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Yahoo Radar app wants you to chat with a virtual travel guide

Yahoo Radar app wants you to chat with a virtual travel guide

Given its financial and corporate woes, you might think that Yahoo is done doing mobile app experiments that end up getting swept under the rug. Ever the contrarian, the former Internet giant has launched a new app, for now iOS only, with a bent towards helping users plan for their next big trip. Curiously called "Radar", the app is advertised to harness Yahoo's "expertise in search, communications and content" to help you pack the right things and visit the right sights, all in a style that would make you feel like talking to a chatbot.

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Yahoo Japan Smart Stretch 360 is a hilarious way to exercise

Yahoo Japan Smart Stretch 360 is a hilarious way to exercise

Smartphone addiction is an epidemic. At the most extreme, we have people falling into ditches, tripping up, or getting into all sorts of painful or at least embarrassing situations due to keeping their eyes glued to their screens. But even "regular" users will at the very least experience discomfort from prolonged use and poor posture, especially on the neck. Some call this "text neck", like stiff neck, and Yahoo! Japan happens to have the perfect 360-degree exercise video to fix that and have you laughing your guts out while you're at it.

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Yahoo has made three National Security Letters public

Yahoo has made three National Security Letters public

National Security Letters are a big deal, and that’s because companies face severe restrictions related to them. No company has been able to make the nature of the letters, nor the number or even a narrow range of the number of letters received, public. As consumer fears about privacy invasions led to a fast scramble on tech companies’ parts to be more transparent, certain law changes have come about, and one of them has led to Yahoo disclosing publishing National Security Letters.

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Verizon preps Yahoo bid as Google considers buying core business

Verizon preps Yahoo bid as Google considers buying core business

Yahoo's been criticized for dragging it feet, and things are finally getting underway -- there's a planned bid for the company's web business, according to sources, and other companies are considering challenging it. Sources say Verizon is preparing to place a first-round bid for Yahoo's web business, something that would fall in line with the company's previous comments about acquiring Yahoo. As well, sources say Google is considering making a bid of its own.

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Tumblr replies are back, finally, and better than ever

Tumblr replies are back, finally, and better than ever

Wildly popular blogging platform tumblr is restoring one of its most-missed features, adding back replies to posts. The feature allows tumblr users to add comments to one specific post, without having to reblog it to their own blog, and had been removed when tumblr introduced private messaging in 2015.

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Yahoo’s new NHL streaming deal brings live hockey games

Yahoo’s new NHL streaming deal brings live hockey games

Yahoo and the National Hockey League have struck a deal that will bring up to four live streaming hockey games per week, giving fans a chance to watch games from outside of their market as they happen. The streaming starts today, and will involve a single “Game of the Day” being made available to U.S. users. This follows Yahoo's newly launched eSports Hub for esports content, and TuneIn's recent NBA deal.

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Yahoo Esports hub covers League of Legends and more

Yahoo Esports hub covers League of Legends and more

Yahoo has announced a new hub called ‘Yahoo Esports,’ and as its name suggests, it is dedicated to news and coverage of esports events from around the globe. The hub has tapped several people from the industry to contribute editorial and video content, including weekly videos covering things like League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, Dota 2, and Heroes of the Storm.

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Yahoo axing day 1: cutting half of media unit

Yahoo axing day 1: cutting half of media unit

Several of Yahoo's digital magazines are being cut from the business altogether this week. These include Yahoo Food, Yahoo Health, Yahoo Parenting, Yahoo Makers, Yahoo Travel, Yahoo Autos and Yahoo Real Estate. The axing of these news portals will have many workers laid off while Yahoo's plan to "simplify" their business will have focus placed instead on their "four most successful content areas". Those include News, Sports, Finance, and Lifestyle. A small number of staff will be transferred from units that are shut down to units that will remain.

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Yahoo’s restructuring includes laying off 15% of workers

Yahoo’s restructuring includes laying off 15% of workers

Yahoo has announced what it calls an “aggressive strategic plan” that will narrow down its focus and, more importantly for staff, result in a massive round of layoffs. CEO Marissa Mayer said she believes the new plan will “enable us to accelerate Yahoo’s transformation,” but many remain doubtful in light of the company's longstanding struggles. This comes a short while after rumors surfaced stating the company was considering selling off large parts of its business.

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Yahoo updates app, homepage with streamlined design

Yahoo updates app, homepage with streamlined design

Yahoo has announced an update to both its US homepage and the Yahoo app; both changes bring a new design aimed at making it easier to “discover and create conversations” as well as news and other content. One of the big changes is consistency — the Yahoo app and the Yahoo US homepage are now in sync with each other, displaying the same content for a more streamlined process.

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Yahoo releases massive machine learning dataset for researchers

Yahoo releases massive machine learning dataset for researchers

Yahoo has introduced its new “Yahoo News Recommendation” dataset, something it says is the biggest ever machine learning dataset released publicly. Says Yahoo, this dataset has been released for the academic research community, giving researchers who are normally unable to access such large-scale datasets the opportunity to conduct research using the mass of information.

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Yahoo’s warning users of state-sponsored spying, too

Yahoo’s warning users of state-sponsored spying, too

Yahoo’s Chief Information Security Officer Bob Lord has announced that Yahoo will now inform its’ users when they’re the subject of a state-sponsored attack. The notifications will be provided if the company “strongly suspect[s]” an account has been targeted by a state-sponsored actor of some sort, giving the user a chance to protect his or her account.

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