TechCrunch: Oath agrees to pay $5M to settle charges it violated children’s privacy

TechCrunch:
Oath agrees to pay $5M to settle charges it violated children’s privacy
. “TechCrunch’s Verizon-owned parent, Oath, an ad tech division made from the merging of AOL and Yahoo, has agreed to pay around $5 million to settle charges that it violated a federal children’s privacy law. The penalty is said to be the largest ever issued under COPPA.”

The Economist: Facebook should heed the lessons of internet history

The Economist: Facebook should heed the lessons of internet history. “The social-networking giant, which runs Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger as well as its own core service, was thriving. But since January it has become mired in a series of controversies, misjudgments and missteps. It became clear that it had done too little to stop Russian interference in America’s election in 2016. It had to admit that it had shared the personal data of 90m users with outside firms without permission. It later suffered a data breach affecting 50m users.”

CNET: Feeling nostalgic for the Yahoo homepage? There’s an app for that

CNET: Feeling nostalgic for the Yahoo homepage? There’s an app for that. “There was a time when the Yahoo homepage was one of the most important pieces of real estate on the internet. Verizon hopes to relive that prominence. The carrier, now Yahoo’s owner, said Wednesday it’s launching a new Yahoo app as a one-stop shop for all sorts of info, be it email, sports scores and finance. There’s a lot of old-web stuff there too, like weather, horoscopes and popular news.” Oh, you mean, like, a PORTAL?? Good heavens. Get off my lawn.

CNET: Yahoo must pay $50M in damages for security breach

CNET: Yahoo must pay $50M in damages for security breach. “Yahoo will have to pay $50 million in damages as part of a settlement following massive data breaches in 2013 and 2014. The settlement was filed Monday. In addition to paying $50 million, Yahoo will also have to provide at least two years of credit monitoring services for around 200 million people who had personal information such as names, email addresses and phone numbers stolen.”

The Verge: Bing and Yahoo are suggesting offensive searches

The Verge: Bing and Yahoo are suggesting offensive searches. “Bing and Yahoo, which is powered by Bing, are both suggesting offensive content within their search features. How-To Geek spotted that Bing’s image search is serving up suggestions for related topics that contain racist terms, the sexualization of minors, and otherwise offensive content. The Verge then found that this problem extends to Yahoo: its homepage search box includes an autocomplete feature that populates racist phrases, and the results often prioritize the company’s Yahoo Answers posts that contain offensive material.” As you might imagine, the article contains / links to a lot of offensive content.

Engadget: Yahoo Together group chat app organizes conversations by topic

Engadget: Yahoo Together group chat app organizes conversations by topic . “You have loads of group chat apps to choose from if you want to keep in touch with friends and family, but Yahoo’s new entry promises a more organized experience than most. The company has launched a new app for Android and iOS called Yahoo Together, which can split up conversations into topics.”

Quartz: GeoCities Japan is finally shutting down

Quartz: GeoCities Japan is finally shutting down. “Yahoo Japan announced today (Oct. 1) that it will shut down (link in Japanese) its GeoCities service in March 2019, 22 years after its launch. The company said in a statement that it was hard to encapsulate in one word the reason for the shut down, but that profitability and technological issues were primary factors. It added that it was full of ‘regret’ for the fate of the immense amount of information that would be lost as a result of the service’s closure.”