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Yahoo Gets Back In the Game, Tops Visitor Count for January

Yahoo has seen a sudden increase in traffic for the month of January which might have a potential of bringing it back in business. For a company that was going to sell out, Yahoo held up pretty strong and the increase in traffic has happened across all Yahoo services, not just the Yahoo.com website.

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Image via: Tech4globe
According to reports by ComScore and as pointed out by CNN, Yahoo received

178.9 million unique U.S. Web visitors last month, according to research firm ComScore, barely besting Google’s 178.5 million unique users. Microsoft’s sites came in third place, attracting 176.8 million unique users. Facebook and AOL rounded out the top five with 153 million and 111 million unique visitors in January, respectively.

All these three companies shared similar performance stats. However, when it comes to ad reach, Google was able to reach out to 93.1% of users while Yahoo was following at 85.5%. Surprisingly, Facebook was a top ten company when it came to ad reach. Although this data cannot be projected to the future, we can analyze the reason for this surge in January.

The reason is cited as an increase in the traffic for tax-preparation sites and travel-enthusiasts. This is a highly seasonal reason for traffic and Yahoo is clearly a favorite amongst these two categories of users. Another seasonal traffic is the increase in Facebook visitors in the month of December. Either way, overtaking Google is something of a feat for Yahoo, even if the traffic is seasonal.

Obama Dines With Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and More at Tech Dinner [Photos]

Last night, the President of United States hosted some really prominent figures from the tech world which included the CEOs of some of the world’s biggest tech companies.

The list included Steve Jobs from Apple, Mark Zuckerberg from , Dick Costolo from , Eric Schmidt from Google, Carol Bartz from Yahoo among others. The one big person missing from the dinner list was the CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer. It is not clear whether he was not invited or whether he couldn’t make it to the dinner.

Steve Jobs, who has been linked with some really bad rumors looked mighty fine sitting to the left of the President while Mark Zuckerberg was seated at the right. Take a look at some of the photos from yesterdays dinner which were spotted by The Next Web on the official account of the US Government.

President Barack Obama talks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg before a dinner with Technology Business Leaders in Woodside, California, Feb. 17, 2011.
 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama joins a toast with Technology Business Leaders at a dinner in Woodside, California, Feb. 17, 2011.
 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

This goes out to quench all those rumors about Steve Jobs at-least. He looks perfectly fine to me. What do you think?

(Images from Flickr licensed under United States Government Work)

Yahoo Valentine Doodle – Cute Overload

heart-balloonsEarlier today, Keith wrote about the latest Google Doodle, and he spared them no mercy when he said Google’s Valentine Day Doodle Is An Eyesore. I agree with Keith to a certain extent. I didn’t hate the new Doodle, but it’s definitely not as good as I’ve come to expect from them.

Here you can see Google’s latest exercise in poor taste.

On the other hand, Yahoo has a much better graphic on their home page. In celebration of Valentine’s day, Yahoo posted nice flash animation with two birds falling in love.

Here you can see an animated gif, I created from a screen capture.

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You can also see this as a Youtube video that I uploaded.

What do you think? Isn’t that a cute overload? I’m confident enough in my manliness, to admit that I like it far better than Google’s lame graphic.

Here’s wishing you all a great Valentine’s day, or a belated one if this post reaches you too late.

Yahoo Mail Adds Themes Support, Multiple Attachment Uploads and Calendar and Notepad

Remember Yahoo Mail? Yes, the same Yahoo! Mail which was one of the best email service at a point of time? Well, Yahoo Mail is basically revamping their whole UI to add support for themes and also bringing back the Calendar and Notes feature to the main interface.

Yahoo Mail Themes

Yahoo! Mail has introduced a host of new themes, which users can use to customize the look and feel of the email interface. Right now, Yahoo provides users with a choice of 12 themes. In addition to adding support for themes, Yahoo has also brought back the Calendar and Notepad and integrated it with the email interface. Yahoo Mail users can also upload multiple attachments at once by using the Ctrl, Shift or Command key to select files you want to upload.

If you are a socially savvy person, you can now catch up on all your social networking updates from sites like and in a new tab specifically created for social network updates.

One thing I did not like about the new Yahoo Mail Beta is that they have made it hard to find the Options and Themes features. They have clubbed everything under a menu item called Help, which is totally misleading. Unless a user clicks on the Help link he will not be able to find Options etc.

All these new features are available as part of Yahoo Mail! beta, you will be shown an option to try out the new beta. If you don’t see it, just head over to http://features.mail.yahoo.com/ to try it out.

More at the Official Yahoo Mail Blog.

India Accounts For 30% Of Yahoo’s Global Ventures

Yahoo!’s India base has been expanding big time over the past few months and it now accounts for a major contribution to Yahoo!’s global ventures. Almost 30 per cent of Yahoo!’s intellectual property development around the world now comes from it’s Bangalore research center. This share was a modest 12 per cent few years ago. Among other development centers of Yahoo!, USA accounts for close to 60 per cent and the rest 10 per cent comes from Yahoo!’s other centers across the globe.

According to Mr. Shouvick Mukherjee, chief executive and vice president of Yahoo India R&D Yahoo India’s share of intellectual property grew rapidly as the Bangalore dev center got deeply involved to take end to end responsibility of number of global as well as regional products making Yahoo India R&D the second largest centre globally. Another reason is the fact that more than 50% of Yahoo’s users are outside USA and more focus was required on the growth of theses markets in its research and product development efforts.

Two of Yahoo!’s best products – Predict and Helion have been developed at the Yahoo! India development center. Predict is an advertisement exchange that predicts which ad will get what level of click thus improving the return on investment for advertisers. The second product Helion facilitated the launch of multiple sites in parallel. Yahoo! has rolled out major lifestyle based portals using Helion.

Official: Delicious Remains Alive As of Now, Might Swap Hands Later

If you are busy exporting your bookmarks out of Delicious; thinking that the company might close shop any day, you can stop.

Yahoo has confirmed through a blog post that Delicious isn’t shutting down as of yet,   the company might swap hands in future.

The irony here is that the official statement from Yahoo could not be read for some time, because the page throwed an internal server error.


Now don’t draw any conclusion about the future of Delicious, just because their official blog was down. It came back live after a few minutes so we managed to read Yahoo’s explanation on the future of the most popular bookmarking website.

The post is more like a general FAQ page with some common questions and their answers. Following   is the summary of Yahoo’s declaration:

  • Yahoo isn’t shutting down Delicious yet. They have determined that there is an ideal home for Delicious outside of Yahoo.
  • Yahoo is currently in talks with several other companies who are interested in buying Delicious.
  • Users can still export the bookmarks if they want. Delicious continues to work the same way as earlier.

If you ask me, I have two names in mind. Google And Microsoft.

We will have to wait and see which one of the above companies manages to get their grip on Delicious.


How To Export Delicious Bookmarks and Tags

Yahoo is going to shut down the popular bookmarking service Delicious. Though this is not going to go down well with users, here is your chance to get your bookmarks out of Delicious in time for the impending shutdown.

Export Delicious Bookmarks

So here is how you can export your Delicious bookmarks and keep them safe with you. I will try and update the post on how you can import these bookmarks into other services like Xmarks soon.

Step 1: Login to your Delicious Account.

Step 2: Head over to this Delicious bookmark exporter page.

Step 3: Choose the options you want to export or you can also export selective tags. Once you have entered your choices, click on the Export button and your bookmarks will be exported as an HTML file.

Yahoo Shutting Down Delicious?

Yahoo has been shutting down tons of its products including MyBlogLog and Geocities and also laying off employees to restructure the organization. However, there is some buzz going around that Yahoo might be shutting down Delicious, one of the most popular bookmarking services in the world.

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As you can see from the image above, Yahoo has clearly marked Delicious as one of the products in the Sunset section along with MyBlogLog and Yahoo! duds like Yahoo! Buzz and Yahoo! Bookmarks. If the above image is a true reflection of what Yahoo thinks about their products, then they should seriously start looking at the usage statistics.

Closing Delicious could be one of the biggest mistakes made by Yahoo and there is no way that regular users are going to take this news lightly. I for one am appalled at the way Yahoo is dealing with this.

(Image via @waxpancake  h/t @ginatrapani)

Yahoo Fires Employees, Images in Search Backfire. Is this Just a Coincidence?

Yahoo is at it again. Yes. We are talking about job cuts and the firing season. Yahoo is laying off at least 5% of the current employee strength and hiring another huge number. For a company that barely manages to stay afloat, this seems like a really poor strategy as hiring and firing are both cost-intensive processes.

Yahoo blames this firing on revenue growth saying,

Today’s personnel changes are part of our ongoing strategy to best position Yahoo for revenue growth and margin expansion.

After the firing, Yahoo! will end up with 13,500 employees.

On a different and possibly related note, Yahoo Image results in search went haywire today when they started linking to pornographic content from Image search results. The event was revealed at a number of blogs and the series of moves from Yahoo was, to be subtle- amusing.

First, they redirected the image result links to a page that explains how you can identify an URL as safe for work. o matter what image results you fetch, it is always the same page. Sometime later, the matter was resolved and the image results were going to the correct page. However recently, images have been revoked from the search result page.

This might have been the doing of some disgruntled employee who got fired. However, now that the system has been taken down, seemingly, the problem was more than that meets the eye.

Yahoo is at it again. Yes. We are talking about job cuts and the firing season. Yahoo has plans of laying-off at least 5% of the current employee strength and hiring another huge number. For a company, which barely manages to stay afloat, this seems like a really poor strategy as hiring and firing are both cost-intensive processes.

Yahoo blames this firing on revenue growth saying,

Today’s personnel changes are part of our ongoing strategy to best position Yahoo for revenue growth and margin expansion.

After the firing, Yahoo! will end up with 13,500 employees.

On a different and possibly related note, Yahoo Image results in search went haywire today when they started linking to pornographic content from Image search results. The event was revealed at a number of blogs and the series of moves from Yahoo was, to be subtle- amusing.

First, they redirected the image result links to a page that explains how you can identify an URL as safe for work. o matter what image results you fetch, it is always the same page. Sometime later, the matter was resolved and the image results were going to the correct page. However recently, images have been revoked from the search result page.

Yahoo Messenger 11 Beta Now Available, Introduces Social Gaming and Networking

Yahoo has released a new beta of their popular desktop IM chat software, Yahoo Messenger 11. The new version of Yahoo messenger allows you to play games with friends including several popular ones from Zynga.

Yahoo Messenger 11 Games

Yahoo Messenger 11 beta is now available for downloads and it includes social gaming. Yahoo had become more serious about the social gaming phenomenon when they partnered with Zynga to bring the popular game Farmville to the Yahoo network. Yahoo Messenger 11 Beta will include games such as Fishville and Mafia Wars from Zynga; Balloono, Pool and Draw My Thing from OMGPOP; and Happy Harvest and Happy Manor from Elex.

Yahoo Messenger Social Gaming

In addition to social gaming, Yahoo Messenger 11 Beta will also allow you to manage all your social networks from one place, including and Facebook. Users can download the beta version of Yahoo Messenger 11 from here.

Yahoo! Mail and Messenger for Android Updated

Close on the heels of a major revamp of the webmail interface, Yahoo has updated its email and instant messaging apps for Android. “We’ve been pleased with the success of both Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger on the Android platform, but of course we never stop looking for ways to make the apps even better,” wrote Lee Parry, the Product Manager of Yahoo! Mail.

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The major new features are:

Multiple-account support: Over the years, many of you have probably accumulated multiple Yahoo accounts for different purposes. Now, you can seamlessly manage all of them from the Yahoo! Mail app.

Contact sync: As the name suggests, you will now be able to sync your yahoo mail contacts with your phone.

Photo preview: The update makes Yahoo! Mail capable of displaying quick previews of images received as attachments.

Video Calling: The Yahoo messenger app now supports video calling along with photo and video sharing. However, you will need Android 2.2 along with Yahoo! Messenger Video Add-on to take advantage of the video calling feature.

[ Download Yahoo! Mail for Android | Download Yahoo! Messenger for Android ]

Yahoo Mail Gets a Facelift, Promises to Be Faster and More Social

After pretty much remaining stagnant and watching Gmail steal its thunder (repeatedly), Yahoo has finally updated its email service. The first significant update to Yahoo Mail in five years, promises to deliver a “faster, safer and more social email experience”.

I tried checking it out with my old Yahoo Mail account, which I solely use for signing up to newsletters that I am never going to read, and was immediately told that my browser (Opera 11) is not good enough for the latest and the greatest from Yahoo’s stables. Anyways, after I switched to Chrome, I was greeted by an interface that had way too much purple for my comfort, but will probably appeal to girls.

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As far as features are concerned, the biggest addition is the integration of Twitter and Facebook into the “What’s New” page. You can track what your contacts are doing on Facebook and Twitter, retweet their messages, or even update your status directly from Yahoo Mail. YouTube, Flickr and Picasa have also been smartly integrated so that you can watch videos and slideshows from your friends and family members without leaving Yahoo Mail.

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The user interface is essentially the same tabbed experience we have grown used to over the past five years, with some improvements here and there. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing though. Yahoo is also promising to offer a similar look and feel on the iPhone, iPad or an Android device.

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If you are a Yahoo Mail user, you can opt-in for the beta from here.

Facebook Dethrones Yahoo To Become 2nd Largest Video Content Property in US

is now the second largest site in the United States after dethroning Yahoo from the second position according to a comScore Report.

comScore released a new report for August 2010 where Facebook.com secured second place in the online video content ranking with 59 million viewers. Google backed is still the leading video property on the Internet with 146 million US viewers. Yahoo related sites ranked third with 53.9 million viewers followed by VEVO and Fox Interactive Media.

As for Video Ads, Hulu took the top spot with 790 million followed by BrighRoll Video Network. Microsoft was placed fourth before Google.

Another interesting note from the report was that 85.1 percent of US internet audience have watched a online video with an average of 4.8 minutes being spent on online video.

At the current standings, YouTube is still by far the largest video content property and will continue to remain one. Also it was not very clear how much percentage of YouTube video views came from Facebook itself, since Facebook also allows users to embed YouTube videos as updates.

For more details on the August 2010 report from comScore, visit this link.

Was Yahoo Down For More Than an Hour?

Yahoo-Down Reports are coming in that Yahoo was not accessible to a certain subset of users for well over an hour. It’s not exactly clear what happened, but the problem appears to have impacted a significant number of users. DBKP notes that complaints have been received from users in diverse locations like Virginia, USA and Mumbai, India.

A discussion on Neowin suggests that at least a portion of the affected users were having trouble due to issues with Comcast and AT&T’s DNS service. The problems seem to have been resolved for most users. However, in case you are still having trouble accessing Yahoo Search or Yahoo Mail, try your luck with alternate DNS services like OpenDNS and Google Public DNS. If you are not comfortable with manually changing your DNS settings, DNS Jumper can do it automatically for you.

Yahoo has been accessible on my end throughout the day. However, I use OpenDNS, which apparently is not affected by this outage. Don’t forget to let us know if Yahoo is/was down for you.

Yahoo Starts Testing Microsoft Search Listings

Quite recently, we told you that Yahoo was going to start testing with Microsoft soon, and today, they have officially announced that Yahoo is now testing organic and paid search listings from Microsoft’s Bing powered search backend.

Yahoo has begun testing displaying organic and paid listings using Microsoft’s search engine Bing. The only difference between the older and newer search is that the results will no longer be served by Yahoo, however, the interface and design of Yahoo search will remain the same.

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As seen in the screenshot above, the organic search results in the yellow boxes are powered by Microsoft and include a mix of both organic and paid listings, the rest of the content on the page is still processed by Yahoo themselves. Right now, the Microsoft powered search listings will only be displayed on Yahoo web search.

However, Yahoo is also planning to include the Microsoft powered search listings on Yahoo! Mobile properties. Yahoo plans to roll out full Microsoft integration to all US and Canada users by August/September timeframe. More at the Yahoo! Search Blog.