Telephone Number Now Become Mandatory For Yahoo, Gmail

googleWorld’s most popular free email providers Gmail and Yahoo have now made compulsory the mention of telephone number while creating new email addresses with theaim of checking spam email senders.

A spokesperson of Google India has claimed that the mention of phone number was optional until now but repeated attempts to create a new email ID on Gmail by skipping the mobile number requirement failed.

YahooThe Gmail website has been quoted saying that “In an effort to protect our users from abuse, we sometimes ask users to prove they’re not a robot before they’re able to create or sign in to accounts. Having this additional confirmation via phone is an effective way to keep spammers from abusing our systems.”

Meanwhile, Yahoo spokesperson said that “At Yahoo, we are committed to the security of our users. We ask our users to provide their mobile number at registration as a secondary means of authentication, in addition to their password. We would only use the number if we see any unusual activity on the account.”

Internet Service Providers Association of India has criticized the move by the companies and said that there is no regulatory requirement to mention the telephone number while creating an email address. The Association added that this move is likely to expose privacy of an individual.… Read the rest

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Facebook Turning Out To Be A New Yahoo, Halted Its Beautiful Redesign

The world’s most popular social media site Facebook has stopped the release of its new and beautiful redesign. This comes as the company accepts that the redesign looks awesome on new computers having big and sharp screens, but the new upgrade is difficult to use on older computers featuring small and crappy screens. The majority of Facebook’s users are still having the small and crappy screens.facebook-logo1

Silicon Valley industry insiders are currently talking that Facebook is becoming the new Yahoo. Facebook has decided to scrap its photo-rich redesign and release a design that may look similar to its 2009 design but works really great for majority of its users.

If Facebook fails to innovate on design as a result of its large install base, then the company is really becoming the next Yahoo.

Yahoo has operated with a classic innovator’s dilemma almost since its start. It was unable to trial really radical things with as it had become a huge business as a result of its hundreds of millions of mainstream users.

This resulted in making Yahoo vulnerable to smaller companies, including Google and Facebook, which are free to do radical things as they were not yet dependent on an existing business.  Gradually those smaller companies became much bigger companies that took away the revenues of Yahoo.

Presently, Facebook is witnessing the same issue. But the breather for its shareholders is that the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is fully aware of the situation that his company is at the same stage as Yahoo was few years ago and is doing something about it.


















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Yahoo Editor-in-Chief Jai Singh Quits, Restructuring On The Way?

A lot has happened at Yahoo over the last two days. After Henrique De Castro was fired as COO at Yahoo, resources suggest that Editor-in-chief Jai Singh has also quit the company. As Castro was fired by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, it is being said that there is a restructuring going on within the company and both acquittals are a result of that. Singh’s exit could be a part of the same move. According to a memo sent out by Mayer to her office, Yahoo’s head of marketing Kathy Savitt is likely to take over the editorial position. 

These developments come close on the next Yahoo earnings call. While analysts are hopeful that search revenues will increase with Mayer at the helm, one doesn’t know how the recent developments in management turmoil will bode for her.… Read the rest

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Hothouse Google Put to Shame By Yahoo! : The Latter Becomes The Most Visited Search Engine in The US

Google is the most dominant search engine in the world and it has also been the most visited web site in the world for the past 5 years. Yahoo on the other hand has been having some pretty rough times


Google is the most dominant search engine in the world and it has also been the most visited web site in the world for the past 5 years. Yahoo on the other hand has been having some pretty rough times. Still, since Marissa Mayer has been made the CEO of the struggling company, she has embarked on a mission to re vamp the company’s persona. Mayer has been doing this by buying other web sites, especially ones that are very popular amongst the youth culture of today, for example, Tumblr. And this seems to be working.

Yahoo has just become the first company to knock Google of its top spots with 196 million views over Google’s 192 million visits for the month of July. Now I understand that many think there is no need to get excited about one month’s scores – but remember, this is the first time Google has been beaten since 2008.

Maybe this spells the beginning of a new dawn for Yahoo. Marissa Mayer will certainly have something to boast about in her next board meeting – and she will now likely have the confidence to push more changes that will hopefully continue this revival of Yahoo.… Read the rest

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It’s Official: Yahoo Buys Tumblr for $1.1 bn

david karp tumblrYahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced on her Tumblr blog this morning that the search giant has bought over social blogging network Tumblr for $1.1 billion.  She promised though that founder and CEO David Karp will stay at the helm of affairs as CEO.

“We promise not to screw it up”, Mayer said. She also said that Tumblr will work independently to maintain the desired independence of the popular social network. Karp also announced, “Our headquarters isn’t moving. Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission – to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve – certainly isn’t changing.” This all-cash deal could make Karp, a high-school drop-out, worth $220m.

Users on Tumblr can create their own blogs, follow blogs on the networks and reblog them. However, the company posted revenues of $13million last year, only after $125million in capital investments.

However, with the new move, Yahoo and Tumblr will come together to create advertising opportunities. They will also create a very large media network.… Read the rest

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AOL is back in the E-mail Game with Alto

Most of us internet users may not have lived through the AOL era, back when it was considered one of the most ultimate things to ever happen on the internet. And then came along Yahoo!, Google, the cloud, and a host of other trends over the internet. But now, with its recently revamped e-mail service, Alto, AOL may finally be ready to hit back at its competitors with a real winner of a product.

Designed to make the e-mail experience far more manageable, Alto does something that Gmail, Yahoo, and iCloud is unable to offer to its customers – a clean design that cleverly organizes your mails and separates the junk from the important stuff. The Alto HTML5 is essentially a web app, now in its beta phase and available only via invite, and it helps users organize their inboxes in an efficient manner, on the basis of importance of e-mails.

Using Alto, you can check all your e-mail from multiple accounts like Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, and iCloud – all in a single web-based client. The right side of the page has “stacks” or dynamic folders into which you can organize your e-mails. You can even set automatic rules for some mails to skip the inbox and land up directly into the stacks. The best thing about the Alto interface is how it organizes your photos and other attachments into a neat, easy to view manner, so you never have to hunt through your hundreds of mails to look for a particular file.… Read the rest

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Marissa Mayer Hires Ken Goldman As The Company’s Chief Financial Officer

Trying to keep its struggling business together, Yahoo! Inc made an announcement of appointing Ken Goldman as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer. Marissa Mayer hired Goldman to replace Tim Morse, who joined the firm in 2009. Morse will depart from the company later this fall. However, details or reasons regarding his departure remain undisclosed.

Starting in effect October 22, Goldman will take over the responsibility for global finance functions including financial planning and analysis, controllership, tax, treasury, and investor relations.

His appointment with Yahoo! marks the first time he has joined a publicly traded company since the 1990s. According to a statement by Goldman, he said, “Yahoo is an iconic brand with an incredibly strong business model and balance sheet.”

Earlier, Goldman held the post of chief financial officer at Fortinet Inc, which deals in offering computer-network security. Before that, he was the senior vice president of finance and administration and CFO of Siebel Systems, which Oracle acquired in 2006.

Goldman has also been an investor in a number of venture funds.

In a statement, Mayer welcomed Ken to the Sunnyvale, California-based firm and talked of him as being one of the most accomplished and respected financial executives in the technology industry having served as a CFO for more than 25 years.

As Yahoo! works on to enter the next phase of growth, Mayer said Goldman makes an ideal choice for the firm.

Hiring Goldman is the second major hire by Mayer, following the appointment of Kathy Savitt as the firm’s CMO.

Speculations that Mayer plans to cut around 2000 jobs to reorganize the company had hit the headlines in April this year.

The shares of the struggling Internet giant Yahoo! fell 2 percent to $15.68 at a close in New York on Tuesday. Yahoo!’s shares plunged 2.8 percent this year, compared with the Nasdaq Composite Index’s 20 percent gain.… Read the rest

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It’s Android Smartphones or iPhone 5 for Marissa at Yahoo!

Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo! and ‘the cool boss’ recently announced giving each and every employee in the US office a latest smartphone. The list of phones Mayer sent, offers her staff a choice of picking up either Android-powered phones or an iPhone 5 including Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE, a Nokia Lumia 920 or Apple’s iPhone 5.

What’s very clearly not in the list? Yes, a BlackBerry!

Mayer, it seems did not want to include a BB in the firm’s list of corporate phones. However, there’s reasoning for her decision. Let’s see what the memo read.

“A few weeks ago, we said that we would look into smartphone penetration rates globally and take those rates into account when deciding on corporate phones. Ideally, we’d like our employees to have devices similar to our users, so we can think and work as the majority of our users do.”

It looks like with RIM ship drowning in the sea of various competitive smartphones, the Canadian phone maker is losing ground in consumer’s mind. Following Mayer’s decision, the stock of RIM plunged and opened at $7.17 per share. In mid-morning trading, RIM’s stock traded at $7.23.

Lately in June this year, RIM slashed around 5,000 jobs.

However, RIM hopes to lash out in the market with its latest BlackBerry 10, which is expected to roll out early in 2013. With so much of competition from Apple, Samsung, Android phone makers, Nokia and Windows Phone, RIM really needs to hit off with a mark to attain its foothold in the mobile market.… Read the rest

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What a Cool Boss! Marissa Mayer Giving iPhone5 and Nokia Lumia 920 to All Yahoo! Employees

Showing how much creating a cool professional environment is important to her, Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo!, along with free lunch and an office makeover has now announced giving each and every employee a choice of picking up either an iPhone 5, or Android smartphone including Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE or Windows Phone 8- a Nokia Lumia 920.

As a part of the ‘Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun!’ program, Mayer clearly is hitting at making Yahoo! the most enjoyable place to work.

Don’t we all wish we were at Yahoo!.

Making her staff happy and giving them a morale boost, Mayer initiated this program only for employees based in the US. Not only making these latest handsets up for grabs, Mayer also said that their bills would be footed by Yahoo!. With this plan, Mayer wants her employees to better focus on the company’s efforts on mobile sector.

The memo sent by the company reads:

“We have a very exciting update to share with you today — we are announcing  Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun! As of today, Yahoo is moving off of blackberries as our corporate phones and on to smartphones in 22 countries. A few weeks ago, we said that we would look into smartphone penetration rates globally and take those rates into account when deciding on corporate phones. Ideally, we’d like our employees to have devices similar to our users, so we can think and work as the majority of our users do.

Moving forward, we’ll offer you a choice of devices as well as provide monthly plans for the data and phone.

The smartphone choices that we are including in the program are:

* Apple iPhone 5
* Android:
– Samsung Galaxy S3
– HTC One X
* Windows Phone 8:
– Nokia Lumia 920

We’re getting started right away and taking orders starting now”

Well, with the recent hype, it seems majority of employees are going to grab iPhone 5, but then the Galaxy S III is not less, and there are Android fans too, and then Windows Phone 8 has also raised curiosity. It’s all a matter of open choices, the lucky employees can grab any smartphone they like!… Read the rest

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Entrepreneur Kathy Savitt Joins Yahoo! as CMO

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer announced today that entrepreneur Kathy Savitt would join the firm as chief marketing officer, starting Sep. 14.

Savitt will report to CEO Mayer and will be responsible for all marketing and branding worldwide. Savitt is a successful combination of operations and entrepreneurial, with experience of four years in Lockerz, where she was the founder and chief executive. Lockerz is a social-commerce company of 45 million users, with focus on teenagers.

Savitt has always been successful in her carrer, she raised about $75 million in venture capital for Lockerz. Along with being CMO of Yahoo!, she will also stay the chairman of the board of Lockerz and will make a large financial investment.

Before finding Lockerz, she was the CMO of clothing retailer American Eagle and a VP of strategic communications at Amazon.

In the release, Mayer credited the new hire for her extensive experience in “building and refining well-loved consumer brands.

Savitt also seemed to be happy. In a statement she said, “I believe passionately in Yahoo’s ability to inspire and delight users, partners, and advertisers around the world and am excited to join Marissa in defining Yahoo’s next chapter.”… Read the rest

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