Two Key New Hires for Our Security Team

By Alex Stamos, VP of Information Security

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yahoo to Acquire Flurry to Strengthen Mobile Products

By Scott Burke, SVP Advertising Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Kathy Savitt, CMO

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

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From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, “One Chance” is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for “Britain’s Got Talent.” Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win “Britain’s Got Talent” and the hearts of millions.

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

Follow us @YahooScreen for the latest news and updates. 

Welcome RayV!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yahoo Screen + Live Nation = 365 Days of Awesome!

Initial Artist Lineup Released for Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen — Featuring Dave Matthews Band, Justin Timberlake and Usher

By Kathy Savitt, CMO 

Live moments are the most memorable.  In today’s on-demand entertainment environment, live events dominate the water cooler conversation, because they’re the only ones that we all share in the moment, together at the same time.

That’s why we’re so excited to kick off the world’s largest live concert series together with Live Nation.  One live streamed concert a day, for 365 days … fusing together global superstars and emerging artists across genres, from rock to pop, hip hop to electronic.  

It all starts next Tuesday, July 15, with “A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band” at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Additional artists confirmed include Usher, Gavin DeGraw, Common, The Neighbourhood, MKTO, The Kooks, Airborne Toxic Event, Three Days Grace, The Fray and many more. The Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen will also feature special performances including:

  • Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, KISS, streaming live from their 40th Anniversary Tour;

  • John Legend performing Marvin Gaye’s classic album, “What’s Going On” in its entirety, with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and the Los Angeles Philharmonic live from the Hollywood Bowl; and

  • Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids performing their first ever concert in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Music fans can get a sneak peak at the first 30 days of scheduled performances by going to yahoo.com/live. Starting Monday, July 14, you can sign up for text, email and calendar reminders for the concerts you want to watch — and invite your friends to tune in, as well.   

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Don’t miss out on live concerts, artist interviews, behind the scenes footage, and exclusive releases.  And check back often, because we’ll be announcing more of your favorite artists in the coming weeks.    

Follow us @YahooScreen and #YahooLive for the latest news and updates.  

Want to learn more? Check out our Press Center.

Furthering Our Focus

By: Jay Rossiter, SVP, Cloud Platform Group

Over the past two years, our teams have been incredibly focused on our mission: making the world’s daily habits more inspiring and entertaining. This focus has allowed us to launch some new, exciting products while giving us the opportunity to make the core products our users already love even better.

To achieve this, we took a hard look at our products and have shut down some of the less popular ones and integrated widely-loved features from others into core Yahoo experiences. We first announced these changes in March and April 2013 and remain committed to communicating product updates that affect our users now and in the future. 

Here is an overview of our progress on this front:

  • Newlook Service: On April 30, we closed the Newlook service, an online virtual makeover tool for maktoob.yahoo.com.
  • Research Reports: Also on April 30, we removed the ability to generate research reports on Yahoo Finance, a little-used feature of the site.
  • Bookmarks.yahoo.com: As of May 26, we have closed Bookmarks.yahoo.com. If you were using this site to get to your Yahoo Bookmarks, it’s time to switch over to Yahoo Toolbar on Firefox or Internet Explorer, where you can access and edit all of your favorite bookmarks.
  • People Search: As a user, you want one place to find everything you need. You can use Yahoo Search to find people, blogs, places, maps - anything. That’s why today, July 2, we are closing down Yahoo People Search, a defunct directory site that’s no longer useful. Check out Yahoo Search to find the people you’re looking for.
  • Xobni: As we announced in July 2013, although we are shutting down Xobni.com and the Smartr Product Suite today, July 2, we have incorporated many Xobni-like features into Yahoo Mail (like compose auto-suggest and people-centric mail search) and the technology behind the product continues to inform our current and future user experiences.
  • Yahoo Toolbar on Chrome: By July 22, the Yahoo Toolbar will be removed from the Chrome web store, to comply with recent Google Chrome policy updates. Instead, we now offer the Yahoo Extension for Chrome, which will give you quick access to Yahoo.com whenever you open a new tab. The Toolbar is still available for Firefox and Internet Explorer at toolbar.yahoo.com. Install the Toolbar and sign in to your Yahoo account to access your personalized settings.
  • Yahoo Shine: We recently unveiled several new digital magazines that dive deeper into the topics our users have come to love on Yahoo Shine and offer unique advertising opportunities for brands. While Yahoo Shine will be closing on July 31, through our digital magazines, like Yahoo Beauty and Yahoo Travel, we will continue to bring these topics to life with stunning visuals, a strong editorial voice and engaging native advertising.
  • Yahoo Voices and the Yahoo Contributor Network: On July 31, Voices.Yahoo.com will be shut down and at the end of August, Contributor.Yahoo.com closes. Yahoo will be notifying contributors and please refer to this FAQ for more details.

By focusing our energy on Yahoo’s four core areas — Search, Communications, Digital Magazines and Video — and the two incredible engines that power them, Flickr and Tumblr, we can make a bigger impact on the things people do everyday.

Want to learn more?  Check out our Press Center.

Yahoo app, now on iPad with the best of Yahoo Digital Magazines

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

Whether on your morning commute or waiting in line at the store, catching up on the latest news and information is something we do continually throughout our day. That’s what the Yahoo app was designed to deliver - the very best of the web, personalized to your interests, anywhere and anytime.   Today, we’re excited to bring that experience to your iPad, combined with stories from Yahoo’s latest digital magazines — Yahoo Food, Yahoo Tech, Yahoo Travel, Yahoo Movies and Yahoo Beauty.

Yahoo Digital Magazines are just like your favorite glossy magazines re-imagined for the digital world. Inspired by visually driven storytelling and distinctive editorial voices from well-known tastemakers such as Julia Bainbridge, Paula Froelich, David Pogue, Josh Wolk and  Bobbi Brown, these magazines offer a new way to experience digital content. 

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We’ve also added snapshots of local weather, stocks, sports, popular photos, videos and more, ensuring you have all the information you care about at your fingertip.

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As usual, for an experience that is personalized just for you, we encourage you to log into Yahoo.  Read the topics you’re most interested in, and we will continue to surface stories based on your preferences.

The Yahoo app for iPad is available now for U.S. users to download in the App Store. We hope you love it.

Want to learn more?  Check out our Press Center.

Introducing a new Flickr experience on Apple TV

By Bernardo Hernandez, VP and head of Flickr

Every day at Flickr we are committed to inspiring photography by building world-class tools and beautiful photo displays across devices. Today we are bringing a stunning new experience for sharing and accessing billions of photos on your television via Apple TV.

Flickr’s new service for Apple TV brings all your photos to life on the big screen, where you can engage with the Flickr community, explore the world’s most interesting photos, and use our powerful search capabilities to browse billions of photos within the most extraordinary online photo collection.

For the first time with Apple TV, sign into Flickr and view all your photos, videos, Favorites, Albums, and Groups. In one click, make any album into a slideshow or screensaver ready to share with friends, or customize in real-time with over fifteen different slideshow and screensaver modes.

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Share your photos and discover others’ through a dedicated “Explore” section highlighting our top trending photos, weekly photographer spotlights, daily curated galleries and videos, and public photo archives. See photos that you like? Fave them to automatically add to your Favorites. Find someone interesting? Visit their profile to see more or follow them.

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Search through Flickr’s extraordinary photo collection with powerful search capabilities that help you seamlessly find people, photos, or groups that interest you. Simply start typing, and we will automatically suggest topics that are relevant to you. Browse search results by creating a slideshow or screensaver.

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Want to learn more?  Check out our Press Center.

Workforce Diversity at Yahoo

By Jacqueline Reses, Chief Development Officer

Here at Yahoo we are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce. We’re in the business of building products for hundreds of millions of users worldwide and that starts with having the best possible talent - a Yahoo team that understands and reflects our diverse user base.

Today, we are happy to join others in the tech industry in disclosing specifics around the diversity of Yahoo’s workforce. The charts below detail gender and ethnicity statistics (as self reported) and how they break out across technical, non-technical and leadership roles across the company.

*Leadership defined as VP’s and above

Data as of June, 2014 

These statistics are only a part of the story - Yahoo works to ensure that our existing employees feel welcome and supported during their time at the company. We have a wide range of Employee Resource Groups that serve people of diverse backgrounds and are highly engaged in their respective communities. For example, Yahoo received a 100% Corporate Equality Index score and was named a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.”

Overall, our goal at Yahoo is to create a workplace culture that attracts and retains all talents, regardless of background, and to help our people grow to their full potential.

Please click here to view our 2013 EEO-1 Report.