Yahoo And Oracle Partner On Search Deal

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RUMOR: Yahoo To Acquire FoursquareA new partnership between Yahoo and Oracle will mean more direct marketing of the search engine company will be provided by the software tools company.

At Yahoo’s annual shareholders meeting in Santa Clara, California, CEO Marissa Mayer broke the news of the three-year agreement.

Users who download Java, Oracle Corp.’s suite of program developer tools will have Yahoo’s default home page and search available as an option.

The deal is similar to one Yahoo made for users in the United States last year with Mozilla, the parent company of the popular web browser Firefox,.

According to Mayer, the deal has been beneficial for Yahoo since then.

The new deal means that Yahoo will be reaching out to 7 billion users and their devices worldwide, and that includes the 89 percent of computers within the United States.

Mayer remarked that the deal is part of great strides made in Yahoo’s efforts to regain footing in the tech industry.

Christopher A. Smith

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Yahoo Maps Is History

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social_yahoo_button_lilac (1)Yahoo is doing a sprucing up of its entire interface, and some tools are going the way of the dodo bird.

The company has announced that it will close its maps portal, Maps.yahoo.com, at the end of June.

The chief architect, Amotz Maimon, elaborated on the decision by saying, “We made this decision to better align resources to Yahoo’s priorities as our business has evolved since we first launched Yahoo Maps eight years ago.”

Mapping still will be a major part of Yahoo’s operations, especially in terms of their Flickr service and web searches.

The move is seen as a way to not compete directly with Google and be over-matched, and also a way to improve Yahoo’s financial standing.

Yahoo is also putting a stop to specific sites and scaling back efforts in other areas, with the web-content gathering tool Pipes being discontinued, as an example.

They will also end support for the mail systems on older operating system versions of the iPhone.

Christopher A. Smith

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NFL’s First Web Game To Be Streamed Live By Yahoo For Free

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110px-National_Football_League_2008.svgThe National Football League is poised to live-stream the first game on the Internet, and now the public will have an idea of when that game will take place.

It was announced Wednesday that the NFL would broadcast the tilt between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars taking place in London, England on October 25th.

They are partnering with Yahoo to make this possible, and it will be free of charge to anyone who wishes to tune in.

It’s been reported that Yahoo paid the league close to $20 million to get the rights to broadcast the game.

CBS will produce it per their usual schedule during the regular season.

The potential behind this event is significant. The NFL’s media business director is looking forward to it being a great experience even if there could be mishaps with web broadcasting.

He added,  “But this is one of the reasons we’re doing it — to figure out how close are we to high quality streams of our most valuable property.”

The streaming quality is an important footnote as both parties hope to increase their visibility with the game’s airing.

For the NFL, it’s another chapter in their initiative to make American-styled football an established global game by airing the game worldwide. Fans in Europe will get to see the matchup in the afternoon, while those fans Stateside will be looking forward to an early start to their football Sunday – 9:30 A.M. for the East Coast and 6:30 A.M. for those on the West Coast.

Judging by the success its had with previous games in the United Kingdom, and previous ventures(remember NFL Europe?), this could only be the beginning for future webcasts.

For Yahoo, it marks a long-desired leap into streaming video outside of their burgeoning television programming offerings, and possibly more partnerships to stream other events if this proves successful.

Christopher A. Smith

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Flickr Updated With New Features

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Flickr Updated With New FeaturesFlickr has been updated with new features, including the ability to automatically upload images and videos from all types of devices, both desktop and mobile.

Users will find it easier to share and edit images, including a way to search images by date and browse by category.

Flickr currently has 112 million registered users.

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Yahoo And Microsoft Continues Their Search Partnership

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Yahoo And Microsoft Continues Their Search PartnershipThe Yahoo/Microsoft search partnership will continue with some modifications, as reported here.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said “Over the past few months, Satya [Microsoft CEO] and I have worked closely together to establish a revised search agreement that allows us to enhance our user experience and innovate more in our search business…This renewed agreement opens up significant opportunities in our partnership that I’m very excited to explore.”

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RUMOR: Yahoo To Acquire Foursquare

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RUMOR: Yahoo To Acquire FoursquareThere are rumors that Yahoo is in discussions with Foursquare regarding a possible acquisition.

According to a report on TechCrunch, the deal would would come to about $900 million.

One source claims that it’s a done deal, as talks to finalize things continue.

Both Yahoo and Foursquare had no comment about the rumor.

Check out further details about this story here.

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300 To Get The Heave-Ho in Yahoo China Downsizing

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300 To Get The Heave-Ho in Yahoo China DownsizingYahoo is closing their office in China.

300 employees are expected to get their walking papers as a result.

The closure and cuts are part of a larger, worldwide cost-cutting project Yahoo is embarking on.

According to a report here, Yahoo said in a statement “We are constantly making changes to align resources, and to foster better collaboration and innovation across our business…We currently do not offer local product experiences in Beijing but the office has served as a research and development center.”

Shaun Rein, managing director of China Market Research in Shanghai, said “An R&D facility like this is a huge cost, and for a company as weak as Yahoo is now, it doesn’t make sense…Yahoo doesn’t have significance in China. Yahoo can’t really recruit top people and Chinese firms are not going to advertise on Yahoo.”

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Man Arrested For Stalking Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer

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Man Busted For Stalking Yahoo CEO Marissa MayerAn Austin, Texas man has been arrested for allegedly stalking Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

Gregory Calvin King is accused of sending sexually graphic email messages to Mayer. A total of 60 messages were sent to her between Feb. 15th and March 5th.

Security staff from Yahoo were said to have observed King sending some of the messages.

King has violated his probation by sending the messages to the Yahoo CEO, said police.

He previously had spent one year in federal prison for stalking Mayer while she was working at Google. In that case, a grand jury found King guilty of sending over 20,000 sexually explicit messages to Mayer via Twitter.

Police say that King has admitted to them that he sent the email messages.

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Google Hurting After Being Removed As Default Search Engine On Firefox

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Google Hurting After Being Removed As Default Search Engine On FirefoxGoogle is making a strong effort to get Firefox users to switch their default search engine from Yahoo to their search engine.

Last November, Yahoo replaced Google as the default search engine of the Firefox browser in the United States.

Google had a long run as the default search engine on Firefox, having been there since 2004.

Desperate to get back some of the market share they’ve lost, Google has been displaying messages to Firefox users on their home page, asking users to make them the default search engine.

Reports have already shown an increase in market share for Yahoo.

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Former Netflix Executive Sued For Allegedly Accepting Kickbacks

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Mike KailFormer Netflix executive and current Yahoo CIO Mike Kail is being sued for accepting kickbacks from IT service companies.

Apparently, he arranged deals with Vistara and NetEnrich for $3.7 million and then pocketed 12 – 15 percent commission, funneled through a company he controlled called Unix Mercenary.

He’s suspected of accepting other kickbacks from other companies as well, but these two alone (who are both owned by the same person) he would have made between $450,000 – $560,000.

So far, no one has commented, other than a Vistara spokesperson who just said that Vistara was spun out of NetEnrich.

Spencer Grover

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