Straits Times: Arts community unites to save Yahoo group. “Volunteers have been galvanised to save the Arts Community Yahoo Group after the Internet giant announced its intention to close down all Groups on Oct 21 and delete all content by next month. A Facebook page … has been set up as a placeholder, while grassroots efforts are underway to archive discussion threads and build a new online portal for the arts community.”
Reddit: Help us save as many Yahoo! Groups as possible!. “We need volunteers to manually join as many groups as they can, by filling out reCaptchas. We’ve written a Chrome extension that links to a tracker to coordinate efforts. If you’re up for completing a bunch of reCaptcha’s for us, you could really make a difference! If everyone reading this just completed a few, it would be an enormous help!”
The Register: Yahoo! Groups’ closure and a tale of Oftel: Die-hard users ‘informally’ included telcos. “The tossing away of user-generated content on Yahoo!’s long-running Groups site on Wednesday was not just bad news for all the hardcore users who are about to lose all their precious things stored there. Many were quick to point at telcos, who were using Yahoo! Groups to manage phone number assignments.” WOW.
The Verge: Yahoo will give you an extra week to post on Yahoo Groups, says it will ‘listen to feedback’. “Yahoo’s plan to largely shut down Groups was widely publicized on October 16th, just days before the company was going to freeze uploads on October 21st. But today, the company told us that date is actually going to be a bit later, on October 28th. (It has also added the new date to its support document about the decision.) However, no matter when you post something to a group, it’s still going to get deleted, as Yahoo is still removing all content hosted on Groups on December 14th.”
BetaNews: Yahoo Groups is closing down and all content will be deleted. “A piece of internet history is being consigned to the rubbish heap. Yahoo has announced that the once-popular Yahoo Groups service is being closed down later this month. More than this, the huge amount of information and exchanges that have been uploaded will not be archived. Before the end of the year, all Yahoo Groups content will be permanently wiped out — so if there’s anything you want to keep, you’ll have to act swiftly.”
NBC News: Ex-Yahoo engineer pleads guilty to hacking thousands of accounts. “A former Yahoo software engineer pleaded guilty Monday to hacking into the accounts of thousands of Yahoo users while looking for sexual images and videos, according to federal prosecutors and court documents.”
TechCrunch: The latest version of Yahoo Mail helps users find attachments and deals. “The new Yahoo Mail also includes a view for checking all your email subscriptions, and a button that allows you to unsubscribe from any of them with a single tap. And there’s an additional view (also iOS-only for now) focusing on ‘active updates,’ namely pressing and time-sensitive emails, such as package tracking and travel updates.”