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Flickr Removes Creative Commons Images From Its Wall Art Program Following Backlash

flickr-wall-art Last month, Flickr expanded its Wall Art print service to include images from the photo-sharing site’s professional artists as well as images licensed for commercial use through Creative Commons. The project was originally intended to allow photographers profit from the sale of images made into prints, but it generated controversy when users realized that Yahoo (Flickr’s owner)… Read More

Marissa Mayer’s Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

schnell writes The New York Times Magazine has an in-depth profile of Marissa Mayer’s time at the helm of Yahoo!, detailing her bold plans to reinvent the company and spark a Jobs-ian turnaround through building great new products. But some investors are saying that her product focus (to the point of micromanaging) hasn’t generated results, and that the company should give up on trying to create the next iPod, merge with AOL to cut costs and focus on the unglamorous core business that it has. Is it time for Yahoo! to “grow up” and set its sights lower?

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Yahoo Starts Prompting Chrome Users To “Upgrade” To Firefox

firefox-yahoo If you’re visiting any Yahoo property today, chances are you’ll see an “Upgrade to the new Firefox” link in the top-right corner of your browser window. The prompt also appears if you’re using Internet Explorer, Opera and even the new Yandex browser. However, the prompt is missing from Safari, which will surely prompt a new round of speculation about… Read More

"Lax" Crossdomain Policy Puts Yahoo Mail At Risk

msm1267 writes A researcher disclosed a problem with a loose cross-domain policy for Flash requests on Yahoo Mail that put email message content, contact information and much more at risk. The researcher said the weakness is relatively simple to exploit and puts users at high risk for data loss, identity theft, and more. Yahoo has patched one issue related to a specific .swf file hosted on Yahoo’s content delivery network that contained a vulnerability that could give an attacker complete control over Yahoo Mail accounts cross origin. While the patch fixed this specific issue, the larger overall configuration issue remains, meaning that other vulnerable .swf files hosted outside the Yahoo CDN and on another Yahoo subdomain could be manipulated the same way.

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"Lax" Crossdomain Policy Puts Yahoo Mail At Risk

msm1267 writes A researcher disclosed a problem with a loose cross-domain policy for Flash requests on Yahoo Mail that put email message content, contact information and much more at risk. The researcher said the weakness is relatively simple to exploit and puts users at high risk for data loss, identity theft, and more. Yahoo has patched one issue related to a specific .swf file hosted on Yahoo’s content delivery network that contained a vulnerability that could give an attacker complete control over Yahoo Mail accounts cross origin. While the patch fixed this specific issue, the larger overall configuration issue remains, meaning that other vulnerable .swf files hosted outside the Yahoo CDN and on another Yahoo subdomain could be manipulated the same way.

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Yahoo launches its own mobile developer conference

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Yahoo announced its first development conference on Monday. The event, simply called the Mobile Developer Conference, will take place on Feb. 19 in San Francisco.

During the one-day event, Yahoo and mobile analytics firm Flurry are pushing what they’re calling the next step in mobile development. Yahoo acquired Flurry earlier this year, with some sources pegging the price at around $200 million.

The conference offers further proof that the company wants to be seen as a mobile development leader. Similarly, in recent years, Yahoo execs have repeatedly touted the company as a “mobile-first” organization. That focus appears to be on the mark as mobile use continues to increase in popularity, up 115% in 2013, according to Statista. Read more…

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Apple names its top apps of 2014; Uber makes the cut

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It’s a good day for Elevate, which was just named Apple‘s favorite app of 2014.

The app, which helps you improve memory and focus, was Apple’s top pick of the year. The runner-up was Instagram’s Hyperlapse, which speeds up shaky videos and turns them into time lapses in just two taps.

Apple compiled its annual list of what it considers to be the year’s most standout apps, with categories ranging from “best apps” to “best games.”

Some notable inclusions are Yahoo News Digest, Facebook’s Paper and the SwiftKey Keyboard app. With iOS 8, which debuted in September, Apple allowed iPhone users to pick alternative keyboard options from third-party developers; SwiftKey was quickly heralded as one of the best. Read more…

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Yahoo Plots Mobile Dev Conference For Early 2015

Yahoo Yahoo has announced a mobile developer conference for early 2015, leveraging the intel of mobile analytics firm Flurry, which it picked up in July. Read More

Tumblr experiments with a ‘Buy’ button

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Almost two years after it introduced advertising, Tumblr is taking a baby step toward offering e-commerce by letting users post content from Etsy with a “Buy” button.

The blogging platform has also rolled out a “Browse” button for content posted Artsy, “Pledge” for Kickstarter and “Get Involved” for DoSomething.org. The Etsy button is designed to support artists. A company spokesperson declined to say whether Tumblr gets a cut of any of the sales.

Tumblr, which Yahoo acquired for $1.1 billion in cash last year, saw its user base grow by 46% in 2013. However, the company reportedly made just $13 million in 2012, though CEO David Karp said he hoped Tumblr would bring in $100 million in 2013. An eMarketer report in August speculated that Tumblr isn’t helping Yahoo counter an overall decline in ad revenues. Yahoo hasn’t revealed Tumblr’s revenues Read more…

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Apple could be ditching Google as its default search engine, report says

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News broke last week that Yahoo would replace Google as the default search engine on Firefox browsers. Now another — more powerful — company might also be ditching Google.

Apple‘s contract with Google is almost up, and in 2015 the Cupertino tech giant will be free to nix another connection with perhaps it greatest competitor in favor of another option, according to The Information

Yahoo and Microsoft are already vying for the tech giant’s attention in hopes of replacing Google, the report said. This isn’t exactly a surprise: Stories circulated earlier this year that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wanted “very badly” for Apple to abandon its use of Google Read more…

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