Judging by some of the hysteria on Twitter and other social sites, the relatively brief outage of several Google services on Friday, including Gmail, nearly signaled the end of the world as we know it. Luckily for mankind, Google was able to restore its services within an hour, and much sooner for many users, thus narrowly dodging an apocalypse, though not before being hit with a stone that was thrown from Yahoo's glass house.
It looks like 2014 might be a profitable year as well
The tech industry has seen a hefty rise this holiday season, with stock prices remaining at their yearly highs. TechSpot reports 45 tech IPOs out of the United States over the past year, which happens to be the most seen since thirteen years ago in 2000. The forecast for 2014 is looking awfully sweet as well, with mobile game and storage companies looking to enter the fold.
Eight companies collaborate on an open letter to Washington
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, Aol, and LinkedIn have teamed up to call for global government surveillance reform. Rival companies and services are working together to put pressure on Washington to start the path towards reforming government surveillance and maintaining individual privacy.
AltaVista is shutting down, and if you find that the least bit surprising, it's probably because you're shocked to discover it still exists. Well, it does, for a few more days anyway. On July 8, 2013, Yahoo will pull the plug on one of the web's earliest search engines, ending a run that spanned nearly two decades (AltaVista launched on December 15, 1995). How did it come to this? Google, of course.
Yahoo wasn't just content to spend $1.1 billion acquiring Tumblr, it also went out and revamped its Flickr photo sharing service in a significant way. The first thing you'll notice is a tiled interface with larger size images. Users are able to upload full resolution photos, and to make sure you have plenty of online space to store your photography, Yahoo is offering 1TB of online storage for free in an attempt to make the service "awesome again."
Bing falls to fifth place in the search engine wars, according to data from comScore qSearch.
Google tends to be the go-to search engine in the United States and in many other parts of the world, but in Russia, Yandex is top dog. On a global scale, Yandex is now officially more popular than Microsoft's Bing, so says the latest search engine data from comScore qSearch. Bing slipped to fifth place with a 2.5 share of the search market, falling slightly behind Yandex at 2.8 percent.
Do you use Yahoo Voice? If so, go change your password immediately. Hackers collectively known as D33Ds Company are taking credit for an SQL injection attack on a Yahoo subdomain believed to belong to Yahoo Voice. The hackers posted a document containing 453,492 plaintext Yahoo user accounts and passwords. The original website where the stolen information was posted appears to be down for the moment, but there are no do-overs on the Internet, and all that sensitive data is currently floating around torrent sites and other portals.
Scott Thompson, the Yahoo Chief Executive Officer who was being investigated by board members on allegations that he overtly padded his resume, has left the building and will not return. In his place is Ross Levinsohn, who Yahoo named interim CEO as it seeks a permanent replacement, or at least one that will last longer than Thompson did, which is barely more than four months.
The good news for Yahoo Chief Executive Scott Thompson is that no one is accusing him of doctoring his birth certificate, so if he wants to make a run at a bigger presidency, that's one less hurdle to jump over. He is, however, accused of padding his resume, which has prompted an internal investigation into his hiring, as well as a lot of time and energy spent reviewing his qualifications, and for that he has taken full responsibility and apologized.
Hey look everybody, Yahoo just appointed a new CEO! Don't worry if you missed it or are otherwise preoccupied to pay attention, there's a good chance you'll get another opportunity to see Yahoo anoint a new chief. With all due respect to Scott Thompson, the former PayPal executive who's now in Yahoo's hot seat, he's Yahoo's fourth CEO in less than five years. How's that for job security?