Yahoo Research: Researching the Definition of Good Online Conversations and How They Should Rank with the Yahoo News Annotated Comments Corpus. “In an effort to foster more respectful online discussions and encourage more research among academics surrounding comments, we present the Yahoo News Annotated Comments Corpus (YNACC) via our data sharing program, Webscope. The corpus contains 522K comments from 140K comment threads posted in response to online news articles, and contains manual annotations for a subset of 2.4K comment threads and 9.2K comments. The annotations include 6 attributes of individual comments: sentiment, tone, agreement with other commenters, topic of the comment, intended audience, and persuasiveness.”
New York Times: Marissa Mayer Will Make $186 Million on Yahoo’s Sale to Verizon. “That compensation, which will be fully vested at the time of the shareholder vote, does not include her salary and bonuses over the past five years, or the value of other stock that Ms. Mayer has already sold. All told, her time at Yahoo will have netted her well over $200 million, according to calculations based on company filings.”
The Atlantic: Yahoo’s Demise Is a Death Knell for Digital News Orgs. “Yahoo filed its final quarterly report this week. And just like that, the once-mighty tech firm is exiting public trading. The company has been unraveling—slowly and spectacularly—for more than a decade now. But this particular moment is a good one for reflecting on how Yahoo’s troubles are likely to be replicated in a wave across the web, and soon, among businesses like news organizations that rely heavily on advertising revenue for their survival.”
Yahoo: Yahoo Sports Announces Live Show Coverage for the NFL Draft. “On Thursday, April 27 beginning at 8pm ET, the Yahoo Sports team will air a live show covering the NFL Draft. Host Mike Hill will be joined by Charles Robinson, Pat Forde, Tank Williams, Brad Evans, Brandon Funston and former Super Bowl champion Tony Siragusa in our New York City studios along with live reports and interviews from Eric Edholm with the draft’s top prospects from Philadelphia.”
Recode: Marissa Mayer will not be part of the new AOL-Yahoo combined company called Oath. “According to sources, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will not be continuing with the new company that was announced today prematurely in a tweet by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. The new Verizon-owned entity is called Oath — we’ll get to mocking that name later in the post — and is the combination of AOL and Yahoo. It will be headed by Armstrong, who is now apparently Oath-in-Chief.” Doubt she cares because she made serious bank. Meantime, are they calling it Oath because of all the swearing?
New York Times: One Billion Yahoo Accounts Still for Sale, Despite Hacking Indictments. “For sale: one billion Yahoo accounts, $200,000 or best offer. The passwords don’t work, but the dates of birth, telephone numbers and security questions could still be useful to an adept cyberthief.”
From the US Department of Justice: U.S. Charges Russian FSB Officers and Their Criminal Conspirators for Hacking Yahoo and Millions of Email Accounts. “The defendants used unauthorized access to Yahoo’s systems to steal information from about at least 500 million Yahoo accounts and then used some of that stolen information to obtain unauthorized access to the contents of accounts at Yahoo, Google and other webmail providers, including accounts of Russian journalists, U.S. and Russian government officials and private-sector employees of financial, transportation and other companies. One of the defendants also exploited his access to Yahoo’s network for his personal financial gain, by searching Yahoo user communications for credit card and gift card account numbers, redirecting a subset of Yahoo search engine web traffic so he could make commissions and enabling the theft of the contacts of at least 30 million Yahoo accounts to facilitate a spam campaign.”