by Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO
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!
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
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 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!
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:
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!
By Robby Stein, Director of Product Management
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.
So go ahead…download Yahoo Screen. No TV required.