Tumblr changes reblogs so you can actually read them



It’s not just you: Tumblr reblogs look a lot different.

The Yahoo-owned blogging site changed the way that reblogs — posts that are re-shared by other users — are handled to make the text easier to read and follow.

On Tumblr, each time you reblog something, you’re able to add your own comment, along with the comments of everyone else who has reblogged the post. Previously, comments accompanying reblogs were nested so that longer threads could quickly turn into a “crazy long, indecipherable reblog chain,” according to Tumblr. Read more…

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is pregnant with twins



Marissa Mayer, current president and CEO of Yahoo, is pregnant with twins

Mayer announced the news on Yahoo’s Tumblr blogging platform Tuesday, emphasizing her plans to continue working throughout the pregnancy, adding that she and her husband Zachary Bogue did not expect twins.

“Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout,” she wrote in the post Read more…

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Yahoo Announces New Tumblr Sharing Tools And Native Video Ads For Developers

Simon Khalaf Simon Khalaf, Yahoo’s senior vice president of publisher products, today outlined some big shifts in the mobile ecosystem and unveiled some new tools for mobile developers. He made the announcements on-stage at the Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference in New York City and in related blog posts. Let’s start with the developer tools. The first one is Tumblr In-App Sharing.… Read More

Yahoo’s Audio-Free Video Messaging App Livetext Is Now Available Worldwide

Yahoo Livetext 01 If you were intrigued by Livetext, the audio-free video messaging app launched by Yahoo last month, but don’t live in the U.S. or the handful of test markets where it was available, then we have good news for you. The app is now live worldwide, which means anyone with an iOS and Android device can get hold of it. Read More

Periscope claims 10 million accounts as live-streaming apps heat up



Twitter’s entry into the live mobile streaming game appears to be paying off, as the company has announced that Periscope currently has 10 million registered accounts

And while those 10 million accounts, registered on both iOS and Android devices, don’t indicate that the service has 10 million “users” (many could be one-and-done, dormant accounts), the number is nevertheless a healthy early signal that, four months post launch, Periscope was probably a wise bet for Twitter

The new numbers were laid out in a message from the company on Wednesday, in which we also learned that Periscope users are watching the equivalent of “40 years of video per day.” Read more…

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Link-Sharing Site This. Raises $610,000 Seed Round

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 12.44.15 PM Who may be on first and What may be on second but This. is on it’s first seed round. The media company, incubated inside of Atlantic Media, is a “curation platform for people passionate about journalism, art and entertainment.” Users can share their favorite content by submitting just one link a day, thereby reducing the noise associated with similar systems. Andrew Golis… Read More

Yahoo To Get Its Iconic San Francisco Billboard Back

3620872502_374ab1d35d_b Happy 20th Birthday, Yahoo! What did you get, what did you get? I bet there’ll be parties galore. Gifts, prizes. Presents! – A BILLBOARD! A Billboard? – THE Billboard. If you’ve lived in, or have ever been to, the Bay Area, you’ve probably seen the Yahoo Billboard (it’s on Interstate 80). It was a pretty sad day for a lot of Yahoos when it was taken down… Read More

Joel McHale says ‘Community’ is finally dead



#SixSeasonsAndAMovie could still technically happen. A seventh season of Community will definitely not.

Dan Harmon’s Community — a scrappy, absurdist sitcom that survived years on the bubble at NBC, creator Harmon’s departure and return, and a highly publicized split with former star Chevy Chase, only to get canceled after Season 5, then revived by Yahoo — has finally reached its final curtain, according to star Joel McHale.

Yahoo has responded with a statement that neither confirms nor denies the show’s demise: “We’ve seen tremendous value in our partnership with Sony and are continuing to discuss future opportunities for Community,” a rep tells Mashable. Read more…

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Hackers Exploit Adobe Flash Vulnerability In Yahoo Ads

vivaoporto notes a report that a group of hackers have used online ad networks to distribute malware over several of Yahoo’s websites. The attack began on Tuesday, July 28, and was shut down on Monday, August 3. It was targeted at Yahoo’s sports, finance, gaming, and news-related sites. Security firm Malwarebytes says the hackers exploited a Flash vulnerability to redirect users to the Angler Exploit Kit. “Attacks on advertising networks have been on the rise … researchers say. Hackers are able to use the advertising networks themselves, built for targeting specific demographics of Internet users, to find vulnerable machines. While Yahoo acknowledged the attack, the company said that it was not nearly as big as Malwarebytes had portrayed it to be.”

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