Hackday: Behind the Scenes!

By Anil Patel, Hackday Events Lead

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.

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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!

 

Sharing Our First Transparency Report

By Ron Bell, General Counsel, Yahoo

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.

Ned Brody Joins Yahoo as SVP and Head of the Americas

By Henrique De Castro, Chief Operating Officer

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Today, I’m thrilled to share that Ned Brody has joined Yahoo as Senior Vice President and Head of the Americas, overseeing Yahoo’s advertising business across North and South America. We’ve had great momentum at Yahoo as we continue to bring the best talent in the industry to our operational team, including the recent additions of Dawn Airey as SVP of EMEA, Andre Christensen as SVP of Strategy and Business Operations, and John DeVine SVP of Global Ad Operations.

I have known Ned for some time and he is one of the industry’s strongest thought leaders, client partners, business drivers and people managers. He is known for his analytical insight, solutions-oriented approach to selling,  problem solving, and above all, for being a team player.  I’m personally excited to work with Ned as we continue to position Yahoo for growth around the world. 

For more information, read our press release here.

Making Your Photos Even More Beautiful: Flickr for iPhone Has a Brand New Camera

By Markus Spiering, Head of Product, Flickr

Many of our devices have been on a cycle of convergence.  For example, since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve been relying on them more and more for all our photo needs. In particular, our smartphone cameras are evolving so quickly, that the photo quality itself is getting close to parity with our digital cameras.

At Flickr, we see a growing number photos coming from your smartphones - especially the iPhone 5, which is currently the most popular camera on Flickr. So today, we’re proud to announce a completely new photo taking experience in our Flickr App that takes full advantage of the depth of capabilities that Apple’s iPhone camera has to offer and more.

In our view, taking a photo should be an enhancement of what you’re experiencing and seeing through your device.  We’ve come up with a camera that gives you full control over how your final photo looks, even before you snap the shot. Our goal is to make it effortless for you to have a beautiful result, with simple but powerful features.

Meet your new camera:

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Live Customizable Filters & Editing

You spoke, we listened. A lot of Flickr’s new camera features are what you’ve been asking for. We focused on making live inline filters and editing capabilities. Much of what we’ve been able to add is due to our recent addition of KitCam and the GhostBird Software team who created it.

Live Filters let you see how your photo looks while you take it. Swiping through live filters, you can choose composition grids, focus lock and exposure points to better set up your shot. Even our preview tiles let you see what your shot looks like live.

All of our filters are also customizable after you’ve taken the photo. You don’t have to leave the camera and lose focus on your perfectly melting ice cream shot.  In addition to our magic wand, we’re adding all the advanced tools so you can enhance, crop, sharpen, balance color, use Levels, add vignette and more - for free. You now have a complete photo studio in your hands.

 We’re looking forward to seeing everything that you see through your lens, and maybe some recreations of photos you’ve already shared, enhanced with some of these new features.  

Download the latest version of our Flickr App and start shooting with your new Flickr camera. Tag your shots with #NewFlickrCam, and post them on Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. We will post a selection of our favorite shots on the Flickr Blog very soon! 

We hope that our Flickr App will become your favorite camera.

Bringing a refreshed Yahoo! to our global mobile web users on all devices

By Juliana Santarelli, Senior Product Manager, Mobile & Emerging Products

We are pleased to announce a new mobile web experience that is rolling out today globally across many Yahoo! properties including Mail, Finance, Homepage, Search, Messenger, News and more.

We’re focused on building products for where our users are, and that includes mobile apps of course, but it also means providing an awesome mobile web experience, regardless of the device you use.  Today many of our global users are accessing their web experiences on feature phones.

We wanted to be sure all our users get the best possible experience. So today, you’ll find a refreshed, modernized mobile web experience that’s more consistent with our mobile apps regardless of the level of device you’re using, from smartphones to the most basic feature phone. Our focus is to ensure our sites maximize the available space on your phone’s screen, improve page performance and are available to our users regardless of what device you’re using.

Introducing 7 redesigned, more personal Yahoo! experiences

By Mike Kerns, Senior Vice President, Homepage & Vertical Products

Yahoo! has always been about bringing you the very best of the web, and today we’re one step closer to creating a consistent experience across our sites with the newly redesigned Yahoo! Sports, Yahoo! Movies, Yahoo! Music, Yahoo! TV, Yahoo! omg!, Yahoo! Games and Yahoo! Weather. We’ve made it easier and faster to get your daily fix from Yahoo!, whether you’re on your phone, tablet, or in front of your computer.

 What’s new? Here are the highlights:

  • The new Yahoo! Sports gives more prominence to what matters to you, including premium content from our Yahoo! Sports experts, scores and fantasy games. It’s also easier to explore your favorite leagues in the content stream — such as NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR— as well as find content from our exclusive partners like NBC Sports, and more. If you’re preparing your Yahoo! Fantasy Football team, you’ll also notice a refresh of our Yahoo! Fantasy game. The goal of these changes is to provide a game that’s easier to use and more fun to play.
  • Refreshed Yahoo! Movies, Yahoo! Music, Yahoo! TV and Yahoo! omg! provide entertaining, personalized and engaging experiences. We’ve created  an easier and intuitive experience for finding movie showtimes, now you can sort by theater or movie. We’ve also made it simpler to find more entertainment content, including movie trailers, tv episodes and music videos. The viewing experience for videos and photos have never been more beautiful — video screens are  now larger and photos are more immersive, high quality and can be seen in full-screen.
  • With the new Yahoo! Games, we’ve streamlined the site and made it easier for you to find popular games like “Slotomania” and “The Godfather: Five Families”, discover new games like “Pirates: Tides of Fortune”, and get to some of your old-time favorites like “Gem Swap” and “Dragon Mahjong” to bring back a little nostalgia. And, we’ve improved tracking of your games history so you can get back to your favorite ones faster.  
  • Some of your favorite features on the Yahoo! Weather mobile iOS and Android apps have been reimagined for the web. Now, beautiful, full-bleed photos from our Flickr community show you current local conditions of the time and type of weather, alongside comprehensive weather information — so you can truly experience the weather, not just check it.

Over the next few days, users in the U.S. will start to see these new designs and experiences. We hope these changes make your lives easier, and stay tuned for more from Yahoo!.  

One Step Closer To The Yahoo! Username You’ve Been Waiting For

By Dylan Casey, Senior Director, Platforms

Your username is how we personalize your experience across Yahoo! including Mail, Flickr, Fantasy Sports among others. And, so it’s probably as important to you as it is to us.

Beginning today, you could find out if your dream Yahoo! username is now available. If you filled out the wishlist with your top five choices last month, you’ll be getting notified today about the username you’re able to claim as your very own. If you didn’t get your requested username this time around, that’s OK - because we’re launching a Watchlist and we’re automatically putting you on it for free.

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Just for some fun, here are the most popular username requests, with first names leading the way:

Top 3 name requests for the guys:
David
Michael
Alex

Top 3 name requests for the ladies:
Maria
Jennifer
Jessica

“Batman” and “Superman” even showed up high on the list. I wish I had thought of those.

If you weren’t a part of the Wishlist, $1.99 gets you access to the Watchlist, which lets you watch up to five usernames for three years. If one of the names becomes available, we’ll hold it for you for 14 days and you’re next in line.

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Your safety and security are important to us, so for more details on our approach to privacy protection during this process, please go here.

Enjoy the Yahoo! experience with your new username!

[photos via joshua smithroy luck]

Yahoo! Comedy: Watch now: Trailers for all-new comedy shows coming to Yahoo! Screen on 9/9

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Losing It with John Stamos

From Executive Producers Morgan Spurlock and John Stamos, Losing It with John Stamos takes a hilarious look back at celebrities’ first times. With the help of some artistic re-imagining, viewers learn that the entertainers we know and love lived the same awkward,…

(via yahoocomedy)

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London Calling: BIG News One Direction Fans! We’ll be LIVE streaming the #1DMoviePremiere red carpet straight from the U.K. on Tuesday morning (8/20) at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET! Watch it here!



World Premiere Red Carpet Livestream
By Lisa Moshfegh, Marketing Manager, Yahoo! Entertainment
You may have heard One Directions’ “Best Song Ever” and now you can get ready for the Best LIVESTREAM Ever! Straight from their hometown in London, England, Yahoo! Movies will be livestreaming the red carpet pre-show for the world premiere of One Direction: This Is Us!
WHEN: Tomorrow - Tuesday, August 20
TIME: 9:00 AM PT &amp; 12:00 PM ET 
This is Zayn, Louis, Niall, Harry and Liam’s FIRST feature film premiere and we all couldn’t be more excited! 
Make sure to check out the boys in their suits &amp; ties at: http://movies.yahoo.com/one-direction/
Catch the fun on Twitter at #1DMoviePremiere and #YahooLoves1D!

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London Calling: BIG News One Direction Fans! We’ll be LIVE streaming the #1DMoviePremiere red carpet straight from the U.K. on Tuesday morning (8/20) at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET! Watch it here!

World Premiere Red Carpet Livestream

By Lisa Moshfegh, Marketing Manager, Yahoo! Entertainment

You may have heard One Directions’ “Best Song Ever” and now you can get ready for the Best LIVESTREAM Ever! Straight from their hometown in London, England, Yahoo! Movies will be livestreaming the red carpet pre-show for the world premiere of One Direction: This Is Us!

WHEN: Tomorrow - Tuesday, August 20

TIME: 9:00 AM PT & 12:00 PM ET 

This is Zayn, Louis, Niall, Harry and Liam’s FIRST feature film premiere and we all couldn’t be more excited! 

Make sure to check out the boys in their suits & ties at: http://movies.yahoo.com/one-direction/

Catch the fun on Twitter at #1DMoviePremiere and #YahooLoves1D!