Last week Yahoo quietly let slip that Yahoo is no longer honoring your “Do Not Track” request when you are on a Yahoo website. They announced this on their “Global Public Policy blog” which is on Tumblr, not even on a Yahoo property.
Now that Yahoo and AOL are both stating through the DMARC p=reject that any email coming from a yahoo or aol address that isn’t sent from a yahoo or aol server should be rejected (bounced), problems are cropping up for Hotmail, Outlook, Live.com and MSN users, who are finding their own email addresses being removed from mailing lists for no apparent reason. But there is a reason.
In a move that has concerned as many as it has surprised, Yahoo has announced that come July 15th they will be recycling email addresses, meaning that previously dead, inactive or dormant email addresses will be up for grabs.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who, at the relatively young age of 37 left a thirteen-year career with Google to take the reins at Yahoo in July of 2012, has just decreed that all the remote employees at Yahoo, who already had work from home arrangements, will now be required to instead work in a Yahoo! office. Oh, sure, she used head HR henchman (or henchwoman) Jackie Reses to do the dirty work, but it was mandated by Mayer. Here’s the memo that went out:
Yahoo surprised the world by announcing that they have hired Google executive – and Google CEO Larry Page’s ex – Marissa Mayer, making her Yahoo’s 5th CEO in as many years. This move puts Mayer, 37, among the tech business female elite, with the likes of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this move is Mayer’s young age and lack of experience for such a big undertaking.
There was talk over the last week or so that Yahoo had been hacked, but what wasn’t mentioned during this period of speculation was that the potential hacking not only affected Yahoo users, but also users of Gmail, Hotmail, AOL, MSN, Comcast, Verizon, SBC Global, Live.com, and BellSouth. Today, Yahoo confirmed that it has in fact been hacked, indicating that a file with over 400,000 usernames and passwords – taken from various accounts, not just Yahoo accounts – was compromised by a group of hackers known as D33D Company and posted online. The data has since been taken offline.
Yahoo’s newest CEO, Scott Thompson, announced today the laying off of 2000 employees. According to Thompson, the layoffs will save Yahoo $375 million a year. Hrmmm, we think we see part of the reason that Yahoo is losing so much money.
Two of the original big 4 ISPs (AOL, Yahoo, MSN, and Earthlink) have now gone up for sale in as many weeks. First, last week, we told you about AOL being for sale. Now, this week, the Yahoo Board of Directors has summarily fired Yahoo CEO, Carol Bartz, and have made clear that they would accept the right offer for the sale of Yahoo.
Take one part paranoia, one part zeal, two parts conspiracy theory, and someone with too much time on their hands, and what do you get? No, it’s not the sequel to Minority Report. It’s the allegation that Yahoo and other ISPs are spying on their users and selling their users’ information, with publication of the so-called “Yahoo Spying Guide”, and other ISP “Spying Guides” as “proof” that Yahoo and other ISPs have put a price on their own users’ heads.
The lawsuit against Yahoo over the jailing of two Chinese journalist whom they helped the government of China to identify has been settled, after Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang met with the families of the two journalists. In a rush of pollyanic* optimism, their lawyer says “It’s no longer possible for a corporation to say ‘We were just following orders’.”
Yahoo has just rolled out a brand new version of Yahoomail, which allows users to both send email to cell phones, and receive email from cell phones, through a text message like interface.
Have you ever found yourself booted out of Yahoo Chat and you have no idea why? It may be that you have crossed paths with a so-called “Yahoo booter”. Yahoo booters are people who, for whatever reason, will flood your yahoochat session with data, causing you to get dumped out of Yahoochat. Yahoo booting is done typically to annoy or harass the Yahoo booters target.
The mother of a Chinese journalist Shi Tao, who was jailed for ten years by the Chinese government after Yahoo cooperated with Chinese authorities and revealed Shi Tao’s identity and personal details to them, is suing Yahoo in U.S. Federal court.
The popular Yahoo.maps service got a facelift a few weeks ago, as the maps Yahoo offers were ported to a spiffy new platform, offering more features and a new look. New features enjoyed by the Yahoo maps system include the ability to get driving directions within 34 countries in Europe, terrain overlays, and enhanced printing capabilities. Yahoo.maps may be found directly at maps.yahoo.com (not yahoomaps.com, although that is a common mistake). Choose either maps.yahoo.com/broadband for the feature rich version, or maps.yahoo.com/dialup for the old, simpler version.
If a Yahoo photos worth a thousand words, this one must be saying “party x 1000”. If the Yahoo images that come to mind generally are of harried system administrators or pocket-protected geeks, think again. Because that’s a roof party on Yahoo real estate, about to happen. We hope that our friends at Yahoo enjoy, because we know that they work hard fighting spam and dealing with other email and Internet maladies, so they deserve it. Of course, with temperatures in the 90s as it has been this week, they may prefer a Yahoo pool party to a Yahoo roof party.
Yahoo has just announced that all of their users will have unlimited email storage capacity available to them by May. And that it will be free!
Yahoo has launched their own Yahoo video site – known as a the Yahoo Current Network – in conjunction with the Current TV network. Being called by some just “Yahoo TV”, and similar to Google Video, and the wildly popular YouTube (recently aquired by Google) in that users can upload their own content, the Yahoo Current network is being marketed in a decidely more slick and commercial manner.
Yahoo has started offering DRM-free (free of Digital Rights Management software) music. “Our position is simple: DRM doesn’t add any value for the artist, label, or consumer, the only people it adds value to are the technology companies…” says Yahoo.
With the announcement of Yahoo Voice Phone Out and Yahoo Voice Phone In, Yahoo has launched their VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services.
Yahoo is being accused of banning the name “Allah” as or in any Yahoo username, and it looks as if the accusations are true. Nobody has been able to register any username containing the string “allah”.
People using Yahoo Messenger are receiving Yahoo instant message phishes which are realistic enough to reel in their victims. The phishy Yahoo messenger messages offer up a link to what appears to be a Yahoo Photos website, saying “click on this website.”
Yahoo’s new Yahoo Shoposphere is part online shopping, part blog community. Shared pick lists allow Shoposphere shoppers to see what others recommend.
The Yahoo online travel guide has expanded to include not only online travel planning, but shareable online travel planning with Trip Planner Beta, which allows you to tag, share, and print your travel itinerary.
Yahoo has just raised the price of music downloads, doubling the fee for their Yahoo Music Unlimited music downloading service.
Yahoo chat rooms have been closed off to anyone under the age of eighteen, following an agreement between Yahoo and NY’s attorney general, Eliot Spitzer. “We need to be vigilant to protect our children,” says Spitzer
Yahoo IM and MSN Instant Messenger are about to start talking to each other, so that users of one service can easily chat with their friends on the other service.
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