For a site that has been around almost 20 years, usernames on Yahoo are a pretty picked-over field.
But Monday, the company started dispersing new usernames to people who requested ones they wanted but were already taken. Last month, Yahoo said it would would be recycling usernames on accounts that have been inactive for a year, and it let people pick five top choices.
Having gone through the names and determined which were up for grabs, Yahoo said in a blog post that it would be notifying users who made requests that match a newly free username Monday. If none … Read more
Something a little different happened recently. Longtime Internet warhorse Yahoo topped Google on ComScore's list of the 50 most-visited Internet properties, based on US traffic. This is notable partly because Google has had a long run of dominance at the top, rarely ceding its ranking.
The official score for July traffic was 196,564,000 unique visitors for Yahoo, while Google logged 192,251,000. Keep in mind, we're not talking strictly search traffic, but rather traffic across multiple entities owned by those companies.… Read more
Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is taking a personal interest in renewing the company's media clout. AllThingsD reported Thursday that she is personally ushering through deals with Katie Couric and Conde Nast.
According to the report, a Couric deal -- which isn't sealed -- would feature exclusive celebrity and business-figure interviews on the Yahoo home page, and meetings with Conde Nast for content linked to fashion magazine Vogue are in very early stages.
Under Mayer's leadership for more than a year, Yahoo has signed deals with top content providers like NBC Sports and Wenner Media, but its … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A single-serving Tumblr dedicated to the worst Kickstarter campaigns ever.
- Wait, what? Yahoo tops Google in US traffic.
- NYC programmer turns homeless man into startup experiment.
- SXSW in a nutshell: homeless people as hot spots.
For the first time in five years, Google is no longer No. 1 in US Internet traffic, and its top spot was taken by a surprising competitor -- the once lackluster Yahoo.
ComScore released its monthly report on the top 50 US Internet properties Wednesday, and it listed Yahoo as the top dog in July with 196,564,000 unique visitors. Google, lagging behind slightly, had 192,251,000.
Some Tumblr users awoke to an unwelcome surprise Wednesday morning when they discovered porn and other unsanctioned content on their blogs.
Members, some suspecting a hack, reported that images, quotes, and other content they did not post or share are appearing on their Tumblr blogs. The content in question, which apparently cannot be deleted at this time, ranges from the innocuous to the inappropriate, with several people using the Tumblr support tag to complain of pornographic or vulgar images and apologize to their followers for the offending material.
"Earlier this morning, an infrastructure failure lasting roughly 15 minutes led … Read more
Yahoo has officially retired its e-mail service in China.
The move comes as no surprise since Yahoo announced it back in April as part of a deal with Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Yahoo has been transitioning more of its key services in China to Alibaba since 2005 when it bought a chunk of the Chinese e-commerce company.
Yahoo has already been advising Yahoo Mail users in China to move to Alibaba's Aliyun e-mail service. For users who take that offer, Yahoo has promised e-mail forwarding to their new accounts until December 31, 2014.
(Via Tech in Asia)
More people are turning to the Internet more frequently to find out information.
According to new data released Wednesday by digital analytics company ComScore, people in the U.S. conducted 19.4 billion explicit core searches in the month of July. That's up from 19.2 billion in June and 16.3 billion last September.
Of all of the top search engines, Google remains the king. In July, 67 percent of users' core searches were on Google, which is 0.3 percent higher than June. This equals nearly 13 million searches.
Trailing behind were Microsoft, which got 17.9 … Read more
When Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield and his team realized that their online game Game Neverending wasn't going to be a hit, they turned the game's photo-sharing tool into a stand alone product -- and got lucky.
Fast forward 8 years and Butterfield is at it again. His new company Tiny Speck, which employs much of the same team as before, shelved its online game Glitch last year. Now, they've taken the customized communications … Read more