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..
Reuters: Judge rules that Yahoo Mail data breach victims can sue Yahoo. “You just have to think of Yahoo when talking about security data breaches, and that’s because Verizon’s newest subsidiary was the victim of repeated hacks from 2013 to 2016 that exposed the personal data of all its users to attackers. If you’re one of the US-based victims of these breaches and are seeking some sort of retribution/compensation, you can take your chance against the company knowing that your case will go forward. Judge Judy Koh just ruled that victims can sue Yahoo following the hacks, dismissing Verizon’s request to dismiss these suits.”
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.”