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Yahoo! dysfunction! meant! security! warnings! were! ignored!

Yahoo!'s board has decided CEO Marissa Mayer should not be paid her bonus, after investigating the 2014 hack that has so besmirched the company's reputation and finding the company knew about the gravity of the situation but failed to act properly to address the situation. Mayer has also decided to forego an award of equity due …
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Explain! yourself! US! senators! yell! at! Yahoo!

A couple of US senators have accused Yahoo! of not cooperating with their attempts to investigate its now-notorious database security breaches. Republicans John Thune (chair of the US Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation) and Jerry Moran (chair of its sub-committee for Consumer Protection, Product Safety …
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Yahoo! cancels! earnings! call!, dodges! hacking! questions!

Yahoo! has taken the unusual step of cancelling the conference call following its earnings announcement on Tuesday. Public companies usually announce their results and then stage a conference call in which senior executives deliver set pieces before taking questions from financial analysts, institutional investors and, …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2016
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Netflix reminds password re-users to run a reset

Netflix has reminded people whose user IDs are circulating in breach-lists to check their security and if necessary reset their passwords. The issue resurfaced late last week, when an Adweek writer posted that he'd received a “reset your password” message: “As part of our regular security monitoring, we discovered that …
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Yahoo! joins! Adobe! Flash! flush! mob!

Yahoo! has joined the flood of companies flushing Adobe's Flash. Amit Jain, a senior developer at the p0wned purple portal, has penned a piece for Streaming Media in which he explains Yahoo!'s transition to HTML 5. Jain explains that Yahoo! sniffed the wind before streaming an American Football match in late 2015. The company …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Sep 2016
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And! it! begins! Yahoo! sued! over! ultra-hack! of! 500m! accounts!

Just two days after Yahoo! admitted hackers had raided its database of at least 500 million accounts, the Purple Palace is being dragged into court. Two Yahoo! users in San Diego, California, filed on Friday a class-action claim [PDF] against the troubled web biz: Yahoo! is accused of failing to take due care of sensitive …
Iain Thomson, 24 Sep 2016

Lawyers! win! millions! in! bonkers! Yahoo! email! snooping! case!

A bunch of lawyers have persuaded Yahoo! to keep scanning e-mails for advertising and pay their fees. The class-action case was launched in 2013, and finally got the formal green-light to go ahead last year. The Purple Palace wanted to scan e-mails passing through its systems, so as to deliver targeted advertising to those …
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Verizon tipped to buy Yahoo! for US$5bn

Markets are bracing for a Monday puzzle: why on earth does Verizon think it is worth spending US$5bn on Yahoo!? Financial news outlets are alive with people-familiar-with-discussions-fed reports that Verizon and Yahoo! have stopped flirting with anybody else and will soon announce that each has a nice new toothbrush in the …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2016

Yahoo! Starts! Sale! Process! To! Fend! Off! Starboard!

Yahoo! has been accused of getting serious about the contentious slow-motion train wreck that is its sale process. The Wall Street Journal reckons the recent threat by activist investor Starboard to sack the board of directors has had its intended effect. The Purple Palace has now set a bid deadline of April 11, for …

Bountiful! Yahoo! Plugs! Mail! Spoofing! Bug!

Yahoo! has plugged a sender spoofing bug in its mail service turned up by independent researcher Lawrence Amer. The medium-rated bug in the compose message module allowed attackers to spoof Yahoo! e-mail sender names in the company's classic Web interface. Since patched, the bug allowed an attacker to edit the sender name in …

Yahoo! is! up! for! sale! – so! how! much! will! you! bid!?

Yahoo! has officially called in the bankers to explore "strategic alternatives" for the company; in other words trying to find someone to buy up the non-Alibaba side of the business. "Separating our Alibaba stake from Yahoo's operating business is essential to maximizing value for our shareholders. In addition to the reverse …
Iain Thomson, 20 Feb 2016

Verizon!–Yahoo! takeover! inches! ahead!

Verizon has decided its Yahoo! strategy is important enough to occupy the attention of the CEO of its AOL business unit. Accordingly, Tim Armstrong has been set the task of ringing Marissa Mayer's doorbell, chocolates, flowers and a huge bag of money in hand. Verizon had already (somewhat inexplicably) identified Yahoo! as a …
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Yahoo! Mail! Had! Nasty! XSS! Bug!

A stored XSS vuln in Yahoo! Mail has netted Finnish researcher Jouko Pynnönen of Klikki Oy a US$10,000 bug bounty. Pynnönen turned up the bug with a bit of old-fashioned brute force: he fed the system an HTML e-mail containing “all known HTML tags and attributes” to see what survived the Purple Palace's filters. What's …

Yahoo's! tax-free! Alibaba! switcheroo! gets! a! rough! ride! from! US! taxmen!

The amazing Yahoo! / Alibaba / SpinCo tax structure has suffered a blow: America's Internal Revenue Service has refused to say whether or not it approves or disapproves of Yahoo!'s tax-avoidance chicanery. And that usually spells trouble. Back at the start of the year, the Purple Palace announced it would shuffle its roughly …

What sounds like a silly yoga-fitness-dance craze, and lost $325m in value in 8 years? Zimbra

Email and collaboration biz Zimbra has lost 93 per cent of its value in eight years, and has been bought by Synacor for just seven per cent of the price Yahoo! paid for the company in 2007. Scott Dietzen, currently the CEO of Pure Storage, was the president and chief technical officer at Zimbra from March 2005 to October 2007 …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2015
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Yahoo! parties! like! it's! 1999! with! retro! billboard! revival!

If at first you don't succeed, fail, fail, again Perenially-in-crisis web portal Yahoo! has decided to revive a tactic from its glory days in an attempt to create new glory days. The company has decided to “reclaim” what it's calling “the iconic billboard along San Francisco’s stretch of Interstate 80” that it hired in the …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Aug 2015

Yahoo! displaces Ask in Oracle's Java update crapware parade

At the annual Yahoo! shareholder's meeting, CEO Marissa Mayer unveiled her new strategy for making the struggling web portal popular again by buying its way into Oracle's Java upgrade software. Begining with the next Java update, Yahoo! will replace the current invitation to make Ask your default search engine. Instead, you'll …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jun 2015
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But... I... like... the... PAIN! Our secret addiction to 'free' APIs

Yahoo! is killing off several services to focus on "search, communications and digital content", it's said. Wait, Yahoo! has a search engine? Who knew? What Yahoo! won't have in the very near future is a developer favorite by the name of Yahoo! Pipes. Yahoo! Pipes has always been something of an odd duck, not just within the …

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