Yahoo Restores Automatic Email Forwarding After Brief Outage

Yahoo Restores Automatic Email Forwarding After Brief OutageYahoo Restores Automatic Email Forwarding After Brief Outage
Yahoo says it has restored automatic email forwarding after a brief outage sent a flutter of indignation across the internet.

Yahoo Mail executive Michael Albers says in a statement the feature had been disabled as Yahoo upgraded its platform.

News of the outage , first reported by The Associated Press, came following Yahoo’s announcement that millions accounts had been compromised by hackers and allegations of collusion with US intelligence.

(Also see: Yahoo Disputes Report on E-Mail Scanning for US Government)
Some wondered whether the outage was aimed at preventing people from leaving Yahoo amid the negative headlines, but the statement said the feature was turned off to allow the company to tweak its search function and improve performance.

Brian McIntosh, a computer professional who first flagged the issue to AP, said forwarding now worked “just the same way it did before!”

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Yahoo Investigating Claims of Huge Data Breach Affecting 200 Million Accounts

Yahoo Investigating Claims of Huge Data Breach Affecting 200 Million Accounts

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hacker also responsible for selling LinkedIn data dumps earlier
  • Yahoo’s exposed considered to be really old
  • Verizon recently bought Yahoo for roughly Rs. 32,500 crores

After a hacker going by the name of Peace put up for sale a cache of what’s alleged to be 200 million stolen Yahoo user account credentials earlier this week, the Internet company says it has started investigating the matter, claiming that it is taking this breach “very seriously”.

Peace has listed an advert on the TheRealDeal marketplace claiming that about 200 million Yahoo accounts are up for sale for three Bitcoins (roughly Rs. 1,07,000). The cache supposedly contains usernames, passwords, and dates of birth, and appear to be hashed by the md5 algorithm, Motherboard reports. The hacker has also submitted a way to unscramble the hashed credentials as well, and claims the cache contains records that are from “2012 most likely.”

Yahoo has confirmed that it is aware about this data breach, and is investigating it. “Our security team is working to determine the facts. Yahoo works hard to keep our users safe, and we always encourage our users to create strong passwords, or give up passwords altogether by using Yahoo Account Key, and use different passwords for different platforms,” the company told Motherboard.

Peace is also known for selling data dumps of other major tech companies like MySpace and LinkedIn. This data is especially useful for phishers who look to monetize through illegitimate ways. Motherboard got hold of a small sample of 5000 Yahoo accounts, and when it tested about a hundred of them; it found out that most IDs seem to be inactive, disabled, or discontinued.

Because of this, it’s being speculating that either the data is too old to be considered valuable or the advert is just fake. Yahoo gave away very little about the investigations and only said that it was “working to determine the facts”. If real, affected users can expect password reset links to be sent to them at some point.

(Also see: When Yahoo Refused to Buy Google for $1 Million)

Verizon recently bought Yahoo’s core business for $4.83 billion (roughly Rs. 32,500 crores). Yahoo will be rolled into Verizon’s AOL operations and CEO Marissa Meyers will be working again with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, who worked with Mayer at Google for years and tried unsuccessfully to convince her to combine the two companies when they both remained independent.

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Yahoo Communications Chief Leaves in Advance of Verizon Takeover

Yahoo Communications Chief Leaves in Advance of Verizon Takeover

Anne Espiritu, Yahoo Inc.’s vice president of global public relations and communications, is leaving after four years at the company that’s now selling its core assets to Verizon Communications.

Espiritu was the first person hired from Google after Marissa Mayer left the search giant to take the job as Yahoo’s chief executive officer in 2012. Espiritu and Mayer had been discussing for some time when Espiritu might leave Yahoo, according to a person familiar with the matter.

“We are incredibly grateful for her hard work, dedication and unwavering support over the past four years,” Yahoo said in a statement. “We wish her luck in her next adventure.”

Sheila Tran is being promoted to become Yahoo’s head of global public relations, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the appointment hasn’t been made public.

Espiritu’s departure follows Verizon’s announcement July 25 that it will acquire Yahoo’s Internet assets for $4.8 billion, bringing the web portal together with longtime rival AOL. The telecommunications company will add Yahoo web services that still draw 1 billion monthly users, including mail, news and sports content and financial tools.

Espiritu was a key figure in helping shape and manage the communications at Yahoo during Mayer’s tenure as CEO, which included heightened criticism on Wall Street and in the press as sales growth sputtered over time amid market share losses.

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Yahoo Revamps Flickr throughout computer, cell, and internet

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Yahoo on Thursday driven out a main update to its Flickr apps on cell and computer systems, as well asthe internet provider, absolutely overhauling the UI. The up to date apps for Android, iOS, Mac, andwindows are actually to be had. The design modifications help users better organise theirphotographs along with smooth finding and sharing of snap shots and motion pictures.

The organisation says the principal UI design revamp of Flickr will let customers take advantage of the 1TB of loose storage to be had to them. that amount of garage ought to pose a venture for positivecustomers in relation to checking out the larger quantity of pics and videos they upload to the service.

“At Flickr, we have dreamed of creating a area where you could keep and manipulate an entire life‘sreally worth of recollectionsbelieve having half a million pics in a single location! we haveredesigned Flickr and now you may easily and efficiently add, view, prepare, edit and proportion yourlifetime of photos and videos across computer and mobile. nowadays, we are introducing a number ofexciting equipment, as well as a whole refresh to our cell apps, that will help you take advantage of the 1,000 GB of loose space we gave you in 2013,” said Tim A. Miller, Head of Engineering, Flickr at thebusiness enterprise weblog put up.

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The company has brought a function referred to asdigital camera Roll’. The feature shall we usersscroll through several snap shots and videos in a timeline view that is additionally powered with the aid of the advanced photo recognition technology. extensively, the firm has been checking out this feature for numerous months. Sharing content material to other social media websites like fb and Instagram, and date-wise downloading of content in zip documents, has additionally been made simpler

Yahoo has additionally added the Magic View characteristic that mechanically organises the photosunder greater than 60 classes along with landscapes, animals, black & white, and portraits. Albums on Flickr can be without problems created and grouped with big and small images to package deal andproportion with out developing a brand new album through the Swipe selection functionality.

the brand new Unified search will let users utilise not unusual phrases to look for pix. customers can also search based totally on places, holidays, date, and even with the aid of depth of discipline. Yahoo has also delivered the Uploadr function for home windows and Mac, and car-Uploadr for mobiledevices. As part of the brand new feature, all documents uploaded are marked as private, and duplicates are deleted mechanically. Batch importing and batch deleting have additionally been blanketed.

For image modifying an up to date suite of modifying gear and filters has been introduced as part of the Flickr update. Flickr will now don’t forget the edit settings of an photograph as soon as the person edits an photograph inside the device. White stability, Photoshop-style edits and exposure controls are some of the few.

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Time Said to Be Considering Taking on Private Equity Partner for Yahoo Bid

Time Said to Be Considering Taking on Private Equity Partner for Yahoo Bid

Time Inc is considering partnering with a private equity firm on a bid for Yahoo Inc’s core Internet assets, according to people familiar with the matter, as the US publishing company seeks to boost its digital presence.

The deliberations on finding a partner to help fund the potential deal underscore Time Inc’s limited resources. Yahoo’s web business is estimated to be worth several billion of dollars more than Time Inc’s market capitalisation of just $1.6 billion (roughly Rs. 10,596 crores).

Time Inc held conversations with buyout firms before signing a non-disclosure agreement with Yahoo recently that forbids bidders in the sale process from communicating with each other, the people said this week.

However, Time Inc is hoping that Yahoo will allow bidders to form consortia after they submit first-round bids that are due on April 11, the people added. Time Inc has not yet selected any private equity firm as a potential partner, the people said.

(Also see:  Yahoo to Allow Proxy Access for Board Nominations)

Several private equity firms are weighing bids for Yahoo’s internet assets including Blackstone Group LP, KKR & Co LP, TPG Capital LP, Apax Partners LLP, Warburg Pincus LLC, Bain Capital LLC and Hellman & Friedman LLC, the people said.

A potential deal structure that Time Inc and its investment bankers have been considering is a Reverse Morris Trust, the people said. This could potentially allow Yahoo to divest assets in a tax-efficient manner, the people added.

Spokespeople for Yahoo, Time Inc and the private equity firms declined to comment.

Since Time Inc spun out from parent company Time Warner Inc in 2014, its chief executive, Joe Ripp, has been vocal about putting more cash into the business and expanding the company beyond its print roots.

The New York-based company, whose titles include People, Sports Illustrated and its namesake Time magazine, has been on a digital shopping spree in recent months.

In February, it acquired Viant Technology, a New York-based marketing firm that owns Myspace, an early social media company. Last fall, it bought HelloGiggles, a lifestyle website owned by actress Zooey Deschanel, and xoJane, an online magazine geared to women.

Yahoo faces increasing pressure from shareholders and investors to sell its core business instead of going through a spinoff that would separate the company from its stakes in Yahoo Japan and AlibabaGroup.

Analysts see Verizon, the large telecommunications company that bought AOL last year for $4.4 billion (roughly Rs. 29,141 crores), as being a more likely candidate to prevail in the auction for Yahoo’s web business.

Time Inc’s revenue annual revenue fell 5 percent to $3.1 billion (roughly Rs. 20,531 crores) last year, with print and advertising revenue falling 10 percent to $1.32 billion (roughly Rs. 8,742 crores). However, its digital advertising revenues have been on the upswing and rose 11 percent to $221 million (roughly Rs. 1,463 crores) last year.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

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Yahoo to Allow Proxy Access for Board Nominations

Yahoo to Allow Proxy Access for Board Nominations

Yahoo Inc will allow investors who have held stake of at least 3 percent in the struggling Internet company for a minimum of three years to nominate directors to its board.

The company amended its bylaws to allow these investors to nominate up to 20 percent of its board, according to a regulatory filing on Wednesday.

Yahoo joins several companies including Apple Inc, AT&T Inc, Staples Inc and Citigroup Inc in adopting new “proxy access” rules that make it easier for shareholders or groups of shareholders to nominate board candidates.

“Proxy access” is shareholders’ ability to nominate directors to run against a company’s chosen slate of director nominees using its annual meeting materials.

Activist investor Starboard Value LP, which owns about 1.7 percent of Yahoo, launched a proxy fight last week to overthrow the company’s nine-member board.

Yahoo, under pressure from shareholders to sell its core business, began an auction of the businesslast month after shelving plans to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

(Also see:  Yahoo Begins Shuttering Some Digital Services)

Yahoo said on Wednesday that the amended bylaws would come into effect after its 2016 annual meeting, which means they would be effective from the 2017 meeting.

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Microsoft Reportedly Meets With Private Equity Over Yahoo Deal

Microsoft Reportedly Meets With Private Equity Over Yahoo Deal

Microsoft Corp executives are in early talks with potential Yahoo Inc investors about contributing to financing to buy the troubled Internet company, a person familiar with the situation said.

The talks are preliminary, the person added, and Microsoft is focused on preserving the relationship between the two companies. Microsoft and Yahoo have longstanding search and advertising agreements.

Private equity firms interested in Yahoo approached Microsoft, the person added. Microsoft declined to comment.

Yahoo is auctioning its core Internet business, which includes search, mail and news sites. The faded Internet pioneer has been struggling to keep up with Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc in the battle for online advertisers.

Verizon’s Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said in December that the US wireless carrier could look at buying Yahoo’s core business if it was a good fit.

Activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP moved on Thursday to overthrow the entire board of Yahoo, including Chief Executive Marissa Mayer, who has struggled to turn the company around in her nearly four years at the helm.

Microsoft’s interest in Yahoo comes nearly a decade after another approach. In 2008, then-CEO Steve Ballmer tried unsuccessfully to buy Yahoo for about $45 billion.

Website Re/code previously reported meetings between Microsoft and investors.

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Yahoo Sets April 11 Deadline for Preliminary Bids: Report

Yahoo Sets April 11 Deadline for Preliminary Bids: Report

Yahoo Inc has set an April 11 deadline to submit preliminary bids for its web business and Asian assets, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing sources.

Yahoo asked bidders details regarding financing, conditions or approvals that would have to be met on their end, and what key assumptions they would be making by deciding to move forward with a deal, the Journal said, citing a letter sent to possible bidders.

A deadline for preliminary bids in April could mean that Yahoo could close a deal by June or July, theJournal said.

Yahoo could not be immediately reached for a comment outside regular business hours.

The faded Internet pioneer launched an auction of its core business in February after it shelved plansto spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP, which owns about 1.7 percent of Yahoo, launched a proxy fight last week in an attempt to overthrow the entire board of Yahoo.

Telecommunications company Verizon Communications and publisher Time are among companies expected to bid for Yahoo’s core business, while some private equity firms are expected to team up to make offers.

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Microsoft Might Be Willing to Bankroll Yahoo Board Takeover: Report

Microsoft Might Be Willing to Bankroll Yahoo Board Takeover: Report

Microsoft Corp executives are in talks with equity firms considering bids for Yahoo Inc! saying that Microsoft might be willing to offer “significant financing” for their efforts, tech news site Recode reported on Thursday.

However, Microsoft has not made commitments so far to investors, and any discussions are exploratory, Recode reported, citing unnamed sources.

Microsoft’s move is an attempt to ensure a good relationship with Yahoo’s buyer, the website reported.

Yahoo launched an auction of its core business in February after it shelved plans to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

In an interview with Reuters in February, Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer said the company will entertain offers as they come but its first priority is a turnaround plan.

Yahoo faces increasing pressure from shareholders and investors to sell its core business instead of going through a spinoff that would separate the company from its multibillion-dollar stakes in Yahoo Japan and Alibaba Group

Activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP on Thursday said it would nominate nine candidates for the board in an attempt to overthrow the entire board of Yahoo including its chief executive.

Starboard has been pushing for changes at Yahoo since 2014 and owns about 1.7 percent of the company.

Microsoft’s partnerships and acquisition strategy head Peggy Johnson is also part of the effort to finance a possible Yahoo buyer, Recode said.

Microsoft, which made a hostile bid to buy Yahoo in 2008, had no interest in making a more significant bid, but others do, Recode said.

Yahoo and Microsoft declined to comment.

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Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and Comcast Partner to Secure Email

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and Comcast Partner to Secure Email

Amidst the ongoing Apple-FBI controversy, some of the biggest tech companies have joined forces to deliver a new email mechanism called SMTP STS that is aimed at making user information more secure.

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Comcast and LinkedIn have together submitted a proposal to the Internet Engineering Task Force for SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) STS (Strict Transport Security). The system checks if the domain a user is sending an email to supports SMTP STS or not, and also checks if the encryption certificate is authentic and up to date. If for some reason the mechanism detect any problem, it would not let the email pass through and will let the sender know the reason.

“SMTP STS is a mechanism enabling mail service providers to declare their ability to receive TLS-secured connections, to declare particular methods for certificate validation, and to request sending SMTP servers to report upon and/or refuse to deliver messages that cannot be delivered securely,” saidthe proposal.

Email has long been one of the primary sources of digital communication, but with the rise of instant messaging apps, workplace collaboration apps, and social networks, it is slowly losing its dominance. It is always good to see companies like Google and other working on encrypting emails to make the personal more secure. Google itself uses the encryption method for its Gmail email service. Last month it tightened the security for its Gmail service by flagging those email providers that don’t support Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption, which is aimed at ensuring a connection is secure before exchanging data between server ad client. Emails sent using such mail services will be flagged with a red broken lock icon on the top-right corner of the mail.

In addition, Gmail will flag emails received from contacts whose identity cannot be verified. The service will alert the receiver about the emails coming from unauthenticated sources by showing a question mark in place of the contact’s profile photo.

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