Yahoo introduced the latest version of its mail service late last year in beta form and has decided it's now ready for prime time. Over the coming weeks, all 284 million users worldwide will start seeing the upgraded platform, as will Yahoo's global partners, including Nokia. Key features of the revamped mail service include improved performance, enhanced spam protection, and a customizable inbox with an emphasis on social networking.
The comScore numbers for April will likely have Microsoft employees cheering, but softly so as not to disturb the Ballmer. The data shows that Microsoft's Bing search engine continues to slowly gain market share as Google and the competition remain flat.
You may have noticed that your Yahoo email account was on the fritz yesterday. If so, there's no need to go mucking around with your router settings or trying to troubleshoot the problem on your own. There was somewhat of a widespread outage that started at 7:30AM and, at its worst (around 11:00AM) affected about 1 million users, Yahoo said on its official Mail Blog.
Yahoo found a pair of buyers for its Delicious social bookmarking site. Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who you might recognize as the founders of YouTube, paid an undisclosed sum to acquire Delicious. Whatever that sum is, it's a safe bet that they paid significantly less than the $1.65 billion they made from selling YouTube to Google back in October 2006.
If Google is one of the most prominent Linux stalwarts around, Android is undoubtedly the public face of its love affair with the open source operating system. But its Linux affection runs deeper than that as the Internet behemoth uses the OS on everything from back-end servers to employee machines. Now, that deep-rooted love is beginning to cost Google, for a jury has fined it $5 million for infringing on a patent (U.S. Patent No. 5,893,120) held by Texas-bases patent troll Bedrock Computer Technologies.
If you can't beat 'em, you might as well emulate 'em, right? That's the approach Yahoo is taking, which at a press event in San Francisco announced a service called 'Search Direct.' It's basically Yahoo's take on Google Instant; as you type search queries into Yahoo Search, you'll start to see results with each press of a key, and you don't have to hit the return key. So why is Yahoo refuting that Search Direct is comparable to Google Instant?
All is again well for Mirco Wilhelm, who earlier this week lost 4,000 images uploaded to Flickr over the course of five years when a Flickr employee inadvertently deleted his account, the LA Times reports. During an email exchange, Wilhelm was told that the staff member "mixed up the accounts and accidentally deleted" his. The staffer offered to restore his account, but said his photos were unrecoverable.
Three hours later, a followup email let Wilhelm know Flickr's IT team was working to bring his photos back from the digital grave, but Wilhelm's bigger concern was losing "5 years of community membership, contact, comments, internal and external links to my photos," all of which are hard to backup locally.
In the end, the Yahoo-owned photo sharing site managed to fully restore Wilhelm's account as it was before the accidental deletion and promised to "soon roll out functionality that will allow [Flickr] to restore deleted accounts more easily in the future."
There have been rumors that Yahoo's latest round of layoffs nixed the entire Del.icio.us team, and now it appears the social bookmarking site is not long for this world, TechCrunch reports.
Former Yahoo employee Andy Baio posted an internal Yahoo team meeting slide showing various business ventures listed under three categories: Sunset, Merge, and Make Feature. Del.icio.us falls under the Sunset heading, as does Altavista, MyBlogLog, Yahoo Bookmarks, and a handful of others.
"Part of our organization streamlining involves cutting our investment in underperforming or off-strategy products to put better focus on our core strengths and fund new innovation in the next year and beyond," Yahoo said in a statement. "We continuously evaluate and prioritize our portfolio of products and services, and do plan to shut down some products in the coming months such as Yahoo Buzz, our Traffic APIs, and others. We will communicate specific plans when appropriate."
Yahoo recently handed out pink slips to 4 percent of its staff (around 600 employees) in what the company described as "a tough call, but a necessary one."
Clark Griswold went off the deep end when he received a "Jelly of the Month" membership in place of a holiday bonus check, but at least he wasn't laid off. The same can't be said for some 650 to 700 Yahoo employees expected to lose their jobs today, AllThingsD.com reports.
Yahoo's product division will bear the brunt of this round of layoffs, and mostly here in the U.S. If all this weren't crummy enough, those laid off will be asked to leave immediately.
If there's a bright side to all this, it's that the number of pink slips is about half of what was initially reported. Back in November, TechCrunch said Yahoo was planning on severing about 20 percent of its 6,500 workforce, which Yahoo said was "misleading and inaccurate."
Citing "sources close to the plans," Reuters is reporting that AOL is seriously considering merging with Yahoo, which will first require a "complicated series of transactions."
Nothing is yet imminent, but according to Reuters, the plans are in the exploratory stage. A bunch of obstacles also stand in the way of this happening, not the least of which includes a breakup of AOL's two main businesses, it's legacy dial-up service (which would be sold to EarthLink) and it's display advertising business, which would merge with Yahoo.
This is essentially the same thing AOL hoped to accomplish back in 2008 and again in 2009 before Time Warner decided to spin off AOL rather than deal with the tax headaches what would accompany a breakup.