NBC News: Ex-Yahoo engineer pleads guilty to hacking thousands of accounts. “A former Yahoo software engineer pleaded guilty Monday to hacking into the accounts of thousands of Yahoo users while looking for sexual images and videos, according to federal prosecutors and court documents.”
TechCrunch: The latest version of Yahoo Mail helps users find attachments and deals. “The new Yahoo Mail also includes a view for checking all your email subscriptions, and a button that allows you to unsubscribe from any of them with a single tap. And there’s an additional view (also iOS-only for now) focusing on ‘active updates,’ namely pressing and time-sensitive emails, such as package tracking and travel updates.”
The Verge, and I freely admit I’m posting this mostly for the snark: Yahoo redesigns its logo to remind you that Yahoo exists. “Yahoo isn’t exactly a popular company these days. But while it’s been down for a long time, it’s not out of the game yet, and today the company is here to remind everyone of that with a new logo that practically screams out (in a newly selected hue of purple): ‘We still exist and have somehow not imploded like a decayed, hollowed-out husk of a dying oak tree!'”
Komando: Here’s how to claim your $100 settlement if Yahoo leaked your data. “Yahoo! You may be eligible for $100 in compensation as part of a class-action lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit is over a number of serious data breaches at Yahoo that took place over several years affecting users. Yahoo is close to settling the multimillion-dollar lawsuit. In an email announcing the expected settlement, Yahoo said those affected by the breaches also have the option to get free credit monitoring.” The article notes that the settlement money might go the way of Equifax.
TechCrunch: After more than 10 years, Flickr frees its login system from Yahoo . “Oh joy, oh rapture, unsubdued, Flickr’s login is no longer tied to Yahoo. The photo-sharing platform announced today that it will roll out a new system to members over the next few weeks that doesn’t require a Yahoo ID. This is welcome news to long-time Flickr users who are still bitter over the requirement, introduced in 2007, two years after Yahoo acquired Flickr, that forced everyone to use Yahoo credentials to sign in.”
Search Engine Roundtable: Happy Holidays & Christmas Day Logos From Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, Sogou & More. “The search engine industry is all decked out to celebrate the holidays and Christmas with their happy holiday and Christmas logo and themes. This year we have special logos and designs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, Sogou and our own site.”
CNET: Verizon takes $4.6 billion write-down on Oath . “Verizon said Tuesday the integration of Yahoo and AOL has achieved lower-than-expected benefits. As a result, Verizon expects to record a goodwill impairment charge of about $4.6 billion in the fourth quarter, the company said in a statement filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.” As the article notes, Yahoo’s original purchase price was $4.83 billion.