By Megan Cristina, Senior Director Ad Policy, Trust & Safety
If you’re the parent or guardian of a Yahoo! user who is 12 years old or under we want to thank you if you’ve already given your permission for your child to continue to use our products.
By Marco Wirasinghe, Director of Mobile Products
Checking the weather should be beautiful, intuitive and personalized, no matter where you are or what device you’re using. That’s why we’re excited to share that today, we’re releasing a brand new Yahoo! Weather Android app for users worldwide. We’re hopeful you’ll love seeing the weather with a new design and lots of data enhancements.
The new Yahoo! Weather Android app showcases the new beautiful design you’ve been waiting for. We’ve brought gorgeous Flickr photos of locations by weather and by time of day to the front of our experience. We’ve also added more data than ever before, Yahoo! Weather now includes 10-day forecasts, 24 hour forecast, chance of precipitation, wind and pressure, moon phases, UV patterns, sunrise and sunset times, an interactive map and a new widget for your lock screen.
The app is free and available internationally for Android in Google Play.
By Ken Fuchs, vice president of Yahoo! global media and head of Yahoo! Sports and Games
What does August mean to me? With my Cubs long gone (again), it’s time for training camp, preseason, mock drafts, sleepers and keepers… and Fantasy Football!
On August 24th, we’re teaming up with Buffalo Wild Wings, the official destination of Yahoo! Fantasy Football and best place to host every draft party, to create a new national holiday just for fantasy fans - “Buffalo Wild Wings and Yahoo Fantasy Football National Draft Day,” the first ever nationwide draft party and a celebration of our collective love for Fantasy Football.
So on the 24th, all Yahoo! Fantasy Football managers can go to any one of the participating 935 local Buffalo Wild Wings to get draft advice, some free swag, and enjoy some wings and beer - and draft their Fantasy Football teams. Whatever you do, don’t forget to make a reservation first, as seats will fill up fast. Leagues will receive draft kits that include coupons for $100 in free B-Dubs food at future visits, a championship brag flag and t-shirts (until they run out!). For those fans who are in the Dallas or Minneapolis areas, you’ll get to hang out with Yahoo! Fantasy Football leading experts Brad “Big Noise” Evans and Andy Behrens and pick their brains before you draft.
The entire celebration will be hosted by Fantasy Football experts Brandon Funston and Kay Adams from the Yahoo! Sports studio and will be streamed to every Buffalo Wild Wings location as well as to Yahoo! Sports’ 50 million sports users 12-2 PM, CST.
So, to get into full-on fantasy mode, be sure to grab our new app, watch our new shows, check out Commissioner Appreciation Days, enter Name Time Decision (do you have the best ever fantasy team name?) and never forget Legendary Moments in Fantasy Football.
Get to it – This is YOUR Year - And Happy National Draft Day!
by Robertson Barrett, VP of Yahoo! News and Finance
Do you want an inside look at the story behind the headlines? Today, we are debuting two digital-only original programs, “World News: Beyond The Headline" and “Nightline Fix" on Yahoo! News in partnership with ABC News. We announced these unique, digital-only daily programs at our April Newfront, and are excited for you to check out the inaugural episodes of both shows below.
Get something that you won’t get anywhere else: Diane Sawyer and a team of world-class correspondents deliver that extra interesting nugget with insights from correspondents all over the world. Beyond The Headline offers the story behind the story and will also feature Person of the Week, which we know is a favorite for viewers.
Nightline Fix is a smart take on the news stories that start conversations. On a daily basis, the team will deliver signature enterprise journalism with an edge. This original program gives you a first-look into the stories featured on Nightline from entertainment to pop-culture trends to breaking news and international exposés. Some of the first episodes provide an inside look at the latest extreme weight loss method, and answer the question “Why Won’t Jennifer Aniston Join Twitter.”
We look forward to sharing more content on Yahoo! News from the nearly two year-long partnership with ABC News.
We hope you enjoyed the last seven days — here’s where you can continue to follow.
by Kathy Savitt, Chief Marketing Officer
Today, we are happy to announce that we will be introducing a new Yahoo! logo next month.
Over the past year, there’s been a renewed sense of purpose and progress at Yahoo!, and we want everything we do to reflect this spirit of innovation. While the company is rapidly evolving, our logo — the essence of our brand — should too.
We’ve introduced beautiful new products that have changed the way you see the weather, read email, share photos, and follow your favorite sports teams. We’ve partnered with great artists including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, John Legend, and Imagine Dragons to take Yahoo! On The Road. And of course, we are excited to come together with tumblr, and by extension, its incredible community of creators.
The new logo will be a modern redesign that’s more reflective of our reimagined design and new experiences. To get everyone warmed up, we are kicking off 30 days of change. Beginning now, we will display a variation of the logo on our homepage and throughout our network in the U.S. for the next month. It’s our way of having some fun while honoring the legacy of our present logo.
We also want to preserve the character that is unique to Yahoo! — fun, vibrant, and welcoming — so we’ll be keeping the color purple, our iconic exclamation point and of course the famous yodel. After all, some things never go out of style.
Here’s day 1’s logo:
Come back to Yahoo! every day in the next 30 days and check out our official new logo on Sept 4th at 9pm PT/Sept 5th midnight ET.
By Kate Delos Reyes, Country Manager and Media Head in Yahoo! Philippines
Over 11,000 fans had the opportunity to cheer for their favorite celebrities as they walked in at the Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines recently to attend the Yahoo! OMG! awards.
Filipinos are passionate about all things showbiz and this is exactly what we cater to with the OMG! awards. The award honors the Philippines’ favorite celebs, emerging stars and dedicated fans in the field of music, film, radio and television, who have been most-searched on Yahoo! Philippines and have caught the attention of the Filipino audience over the past year.
During the five weeks prior to the event, fans used online and SMS voting to narrow down winners in 22 categories. The voting website received more than 4 million unique users, 76 million page views, and 9 million votes. This surpassed last year’s record of 4 million votes, proving how passionate and competitive our fans are about their celebrity idols.
The award categories included Celebrity of the Year, Actor of the Year, Breakthrough Actress of the Year, Noontime Show of the Year, Best Love Team of the Year, Radio Show of the Year, Male Radio DJ of the Year, and Fan Club of the Year.
Popular TV actor Edu Manzano and musician Billy Crawford served as emcees at the awards show, which was jam packed with high-energy performances from Filipino superstars Gary Valenciano, Charice, Christian Bautista, Yeng Constantino, Erik Santos, Julie Anne San Jose, Elmo Magalona, and Kjwan.
Check out highlights from the event:
We’re excited to tell you that Rockmelt has been acquired by Yahoo!.
Yahoo! and Rockmelt share a common goal: To help people discover the best content from around the web. In our short four and a half years at Rockmelt, we’ve learned a lot about how you like to browse the web, discover…
We’re excited to announce that Yahoo! has acquired Rockmelt!
Rockmelt was designed to make sense of the Internet. The team has built a simple and beautiful technology that combines social, personalization and discovery to help you not only find what you’re looking for, but also stumble across some cool stuff along the way.
The parallels between Yahoo! and Rockmelt are obvious: we share a common goal to help people discover the best personalized content from around the web. We can’t wait to integrate the Rockmelt technology into our platform as we work to deliver the best experiences to our users in new and exciting ways.
- Mike Kerns and Adam Cahan
by Jacqueline Reses, Chief Development Officer, Yahoo!
Today, I have the pleasure of announcing that we’ll be moving our Yahoo! San Francisco team to a space within the San Francisco Chronicle building at Fifth and Mission later this year. We’re designing a cool, fun and beautiful space to inspire collaboration and innovation.
These days, transformation is palpable everywhere you turn at Yahoo!. For this reason, we love the symbolism of moving into the Chronicle building, as it personifies the digital revolution in how people around the world consume media.
Our spacious new office will allow us to continue the growth of our team. We’ll have a fabulous onsite environment, including great food, a game room, collaborative work stations, and ample room for teams to work together and have fun.
And of course, there’s the neighborhood: the Chronicle building is located in the dynamic Market Street area of San Francisco. We’re excited to expand our team next door to a number of tech trailblazers who also call this neighborhood home.
Over the last year, we’ve significantly expanded our San Francisco team, where you can find many of the greatest engineering minds behind Flickr and other Yahoo! products, like our modernized Yahoo! homepage, a completely new Yahoo! News for Web, mobile and tablets, and the new Yahoo! Mail. We have an incredibly talented group in the City by the Bay, and look forward to continuing that growth in months and years to come.
Mayor of San Francisco Edwin M. Lee said, “Technology companies both large and small thrive in vibrant, collaborative urban environments where they employ residents and drive economic growth. I am delighted that Yahoo! is moving to the 5M Project and expanding their presence in San Francisco, the Innovation Capital of the World, where they will have access to our City’s world class talent.”
Stephen T. Hearst, vice president and general manager of Hearst Corporation’s Western Properties, which owns the property, shared his thoughts about our upcoming move: “We are extremely pleased to bring Yahoo! in as a quality tenant at the 5M Project. Yahoo!’s innovative mission makes it a great fit for 5M, which continues to thrive as a creative and economic engine in the neighborhood.”
Want to join us at our new San Francisco office? We’re hiring!
By Ken Fuchs, vice president of Yahoo! global media and head of Yahoo! Sports and Games
Back in December, we announced our partnership with NBC Sports Group, and we are excited to announce a new branch to our partnership: the launch of two national programs that will air across both national cable and digital platforms, that feature the top personalities and experts from both brands, and use Yahoo’s real-time data and signals to both inform and drive the conversation for fans.
First up, beginning this Thursday, Fantasy Football Live — Thursday Night! will debut extending our popular live Sunday FFL show (Noon ET / 9a PT on Sundays during NFL season) giving fantasy fans an edge heading into the Thursday night game and planning for the weekend. The concept will bridge television and digital – starting first on-air on NBC Sports Network and then moving online for another 30 minutes of analysis, picks, intel, news and fun. We’ll integrate experts from both Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports, including Rotoworld, allowing for a high energy, entertaining, and informative show.
NBC Sports’ Erik Kuselias and NBC Sports Rotoworld fantasy experts will be joined on the net by a mix of Yahoo! Sports talent including Brad Evans, Brandon Funston and Andy Behrens. Then at 7 p.m. ET, the cameras will shift to the Yahoo! Sports studios, with host Melanie Collins alongside Brad, Brandon and Andy and other guests to provide more inside scoop until 7:30 p.m ET on Yahoo! Sports. After the shows we’ll have the best moments available on-demand on both NBCSports.com and Yahoo! Sports.
On deck after Fantasy Football Live - Thursday Night!, starting Aug. 19, NBC Sports Network is launching SportsDash with Yahoo! Sports. The show will air live daily from Noon–1 p.m. ET. and be a cool and unique approach to diving into accelerating sports stories, top highlights and trending athletes using data and sentiments gathered by Yahoo! Sports. Driven by analytics that provide real-time insights into what is starting to bubble up with fans, SportsDash with Yahoo! Sports will set the stage for what will matter most that day in sports. The show will integrate stories appearing on Yahoo! Sports and turn to experts, athletes and guests from both NBC Sports and Yahoo! Sports (including our own Woj, Forde and Wetzel among others) to give fans an insider perspective. SportsDash with Yahoo! Sports will be hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs and Carolyn Manno.
Following the broadcast, an extra digital-only show will stream live from 1-1:15 p.m. ET on both Yahoo! Sports and NBCSports.com, and feature additional stories, dive deep into an on-going story or have extra time with guests.
There you have it. Two sports shows combining the best of television and the web to bring fans world-class, up-to-the-minute news and updates around their favorite teams and fantasy players. Speaking of fantasy, I gotta go. Time to hit the new Yahoo! Sports Fantasy app to do some mock drafts and start preparing to crush it in my league (check it out – can now draft live on your phone!).