Yahoo will offer its users full end-to-end email encryption and compatibility with Google’s own end-to-end email encryption at some point in 2015, CNET reports, as Yahoo chief information security officer Alex Stamos on Thursday confirmed the company’s email encryption plans at the Black Hat conference. More →
Back in mid-February — on Valentine’s Day, in fact — I included Aviate in a collection of 5 great Android apps that can do amazing things the iPhone cannot. The app was using a queue system for new users, and it often took more than a week for new accounts to be activated. Receiving an invite from an existing Aviate user would bypass the queue and give users instant access, and I mentioned in my coverage that I had a few invites left.
Four months later, people still contact me almost every day looking for invites — that’s how hot Aviate is among Android users. And now, Yahoo-owned Aviate has finally opened up the app so that anyone can begin using it as soon as they download it. More →
Marissa Mayer has been Yahoo’s CEO for nearly two years and in that time she has revamped many of Yahoo’s websites and apps, and has made some major purchases. Most notably, Yahoo bought Tumblr a little over a year ago for $1.1 billion. Now, however, this purchase isn’t looking so good. According to a ComScore report in the Wall Street Journal, traffic to Tumblr has dropped from a peak of 49 million visitors in December to only 42 million in March. If these numbers are accurate, this loss of 7 million visitors would represent a 15% drop. There’s no obvious reason for this big decline, either: Since the acquisition, Yahoo hasn’t done much to change Tumblr, staying true to its promise to not ruin Tumblr. Yahoo has tried to monetize Tumblr and has been struggling to attract advertisers, and this decrease in traffic will not help their efforts.
Yahoo may help Apple deliver a huge blow to Google’s bottom line in the future, as Marissa Mayer wants its search engine to become the default option on iOS devices. Re/code reports that the company is focusing its search efforts around mobile, preparing to pitch Apple its own take to mobile search. More →
Heartbleed is a very scary bug that came to light recently and once again sent the Internet into a frenzy with talk about how to protect yourself from security vulnerabilities and hackers. Several sites also published guides covering how to protect yourself from Heartbleed, suggesting that using stronger passwords could somehow have kept users safe from having their data compromised by Heartbleed. Using complex passwords is always a good idea, but even the longest password would have been vulnerable in the case of this particular flaw. What would have offered users solid protection, however, is two-step verification. More →
Yahoo’s growth appears to be in some way dependent on the widespread acquisition and subsequent annihilation of some of the Internet’s most promising startups, and no one can figure out why. ReadWrite reports that since Marissa Mayer took over in July 2012, 31 of 38 startup companies acquired by the search giant have had their services shut down, often to the detriment of users who had begun incorporating those services into their daily lives. Vizify, a data visualization company and recent acquisition of Yahoo, immediately notified users that all of its products and services will cease to exist in the near future once the deal was finalized. More →
We’ve read a lot of shocking things about the National Security Agency’s spying practices but this new revelation might be the most shocking one yet. The Guardian reports that the NSA has helped British spy agency GCHQ capture and store millions of images from Yahoo users’ webcam chats with one another, even though most of the users in question weren’t targets of intelligence surveillance programs. Yahoo has, of course, denied any prior knowledge of this program’s existence and has condemned it as “a whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy.” More →
Since Marissa Mayer became CEO, Yahoo has been on a bit of a roll and has released several well-reviewed apps (Weather, News Digest, Sports, etc.) while also bringing Flickr back from irrelevance. According to MIT Technology Review, Yahoo has even bigger plans with its recent announcement that it is investing millions of dollars to develop a smarter Siri. More →
Yahoo on Thursday announced yet another hacking attempt, advising Yahoo Mail users to change their passwords if prompted to do so. “Security attacks are unfortunately becoming a more regular occurrence, Yahoo wrote on its official Tumblr blog. Recently, we identified a coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts. Upon discovery, we took immediate action to protect our users, prompting them to reset passwords on impacted accounts.” More →
The malware attack that took advantage of Yahoo’s Java-based ad network around Christmas Eve was far greater than anticipated, the company confirmed in a post (via CNET) on its help web pages. Initially believed to have affected only European users on January 3, 2014, the malware ad attacks were then said to have occurred during December 31, 2013 – January 3, 2014. But Yahoo on Friday revealed the attack actually took place between December 27, 2013 – January 3, 2014, and affected users outside of the European Union as well. More →
A few days before CES 2014, security researchers discovered that Yahoo was unknowingly distributing malware via the ads displayed on its home page, with as many as 2 million European users at risk of having been infected in the four days hackers exploited holes in the company’s Java-based ad network. Some of the affected computers were transformed into improvised Bitcoin miners to gather the cryptocurrency for the hackers responsible. Yahoo was not very forthcoming about the issue, and it only offered limited details about the attack, without specifying how many users were infected or helping any of them deal with the matter, The Guardian reports. More →
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on Friday posted an apology on Yahoo’s official Tumblr blog for the extended Yahoo Mail issues that affected many users for several days last week starting with December 9. In a lengthy message, Mayer said that the company experienced a “major outage” last week, without providing actual details about the hardware outage that crippled the Yahoo Mail experience for users – the issue was described as a “particularly rare one,” with various users being affected differently. More →