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June 21 2013

09:08

Yahoo to Deliver Video via Personalized “Streams,” Will Scale Content via Third Parties, UGC

CANNES — Video will becoming increasingly delivered via a highly personalized “streams,” explains Erin McPherson who heads video at Yahoo, in this interview with Beet.TV.   She explains the importance of the Summly integration — along with the the streaming delivery of content.

Scale is high on the agenda, with an eye on greater, more diverse video inventory culled via new content partners and from users.

Web originals remain important and there is a big emphasis on comedy with new programming from Jack Black and via licensing deal for the archives for Saturday Night Live

 

 

March 29 2013

20:13

Poll: What's the Future for Yahoo?

Yahoo has a long and storied history as a tech and media company, starting as a directory of websites, moving into being a portal, trying various advertising models, pushing more original content -- and then what? With brash CEO Marissa Mayer at the helm, Yahoo has made headlines, for sure, by banning work-at-home, and now purchasing news app Summly for $30 million with its 17-year-old CEO. Plus, Yahoo is considering buying video site Dailymotion from France Telecom and it might begin de-emphasizing original content. Are these the right moves for Yahoo? What do you see as its future? Is it bright, dark or middling? Vote in our poll below and share your thoughts in the comments. For a longer discussion of Yahoo's prospects, check out this week's Mediatwits podcast.


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August 31 2012

17:59

August 26 2012

06:14

U.S. voters still tuned in to traditional news media, especially local TV

Los Angeles Times :: Facebook and Internet portals such as Google and Yahoo increasingly provide Americans their gateway for news, but the bulk of voters who catch up on current events daily turn to traditional sources, particularly local television stations, according to a nationwide poll.

A report by James Rainey, www.latimes.com

Poll (via L.A. Times): New USC Annenberg - Los Angeles Times Poll on Politics and the Press

HT: Andrew Beaujon, Poynter

August 18 2012

12:08

U.S. video viewing statistics: Facebook second largest video site in July

comScore :: Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube.com, ranked as the top online video content property in July with 157 million unique viewers, followed by Facebook.com with 53 million, Yahoo! Sites with 48.7 million, VEVO with 44.8 million and Microsoft Sites with 42.7 million.

A report by www.comscore.com

August 15 2012

18:45

Hope for Flickr? Marissa Mayer creates account, reportedly doubles team

TechCrunch :: It looks like Flickr may be getting some much-needed love from its corporate parent Yahoo — Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer just created an account on the photo-sharing site. That may not seem like a big deal, but neither Carol Bartz nor Scott Thompson, Yahoo’s past two CEOs, had a publicly visible Flickr account

A report by Anthony Ha, techcrunch.com

August 14 2012

15:38
12:28

Yahoo! ready to launch #Hashout: 'First talk show conducted over social media'

The Wrap :: Yahoo unveiled plans for an upcoming web-streamed talk show Monday that will feature a high profile cast of panelists. Dubbed "#HashOut," the program -- which bills itself as the first talk show to be conducted over social media -- will go live later this month.

A report by Alexander C. Kaufman, thewrap.com

July 27 2012

14:04

This Week in Review: Reddit and news orgs’ shooting coverage, and Yahoo and Twitter’s identities

The Aurora shooting, Reddit, and citizen journalism’s value: Much of this week’s news has been related to last week’s shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater that killed 12 and injured dozens. Poynter tracked the spread of the news of the late-night shooting, and the site that got the most recognition for thorough reporting of the news as it broke was the social-news site Reddit. Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon rounded up the range of coverage on Reddit, which included photos, comment threads with people who were in the theater, and comprehensive, continually updated timelines.

Those timelines drew particular attention from media observers: The Atlantic’s Megan Garber marveled at their empathy through thoroughness, and BuzzFeed’s John Herrman and NPR’s Elise Hu talked to the timelines’ author — an 18-year-old named Morgan Jones — with Herrman calling him “the go-to source in the story,” and Poynter’s Alan Stamm held him up as a model for aspiring journalists.

As The New York Times described, the site’s users also unearthed some details about the alleged shooter that the traditional news media missed. Adweek talked about Reddit’s reporting capabilities with the site’s general manager, Erik Martin, who said Reddit wasn’t designed to be a breaking-news source, but its users have used its tools for journalistic purposes anyway.

Several writers praised Reddit’s ability to cover breaking news collaboratively in such an effective way. Keith Wagstaff of Time wrote that “no news organization or social media site currently offers an experience that’s concurrently as immediate, engaging and thorough as the one offered by Reddit,” and in a pair of posts, GigaOM’s Mathew Ingram remarked on Reddit’s ability to act as a verification hub and to allow readers to interact with people involved in news stories, and offered a defense of “citizen journalism” such as Reddit’s.

At Salon, Michael Barthel took issue with the praise for Reddit and citizen journalism, arguing that it isn’t immune from the same criticism the traditional media and that it’s “doing more or less the exact same thing that traditional journalism has always done, except not as reliably or sustainably.” J-prof Jay Rosen countered the piece with a Salon post of his own arguing that no one is saying citizen journalism will replace professional journalism.

Some traditional media organizations were also recognized for their skill in covering the story — the Denver Post’s Twitter coverage was run in part by its Digital First new curation team, and Digital First’s Steve Buttry drew tips for news organizations from the Post’s Twitter coverage, while Poynter looked at how the Post covered the news without a copy desk. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple also highlighted the coverage of Denver’s 9News TV.

How to cover tragedy carefully and sensibly: But traditional news organizations were also responsible for some serious missteps and some eyeroll-inducing coverage of the Aurora shooting, too. ABC News’ Brian Ross misidentified the shooter as a Tea Party member who had the same name, a mistake which Poynter’s Craig Silverman said the network made insufficient efforts to correct and apologize for.

Rem Rieder of the American Journalism Review and Steve Myers of Poynter pinned the blame for Ross’ and similar errors on the practice of incremental or “process” reporting, in which news is reported, bit by bit, as it comes in, then later confirmed or corrected. Rieder said he doesn’t find the practice “a very confidence-inducing or satisfying approach to journalism,” and Myers described how disclaimers and corrections can be separated from initial reports on Twitter.

Beyond that specific error, coverage of the event and its aftermath followed a predictable path of sensational coverage and unfounded speculation. The New York Times’ David Carr lamented that pattern in shooting coverage, concluding that many of the problems stem from the news media’s desire to answer the question that can’t be answered: “Why?”

The Atlantic’s J.J. Gould urged media outlets and consumers to start shaming organizations that cover such events exploitatively, and numerous people circulated a 2009 video by the BBC’s Charlie Brooker that illustrated how to (and how not to) cover a mass shooting properly, which New Statesman compared to Britain’s newspapers. Jay Rosen, meanwhile, criticized the excitement that characterized so much of the coverage.

The ethics of quote approval and draft sharing: Following last week’s New York Times story on news organizations allowing candidates and their staffs to approve their quotes, more news orgs were establishing or reiterating their policies barring those practices this week, including Bloomberg, McClatchy, and National Journal. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple parsed through a few common quoting and negotiation practices, and the Journal’s Ron Fournier told him the key element differentiating what’s OK from what’s not is who has control.

Meanwhile, a Washington Post journalist caught some flak after the Texas Observer reported that he shared drafts of a story with University of Texas officials and allowed them to suggest edits that ended up in the story. Post editor Marcus Brauchli ultimately decreed that future draft-sharing would have to be approved by an editor.

In the ensuing discussion on draft sharing, the reporter had some defenders, including Poynter ethicist Kelly McBride in the Observer story. Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon noted that the story contained quite a bit information that was unfavorable to the university, while the Post’s Erik Wemple defended the practice of draft sharing in general, saying that a refusal to do so affirms journalists’ arrogance. “It’s a convention built on the idea that journalists are so brilliant that they can get a complicated set of facts and circumstances dead-bang right on the first try without feedback from the people who know the topic best.”

What exactly is Yahoo?: A week after ex-Googler Marissa Mayer took over as Yahoo CEO, she’s begun to inspire confidence in the troops there, according to All Things D’s Kara Swisher, while Wired’s Steven Levy reported on the army of ex-Google managers Mayer could lure to Yahoo. The New York Times’ David Carr said the key question for Yahoo — as it has been for so many web companies before it — is, what is it, exactly? He concluded that Yahoo is (among other things) in the news business, but by accident more than anything.

Tim Carmody of The Verge said that question — especially whether it’s a media or tech company — could be shaped in part by where it moves most of its operations. He reported that Mayer may move many of Yahoo’s media execs to New York, making it a place where it could pursue both its media and tech sides. Ad Age’s Jason Del Rey and Michael Learmonth said Yahoo’s future is in creating more high-quality products, an area in which it hasn’t spent much money recently.

Twitter moves further toward media: We were also asking the “What is it?” question this week about another company: Twitter. The Wall Street Journal reported (paywalled) on Twitter’s plans to build out around big events, as Twitter announced the first of those partnerships — a hub for curating conversation about the Olympics with NBCUniversal. Meanwhile, Adweek reported that Twitter is in talks with Hollywood producers about launching original web shows a la “The Real World.”

In a series of posts, GigaOM’s Mathew Ingram wrote about Twitter’s move toward being a media outlet, saying that it doesn’t really need media outlets such as NBCUniversal to coordinate event-based coverage, that Twitter is moving toward an Apple- or Facebook-esque “walled garden” approach with regard to developers, and that producing ad-driven content like web shows gets away from Twitter’s core aims.

Meanwhile, The New York Times’ Nick Bilton asked whether Twitter is a media or tech company, concluding that it looks an awful lot like a media company. NYU j-prof Jay Rosen posed that Twitter is “a new kind of media company that doesn’t make any content.” Slate’s Matt Yglesias said the media/tech distinction isn’t a good one — the real distinction is between companies that sell a product and ones that sell an audience, and Twitter is quite clearly the latter.

Reading roundup: Here are the most interesting smaller stories going on this week:

— A couple of updates on the ongoing News Corp. saga: Rupert Murdoch resigned from the board of News International, his British newspaper division, and Howard Kurtz of The Daily Beast explained why Murdoch is loosening his grip on his newspapers. Meanwhile, former News International head Rebekah Brooks was charged in the phone hacking scandal, and the Telegraph wondered if the charges could lead to a deeper U.S. investigation. The New York Times wrote about the case’s impact on British newspaper culture.

— A few WikiLeaks developments: A judge ruled that the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks are still secret, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation noted that U.S. government officials are now talking about the possibility of prosecuting news organizations like The New York Times in addition to WikiLeaks for publishing classified information. GigaOM’s Mathew Ingram urged journalists to support WikiLeaks’ First Amendment rights, and the Times’ Bill Keller followed suit.

— Barry Diller, whose IAC now owns most of the Newsweek/Daily Beast partnership, said in an earnings call that he might eliminate part or all of Newsweek’s print edition as soon as the end of this year. Newsweek editor Tina Brown tried to calm her staff down, and the New York Observer’s Foster Kamer detailed the now-ended Sidney Harman era at the magazine.

— The New York Times Co. released its second-quarter figures this week and posted a loss, thanks to declining digital ad sales, even as digital subscriptions for the Times and its Boston Globe are up. As New York magazine’s Joe Coscarelli put up, the Times is beginning to be supported by its readers more than its advertisers.

— Finally, a very thoughtful piece here at the Lab from Jonathan Stray, who suggested three principles by which to design personalized news experiences: interest, effects, and agency.

Photos of Aurora theater by Algr, quotation mark by Quinn Dombrowski, and Yahoo ice sculpture by Randy Stewart used under a Creative Commons license.

May 05 2012

21:19

Time's Up for Scott Thompson: More breaches of Yahoo's code of conduct

Forbes :: Fibbing about Scott Thompson's education wasn’t his only breach of Yahoo!’s code of conduct. He currently sits on 2 outside boards of directors of public companies: Splunk and F5 Networks. Yahoo! only allows officers to serve on 2. He’s in violation of that requirement since Splunk’s IPO.

Details - Continue to read here Eric Jackson, www.forbes.com

Tags: Yahoo
08:28

Yahoo in talks to sell 15-25pc of Alibaba, source says

Reuters :: Yahoo could be weeks away from selling 15 to 25 percent of Alibaba Group's stock back to China's largest e-commerce company, in a deal designed to eliminate complexities that had scuttled the parties' previous negotiations, a person familiar with the matter said.

Continue to read Alexei Oreskovic, www.reuters.com

Tags: China Yahoo

May 04 2012

20:00

Poll: What Do You Think About the Facebook IPO?

Now we have a date (May 18) and a price range ($28 to $35 per share) for what could be the biggest initial public offering in the history of tech stocks: Facebook. The company has grown by leaps and bounds since it was born in Mark Zuckerberg's dorm at Harvard in 2004, and now could make Zuckerberg richer than Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. If the IPO prices at the high end of the range, $35 per share, Zuckerberg could be worth $17.6 billion. So what's your take? Would you invest your hard-earned dollars in Facebook stock? Would you short the stock? Do you even care? Vote in our weekly poll, and explain your vote in the comments below.


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07:23

Kara Swisher: Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson in a March 2009 radio interview (listen)

AllThingsD :: On March 25, 2009, Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson — when he was then president of PayPal — appeared on the TechNation radio show (recordings still available) to talk about the revival of the eBay payments unit. At the end of the largely charming show, interviewer Moira Gunn asked him a direct question about his college degrees, ...

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Continue to read Kara Swisher, allthingsd.com

Tags: Yahoo
04:54

Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson’s CS degree 'error' should cost him the job

TechCrunch :: “You guys might want to cover this before he resigns tomorrow,” one hardcore reader emailed in this evening. And yes indeed, newish Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson’s inadvertent error about which degree he got in college is looking like it could cost him his new job. It should.

His alma mater Stonehill College: "Thompson, who graduated from Stonehill College in 1979 with a degree in accounting, will officially take over Monday as CEO at Yahoo, the company's fourth chief executive in five years."

Continue to read Eric Eldon, techcrunch.com

Tags: Yahoo

May 03 2012

19:34

Dan Loeb: Alleges “discrepancies” on Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson’s resume

AllThingsD :: The gloves are now really off in the proxy battle for Yahoo. In a letter to Yahoo’s board, Dan Loeb of Third Point is alleging that the company’s new CEO Scott Thompson has inaccurately added a computer science degree to his resume.

Letter and the details - Continue to read Kara Swisher, allthingsd.com

Tags: Yahoo
05:31

Microsoft hires 14 Yahoo researchers to kickstart new NYC Research Lab

AllThingsD :: Over the weekend I reported that Duncan Watts, the well-known social network researcher, had left Yahoo to join Microsoft. Turns out he’s not the only one. Microsoft snatched up not only Watts, but 13 other Yahoo researchers to kick-start a yet-to-be-opened New York research lab.

Continue to read Liz Gannes, allthingsd.com

April 29 2012

15:12

Network dynamics: Social network researcher Duncan Watts leaves Yahoo

AllThingsD :: Duncan Watts, the social science researcher who has been at Yahoo since 2007, has left the company. Yahoo confirmed the departure. Watts has reportedly joined Microsoft’s research organization, but the software company declined to comment. Watts, who is an Australian with degrees in physics and applied mechanics, researches social networks and collective dynamics.

His research - Continue to read Liz Gannes, allthingsd.com

Tags: Yahoo

April 27 2012

19:45

Yahoo: Facebook bought patents just to countersue

TechCrunch :: Counter-countersuit! Yahoo today claimed (on Scribd) that the patents Facebook is countering its patent infringement lawsuit against the social network with “were acquired by Facebook for purposes of retaliation”, and therefore violate the U.S. Patent Office’s Duty of Disclosure, Candor, and Good Faith and should be diregarded by the court.

Continue to read Josh Constine, techcrunch.com

Tags: Facebook Yahoo
18:46

Yahoo files more Facebook patent claims

AllThingsD :: In spite of intense criticism against its patent infringement lawsuit, Yahoo filed additional claims against Facebook today. Facebook had filed its own counterclaims against the Internet portal over various social networking patents and also has recently spent hundreds of millions of dollars for both patents and licenses from both IBM and Microsoft to bolster its portfolio.

Latest filling embedded - Continue to read Kara Swisher, allthingsd.com

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