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surveillance, whistleblowing, and security engineering
Yahoo executives installed a back-door for US Govt to use without informing their security team. (When they found it, they assumed it had been done by hackers.)
security  ethics  privacy  surveillance  yahoo 
december 2016 by mcherm
Exclusive: Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence - sources | Reuters
Apparently Alex Stamos, head of security at Yahoo, resigned over Yahoo's choice to spy on all of their customers' emails for the US government without even putting up a fight.
yahoo  security  ethics  4thAmmendment  privacy  via:LoweringTheBar 
october 2016 by mcherm
Why Tumblr Was a Massive Steal for Yahoo – AllThingsD
Good things about tumblr: it caters to readers (who have money) not writers (they've just got time) it has highly specific interests (to more perfectly target advertising), and it has infinite scrolling but can still track what you cared about (by hearting posts).
yahoo  tumblr  socialcomputing 
may 2013 by mcherm
How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet
Yahoo bought Flickr. They didn't let them run like a startup and forced them to do stuff that sucked (like a completely broken mobile app). Now they're terrible and it's too late.
yahoo  facebook  flickr  via:HackerNews 
may 2012 by mcherm
I Hope Yahoo Crushes Facebook in its Patent Suit « blog maverick
Maybe if Yahoo sues Facebook for billions and ruins their IPO, maybe THAT will get the attention of Congress about software patent reform.
yahoo  facebook  law  ip-law  patent  patentabuse 
march 2012 by mcherm
What Happened to Yahoo
Paul Graham says Yahoo never had a "hacker culture", they always thought of themselves as a media company run by suits. And he thinks this led to their failure to become what Google became.
via:HackerNews  paulgraham  startup  yahoo 
august 2010 by mcherm
This shouldn’t be the image of Hack Day
Another sad case for women programmers: lap dances at a Yahoo "hack day".
gender  yahoo  fail  SimonWillison  via:SimonWillison 
october 2009 by mcherm
Blind Search
This takes Microsoft's, Yahoo's, and Google's search engines and presents them in a blind taste test.
via:reddit  yahoo  google  Microsoft  search 
june 2009 by mcherm
Yahoo Gets Groups - Clay Shirky -
Clay Shirky writes that the only good reason HE sees for Microsoft to acquire Yahoo! is that the folks at Yahoo! really get how to build social apps on the web. Whether it's worth it is still an good question.
clayshirky  socialcomputing  yahoo  Microsoft 
february 2008 by mcherm
Redeye VC: Microsoft/Yahoo - let the exodus begin
Really interesting way of collecting data on how the employees at a company actually feel about it: track clickthrough on ads for new jobs. This person reviewed the Microsoft and Yahoo attitudes after the announcement of the acquisition plans.
Microsoft  yahoo  advertising 
february 2008 by mcherm
Should Microsoft Buy Yahoo?
Thoughts on why Microsoft buying Yahoo is a bad idea. "Every company is based on a single successful trick."
BruceEckel  blogentry  yahoo  google  Microsoft 
february 2008 by mcherm
LAist: Flickr Now Limits You to Zero Mistakes Per Person
Flickr isn't handling all customers as well as they should.
flickr  censorship  yahoo 
january 2008 by mcherm

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