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Yahoo News Digest Comes to Android Tablets

By Matthew Wee, Senior Product Manager, Mobile

We’re bringing our award-winning Yahoo News Digest app to the Android tablet.  It’s the same twice daily digest, that combines the power of technology and the strength of our editors to deliver a comprehensive and complete view of what’s happening around the world.

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Yahoo News Digest for Android tablets is available to download in the Google Play Store today.

Teaching Accessibility: A Call to Action from the Tech Industry

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By Larry Goldberg, Director, Accessible Media

At Yahoo, we work to create products that can be enjoyed by everyone. Great design demands nothing less. Whether a person is disabled or not, products that are conceived and designed with every individual in mind are simply better products.

The reality is that most recent graduates with computer science degrees do not have experience or appreciation for the need to build for disabled individuals. We recognize that we need talented engineers with experience developing accessible products to make our products available to everyone.

To find engineers with the appropriate skill set, Yahoo, along with a number of tech industry partners, will include standard language in open job requisitions to indicate that we prefer engineering candidates with accessibility experience. This is a huge step toward ensuring that products across the industry are designed with every individual in mind. For a full list of companies committed to this initiative, check out teachingaccessibility.com.

We’ve timed this announcement that we’ll recruit accessibility-minded engineers with the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA25), coming up this Sunday, July 26th.

While making all tech products accessible is not mandated by law, Yahoo and our peers believe that it is simply the right thing to do. We want to make sure that our users have equal access to the services we provide, whether or not they’re disabled. And, what better way to celebrate ADA25 than by recruiting engineers who have the technical chops to carry on the legacy of this important legislation!

We’re pleased that several major academic institutions have joined us in this effort – check out the full list here. These universities are considering how to prepare students of technology to build with accessibility in mind. This commitment to teaching accessibility will help ensure that future generations of engineers have the skill sets needed to qualify for positions – such as those at Yahoo – that state a preference for such experience.

By recruiting engineers who have an awareness of building accessible products, we are making the internet a better place for users around the globe. Cheers to ADA25, and to the future of accessibility!

Yahoo Appoints Lisa Utzschneider Chief Revenue Officer

By Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO

I’m thrilled to announce the appointment of Lisa Utzschneider as Chief Revenue Officer. In this new role, Lisa will lead Yahoo’s sales organization globally to serve the needs of advertisers worldwide. All sales teams globally will report to Lisa.

Since joining Yahoo last year, Lisa has been pivotal in structuring the sales teams across North and South America for growth. She has successfully integrated sales across Yahoo, BrightRoll, Flurry and Tumblr to help bring new opportunities and tremendous value to advertisers. As we continue to build a truly global advertising business that is positioned for long-term growth, Lisa’s strong leadership and industry knowledge will help us accelerate towards those goals.

Developers, YMDC is Back! Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference is Coming to NYC in August

By Jarah Euston, VP of Product

Mark your calendars! The Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference will take place August 26 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. The conference will once again include speakers from across Yahoo (including Tumblr), sessions with app developers and more. Flurry from Yahoo will share what’s new in mobile developer tools, and breakout sessions will help developers solve some of the biggest issues they’re facing in today’s rapidly evolving and growing app market, such as monetization and measurement. We’re thrilled to be hosting our first-ever mobile hackathon the day before, on August 25!

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We hosted our first Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference in San Francisco in February, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled by how many developers came out to our inaugural event. Since then, we’ve continued to invest in developer initiatives, such as our monthly Yodel Meetup in San Francisco, and packed mobile developer meetups in Seattle, Toronto, London, Cannes, Taipei, Delhi and Bangalore. We’re excited to bring the Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference to the East Coast, where there’s a rapidly growing hub of mobile innovation.

For more information, updates on the agenda and speakers, and to request an invitation, please check the official event Tumblr here: http://ymdcnyc.tumblr.com/

We hope you’ll join us! Stay tuned for more details…

Add Photos, Files, GIFs and Links to Your Emails with One Click

By Devin Abbott, Associate Product Manager

At Yahoo, we believe that email is personal and the messages you create should be compelling, creative and beautiful, and of course, easy to compose. In the past, it’s been hard to find and add photos, files or other content when sending emails, but today that’s about to change.

We’re excited to share a new feature when you’re composing a message that’s quick and fun to use. Now, you can easily find and add photos, files, GIFs or links to your messages.

Try it out when you compose your next email by clicking on the new + icon in the bottom right corner of the compose window. A panel will open on the right side that shows you four different types of content that you can select: photos, files, GIFs and web links (icons from left to right). Here is what each category contains:

  • Photos: View photos that you’ve sent or received in Yahoo Mail sorted by date, with the most recent photos up top. You can also search for photos from the Web or Flickr using the search box.
  • Files: See files including documents, presentations, PDFs, etc. that you’ve sent or received sorted by date. If you’re looking for a specific file, you can search by person or keyword in the search box.
  • GIFs: Have some fun by sending a GIF (animated image). We include search suggestions, but you can also search from GIFs across the Web and Tumblr. We’ve also added a handy preview for photos and GIFs when you hover over the image to make sure you pick the perfect expression.
  • Web Links: Reference a website without having to leave Yahoo Mail by searching for the restaurant, hotel, movie, etc. right within the panel. The link will appear in your email with an informative link preview.

Once you find what you’d like to add, just click or drag-and-drop to add it to your email and you’re done!

This new compose feature is rolling out to Yahoo Mail users in the U.S. over the next few days. We’ve also made improvements to the overall compose experience that make it faster and smoother. Enjoy, and don’t forget to share your feedback.

A Chance To Win Every Day With Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy

By Simon Khalaf, SVP, Product & Engineering, Publisher Products

For nearly two decades, Yahoo Sports has entertained fans around the world with the most engaging content, news and fantasy experiences.  Our millions of fantasy users are the most passionate sports fans out there, spending nearly 30 billion minutes a year playing season long fantasy sports on Yahoo.  Today, we’re taking the game to the next level and giving you what you’ve always wanted – the chance to be a cash winner every single day with the new Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy.

If you like our full season fantasy leagues, you’re going to love the opportunity to compete with your friends everyday with one-day and weeklong contests. Whether you’re a seasoned Fantasy player or new to the game, Daily Fantasy is easy to play within the Yahoo Fantasy app on iPhone or on any device through your browser.  You can set your lineup like a pro with a simplified salary cap and ready access to real-time sports news and scores from Yahoo’s fantasy experts, all within the experience.

UP YOUR GAME! Go to Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy and update or download your Fantasy Sports App from the App Store to play today. Game on!

Katie Couric Takes Viewers Into Next Week’s Much-Anticipated Literary Event with “Beyond To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee’s Lost Novel”

By Tony Maciulis, Head of News, Yahoo Studios

As the literary world awaits Harper Lee’s long lost novel Go Set a Watchman, set to release on July 14, Yahoo’s Global News Anchor, Katie Couric, takes viewers to Monroeville, Alabama, for in an in-depth look at Lee’s hometown, which was the inspiration for the fictional town of “Maycomb” in her unforgettable novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

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In this new episode of the critically-acclaimed series, Viewfinder, titled, “Beyond To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee’s Lost Novel,” Couric explores the controversy surrounding what many are calling the literary event of the year. As friends and townspeople who know Harper Lee tell the story of how To Kill a Mockingbird originated and share reactions to how Go Set a Watchman was finally discovered and released.

“Beyond To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee’s Lost Novel” premieres on a redesigned page for Katie Couric, which provides a dedicated destination for her wide range of newsmaking and celebrity interviews and videos, including World 3.0, Now I Get It, Conversations with Katie, and more.

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Live on Yahoo: Watch the 10 Year Anniversary of UK’s New Look Wireless Festival

By Lisa Licht, SVP Marketing Partnerships

Yahoo and Live Nation kicked off the summer by live streaming the world’s biggest music festivals beginning with Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas. Attracting fans from all over the world, we’re traveling across the pond this weekend and bringing you the U.K.’s biggest music festival, New Look Wireless, now celebrating its 10th anniversary!

Starting tomorrow, July 3 through Sunday, July 5, tune in to the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo (yahoo.com/newlookwireless) starting at 8:15am ET daily for the exclusive live stream of New Look Wireless – the freshest, coolest and most prestigious party on the U.K. festival calendar!

For those in the U.S., kick off your holiday weekend with some fantastic live performances with friends and family from wherever you are through the Yahoo Screen App (iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox).

“Oo-Hay!” Celebrating Pride Month: The Yahoo Way

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By Patrick Aquino, Talent Program Coordinator 

Did you know that Yahoo recently scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index 2015, and received the 20/20 Visionary Award from the Trevor Project? We are proud to create a welcoming environment for all Yahoos, and that’s why Pride Month is big part of our culture, and a celebration Yahoos hold dear to their hearts.

In June, thousands of Yahoo employees across the globe came together to celebrate Pride.  Employees, family and friends celebrated diversity, took a stand for equality, and expressed what Pride means to them.  It was a month full of riveting conversations, empowerment and high energy dance moves. Here’s a recap of some of the inspirational events Yahoo took part in!

Ally Yodel Campaign

This year, Yahoo launched the Ally Yodel campaign in partnership with the Ally Coalition.  Yahoos, friends and allies across the globe, took to social media to share why they support LGBTQ equality.

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Pride on the Green

Pride on the Green is our annual celebration that kicks off Pride weekend. Representatives from local LGBT nonprofit organizations came to Yahoo headquarters to spread the word about their resources.  This yearly event gives Yahoos space and opportunity to openly celebrate love and diversity with their friends and co-workers.  Celebrations shifted into high gear as this year’s Pride on the Green occurred on the same day the Supreme Court ruled that gay couples (in the U.S.) have a constitutional right to marry.

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Aviate Just Got Better: Introducing the Smart Stream

By Paul Montoy-Wilson, Product Manager of Yahoo Aviate and Co-Founder of Aviate

When looking for an app on your mobile phone, it can be aggravating to sift through pages and pages of applications. What if your phone could just show you the information you wanted instead of forcing you through multiple steps to get there?

As the next step toward making this a reality, we’ve reimagined Spaces in Yahoo Aviate to bring you the Smart Stream. Now Aviate assembles relevant information front and center so you can take action right away. The Smart Stream adjusts the content it surfaces throughout your day, based on where you are and what you’re doing, allowing us to guide you to the information you want. And, the Smart Stream becomes smarter and more personalized as you use it.

Imagine you’re walking downtown in San Francisco on a Saturday around noon. We’ll surface nearby restaurants so that you can find a yummy place to eat. When the Giants game starts at 1pm, we’ll bring you live sports scores. If you plug in your headphones, we’ll pull your music apps up to the top of your Smart Stream. If there’s ever a specific card you’re looking for, you can always access it with the Focus menu, located in the search bar on your homescreen.

We’ve tested many new features over the past few months, working to improve the experience and anticipate your needs. We’re just getting started and look forward to hearing what you think.

Keep flyin’,

The Aviate Crew

Note: This update is currently available to English users in the United States on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and above. We’ve made the decision to no longer support Android 4.0.4 or older with this update. 

Share Web Pages Instantly with Yahoo Mail on Firefox Share

By Josh Jacobson, Director of Product Management

If you’ve ever tried to email a website link to a friend (or even yourself), you know it often seems to take too many steps. You have to copy the link, wait for your email to load, click compose, paste the link, etc. And don’t even get us started on those “email this webpage” links that some pages have, with their sign-ups,“are you human” puzzles, contact imports and who-knows-what.

So, forget all that! Today, we’re making it dead-simple to email links directly from your Firefox browser.

Introducing Yahoo Mail on Firefox Share.

It’s beautiful and easy to use:

  1. Activate the feature once from here.
  2. Then, whenever you visit a web page you want to email, just click on the paper airplane icon in the upper right corner of Firefox. Instantly, a little floating Yahoo Mail window is opened with your link pre-filled, and in most cases, accompanied by a resizable thumbnail image and text about the web page. The subject line is even pre-filled with the title of the page.
  3. Of course, you can customize any part of your message or just send it as-is.

So, activate Yahoo Mail on Firefox Share today and enjoy this easy and beautiful way to share sites with yourself, friends or family.

Yahoo Bolsters Computer Science in Academia with Largest-Ever Server Donation

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By Don McGillen

At Yahoo, we are excited to continue bolstering computer science in academia with our largest cumulative server donation ever. Yesterday, Yahoo Labs’ Academic Partnerships team and the Yahoo Data Center Operations group had the pleasure of delivering 480 servers to…

Yahoo’s New Mobile Search Brings Answers and Actions Front and Center

By Andrew Poon, Vice President, Product Management

At Yahoo, we believe deeply in search – an area of growth and continued investment for us. We also believe that the shift to mobile can and will fundamentally change the overall search experience, allowing us to use rich inputs like context and location in order to deliver the most relevant results. Today I’m excited to share that we have a new mobile search experience in the U.S. that connects you immediately to the people, places and things you care about.

We know when you’re on the go, you’re often searching for a specific piece of information. So rather than delivering endless links for you to sift through on a small screen, we beautifully assemble the most relevant information in a way that allows you to take action right away.

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If you’re going out to dinner, you can get directions to the restaurant, check out reviews, and make reservations without searching further. We’ll surface the most important images, videos, news and additional details related to your search, and display them up front.

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Yahoo has served as your guide to the web, and we’re thrilled to reach this milestone in our efforts to bring you the best search experience possible. We look forward to continuing to learn from and with you as we work hard to make it even better. Stay tuned for more!

To get started on your smartphone, just open search.yahoo.com in your favorite mobile browser and start searching! You can also set Yahoo to be your default search on your mobile browser:

  • Set Yahoo as your default search engine on Safari (iOS)  by going to your phone Settings > Safari > Search Engine and select Yahoo.
  • Set Yahoo as your default search engine on Chrome (Android) by opening Chrome > Settings > Search Engine and select Yahoo.
  • You can set Yahoo as your default on other mobile browsers manually through the app settings.

Yahoo Pride Profile: Robert Morris, Recruiter for Global Sales & Legal

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What’s your personal connection with the LGBTQ community?

I came out the fairly early age of 15, which surprises many people when they find out I grew up in the South. To my knowledge, I was the first openly gay person at my small private high school just outside of Atlanta. After that,…

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