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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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Yahoo adds Gmail: here’s the one reason why

Yahoo adds Gmail: here’s the one reason why

This week Yahoo Mail has added the ability to (easily) add a Gmail account for email forwarding. They've also got the ability to add Outlook emails, and if you're in the mood, an infinite loop with all other email addresses. If, for whatever reason, you'd like to create an unending loop of emails, all you'll need to do is add one forwarding service to the next, then that same service to the next, and on and on back to the point at which you started. Every email capable of adding POP3 addresses can become part of this giant game of digital telephone. But that's not why you'd actually want to use your Gmail account inside Yahoo Mail - nay!

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Yahoo wants you to use Gmail inside Yahoo Mail

Yahoo wants you to use Gmail inside Yahoo Mail

E-mail inception? That seems to be what Yahoo is aiming for here. Or perhaps simply a last ditch effort to drive up traffic inside its email service by tying it with other email services. To be fair, Yahoo actually added the ability to add other email accounts to Yahoo Mail last October, but it is only now that it is turning on that switch for Gmail, trying to sell the idea that using Gmail inside Yahoo Mail will be a win-win situation for users. If that even makes sense.

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Yahoo won’t be selling Alibaba stake after all

Yahoo won’t be selling Alibaba stake after all

Yahoo might be in deep financial trouble, but it might not be so desperate yet so as to divest itself of what remains of its core businesses and assets. Caving into pressure from investors because of the potential tax repercussions, Yahoo has revealed that it is no longer looking into selling its Alibaba stakes, currently valued at $30 billion, despite strong indications that it wanted to do so. Instead, it will simply focus on creating a new company that will hold it as well as its remaining assets.

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Verizon’s open to the idea of buying Yahoo

Verizon’s open to the idea of buying Yahoo

Yahoo’s board has reportedly been in talks about the future of the company, and that future could involve a big sale. Whether it comes to that is yet to be seen, as Yahoo hasn’t provided any official statement on the matter. Verizon, however, is open to the idea of acquiring Yahoo if the latter company decides to sell and, more importantly, if the "deal made sense” for the service provider.

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Yahoo Messenger revamp counts on GIFs and regrets

Yahoo Messenger revamp counts on GIFs and regrets

Remember Yahoo Messenger? Since the answer may very well be no, Yahoo has a problem, and it's hoping a shiny new version will fix it. Launched today, the new Yahoo Messenger has both smartphone versions for iOS and Android, as well as a browser interface and integration with Yahoo Mail.

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Yahoo tipped in talks to sell its Internet business

Yahoo tipped in talks to sell its Internet business

Yahoo is looking into selling its core business, according to sources who have cropped up. The company is reportedly planning to hold a “series of meetings” starting tomorrow to discuss the plan and the options that are available. The meetings will run through Friday, according to the sources, and will reportedly include talk about whether Yahoo should “spin off its investment in Alibaba,” sell its web properties, or do both of those things.

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Yahoo Mail obstructing AdBlock users from signing in [UPDATE: Statement]

Yahoo Mail obstructing AdBlock users from signing in [UPDATE: Statement]

It seems another big web company is taking steps to circumvent ad-blocking software, this time by preventing users from getting at their email. A growing number of AdBlock Plus users are reporting that Yahoo Mail is preventing them from signing in to the service unless they disable the browser plugin. Seeing as how Yahoo, and its email service, are fairly dependent on advertisements that display on their webpages, they could be among the businesses concerned about the rapid rise in the use of ad-blockers.

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Yahoo updates image search with Flickr results

Yahoo updates image search with Flickr results

Yahoo has updated its image search engine to include images from Flickr, its image-hosting website. You’ll have to be logged into your Yahoo account, which will pull up personalized Flickr results when searching for an image on Yahoo. This will include some of your own images on Flickr, and images from other people, such as users you follow and top photos on the image service.

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Yahoo strikes up a search advertising deal with Google

Yahoo strikes up a search advertising deal with Google

Rivals make strange bedfellows, but that is exactly what's in store for Yahoo and Google, now a unit of the larger Alphabet company. Practically conceding defeat in its native advertising business, Yahoo has inked a deal that will let it earn an percentage of revenue harvested from ads that are displayed on its site. This mirrors a similar deal Yahoo made with Microsoft, who, of course, owns a rivaling Bing search business, leaving Yahoo with very little room of its own in that market segment.

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Yahoo updates email apps with third-party account support, no passwords

Yahoo updates email apps with third-party account support, no passwords

Yahoo has just announced a big update to its email apps on all platforms, including desktop, iOS and Android. Among the changes are a refreshed user interface, the ability to use multiple email accounts, including non-Yahoo services, brand new mobile apps, and the elimination of passwords for more secure sign-ins. The new iOS and Android apps are rolling out globally to their respective app marketplaces, and Yahoo says today's changes are about making email easier and faster to use.

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