Yahoo Acquisitions Power Flickr’s New Object Recognition Search, Editing And Video Capture

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 10.27.59 PM Today, Yahoo launches new Flickr apps for Android (and iOS coming soon.) They include the ability to shoot video in the apps, or upload it directly. There is also better search, more detailed statistics for individual photos and a redesigned interface that’s had a lot of the crap scraped off of the interface to present you with Read More

Fired Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro’s Severance Totaled $58M

yahoo-coo-sev When Yahoo removed Henrique De Castro as its COO, it wasn’t clear how much loot he was going to take with him. The final tally, revealed today in an SEC filing that also detailed Yahoo’s board nominations, has the figure: $58 million. Read More

Yahoo Nominates One Of Its Co-Founders, A Stock Guru, And A Former Walmart CEO To Its Board

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 4.33.46 PM Call it Yahoo’s version of the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker. The venerable Internet firm today announced a trio of nominations to its board that could round out the sort of folks keeping tabs on its focus. Most interesting among the nominations is David Filo, a Yahoo co-founder. Read More

Yahoo Sets Sights On Bumping Google From Apple’s Mobile Products, Report Says



Yahoo‘s efforts to reinvent its search reportedly have some grand ambitions.

CEO Marissa Mayer wants to supplant Google as Apple’s default search on mobile products, according to a report from Re/code.

If successful, the arrangement would prove a coup for Yahoo and drastically change the company’s share of the search market, particularly in the rapidly growing mobile segment.

Mobile search is not only growing, it is moving away from desktop. If Yahoo were able to convince Apple to use its mobile search, it would grow its declining search share to the detriment of desktop competitors. Read more…

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Yahoo Q1 Earnings Beat Estimates, Stock Jumps 11%



Yahoo barely beat Wall Street estimates for its first quarter earnings report, but the stock shot up following more positive news about one of the company’s secret weapons: Alibaba

The Internet giant posted earnings of $0.38 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion in the first quarter, just beating Wall Street estimates for earnings of $0.37 a share on revenue of $1.08 billion. Yahoo’s results were essentially flat compared to the same quarter last year when it reported earnings of $0.38 per share on revenue of $1.07 billion.

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Coming to a Couch Near You: A New Wave of Telecommuting



If you get a job at Automattic, you don’t have to worry about moving. Hell, you don’t even have to get out of bed

The company, best known for, is completely distributed, meaning its 230 employees work from home. Or they can work from home. Matt Mullenweg, the CEO of Automattic, notes that the company has a physical headquarters in San Francisco. “Well, you’ve got to have somewhere TO get mail,” he explains. While a handful of employees work in the San Francisco office, the rest are flung across 170 cities. “It allows you to get the best and brightest people in the world,” Mullenweg says. Automattic gives its employees a monthly stipend of $250 to get a co-working space if their home office situation isn’t great. Read more…

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The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now



An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is already being called one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. The bug has affected many popular websites and services — ones you might use every day, like Gmail and Facebook — and could have quietly exposed your sensitive account information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) over the past two years.

But it hasn’t always been clear which sites have been affectedMashable reached out to various companies included on a long list of websites that could potentially have the flaw. Below, we’ve rounded up the responses from some of the most popular social, email, banking and commerce sites on the web. Read more…

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Netflix, Hulu and … Yahoo? Why Marissa Mayer Wants Original TV Programming



Marissa Mayer may soon take a break from acquiring companies and instead acquire some TV shows.

Yahoo is “close” to ordering four high-quality online TV series with budgets of as much as a “few million dollars” per episode, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal. This would effectively put Yahoo in competition with a different group of Internet companies, including Netflix, Hulu and Amazon

The Internet giant has offered original programming in the past, though for the most part it has come in the form of shorter web series. The decision to invest more on TV caliber programming is likely part of the company’s larger goal to double down on quality online video. Yahoo announced an exclusive deal for the entire video catalogue of Saturday Night Live around this time last year and followed that up a few months later with the hiring of news anchor Katie Couric Read more…

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Yahoo Bolsters Encryption Between Data Centers, Promises New, Encrypted Messenger In “Months”

This afternoon, Yahoo detailed progress relating to the encryption of its various web services and properties. Most importantly, Yahoo now “fully” encrypts data moving between its datacenters, as of March 31. Yahoo was one of two companies that the NSA targeted with its MUSCULAR program, which tapped data cables between the foreign datacenters of Yahoo and Google. A similar program had been… Read More

It’s Time for a YouTube Competitor



It was reported last week that Yahoo is getting into the online video business by courting YouTube stars and networks. The move could mark one of the biggest challenges to YouTube’s audience dominance and create serious competition in the online video world.

As of September 2013, more than 17% of all Internet traffic was going to YouTube. The only site to have more traffic than that was another streaming video behemoth — Netflix. With so many Internet users looking for video content, and with so many video creators left unhappy due to changing content ID rules and low monetization rates, it only makes sense that competitors should start to rise. Read more…

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