Recode's Kara Swisher says that the tech giant has ordered up two new search-related initiatives, codenamed Fast Break and Curveball. Details are still scant about the specifics of each project, but they will reportedly bring the company back to some of the nitty-gritty of taking queries -- algorithmic search and search advertising.
The projects are reportedly priorities for the company, both with three-to-four month time frames, and involving some of the company's bigwigs: search chief Laurie Mann, mobile head Adam Cahan, and … Read more
In a blog post, the company said that the attack appears to have come from a third party database being compromised, and not an infiltration of Yahoo's own servers. The blog post says the perpetrators were likely looking for the names and email addresses in the most recently sent emails of affected users.
Yahoo said that the affected users have already been notified, though it's not clear how widespread the attack was. The company said it's working … Read more
The startup Incredible Labs announced in a blog post on Thursday that it will be acquired by Yahoo. It's only the latest in a long line of acquisitions for the company, but this one has some interesting implications.
Incredible Labs is the company behind Donna, a personal-assistant app that does things like remind you about a meeting and or give you directions, a la rival services like Tempo or Google Now. With the move to Yahoo, Incredible Labs will be shutting down the Donna service. Five of the company's seven-person team will be joining the tech giant, including … Read more
And the key difference between the two companies centers around mobile: Mark Zuckerberg's figured it out at Facebook, while this remains the proverbial work in progress at Yahoo. So maybe CEO Marissa Mayer should look to the social network for guidance.
A year ago, suggesting that anyone look to Facebook as a mobile role model would have been met with a laugh. But oh what a difference a year makes. Both tech giants beat Wall Street's forecasts, but … Read more
Yang, the unfairly-maligned co-founder, made the 2005 call for Yahoo to pay $1 billion for a 40 percent share in a little-known Chinese e-commerce company called Alibaba Group. This ranks as one of the most brilliant investment decisions ever. Last fall, Yahoo parlayed that original stake into $6.3 billion in cash and $800 million in preferred shares. And there's more in store as Yahoo still owns roughly 24 percent in Alibaba, which is expected to … Read more
For Yahoo, the message was clear: this year is about growth.
On a video conference call with investors after reporting fourth-quarter earnings, Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer talked about the moves ahead. "2014 is about doing bigger things in key areas of growth," she said. The statement could be seen as a manifesto for the year ahead or as a way to spin the year past -- one full of acquisitions, starts, and stumbles.
Tomfoolery, a company co-founded by former Yahoo employee Kaku Srivastava, that makes apps to improve collaboration and communication in the workplace, might soon be acquired.
Yahoo is currently in the "advanced stage" of talks with Tomfoolery to acquire the app-maker for $16 million, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people who have knowledge of the discussions. The Journal's sources couldn't say whether the Tomfoolery apps would remain available or if the technology would be used internally at Yahoo.
Yahoo has been on an acquisition-spree since Marissa Mayer took over the company in 2012. Earlier … Read more
The US Department of Justice announced on Monday that it made a preliminary deal with a handful of top technology companies that will let them publicly disclose the number of times the government requests user data. While it appears this is a step toward greater transparency, what does it really mean?
For years, it's been unclear how much and what type of information the National Security Agency has been collecting from tech companies. The NSA is one of the biggest surveillance and eavesdropping agencies in the US and was where Edward Snowden worked before he decided to leak some … Read more
"I don't think we as a society want 100 percent privacy," said AT&T Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson, speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. "But I think the debate is right."
The debate is over how much privacy users give up in order to be protected. Stephenson used law enforcement as an example of why some data should be shared, describing how the police … Read more