By Bart Stein, Product Manager, Mobile and Emerging Products
Just over a month ago we launched Yahoo Screen for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with the goal of bringing a channel surfing experience to your fingertips. Today, we’re excited to bring Yahoo Screen to Apple TV.
by Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO
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.
by Kevin Kramer, Deputy General Counsel
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.
“Matt Bai is one of the best…
Emily Jipson, Head of Product, Yahoo Finance
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.
by Alex Diaz, VP Mobile and Emerging Products
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.
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:
By Wendy Geller, Yahoo Music
KatyCats, get ready to ‘ROAR’!
Tonight at 6pm PT / 9pm ET, Yahoo Screen is exclusively taking you to the iHeartRadio Album Release Party of PRISM LIVE from the opening of the new iHeartRadio theater in Los Angeles.
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!
By Dave DiMartino, Executive Editor of Yahoo Music
Attention Sir Paul and Beatles fans: get ready to rock out! Tonight, Yahoo Screen is bringing you the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Paul McCartney exactly where you are.
This special concert, exclusively available on the web through…
By Markus Spiering, Head of Product, Flickr
At Flickr, we know how important it is to capture the right moment. Our last few updates, including our brand new camera for Flickr for iPhone and iPod touch, have aimed to help you set up the perfect shot.
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.
By Ron Brachman, Chief Scientist & Head of Yahoo Labs
Here’s a recipe for awesome:
Take 200 amazing engineering students and faculty of Howard University in Washington, D.C.
- 1 big purple truck
- 125 servers
- A little bit of purple paint
- A whole lot of excitement
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.
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!