The Verge: Bing and Yahoo are suggesting offensive searches. “Bing and Yahoo, which is powered by Bing, are both suggesting offensive content within their search features. How-To Geek spotted that Bing’s image search is serving up suggestions for related topics that contain racist terms, the sexualization of minors, and otherwise offensive content. The Verge then found that this problem extends to Yahoo: its homepage search box includes an autocomplete feature that populates racist phrases, and the results often prioritize the company’s Yahoo Answers posts that contain offensive material.” As you might imagine, the article contains / links to a lot of offensive content.
Engadget: Yahoo Together group chat app organizes conversations by topic . “You have loads of group chat apps to choose from if you want to keep in touch with friends and family, but Yahoo’s new entry promises a more organized experience than most. The company has launched a new app for Android and iOS called Yahoo Together, which can split up conversations into topics.”
Quartz: GeoCities Japan is finally shutting down. “Yahoo Japan announced today (Oct. 1) that it will shut down (link in Japanese) its GeoCities service in March 2019, 22 years after its launch. The company said in a statement that it was hard to encapsulate in one word the reason for the shut down, but that profitability and technological issues were primary factors. It added that it was full of ‘regret’ for the fate of the immense amount of information that would be lost as a result of the service’s closure.”
The Register: Biz! Formerly! Known! As! Yahoo! Settles! Data! Breach! Cases! To! The! Tune! Of! $47m!. “The company formerly known as Yahoo! is close to settling cases related to the mammoth data security breach it covered up almost four years ago at a cost of around $47m. In its latest SEC filing, Altaba, as Yahoo is now known, said various legal actions spawned by the 2014 attack were nearly resolved.”
Advertising Age: Now That Tim Armstrong Is Leaving Oath, Where Will He Land Next?. “Tim Armstrong, CEO of Verizon’s Oath, is in talks to leave the company as early as October, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Oath includes AOL and Yahoo, two former internet stalwarts that Verizon recently purchased for a combined $9 billion. Armstrong was initially tasked with using parts from each company to create an advertising platform that would rival the so-called duopoly of Google and Facebook.” That was his mandate? If I were him I’d head over to King Augeas and ask if he had any stables that need spiffying up. That task would be a walk in the park in comparison.
BetaNews: Privacy: Yahoo still scans your emails… and wants to sell data to advertisers. “Oath — the owner of Yahoo — is in talks with advertisers, promoting a service that scans the content of emails and provides a wealth of information about users. The service would give advertisers access to data contained in over 200 million Yahoo Mail inboxes. Email scanning would also apply to AOL Mail inboxes, also owned by Oath. As noted by the Wall Street Journal, Oath is now the only major US email provider than scans emails in this way — and the way to opt out is well-hidden.”