Times of India: Internet firms asked to erase Blue Whale links. “Concerned over children being prodded to commit suicide on the Blue Whale Challenge game, the government has directed top internet platforms – Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – to immediately remove the links to the notorious online game.”
USA Today: Today it’s goodbye to Yahoo and Oath for Katie Couric . “The one-time Today host and CBS Nightly News anchor has ended her interview show for Yahoo, which became part of Oath — a new company with 50-plus media and technology brands including AOL.com, HuffPost, Yahoo Sports and Yahoo Mail — when Verizon closed its acquisition of the media company last month. Couric is expected to work with Oath on individual projects, according to Oath.”
The Verge: Verizon admits to throttling video in apparent violation of net neutrality . “Yesterday, we reported that Verizon Wireless appeared to be throttling Netflix traffic, — and today, the company seems to have come clean. In a statement provided to Ars Technica and The Verge, Verizon implicitly admitted to capping the traffic, blaming the issue on a temporary video optimization test.” Remember, Verizon owns Yahoo now. And it owns AOL.
Business Insider: Marissa Mayer wants to be a CEO again, but she says she isn’t in talks with Uber. “Now that Yahoo is safely in the hands of its new owner, Verizon, its famous CEO Marissa Mayer is looking for her next CEO gig. And she definitely wants another CEO role again and does not want to become a full-time investor, she told Business Insider.”
Techvicity: Yahoo Mail Gets a Makeover & A New Ad-Free Service. “Based on customization and minimalization, the new design features lots of spaces between UI elements. It will also provide its users with the opportunity to use different skins in the inbox (multiple layouts and colors). Another attractive aspect that is coming up with the new design is that depending on the time of the day, the themes can change between dark and light.”
The Register: Verizon!-owned! Yahoo! bins! AT&T! IDs! for! Tumblr! logins! (nothing weird is happening with the headline; when it comes to Yahoo, The Register believes in exclamation points.) “Verizon has moved to unwind an old deal between Yahoo! and AT&T that allowed users to run merged AT&T and Yahoo! e-mail accounts for login to some Yahoo! services. Tumblr was acquired by Yahoo! in 2013 and became a familiar Purple Palace bungle: after splashing US$1.1 billion to buy the blogging platform, it January this year wrote off $482 million of its value in 2016.”
Also, The Outline: Yahoo Didn’t Kill Tumblr but Verizon Surely Will. “When Yahoo acquired Tumblr in May 2013 for $1.1 billion, there were concerns that the company would run Tumblr into the ground in the way that Yahoo did with other acquisitions like Flickr and Delicious. It didn’t, but its successor sure might.”