Nieman Lab: Major internet companies might want to push their own point of view, but can they also take care of misinformation please and thank you. “According to a new survey by the Knight Foundation and Gallup, American adults feel negatively about major Internet companies tailoring information to them individually, acting as content arbitrators that enhances bias, and not being transparent about their methods. (Note: Knight has provided support to Nieman Lab in the past.) Those major internet companies in this context are Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Twitter (surprise).”
MakeTechEasier: How Other Search Engines Compare to Google. “There’s only one search engine that’s managed to become a dictionary-recognized verb — even Microsoft admitted defeat in its campaign to get people to ‘Bing’ things. It’s generally accepted that if you need to find something on the Internet, you go to Google. But have you tried the other options? Sure, Bing didn’t get into the Oxford English Dictionary, but it’s still around, along with a few other Google competitors that promise everything from better layouts to more privacy.” Deep dive.
The Guardian: Yahoo fined £250,000 for hack that impacted 515,000 UK accounts. “Yahoo has been fined £250,000 over a hack from 2014 that affected more than 515,000 UK email accounts co-branded with Sky, the Information Commissioner’s Office has announced.” Oh yeah, THAT’LL learn ’em.
TechCrunch: Yahoo Messenger is shutting down on July 17, redirects users to group messaging app Squirrel. “It’s the end of an era for Yahoo Messenger, one of the first instant messaging apps on the market. Today, Oath (which also owns TechCrunch) announced that it would be winding down the service on July 17 as it continues to experiment and consider how and if it can have a relevant place in the messaging landscape amid huge domination from Facebook and others in mobile apps.”
CNET: Company formerly known as Yahoo to pay $35M over massive breach. “Yahoo’s cybersecurity failures continue to haunt the company — now to the tune of $35 million. The US Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday that Altaba, the company formed from the ashes of Yahoo’s sale to Verizon, has agreed to pay a penalty of that amount to settle charges that Yahoo failed to disclose a massive data breach from December 2014.”
The Drum: With Zuckerberg on the ropes, Yahoo aims to displace social media as a home for news. “With social media platforms suffering a new crisis in trust, and accusations that their algorithms create an echo chamber of similar political views, Yahoo is looking to grow its reach by appealing to users who seek a diversity of news sources in one place. It plans to expand its news gathering operation and extend its network of publishing partners. Having so far had a heavy reliance on desktop traffic, Yahoo News hopes that under the ownership of Verizon it can increase its presence on mobile, with its strategy based on apps specialising in news, finance and sports.” This is not a terrible strategy. It would be even better if Yahoo polished up its search tools a bit and dedicated itself to source transparency unlike some other news aggregators..