Verizon Buys Yahoo

Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.8 billion per ArsTechnica.

Those assets will form part of a new publicly traded company that will be spun out of Yahoo as a separate business. It’s unclear who will head up that firm, however.

Verizon CEO Lowell Adam said: “Just over a year ago we acquired AOL to enhance our strategy of providing a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators, and advertisers. The acquisition of Yahoo will put Verizon in a highly competitive position as a top global mobile media company, and help accelerate our revenue stream in digital advertising.”

Yahoo will be thrown into the mix with AOL—also a faded Internet star that burned brightly in the ’90s.

The business will be steered by Verizon’s Executive VP Marni Walden, the company said.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer—in a carefully worded statement that made no mention of her future at the company once it joins AOL in the Verizon fold—said:

Yahoo Mail is Down

Yahoo Mail is down. Again. It doesn’t happen often, but it does go down every once in a while. My experience with Yahoo Mail hasn’t been good. The mail interface is quite problematic. I often had to refresh the Yahoo Mail page every time it becomes unresponsive. I think it’s time to think about using another email service. Either start using a free service like GMail or perhaps running your own personal server. I’m leaning more towards running my own email server.

450000 Email Passwords Revealed

A hacker group calling themselves D33Ds Company have published a list of over 450,000 email addresses and passwords online. Hackers were able to compromise Yahoo Voice’s service using the good old SQL injection as reported by a Forbes article.

According to a count by DataLossDB, the collection of leaked email addresses includes 136,000 Yahoo! mail addresses, 106,000 Gmail addresses, and 54,000 Hotmail addresses. Though it’s not exactly clear what Yahoo! service the passwords linked with those accounts in the hacker’s dump can be used for, they may give access to the listed email addresses in many cases where the user re-uses passwords between services.

I guess it time again to change passwords. What a pain.

Delicious Acquired by Avos

Yahoo announced tonight that Delicious is being acquired by Avos. Here’s the email announcement sent to all Delicious users.

Dear Delicious User,
Yahoo! is excited to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, Hurley and Chen have firsthand expertise enabling millions of consumers to share their experiences with the world. Delicious will become part of their new Internet company, AVOS.

To continue using Delicious, you must agree to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks to AVOS. After a transition period and after your bookmarks are transferred, you will be subject to the AVOS terms of service and privacy policy.

Switching Back To Yahoo Mail Classic

What’s wrong with Yahoo Mail? I’m talking about the New Yahoo Mail, that’s about two years old. Here’s the problem. Occasionally, when I try to open email, all I see is a blank page. I tried refreshing the page, closing the tabs, restarting the browser, but still the same results.

I thought it was just my computer, until I borrowed a friend’s laptop to check email. The same thing. Blank messages. It doesn’t happen all the time. Just a few messages here and there, but it’s enough to drive me nuts. So, I decided to switch back to Yahoo Mail Classic.

The Yahoo Mail Classic user interface instantly brought back memories. It works and that’s all I expect from an email service.


My current Alexa ranking is 157825. The reason I brought it up was because Gizmodo posted an article today featuring 300,000 of the biggest websites visualized in a graphic with their icons. The result was based on Alexa rankings earlier this year.

As expected Google, Yahoo, YouTube and Facebook dominated the graphic. I was curious if I made the list. I wasn’t about to spend the whole day looking for it with a microscope, but I was glad to know that NMap has an interactive version. I did a quick search and here it is.

I was pleasantly surprised that I made the list. You can download the graphics if you like or ask for a 24×36 inch poster.

Ubuntu Reverts to Google Search

It was announced in January that Ubuntu will be switching to Yahoo Search as the default search engine in its Mozilla Firefox browser. It didn’t take long for Ubuntu to reconsider. Just a little over two months later, Google is back as the default Search engine. So, why the switch back? According to the H:

That deal appears to be off with Rick Spencer, Engineering Manager for the Ubuntu Desktop Team announcing last night that Ubuntu 10.04 LTS would switch back to Google as default search after considering factors such as “user experience, user preferences, and costs and benefits for Ubuntu and the browsers and other projects that make up Ubuntu”.

Specific reasons for the change back were not given, but Spencer added “It was not our intention to ‘flap’ between providers, but the underlying circumstances can change unpredictably”. The change in development versions of Ubuntu 10.04 will be reverted “as soon as reasonably possible”; the final freeze of the code for 10.04 happens on April 15th.

It’s hard to play second fiddle. Most people prefer Google Search over Yahoo Search anyway.

Linux Webcam Using Flash

I searched high and low for a solution to a problem with my webcam in Linux. I have a Logitech Quickcam Fusion that doesn’t seem to work with Adobe Flash 10. Many programs like Yahoo and use Adobe Flash to capture a webcam. My webcam works just fine with other apps like Cheese and Ekiga, but not with Flash programs. I tried the Flashcam fix, but something is not quite right. There seems to be no fix at the moment based on what I read on the Ubuntu forums. This is an issue with Adobe Flash in Linux. Hopefully, it will get fixed soon, like the next release! Has anyone got theirs to work? Any tip is appreciated.

Yahoo Messenger 10

Yahoo Messenger 10 is still in beta, but early reviews of the messenging client give  a lot of promise. YM 10 has really focused on the social networking aspects of the messaging client. There is heavy emphasis on the phone and the video features. YM 10 figures to be a major competitor to Skype, which eBay, the parent company, just recently partly sold to investors.

Acceptance of YM 10 will depend on how slick the interface is to potential users. YM 10 may have to yank Skype users away to make a slice of the market. Based on history, YM has had a good record of creating excellent graphic interfaces. There’s still a lot of work still to be done, but if you’re interested in testing the latest, you can download it from here.