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Yahoo Aviate just made a lot of Android users angry

Yahoo Aviate just made a lot of Android users angry

Today Yahoo updated the launcher known as Yahoo Aviate to include a service much like Google's own "Google Now" feature. Instead of users embracing this sort of alternate universe feature, users of Yahoo Aviate have responded with less-than-positive remarks aplenty. Yahoo calls this new feature Smart Stream, suggesting that it "puts relevant information front and center so you can take action right away." "What if your phone could just show you the information you wanted," said Paul Montoy-Wilson, Product Manager of Yahoo Aviate and Co-Founder of Aviate, "instead of forcing you through multiple steps to get there?"

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Yahoo teams up with Oracle to one up Google

Yahoo teams up with Oracle to one up Google

When a former search giant trails well behind even something like Microsoft's Bing, you know that it is in a world of trouble. That might be the situation that Yahoo has continually found itself in, and CEO Marissa Mayer is not shy about taking drastic, even unpopular, steps to change that image. In a shareholder meeting, Mayer revealed that the company struck a deal with Oracle to rope in more users to use its search services. How? By asking users if they want to change their browser's default search engine whenever they install or update Java.

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Yahoo revamps its mobile searching within mobile browsers

Yahoo revamps its mobile searching within mobile browsers

Yahoo has made some new changes to its mobile browsing experience. What this means for users is that if you want to search for a restaurant, you'll be able to get all kinds of information particular to the restaurant on one screen. Instead of having to click through link after link, you'll be able to find reviews, directions and make a reservations from a single query. Yahoo's new approach is to make the most of a small screen by surfacing relevant information and grouping all together for easier touch access. The new layout is currently only available in the United States, but it could roll out to other regions, eventually.

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Flickr upsets users by (apparently) boosting compression

Flickr upsets users by (apparently) boosting compression

Some users of Yahoo's photo sharing and hosting website Flickr have taken to the Internet with upset comments, expressing issues with the quality of their lesser-sized photos. Namely, the sized-down non-original photos appear to have more compression artifacts than they used to, suggesting that Flickr has made some silent tweak that cuts down on data numbers while (very slightly) lessening the visual quality of many images. Flickr has issued a statement on the matter, though it dances around actually confirming whether a change has happened.

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Yahoo drops axe on Maps, Pipes, and more

Yahoo drops axe on Maps, Pipes, and more

Yahoo is shuttering its mapping service, slashing availability of Yahoo TV and Yahoo Music, and unplugging Yahoo Pipes in a wide-reaching product cull. The decision, which Yahoo says is to keep it in line with its current focus on search, communications, and digital content, will mean Yahoo Maps will be yanked at the end of June, while other geo-service APIs will also be cut later this year. Meanwhile, older Macs and iOS devices will lose support for synchronizing Yahoo Mail and Contacts.

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Judge allows email scanning class action suit against Yahoo to proceed

Judge allows email scanning class action suit against Yahoo to proceed

Yesterday , U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled in San Jose, California that two class action suits have enough merit to be brought against Yahoo as classes instead of individual suits. These suits were initially brought against Yahoo in 2013, but only now were ordered eligible to proceed. The plaintiffs allege that Yahoo scanned the emails to Yahoo Mail users that were sent from non-Yahoo Mail account holders, for the purposes of creating "targeted advertising." Yahoo allegedly scanned attachments as well.

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Google, Yahoo said to also be interested in buying Flipboard

Google, Yahoo said to also be interested in buying Flipboard

Barely a day after the news broke that Twitter was considering an acquisition of Flipboard, the mobile newsreader app, news has surfaced that both Google and Yahoo are also interested, and have even had talks with Flipboard already. The negotiations between Twitter and Flipboard were described as having hit a roadblock in April, though the purchasing price was said to be as much as $1 billion. Sources told the Wall Street Journal that internet giants Google and Yahoo have met with Flipboard in just the last few weeks, but no prices were revealed.

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Yahoo researchers turn phone touchscreens into biometric sensors

Yahoo researchers turn phone touchscreens into biometric sensors

Most might be familiar with the way fingerprints can be used to uniquely identify individuals, but anyone who has watched a few seasons of CSI will probably know by now that a lot of other body parts can be used similarly. Parts like ears and palms, which, coincidentally, are body parts other than fingers that also get in contact with smartphone screens. Bearing that in mind, researchers from Yahoo have found a way to turn ordinary smartphone touchscreens into makeshift biometric scanners for these body parts.

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Yahoo to take on Siri and Google Now (again) with Index

Yahoo to take on Siri and Google Now (again) with Index

Yahoo is one company that definitely doesn't have "quit" in its vocabulary. Predating but practically overthrown by Google and perhaps to some extent even Bing, Yahoo is always in search of new ways to generate income but without budging on its true calling. Under CEO Marissa Mayer, the company is hedging its bets on search. But it won't be taking on Google directly, though of course it will do that as well. Instead, it is training its guns on Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. Yes, Yahoo will once again be entering the personal assistant arena. This time perhaps for real.

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Yahoo shows off Weather, Sports, & News for Apple Watch

Yahoo shows off Weather, Sports, & News for Apple Watch

Yahoo may have ceded their place in search long ago, but their mobile apps are just plain great. Yahoo Weather is a triumph, and they’ve still got a strong foothold in Sports. Today, Yahoo is announcing four of their major properties will make an appearance on the Apple Watch as well as your phone. Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports Fantasy, Yahoo News Digest, and Yahoo News Hong Kong will make their way to Apple’s wearable, and they look as good as their smartphone companion apps.

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