Yahoo scrambles to fix an undersea cable affecting its mail service
Some Yahoo Mail users are suffering through a fourth consecutive day of service interruptions, the result of an underwater fiber cable cut. Yahoo says the cable was damaged by an unnamed third party that was attempting to fix a different cable and that it knows the exact location of the cut, which it is now in the process of repairing and testing. Users are hoping a fix comes soon, as they've been contending with slow or nonexistent service since November 20.
Yahoo! may no longer be the force it once was, but it continues to be a key player in the webmail market. Here too it’s not much of a trend-setter, though. Yahoo! Mail finally adopted a "two-factor authentication" system last week, more than a year after Widows Live Hotmail and many months after Gmail began utilizing it to improve account security. Hit the jump for more.
Yahoo celebrated a pair of milestones this week, announcing over 500,000 Facebook fans, "which was the most explosive page on Facebook in June," and building an army of over 100 million monthly active users in the newest version of Yahoo Mail. Want more numbers? Yahoo claims it sifts through around 5,000 pieces of feedback about its online mail service each day.
Yahoo Mail is now pre-installing the Attach Large Files application to all Yahoo Mail accounts. The application, developed by the folks at drop.io allows users to send multiple file attachments that total over 100 megabytes in a single email. The application was developed on the open API made available by the drop.io service.
The Attach Large Files Yahoo application ties directly to the drop.io service so that after attaching and uploading the files, they persist within the application. This gives you the power to view, re-attach, collaborate further (via phone conference), or delete the set altogether.
Gmail shed its beta tag in July, after having been around for five years. However, Gmail has acquired a different tag now: that of the third most popular webmail service in the US, at least according to internet research firm comScore. Gmail leapt past AOL to take the third spot during the month of July, a month in which it entertained 37 million unique visitors as opposed to 36.4 million users that visited AOL.
It now has Windows Live Hotmail – currently second with 47 million monthly unique visitors – well within its reach. Gmail’s unique visitors swelled by 25% during the first 7 months of 2009, while Hotmail only managed to increase unique visitors by 8%. Yahoo Mail is the most popular webmail service with 106 million unique visitors.
Many-a Tom, Dick and Harry must have cursed their parents for such ordinary christening skills after being turned down an email id of their choice – which includes their name – that has already been taken up. But Yahoo is offering a great respite from the cut throat world of e-mail id registrations by offering ids on two new domains, Ymail and Rocketmail.
Users can reserve their favorite ids on these two domains as registrations are now open. "We realized we needed to expand the universe of Yahoo mail," said John Kremer, head of Yahoo mail. Some of the popular ids on the new domains are on the block on eBay and the proceeds will all go to charity.