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Flickr’s monstrous tagging algorithm labels people as ‘apes’

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Flickr has accidentally created an insensitive monster

The popular photo-sharing website, which is owned by Yahoo, rolled out a suite of new options earlier this month, including an automatic tagging feature using the company’s “image recognition technology.”

The goal: to make it easier for people to organize and search for photos

The outcome: plenty of outrage

At first, Flickr users noticed unwanted — but mostly harmless — tags like “outdoor,” “people” and “monochrome” added to their photos. Then some noticed more offensive and clearly mistaken tags: Close-up images of peoples’ faces had the tag “ape.” A picture of the gate at the Dachau concentration camp in Germany includes the automatic tags “sport” and “jungle gym.” A shot of the memorial from the Hiroshima bombing is labeled “surreal.” A photo of skulls from the Cambodian killing fields includes the tag “sheep.” Read more…

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Yahoo Shares Fall Sharply On Report That It May Incur Higher-Than-Expected Tax Bill On Its Alibaba Stake

yahoo-earnings Shares of Yahoo, a company known for its venerable brand, former search market share, and current attempt to become a key mobile shop, fell sharply at the end of trading today. Off more than 7 percent in regular hours, Yahoo took a dive after reports surfaced that the IRS may change how it taxes spinoffs. Read More

Yahoo Shares Fall Sharply On Report That It May Incur Higher-Than-Expected Tax Bill On Its Alibaba Stake

yahoo-earnings Shares of Yahoo, a company known for its venerable brand, former search market share, and current attempt to become a key mobile shop, fell sharply at the end of trading today. Off more than 7 percent in regular hours, Yahoo took a dive after reports surfaced that the IRS may change how it taxes spinoffs. Read More

After Backlash Over Upgrade, Flickr Considers Letting Users Opt-Out Of Auto-Tagging

Flickr_iPad_Camera Roll_Perspective Not everyone was happy with last week’s major revamp of Yahoo-owned photo-sharing site Flickr. A small, but very vocal, portion of Flickr’s user base of 100 million members, immediately took to the forums to lament the fact that the site’s new “auto-tagging” feature was enabled by default, and, worse, that there was no opt-out option provided. But that may now… Read More

Flurry Analytics Rolls Out Support For Apple Watch

apple-watch-feature Yahoo announced this week that it’s adding support for Apple Watch analytics to its free mobile analytics service Flurry, which the company acquired last year. For those developers who are building apps for the Apple Watch ecosystem, it’s important to understand how users are engaging with these new small-screen applications, as user behavior and the metrics that matter are likely… Read More

Flickr’s redesign makes it much easier to find the photo you’re looking for

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Yahoo is giving Flickr a big IQ boost.

The company announced on Thursday it is refreshing its apps to take advantage of Flickr’s image recognition abilities. The move is part of a greater effort to improve search, organizational features and streamline the uploading process, which will make it easier to move photos off your devices

The iOS and Android apps have been reworked so the experience feels the same on both apps as well as on the web.

A revamped version of Camera Roll will let you view all the photos and videos you’ve ever uploaded to your Flickr account; you can sort your photo catalog by date or use a new “magic view” feature that automatically sorts your photos into categories, such as black and white, landscapes, screenshots and animals using image recognition. The feature will sort images into more than 60 categories so you can easily view similar photos at once. Read more…

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Yahoo Researchers Use A Phone’s Touchscreen To Scan The Ear Like A Fingerprint

ear What if your phone could let you — and only you — answer an incoming call, no thumb print/PIN/swipe gesture required? Instead of a finger, it’d gauge the shape of your ear; instead of a fingerprint sensor, it’d use the touchscreen your phone already has built-in.
That’s the idea behind Bodyprint, a new concept out of Yahoo’s research labs. Read More

Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a “Remix.” Don’t Do That.

Nerval’s Lobster writes: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, in a conference call with reporters and analysts, referred to the net layoffs of 1,100 employees in the first quarter of 2015 as part of a ‘remixing’ of the company. A ‘remix’ is a term most often applied to songs, although it’s also appropriate to use in the context of photographs, films, and artwork. CEOs rarely use it to describe something as momentous as a major enterprise’s transition, especially if said transition involves layoffs of longtime employees, because it could potentially appear flippant to observers. If you run your own shop (no matter how large), it always pays to choose words as carefully as possible when referring to anything that affects your employees’ lives and careers. Despite a renewed focus on mobile and an influx of skilled developers and engineers, Yahoo still struggles to define its place on the modern tech scene; that struggle is no more evident than in the company’s most recent quarterly results, which included rising costs, reduced net income, and layoffs.

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Yahoo Cut 1,000 Jobs Since Q1 2014, Around 2,800 During Mayer’s CEO Tenure

marissa mayer As part of its first quarter earnings report, Yahoo detailed its reduction in headcount. The company cut 1,000 jobs since the first quarter of 2014, to 11,400. That figure does not include 830 contractors that work with the firm. The 11,400 figure was 11,800 at the end of the first quarter. That means Yahoo cut 400 jobs in the past 1.5 months. Presuming that that trend continues, the company… Read More

Yahoo Calls In Advisors To Weigh The Future Of Its 35.5%, $9B Stake In Yahoo Japan

yahoo japan During a video stream discussing Yahoo’s Q1 earnings today, CEO Marissa Mayer noted that Yahoo has closed down 17 offices since she joined the company as part of a wider efficiency strategy. And it looks like Yahoo is eyeing up one more big change in its international profile: the company has retained advisors to decide what to do with its 35.5% stake in Yahoo Japan, a longtime… Read More