BetaNews: Yahoo sues Mozilla for breach of contract — so Mozilla counter sues Yahoo. “Mozilla and Yahoo have started a legal spat about the deal that existed between the two companies regarding the use of the Yahoo search engine in the Firefox browser. On December 1, Yahoo fired the first shot filing a complaint that alleges Mozilla breached a contract that existed between the two companies by terminating the arrangement early. In a counter complaint, Mozilla says that it was not only justified in terminating the contract early, but that Yahoo Holdings and Oath still have a bill that needs to be settled.”
The Register: Yahoo! Groups! Go! TITSUP! for! Days!. “Administrators of Yahoo! Groups have complained that the service has become unstable and unreliable. Members of the Yahoo! Groups manager’s forum have reported groups going offline, posts that fail to appear, disappearing graphics and other TITSUP* incidents.” In my experience, Yahoo Groups have been a bit messy for a while now…
Reuters: Canadian charged in Yahoo hacking case to plead guilty in U.S.. “A Canadian accused by the United States of helping Russian intelligence agents break into email accounts as part of a massive 2014 breach of Yahoo accounts is expected to plead guilty next week, according to court records.”
Bloomberg Quint: Verizon Is Said to Be on the Hook for Mayer’s Yahoo Search Deal. “Verizon Communications Inc. paid $4.5 billion for Yahoo! Inc.’s web businesses. Then it took a $500 million hit for post-acquisition costs. It’s poised to pay up again, thanks to a high-profile deal struck by Marissa Mayer when she ran the internet company. Executives at the telecom giant are negotiating a bill they will likely owe Mozilla Corp., owner of the Firefox browser, after an expensive web search deal fell apart.”
Variety: Verizon’s Oath Is Laying Off Around 500 AOL, Yahoo Employees. “The Oath does not include a guarantee of employment. Verizon’s Oath internet-media division is cutting more jobs, with the latest round of layoffs affecting around 500 staffers from the former AOL and Yahoo brands. That represents 4% of its total global headcount of approximately 12,000.”
Bloomberg Quint: Google Pays to Put Search Back on Firefox Browser in U.S.. “In a blog post, Mozilla said Firefox’s default search engine will be Google in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The agreement recalls a similar, older deal that was scuttled when Firefox and Google’s Chrome web browser became bitter rivals. Three years ago, Mozilla switched from Google to Yahoo! Inc. as the default Firefox search provider in the U.S. after Yahoo agreed to pay more than $300 million a year over five years — more than Google was willing to pay.” This ain’t good for Yahoo.
TechCrunch: Four years later, Yahoo still doesn’t know how 3 billion accounts were hacked. “On Wednesday, in a security hearing that called both Equifax and Yahoo’s past and present executives to Washington D.C., we’re learning a bit more about what Yahoo didn’t know about the biggest hack in history. When pressed about how Yahoo failed to recognize that 3 billion accounts — and not 500 million as first reported — were compromised in what was later revealed to be a state sponsored attack by Russia, former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer admitted that the specifics of the attack still remain unknown.”