment clearing, advanced inventory and demand controls, and flexible private marketplaces.
The Importance of Insights
These new Yahoo Advertising products offer brands and advertisers the most comprehensive ways in the market to accurately target campaigns, utilize data and insights from Yahoo, advertisers, and third parties. Because Yahoo is at the center of people’s daily habits across search, communications, media, and video, we can offer uniquely powerful insights on consumer behavior.
We are committed to driving innovation in ad technology across the industry. Yahoo Advertising is our investment in building better advertising tools to create engaging experiences that users enjoy and advertisers embrace.
At CES this week, we’re excited to introduce Yahoo Smart TV, the next evolution of Yahoo’s Connected TV platform, which is used in millions of households today.
With all the choices available on your TV today from traditional channels, to Video On Demand, to Web video such as Yahoo Screen, finding what to watch is harder than ever. I’ve always wanted to come home and simply flip on the TV to find shows that are automatically suggested based on my previous viewing tastes and availability.
With Yahoo’s Smart TV platform, it’s just that easy.
Yahoo Smart Guide scans thousands of program options and learns from your viewing habits to recommend content that’s personalized just for you. The recommendations include a combination of shows that are about to start, interesting in-progress content like a football game, Video On Demand content and the Web.
Yahoo Smart Info automatically surfaces content related to the show you’re watching - such as live updates on your fantasy team during the game. And, we’re working with entertainment partners like FOX to give you new ways to get inside your favorite TV shows with relevant downloads and bonus content. Commercials are also made smarter, so it’s easy to track your FedEx package when you see the TV ad, or take advantage of a special offer.
We’re excited to bring together our automatic content recognition, personalization and TV platform to offer the perfect living room companion.
We’re Cooking Up Something Great: Introducing Yahoo Food and Yahoo Tech
By Mike Kerns, SVP Homepages and Verticals
Yahoo is pioneering a new way to enjoy digital content — inspired by visually driven storytelling; anchored by distinctive editorial voices and category tastemakers; and centered on our readers’ daily passions.
Today, we’re excited to unveil Yahoo Food and Yahoo Tech. Like your favorite glossy magazine for the digital world, Yahoo Food and Yahoo Tech marry the elegant design and bold imagery of traditional magazines with immersive bite-sized stories, engaging videos, and stunning photos curated from Flickr and across the web.
The new sites are designed with phones and tablets in mind, but even on a computer screen these magazines offer a fresh design: gorgeous photographic tiles that represent the various stories. When you click a tile, it smoothly expands in place so that you can read the article; you never have to deal with browser tabs, multiple windows, or the Back button. When you reach the end of that article, you can collapse it again, or just click another tile to read some more good stuff.
With Yahoo Food, you can pore over photos, surprising and sophisticated recipes, stories on the top food trends, the best cooking tools, new techniques, and everything you need to feel inspired. We have brought together an all-star team of editors, including Managing Editor Sarah McColl; former Bon Appetit senior web editor, Julia Bainbridge; Rachel Tepper who joined from Huffington Post Food; and Alex Van Buren, who has written for Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and Martha Stewart Living. We’re also partnering with some of the best publishers in the business to bring you their expertise and ideas, including Bon Appetit, Epicurious, Food52, Martha Stewart and more.
There are plenty of technology sites for self-described geeks and corporate techies, but so far, the Web leaves normal folks in the technological dark. Yahoo Tech is the answer. Led by best-selling author, Emmy-winning TV host, and columnist David Pogue, Yahoo Tech is for people who want machines that work well, feel right, and don’t cost too much—but who don’t care about version numbers, chip names, and bus speeds. Our writers – an impressive team of renowned columnists, award-winning journalists, authors, TV and radio personalities, and tech experts – are among the finest, funniest tech writers on the planet. They include Yahoo Tech’s five daily anchor columnists David Pogue (New York Times, CBS News, NPR), Rob Pegoraro (USA Today, Washington Post), Dan Tynan (Newsweek, Popular Science, Family Circle), Rob Walker (New York Times, Slate), and Deb Amlen (New York Times, others); editor Jason Gilbert (New York Times, Huffington Post), editorial director Rafe Needleman (CNET, others), and Daniel Bean (ABC News, CBS); Alyssa Bereznak (Vanity Fair, Gizmodo), and Brian Heater (Engadget, PC Magazine) writing how-to’s, reviews, and news; and games coverage by Ben Silverman (Yahoo Games, others). With features like Pogue’s Inbox, What to Buy Now, Unsung Features, Daily Meditations, and exclusive Kickstarter Reviews, this dream team covers not just what to buy, but also how to use it—and how to maintain your privacy, your money, and your sanity in the process.
Because we fundamentally believe that advertising should be just as engaging as the content itself, Yahoo Food and Yahoo Tech offer seamless, native advertising — that is, articles, videos, and tips that are just as engaging as the stories around them. They’re clearly marked as sponsored stories.
So make a grilled cheese sandwich, grab your favorite touchscreen gadget, and dig in. And stay tuned, because there is much more to come!
by Nick D’Aloisio, Product Manager, Mobile and Emerging Products
With the introduction of mobile devices, plenty of things have changed. The way we find, consume and share news has evolved. As things become more complex in nature, news consumption has become overwhelming. That’s why today, we’re excited to introduce Yahoo News Digest for iPhone and iPod touch.
Yahoo News Digest delivers the most important news twice a day, right to your mobile device. Our Digests provide a definitive summary of all the need-to-know news so you can stay on top of what’s happening.
Remember waking up to the local morning news? Coming home to the evening news? Reading a newspaper from front to back page? These formats have been daily habits since the invention of the television and the printing press. We wanted Yahoo News Digest to revisit a content format that when read, led you to a sense of completion and conclusiveness, much like reading the newspaper did.
With Summly, we learned that people don’t necessarily have the time to read a lengthy article, especially when they have limited screen real-estate while they’re on the go. By giving powerful algorithmic summaries, we found that people were willing to consume more content when it was boiled down to the most important bits.
We’ve taken summarization to the next level with News Digest, by algorithmically and editorially selecting the important articles and using multi-document summarization to identify the key ‘bits and pieces of information’. We’ve named these bits and pieces “Atoms.” Our Atoms assembled from around the web include articles, maps, infographics, Wikipedia extracts, videos, photos and more. Stories contain different atomic units which convey different dimensions of the story from the who, what, when, how, and why of a topic.
Once you’ve gotten through all the key stories you’ve “completed the digest” and caught up with the most important news of the day.
Our goal with the Yahoo News Digest is to make sure you’re always in the know. We hope you’ll enjoy it.
Yahoo News Digest makes your news reading experience simplified, effortless, comprehensive, and complete. Download the app today and get in the know in no time.
Today, at CES, we announced the acquisition of Aviate, a company that shares our vision for simple and intelligent mobile experiences. The Aviate team has created a product that changes the way users interact with their Android devices by connecting them to information at the moment it’s useful. We’re thrilled to share what they’ve built and extend it to our users.
We hope to make Aviate a central part of our Android-based experiences in 2014 (and beyond), and we are committed to continued innovation on the product.
What we saw… The average person has screens and screens of apps on their mobile phones, with only a handful of those being used daily. Yet we spend our time swiping from screen to screen, hunting, loading, seeking information; our homescreen (launcher) experiences are far from smart. Think about the repetitive nature of getting in your car every day and launching the same apps, or arriving home and yet the same screens are there. We know there’s a better user experience.
We envision homescreens becoming smarter, more personalized, aware of your context. Aviate helps us bring this vision to life. Aviate auto-categorizes apps on your Android phone and intelligently gathers them into “spaces.” By using signals to understand your context - WIFI, GPS, Accelerometer, Time, etc - Aviate automatically surfaces information at the moment it’s useful. So whether you’re just waking up, driving, at work, or maybe out for the night, Aviate learns your habits and helps anticipate the information and apps you need - making your phone smarter.
At Yahoo, we want to make everyone’s daily habits more inspiring and entertaining through beautiful, personalized, and innovative products. Aviate fits perfectly with our team and vision. We are excited to welcome Mark, Paul, Will, and the team to Yahoo.
Aviate is still currently in private beta, but we’re opening it up to the first 25,000 people who use code “YAHOO” to celebrate the news.
We’re just getting started, lots more to share in the coming months, so stay tuned.
Greeting from Las Vegas! We’re setting up at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show now and we can’t wait to showcase how Yahoo is making the world’s daily digital habits inspiring and entertaining. We hope you’ll swing by our booth to check out some of Yahoo’s newest products — we’ll be in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center, Booth #14038.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will give a keynote address as part of the Tech Titans series on Tuesday, January 7 at 1:00 pm PT in the Las Vegas Hotel theater. Join us at the theater, or watch the keynote live on Yahoo Screen: http://screen.yahoo.com/ces-2014/
Yahoo and NBC Olympics Extend Digital Alliance to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games
With the XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi peeking at us from around the corner, we are proud to announce an extension of our existing digital alliance with NBC Sports. At Yahoo we love the Olympics - new heroes, amazing stories, and memorable moments can rise up in the blink an eye and last in Olympics lore forever - and we love to bring you closer to those athletes, moments and stories. And now working together with NBC Sports, we can do even more to bring the Games to life for you.
The alliance focuses on access for Yahoo’s audience to all of NBCOlympics.com’s exclusive digital video rights, including live competition streams and highlights, the creation of a digital Olympics daily show, and the showcase of Yahoo products through NBC’s digital and broadcast coverage of the Games.
Bringing together Yahoo and NBC Olympics for the XXII Winter Games will give fans a deep and rich experience around one of the premier sports events in the world. For the first time, our audience can watch everything unfold on the live and on-demand NBC Olympics experience from Yahoo.
As part of the agreement, Yahoo Sports experts will work alongside with NBC Sports and contribute Olympic news and analysis for digital segments that will be promoted to both NBCOlympics.com and Yahoo users. In addition, NBC Olympics and Yahoo will integrate Yahoo content and products into NBC’s broadcast of the Games - such as Yahoo Search, Flickr and Tumblr - to tap into the pulse of the American Olympic fan during the Sochi Games.
This exclusive Olympics-focused arrangement is yet another step in our one-year old relationship that has included collaboration around premium sports news and events coverage, online and on-air; creation of original, short form video programming as well as cross-promotion of popular Yahoo Sports’ products, including Yahoo Sports Fantasy and Rivals.com.
That’s it for now, but keep coming back to Yahoo Sports and our Tumblr, we have some incredible coverage planned for an incredible year… let the Games begin!
We’ve created a spectacular new design that takes advantage of the larger screen. You’ll immediately see a smart summary of weather data along with curated photography. As you scroll, forecasts, graphs and weather data delightfully animate with every interaction.
We’ve also included a new sharing feature that lets you connect with friends and family by sending the weather conditions and photo for any location via text, email, Twitter or Facebook.
The app’s images are submitted by the Flickr community, and we look forward to seeing more of your weather photos. You can submit your own photos to our Flickr group here.
This has been a very frustrating week for our users and we are very sorry.
For many of us, Yahoo Mail is a lifeline to our friends, family members and customers. This week, we experienced a major outage that not only interrupted that connection, but caused many of you a massive inconvenience — that’s unacceptable and it’s something we’re taking very seriously. Unfortunately, the outage was much more complex than it seemed at first, which is why it’s taking us several days to resolve the compounding issues.
So, what happened?
On Monday, December 9th at 10:27 p.m. PT, our network operating center alerted the Mail engineering team to a specific hardware outage in one of our storage systems serving 1% of our users. The Mail team immediately started working with the storage engineers to restore access and move to our back-up systems, estimating that full recovery would be complete by 1:30 p.m. PT on Tuesday.
However, the problem was a particularly rare one, and the resolution for the affected accounts was nuanced since different users were impacted in different ways. Some of the affected users were unable to access their accounts, instead seeing an outdated “scheduled maintenance” page which was a confusing and incorrect message (this has since been corrected and updated). Further, messages sent to those accounts during this time were not delivered, but held in a queue.
Over the remainder of the week, we worked around the clock to restore access and all messages to inboxes. This has included restoring IMAP access for people using other email programs like Outlook or Apple Mail to access their Yahoo Mail.
As of this afternoon, we’ve restored access to almost everyone and delivered the backlog of messages. We will continue to work on rolling out IMAP access and to fully restore inbox state (for example, which folders messages were placed in, which messages were starred, etc). This process differs for each user and as restoration continues, we’re committing to communicating directly with you on progress on an individual basis.
Above all else, we’re going to be working hard on improvements to prevent issues like this in the future. While our overall uptime is well above 99.9%, even accounting for this incident, we really let you down this week.
Today Yahoo released its 2013 Year In Review, a look back at daily search habits from the year. Your top searches included high-profile trials, Obamacare, and the twerk seen round the world. You and millions of others searched the most for none other than Miley Cyrus, who came into our lives like a wrecking ball, dethroning Kim Kardashian, who was at the top of list in 2012.
Here’s a look at the top searches of the year on Yahoo in 2013:
obamacare (affordable care act)
What else had you searching this year? Your top obsession is America’s favorite bearded duck-calling family show, “Duck Dynasty.” “Breaking Bad” found the recipe to get to the top and came in as the number two obsession. But let’s not forget about our strategically angled, filtered self portraits! The selfie came in at number nine on our list (just admit it — you love taking selfies!).
One thing is sure to trend for the rest of the year… Anchorman 2. And speaking of Ron Burgundy, the man himself has a special report for you on this year’s top Yahoo searches. Over to you, Mr. Burgundy.
The top searched news stories on Yahoo reveal a wide breadth of domestic and international affairs. At the top of the list was the Jodi Arias trial followed by Obamacare. The birth of the royal baby took the number four spot and Paula Deen’s lawsuit came in at number nine.
For the first time Yahoo’s Year In Review features some of the coolest, funniest, most creative new blogs on Tumblr from 2013.
Today, I am incredibly excited to announce that Katie Couric is joining Yahoo as our Global Anchor. Starting in early 2014, Katie will lead a growing team of correspondents at Yahoo News who will cover the world’s most interesting stories and newsmakers.
I’ve always respected Katie for her thoughtful, charismatic approach to journalism. From pivotal coverage of natural disasters and historic elections to the Royal Wedding and the Olympic Games, groundbreaking interviews with heads of state and leading tastemakers, her experience is unmatched. Katie is dynamic, savvy and has a way of connecting with viewers that I really admire.
In addition to being the face of Yahoo News and shooting features for our homepage, Katie will continue to host her syndicated daytime talk show, Katie.
As Global Anchor, Katie joins Megan Liberman, David Pogue, Matt Bai and our incredibly talented editorial team in pioneering a new chapter of digital journalism. At Yahoo, we are investing in bringing our users the absolute best content and video experiences available — and this is just the beginning!
Flickr is all about putting your photos first — we’re a community where people come to share, connect, and discover amazing images. Today, we’re excited to give you an entirely new way to turn your photos into something special, to help you create and enjoy your favorite memories.
With Flickr Photo Books, in minutes, you can transform your beautiful photos into a professional-quality book.
It’s never been easier to bring your Flickr sets to life - just in time for the perfect holiday gift!
Pick your favorite photo set, click on the Photo Book icon, and we’ll automatically turn it into a beautiful book for you. In almost no time, you can turn your photos into something memorable, that we’ll send it right to your doorstep (or to a lucky friend or family member.)
Our focus with Flickr Photo Books is to make it simple and intuitive to create a book that always looks great and is beautifully finished. From the handpicked full-bleed layouts, to the heavy stock photo Lustre paper and the image-based cover with matching dust jacket, we know you’re going to love your books.
We’ve worked hard over the years to earn our users’ trust and we fight hard to preserve it.
As you know, there have been a number of reports over the last six months about the U.S. government secretly accessing user data without the knowledge of tech companies, including Yahoo. I want to reiterate what we have said in the past: Yahoo has never given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency. Ever.
There is nothing more important to us than protecting our users’ privacy. To that end, we recently announced that we will make Yahoo Mail even more secure by introducing https (SSL - Secure Sockets Layer) encryption with a 2048-bit key across our network by January 8, 2014.
Today we are announcing that we will extend that effort across all Yahoo products. More specifically this means we will:
Encrypt all information that moves between our data centers by the end of Q1 2014;
Offer users an option to encrypt all data flow to/from Yahoo by the end of Q1 2014;
Work closely with our international Mail partners to ensure that Yahoo co-branded Mail accounts are https-enabled.
As we have said before, we will continue to evaluate how we can protect our users’ privacy and their data. We appreciate, and certainly do not take for granted, the trust our users place in us.
When you’re a company that’s been around as long as Yahoo, there are lots of fun things that you stumble across. This year, we found a huge list of domain names that the company has owned for quite some time.
As we discussed what to do with them, it became obvious that it was time to set them free…back into the wild of the Internet. Surely, creative people, businesses and entrepreneurs could come up with something great to do with them. They could even spark some brand new ideas or companies.
Tomorrow, we’re starting a week-long auction that includes well over a hundred premium domain names. How premium you ask? How about sandwich.com? That’s a pretty awesome name, and now it’s back on the market!
Get ready to bid on your favorites, here’s a partial look at the treasure you’ll find:
- Crackers.com (Snack-rating site?) - AV.com (Reminds me of high school) - Jockeys.com (A social network for people who ride horses?) - Sled.com (Winter is coming) - Blogsport.com (Could be great if blogging ever became an Olympic sport!)
Go here to find the list. The Domainapalooza starts on the 14th and goes through the 21st, and we’ll be adding more domain names during the week.
Yahoo News has hired Matt Bai, former chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, as national political columnist. In his new role, Bai will offer unique commentary and deep analysis of politics in Washington and around the country.
Earlier this week we introduced a new Yahoo Finance app for iPhone and iPad, and today we are launching a redesigned Yahoo Finance for the web. This clean new design aims to provide you with access to the stocks you care about, a stream of relevant business news, deeper data integration, and more.
One of the first changes you’ll notice is a list of stocks at the top left, which makes monitoring the companies that you care about easy from any page on Yahoo Finance.
The new Yahoo Finance Portfolio lets you sync your brokerage accounts for a real-time view of your performance. Now, it’s faster and easier to see your best and worst performing investments, right from the new Finance homepage.
We’ve integrated the Markets section with the homepage to allow you to get greater insight into broad market performance. With the new calendar feature, you can see the day’s market-moving events. And with Trending Tickers, you can view which stocks are trending right now with Yahoo Finance users.
We’d love for you to give the new experience a spin and please feel free to send us your feedback.
Today we’re excited to introduce an updated Yahoo Finance app for iPhone and iPad - an entirely redesigned experience to help you follow the stocks and companies you care about most. Yahoo Finance delivers personalized news, real-time data and insights wherever you are, whenever you need it.
At the center of the Yahoo Finance app are the companies and stocks you care about - whether it’s breaking news and information, beautiful interactive charts or real time price changes you can easily follow any company to get personalized information and make sure you keep up to date on changes.
The Yahoo Finance app for iPhone and iPad was reimagined to deliver a beautiful personalized experience with a stream of top news and data based on your favorite stocks and interests. We’ve added Push Notifications to keep you in the know as important stories break — so you can make quick and informed decisions on the stocks and companies you follow.
Yahoo Finance includes completely redesigned interactive stock charts to track historical changes, and easily compare performance to identify trends.
It’s now easier than ever to visualize company and market data by swiping, pinching and panning across the chart. You can also compare any stock, market or index to see related price changes.
We’re really excited about the new Yahoo Finance app and hope that you are too. The app is available in the US and you can download it free on the App Store.
Yahoo To Host Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence & Francis Lawrence in Exclusive “Tumblr Ask”
by Matthew McDaniel, Managing Editor of Yahoo Movies
On Wednesday, November 6th, Yahoo’s getting the inside scoop on “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” from Katniss Everdeen herself! Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence and Hunger Games’ director Francis Lawrence will be participating in a LIVE “Tumblr Ask” chat answering questions directly from you, the fans.
We know you have burning questions to ask. Starting today, you can submit your questions to both Jennifer & Francis on the Yahoo Entertainment Tumblr. Against All The Odds - your questions might get answered. Come back to Tumblr on November 6 for the live responses straight from Jennifer and Francis.
Check out ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ trailer below for some inspiration:
Everyone’s Favorite Gadget Geek, David Pogue, to Join Yahoo
By Marissa Mayer
I am thrilled to announce that award-winning columnist, best-selling author, and TV host David Pogue will be joining Yahoo. David will lead a major expansion of consumer tech coverage on Yahoo and will publish columns, blog posts and video stories that demystify the gadgets, apps and technology that powers our users’ daily lives.
Yahoo is in a unique position to bring to life great editorial about the technology consumers are using every day. David is tremendously talented, has a great sense of humor, and is gifted at explaining technology. He also just happens to be one of the nicest and most positive people I’ve met. He has always been one of my favorite journalists, and I can’t think of a better person to make technology more accessible and helpful for the hundreds of millions of people who come to Yahoo every day.
We can’t wait for David’s first pieces. In the meantime, here is a taste of the humor, irreverence and know-how that David brings to Yahoo. Enjoy!
Today, we’re excited to announce our latest developments in achieving this goal: Auto Upload and auto-straightening features for Flickr iPhone and iPod touch.
Up until now, you’ve had to upload photos from your iPhone or iPod manually. That can be a really painful and time-consuming process. We’re introducing Auto Upload for iOS 7 users to automatically save your photos to Flickr, securely and privately, until you’re ready to to edit and share them. With Auto Upload, you can always find your smartphone photos wherever you want — within the Flickr app and on Flickr.com.
Our last update included customizable filters and editing tools, and we’re adding a powerful new addition: auto-straightening. Have you ever framed up the perfect photo but got bumped as you took the shot? It can be pretty frustrating. With the tap of a button, the Flickr app will instantly straighten your picture. It’s a tool that works like magic when your photo is just a little bit off.
At Flickr, we always want to improve your experience and do our best to help you capture and share your daily lives. Please keep your feedback coming!
by Jeffrey Bonforte, SVP of Communication Products
Today is Yahoo Mail’s sweet 16, and to celebrate we’re making our Mail experience elegant and intuitive on desktop, iOS, and Android.
We’re introducing “conversations” for those who prefer to view emails grouped in threads. At the end of the day, being able to see an entire conversation can save you quite a bit of time. Context is king.
We redesigned Yahoo Mail to be more efficient, too. Things you do all of the time like search, starring, and deleting are now one-click actions that appear when you hover over an email. We also wanted to give you more breathing room in your inbox, so you can collapse the left-hand toolbar to be more productive.
Since it’s not a birthday without party favors, we’re making many features previously reserved for premium Mail Plus customers free. Disposable email addresses, enhanced filters and automatic message forwarding are now available for everyone. And if that wasn’t enough, we’re giving you a monstrous amount of storage, 1TB (that’s 1,000 GBs), so you have ample space for all your emails and attachments. It sure beats one of those annoying noisemakers. Current Mail Plus customers can continue to use Mail Plus and can learn more here.
Finally, we wanted to bring a little inspiration into your inbox — dress it up a bit if you will. We’re doing that by introducing visually rich themes, including curated Flickr photos, for your browser, smartphone and tablet. Choose a new photo theme in one place, and it will apply across all your devices. After all, your inbox doesn’t have to be a plain white box with text dropped into it.
This new desktop experience is available in English in the US, Canada, UK, Philippines, Malaysia, India, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa with more countries and languages coming soon. The mobile apps are available globally today on iOS, Android and Windows 8.
We hope you enjoy this additional inspiration, on Yahoo Mail — an inbox with a view. Read a bit more about the new features on the Yahoo Mail tumblr.
With App Passwords, Your Yahoo Account Is Now More Secure
by Ramses Martinez, Director, Paranoids
At Yahoo, we’re constantly thinking about ways to protect our users and their data. In addition to second sign-in verification, we’re also launching today another way to make your account more secure: App Passwords.
An App Password is a temporary password that you can enter into our native iOS and Android apps for added protection. It’s a way that you can authorize a device to access your Yahoo apps.
Simply go into your account settings, turn on second sign-in verification, and then generate the one-time app password. Once you do, you can enter the password your mobile app, and it’s as simple as that. Your device will be logged-in, so you won’t have to go through this step again.
If you add another device, you’ll have to generate a new one-time App Password. Lost your phone? No problem, you can easily revoke access to each individual app and device from the settings page:
Check out the video below to learn more about how to turn on second-sign in and Application Passwords.
Our team continues to focus on improving the security of your account and is dedicated to keeping up with safety and security best practices.
Your favorite things in one awesome place, the new My Yahoo
By Mike Kerns, SVP Homepage & Vertical Products
We’ve spent the last few months creating the most personalized Yahoo yet — and we know that millions of you want to customize your experience even more. That’s why today we’re introducing an updated My Yahoo with a new modern design, available on your desktop or on-the-go with a tablet or smartphone. It’s now easier to organize and discover your favorite parts of the Web, all in one beautiful place.
The refreshed design gives you a sleek, tailor-made starting page to access your email accounts, calendars, stock portfolio, sports scoreboard, weather, Flickr, and of course your favorite content — from Yahoo and around the Web. You can also choose from a range of cool new themes from designers like Oscar de la Renta, Rachel Zoe and Jenni Kayne; artists Chihuly, Polly Apfelbaum and Alec Monopoly; and even bands like Empire of the Sun, Twenty One Pilots, and FUN. On My Yahoo anyone can create their very own place that reflects a sense of style and personality.
Let serendipity guide you, My Yahoo makes it simple to uncover new content and explore interesting topics and sources that you might not know about. Whether you’re a foodie, news junkie, fashionista, or a stock trader, you can customize a page that’s completely you. Maybe that includes the latest street styles from The Sartorialist, delicious recipes from Epicurious, the latest political headlines from Politico, or clever ways to modify Ikea furniture from Ikea Hackers.
This new experience is just another way we aim to inspire, entertain, and give you a reason to come back every day to Yahoo. And if you’re looking for a new home, My Yahoo has made it easy to import your settings.
We are thrilled to share the new My Yahoo with you and, as always, we welcome your feedback!
Yahoo app for iOS 7: Now with breaking news, “My Saves,” and cinemagraphs
by Fernando Delgado, Senior Director of Product Management, Mobile and Emerging Products
The Yahoo app is one of our daily experiences — we present news that’s personalized just for you. Today, we’ve added new features along with animated cinemagraphs that make Yahoo for iPhone and iPod touch an even better experience for discovering and reading content whether in the moment or saving for later. And it’s designed for iOS 7.
For those of you in the U.S., we’re introducing the ability to save your favorite content for later. With “My Saves” you can simply tap a button and come back later. If you’re on the go, there’s no better way to make sure all your important news, information or entertainment are waiting for you when you have the time.
We’ve also added breaking news, to make sure we alert you immediately. You can follow the story as it develops from our breaking news blog as information updates in real-time from Yahoo editors.
At Yahoo, we realize that it’s not just the quality of the content that keeps you coming back, it’s the experience. That’s why we’ve made changes to almost every view of the app to make it cleaner, faster and more engaging.
You can switch categories quicker than ever, and you’ll notice that the stream has been given a cleaner look to make it more readable. When you tap an article, you’ll see that we try to include a beautiful, relevant photo with each story. Some of them even have cinemagraphs - very subtly animated photos that bring the story to life.
In the coming days, features like “My Saves” will make their way to the desktop, so you’ll be able to flag any content that you find on Yahoo for later reading. That means that if you save something while you’re on your computer, you can read it on your phone later.
We hope you enjoy the new Yahoo experience, it gets smarter every time you use it.
By John Buchanan, Head of Media and Business Marketing
At Yahoo, we are focused on delivering more personalized, entertaining and inspiring product experiences. As part of this, we’re always exploring new ways to put brands at the center of the daily habits of more than 800 million users globally. Next week, we’ll join one of the ad industry’s biggest annual events, Advertising Week 2013, to discuss how we’re approaching these opportunities.
During five packed days of keynotes and panel discussions, we’ll share the unique work we’re doing to redefine cross-screen experiences, showcase the latest Yahoo products, and discuss how we’ve brought a new pace of innovation to our advertising solutions. We are also excited to share that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will join Charlie Rose for a keynote discussion at IAB MIXX on September 24 at 3:45 pm ET. Follow us at @YahooAdBuzz for live updates from the event!
Here’s a preview of Yahoo’s lineup of speakers throughout the week:
Erin McPherson will share her unique perspective on where media, entertainment, consumers and brand storytelling collide during the Innovation.Media event and the Whose Story Is It, Anyway? panel on September 26.
In the heart of New York’s Times Square, Advertising Week attendees can also take a break between sessions, compliments of the Yahoo Food Truck – download one of Yahoo’s mobile apps and enjoy free snacks and coffee on us! You can watch @YahooAdBuzz to find the truck’s location.
We’ll have lots more to share throughout the week, so be sure to check out the Yahoo Advertising Blog as well, where we’ll post updates, photos and more. See you at Advertising Week!
Heading home, turning the TV on and channel-surfing is something that a lot of us do every day. This daily experience is what we wanted to recreate with our new Yahoo Screen app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Since joining Yahoo, the mobile team in NYC has worked tirelessly to bring together design, technology and content to create an app experience that helps you find entertaining videos.
Together we’ve built Screen as a simple, intuitive experience that turns your finger into a remote control. Just swipe through channels of content from Yahoo and our great partners then lean back and watch…no matter where you are.
There’s a few ways to get started; browse through trending clips, search for shows, or jump right in and start watching. Swiping left and right skips between episodes and swiping up and down flips through channels.
To get you going, we’re proud to announce a brand new deal with Viacom to bring you clips from some of Comedy Central’s best shows, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report. Together with the exclusive digital clip archive of Saturday Night Live, Yahoo Screen now offers you access to some of the most storied franchises in comedy history, on any device.
In addition, the Fall 2013 Comedy Lineup is now live. Whether you want to get lost in the best clips of Saturday Night Live or get hooked on new shows featuring stars like Jack Black in Ghost Ghirls, John Stamos in Losing It With John Stamos, you’ll have over 1,000 hours of comedy to watch.
We want Yahoo Screen to be a place where you can customize your experience to your liking while continually discovering new things to watch and share. We hope to make Yahoo Screen the destination for the world’s best video creators and their awesome content.
Yahoo filed suit in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) this morning demanding the right to publicly disclose the number of user data requests that we receive from the U.S. Government under national security statutes. This latest effort to fight…
Yahoo News has tapped Megan Liberman, deputy news editor of The New York Times, to be our new editor in chief. She will lead a major expansion of Yahoo News, bringing in new voices and defining features for the site. She will focus primarily on original reporting, social news gathering, video…
Imagine 500 engineers from around the world gathered for a night of ideating, collaborating, caffeinating, and coding. Fueled by their imaginations and copious amounts of Red Bull, they put together code to solve some of the world’s most complex technical puzzles. The chance that one of their ideas could turn into Yahoo’s next big product is enough for them to trade a night of sleep for a different type of dream.
Yahoos get to play out this fantasy every quarter, when our top developers and engineers pool their creative energy into an event appropriately dubbed “Hackday.” They identify a problem, hack a solution, and present it to a panel of judges made up of Yahoo’s most esteemed execs and engineers. Yahoos from around the company are invited to grab a beer and watch the judging and prize giveaway.
Hackday is one of Yahoo’s longest standing traditions. It started eight years ago and has been part of our DNA ever since. We saw a record-breaking number of hacks submitted this year — 35 of which have been turned into Yahoo products, including the award-winning Yahoo Weather app. This year alone, three amazing public hack events have also taken place in London, Beijing and Hyderabad and we’re excited for our next Hack USA: Sunnyvale, at Yahoo! HQ.
"Hackday has been very rewarding because it gives me an opportunity to showcase ideas that I don’t normally get to as a back-end engineer,” said Laurie Poon, winner of Q3 Hackday. “I’m excited that my Q2 hack is already in production, and there is quite a bit of buzz about my Q3 hack."
We are excited to share even more cool product hacks with you, but until then, check out the video below to see the behind-the-scenes action!
At Yahoo, we take the privacy of our users seriously. We also recognize our role as a global company in promoting freedom of expression wherever we do business. That’s why we’re issuing our first global law enforcement transparency report, which details governments requests for user data from January 1, 2013, through June 30, 2013.
Each country report shows how we processed the government data requests we received during this period. We include national security requests within the scope of our aggregate statistics. You will also see the number of accounts specified in these government data requests, which comprised less than one one-hundredth of one percent (<.01%) of our worldwide user base.
I want to highlight our approach to government data requests. Our legal department demands that government data requests be made through lawful means and for lawful purposes. We regularly push back against improper requests for user data, including fighting requests that are unclear, improper, overbroad or unlawful. In addition, we mounted a two-year legal challenge to the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and recently won a motion requiring the U.S. Government to consider further declassifying court documents from that case.
We will update our transparency report every six months to provide users with further understanding of the government requests that we receive.
Democracy demands accountability, and accountability requires transparency. We hope our report encourages governments around the world to more openly share information about the requests they make for users’ information.