The Register: Corpse! of! Yahoo! drags! emails! of! the! dead! case! to! US! Supreme! Court!. “Should a court-appointed lawyer be allowed to rifle through your email account after you die? The artist formerly known as Yahoo! has asked the US Supreme Court to answer that question for users in the United States.”
Digital Trends: Yahoo Mail’s latest feature makes it easy to keep up with the Winter Olympics. “The 2018 Winter Olympics have officially begun and for those using Yahoo Mail, keeping up with the events is much easier. With its new desktop and mobile app feature, you can stay on top of the Winter Games without having to leave your inbox.”
Quartz: Yahoo Finance has a plan to become the Uber of saving money. I think we need to stop saying things are going to become the “Uber” of anything — unless we’re trying to drag them. “The company is rolling out an app today (Jan. 19) called Tanda, an electronic money pool: Users can join groups of five or nine people to meet short-term savings goals, like putting away money for a vacation or building up an emergency fund. Users pay installments into a pot for a set period of time and can choose when they receive their money. The first two-people to get their money pay a fee, while the last to receive a payout gets a small bonus.”
Engadget: Yahoo Sports teams with NBA on live games, AR and more . “Verizon isn’t just obsessed with football. The carrier has unveiled an expanded partnership with the NBA that will make basketball games and related content available across Yahoo and ‘other Verizon media platforms.’ To start, it’s making much ado over NBA League Pass. You’ll have the option of buying League Pass on sites like Yahoo Sports, and Verizon’s ‘It’s On Us’ program will let you preview what you’d get without committing to a purchase. There will be additional material for non-subscribers, too.”
Search Engine Roundtable: Yahoo Search Filled With Search Ads. “If you visit Yahoo and do a search at their web site, you will see that to get to the organic listings, you are going to have to scroll and scroll and scroll. It reminds me of when Ask.com gave up on search and they pretty much filled up their search results with ads at the top and at the bottom they put some organic results.” Oh, gross. It’s giving me AltaVista flashbacks.
The Ringer: Roundtable: What Happened to Tumblr?. “Before Tumblr was sucked into the purple-paned corporate labyrinth that is Yahoo, it was a hotbed of excellent online content: a lovely, creative community that pumped out original GIFs, memes, and niche-interest blogs at an impressive rate. People went there to be entertained, to connect with like-minded peers, and to ogle pics of hungover owls. But over the years—as competitors like Facebook and Instagram have grown—that creative energy has slowly drained from the site. It’s likely only a matter of time until Verizon shutters the company and dissects it for parts. The question now: How did we get here? Ringer staffers Katie Baker, Hannah Giorgis, Alison Herman, Kate Knibbs, Victor Luckerson, and Molly McHugh weigh in.”
BetaNews: Yahoo sues Mozilla for breach of contract — so Mozilla counter sues Yahoo. “Mozilla and Yahoo have started a legal spat about the deal that existed between the two companies regarding the use of the Yahoo search engine in the Firefox browser. On December 1, Yahoo fired the first shot filing a complaint that alleges Mozilla breached a contract that existed between the two companies by terminating the arrangement early. In a counter complaint, Mozilla says that it was not only justified in terminating the contract early, but that Yahoo Holdings and Oath still have a bill that needs to be settled.”