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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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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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