Say Goodbye to the Original Yahoo Directory

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Yahoo has announced it will finally, officially shut down the Yahoo Directory on December 31, 2014 No, we didn't know the Yahoo Directory was still a thing either. For those of you not familiar with the world before Google, the Yahoo Directory is the product that made Yahoo a big deal in the first place. In the early days of the web, it was also one of the most important search and discovery engines. See also: RIP Google Reader and Winamp: 10 Tech Products We Lost in 2013 The Yahoo Directory (which ironically, seems to be down because of the wave of interest surrounding the product) was a human-edited directory of websites, organized into various tiers. If you wanted to look for sites about video games, you would go to the Yahoo Directory, click on "Computers and Internet," then "Games", then "Video Games." Read more... Read more »

AdStage Raises $6.25M To Bring Its Cross-Network Ad Platform To The Masses

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 AdStage, a startup whose co-founder and CEO Sahil Jain said he plans on “bringing a real SaaS model to the ad tech space,” is announcing that it has raised a $6.25 million Series A. The company debuted at last year’s Launch conference, promising customers an easy way to create ads that run across Google, Bing, Facebook and LinkedIn. Later that year, AdStage announced a… Read More Read more »

Yahoo Makes One of Its Biggest Acquisitions Under Marissa Mayer: Flurry

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This story has been updated. Yahoo has agreed to buy Flurry, a mobile app analytics service, the two companies announced late Monday Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but an earlier report in Re/code said the price tag would likely be in the "hundreds of millions" of dollars. If true, that would make this one of Yahoo's biggest acquisitions under CEO Marissa Mayer See also: Marissa Mayer's 2-Year Report Card at Yahoo: C- Flurry was founded in 2005 and works with developers and marketers to "optimize the mobile experience through better apps and more personalized ads." It has received more than $60 million in funding to date and works with more than 500,000 apps Read more... More about Yahoo Read more »

New Mapping Software Gives You the Scenic Route

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Most GPS mapping apps are designed to get you where you want to go quickly. But for those who seek the scenic route, experimental software being developed by Yahoo researchers promises paths that are not just efficient, but also beautiful, pleasant and emotionally stimulating. Traditionally, pedestrians may have found beautiful paths by taking aimless strolls, but this new software doesn't leave much to serendipity. Here's how it would work: A user would enter a current or start location, along with a desired destination. An algorithm would then select and suggest the route that ranks highest on a "beauty score" attributed to each route by the software. The recommended routes would only be about 12% longer than the shorter but less attractive routes, and they would take into account the emotional feel of a place , the researchers said. Read more... More about Gps , Route , Tech , Apps Software , and Gadgets Read more »

Yahoo’s Aviate Comes Out of Beta With Powerful New Features

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Aviate, the Android launcher app acquired by Yahoo earlier this year, was updated with powerful new features on Monday Aviate, which is now open to everyone, was an invite-only beta since its launch last October. Previously, users had to request an invitation and spend time on a wait list to get access to the app. See also: Android Launchers: Their Time Has Come Unlike many other Android launchers, which focus on customization, Aviate aims to simplify your home screen, according to Mark Daiss, the app's cofounder and Yahoo product manager. "It's intended to be simple ... The stock Android experience is a little confusing," Daiss told Mashable . "We saw this huge opportunity to innovate and move out of this app-centric model — this grid of apps — and really move towards something that's a little bit more compelling for the user, and gives the user information the moment it's useful without them having to search." Read more.. Read more »

The 9 Hottest Summer Grilling Recipes, Based on Your Searches

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Memorial Day weekend is behind us, which means summer grilling season is just about to arrive. Whether you plan on entertaining guests or just want to cook up delicious weekend meals this summer, you're probably already looking for grilling inspiration See also: 10 Unique Popsicle Recipes for a Chill Summer Look no further — Yahoo released the top grilling recipes its users are searching for: "beer can chicken on the grill" "grilled corn on the cob" "grilled asparagus" "grilled pineapple recipe" "grilled shrimp recipes" "grilled salmon" Using these terms, we dished up the hottest summer grilling recipes across the web. Whether you're looking for a way to spice up corn on the cob or you want to serve mouthwatering grilled pineapple, we've got you covered. Read more... More about Yahoo , Features , Ugc , Cooking , and Recipe Read more »

5 Internet Trolls Too Goofy to Hate

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Some trolls have all the fun Yes, the time-honored Internet trade of leaving comments, arguing and being generally annoying is sometimes taken up by those with a great sense of humor. Trolling is usually irritating, but not when it's in the hands of an able comedian — especially when that comedian is so dedicated to his jokes that he spends hours, days and even years crafting them See also: 20 Greatest Yearbook Trolls of All Time Here's a toast to the trolls who were supremely determined to get the last laugh 1. ronnyjohnson618 has done it all (on YouTube) YouTube user ronnyjohnson618 never met a video he didn't like. He's been commenting on videos for years, offering his expert opinion on, well, everything. Read more... More about Video , Internet , Social Media , Features , and Trolls Read more »

Alibaba: What You Should Know About the Most-Hyped IPO of the Year

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Alibaba filed paperwork on Tuesday for a $1 billion public offering. It is expected to increase significantly and could become the largest tech IPO of all time If your first thought reading that is "What the heck is Alibaba?", you're probably not alone Alibaba is a household name in China and well-known among certain tech industry watchers and investors abroad, but it doesn't exactly have mainstream recognition among consumers in the United States. That might change after its IPO. See also: Chinese E-Commerce Giant Alibaba Files For $1 Billion U.S. IPO To help you get a head start learning about this fast-growing tech company, we've put together a primer on what Alibaba does, how it got so big and what impact it might have on other U.S. businesses. Read more... More about China , Stocks , Alibaba , and Business Read more »

NSA Finally Reveals How PRISM Works, But It’s Nothing New

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The NSA has finally decided to tell the world how the Internet surveillance program PRISM works, though it's been almost a year since its existence was revealed by one of the very first Edward Snowden leaks. On Tuesday, the spy agency released a report on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is the legal justification for PRISM. The document explains how the NSA collects Internet data but, perhaps unsurprisingly, it reveals almost nothing new However, even though it doesn't go into many technical details, it appears to confirm that the program pretty much works the way two security researchers theorized back in June Read more... More about Privacy , Surveillance , Prism , Us World , and Us Read more »

Netflix, Hulu and … Yahoo? Why Marissa Mayer Wants Original TV Programming

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Marissa Mayer may soon take a break from acquiring companies and instead acquire some TV shows. Yahoo is "close" to ordering four high-quality online TV series with budgets of as much as a "few million dollars" per episode, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal . This would effectively put Yahoo in competition with a different group of Internet companies, including Netflix, Hulu and Amazon See also: Katie Couric's Move to Yahoo: Desperation or Inspiration? The Internet giant has offered original programming in the past, though for the most part it has come in the form of shorter web series. The decision to invest more on TV caliber programming is likely part of the company's larger goal to double down on quality online video. Read more »