Yahoo has been steadily closing down various services and sections of its business over many months, and so it isn't surprising the company has announced a couple more things that will be soon fizzling away into nothingness. What is notable is the last entry on its list: the Yahoo Directory, which received a mere paragraph of note.
When PRISM first leaked, the tech companies involved in such a program were a major concern. Just about every major conduit for your digital info was listed, including Yahoo. Now it seems Yahoo’s participation in PRISM may have been under heavy duress, and under penalty of a massive fine.
Social media sometimes reveals quite a bit about what you like or dislike, and Tumblr is trying to capitalize on that. the picture-centric social site is now allowing Ditto Labs to scan posts to gauge how we feel about products we post pictures of. It’s a unique attempt at creating meta-data that goes beyond the hashtag.
Yahoo, one of several tech companies swept up in the government spying controversy, has revealed that it'll be giving its Mail users an end-to-end encryption option starting next year. The announcement was made at Black Hat earlier today, where Yahoo Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos detailed the plan.
Yahoo has announced another business move, this one involving trimming the proverbial fat from its services. Said Senior Vice President of the Cloud Platform Group Jay Rossiter, the company has updated its plans to shut down products that aren't so popular anymore, among them being things like its Yahoo Voices content platform.
Fears that the television hit Community was about to be put out to pasture can officially be put to rest: Yahoo has swept in and nabbed the series, effectively guaranteeing it for its sixth season and possibly more in the future.
This week the folks at ThumbsUp Labs - acquired by Yahoo earlier this year - have delivered their "Aviate Launcher" for Android for free. This app changes the way you work with Android from top to bottom, allowing you to make your Android smartphone into a productivity machine. Aviate shows you "only the apps and information you need, as you need them" throughout your high-functioning day.
Flickr users used to accessing their photo gallery account with their Google or Facebook credentials will have to set up a Yahoo account instead, the sharing service's owner has announced, warning users to switch over before the end of the month. The decision, which was communicated to registered Flickr users in an email this week, is described as "streamlining" the company's sign-in process.
Yahoo is planning to introduce its own YouTube alternative this upcoming summer, according to "people brief on their plans." It is said the company wanted its video service to be known by now, having intended to reveal it last month, but ran into contract snafus that caused a delay.
Messaging app Blink has been acquired by Yahoo. A self-destructing messaging platform like of Snapchat, Blink saw minimal success in the US but broadened their scope to reach other markets. The service, which will be shuttered, saw widespread adoption in the Middle East.
Yahoo, who trail behind contemporaries like Google, have topped the list of large tech companies making acquisitions in 2013. According to a study by PrivCo, Yahoo acquired more companies and spent more money than anyone else. With an upcoming investment maturing, the spending may increase, but some are wondering what Yahoo is up to.