How’s that search alliance working out? Yahoo’s U.S. search share hits all-time low as Microsoft Bing grows

Yahoo just can’t catch a break. ComScore’s new U.S. search market share numbers for June will show that the company’s piece of the market has shrunk to what one analyst calls an all-time low, according to a report by Search Engine Land. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company had 9.8 percent of the search market last month, which puts… Read More


Yahoo executive, a former Seattle startup CEO, sued for sexual harassment by employee

Former Seattle startup CEO Maria Zhang, who joined Yahoo as a senior mobile engineering director when it acquired her company, Alike, was sued for sexual harassment Friday by a female employee who worked for Zhang at Yahoo. Yahoo is denying the allegations and saying it intends to “fight vigorously” to clear Zhang’s name. Zhang was a GeekWire Geek of the… Read More


Microsoft hires its own chief economist, from Google

Microsoft this morning announced a new position of chief economist inside the company, and named Preston McAfee — most recently Google’s director of strategic technologies — to fill the role. Apart from picking up a key person from one of its biggest rivals, the position represents an effort by Microsoft’s new leadership team to change how… Read More

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer speaks at Yahoo's keynote at CES 2014.

Yahoo producing two comedies, jumping into original TV content

Yahoo announced today that it will be launching a pair of new original comedies next year through its Yahoo Screen video streaming service. Much like other offerings from Yahoo’s competitors, “Other Space” and “Sin City Saints” both come from excellent pedigrees. “Outer Space” is helmed by Paul Feig, a three-time Emmy nominee who has produced… Read More

Vizify CEO and co-founder Todd Silverstein

Yahoo acquires social media visualization startup Vizify

Vizify, a Portland-based startup that turns your social media chatter into visualizations, today was acquired by Yahoo. Founded by Todd Silverstein, Jeff Cutler-Stamm, and Eli Tucker in 2011, Vizify is all about helping individuals make great first impressions. It does this by sucking in information that people already share online on social networking sites, and turning… Read More


Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer: ‘We’re eager to start this new era with Microsoft’

Marissa Mayer has been clear about her dissatisfaction with Yahoo’s Microsoft search partnership in the past — saying at last year’s Goldman Sachs technology conference that the partnership needed to produce better financial results, and the companies needed to stop just trading market share. However, at the same conference yesterday, the Yahoo CEO expressed a… Read More


Hack attack prompts massive password reset for Yahoo Mail

Yahoo reported today that hackers have attempted a coordinated attack on a number of Yahoo Mail accounts. According to the company’s blog post, Yahoo believes that the attack was caused by attackers trying to use credentials stolen from a third-party to gain access to users’ mail accounts. Once inside, the software the attackers used was… Read More

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Shakeup at Yahoo: COO Henrique de Castro is out

Yahoo COO Henrique de Castro will be leaving the company tomorrow, according to an SEC filing from the company today. No reason was given for his departure. Marissa Mayer hired de Castro away from Google in 2012, where he was president of partners business solutions, to run the company’s ad business. But de Castro hasn’t been able… Read More


Google’s market share climbs in latest U.S. search stats

Google’s share of the U.S. search market climbed to 67.3 percent in December, its highest point in nearly a year, according to numbers just released by the comScore research firm. The result was an increase of 0.6 percentage points from November, a notable jump in a market where monthly gains are measured in fractions of… Read More

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer speaks at Yahoo's keynote at CES 2014.

CES: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announces Aviate deal, trots out Katie Couric, unveils news app and tech pub

LAS VEGAS — The buying spree continues! Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer was on stage at CES for less than five minutes before she announced an another acquisition this afternoon, saying that the company has purchased intelligent mobile home screen company Aviate, the latest in a string of acquisitions. It’s part of a broader attempt by… Read More


Report: Yahoo needs Microsoft more than it wants to admit

While CEO Marissa Mayer has been critical of Yahoo’s deal with Microsoft, it seems like the partnership may be more beneficial to the company than originally revealed. Bloomberg reported today that revenue from Microsoft’s search partnership with the Sunnyvale-based company made up 31 percent of Yahoo’s quarterly revenue, according to a new letter the company… Read More

Brad Smith, Microsoft general counsel

Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech rivals urge Obama, Congress to curb snooping

While they’re usually fierce competitors, an octet of leading technology companies have banded together to ask the U.S. to take the lead when it comes to ending government surveillance. AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo have written an open letter addressed to President Barack Obama and members of Congress, asking for significant reforms when it… Read More


Tech Moves: Katie Couric joins Yahoo; Shakeup at BlackBerry; Crosscut’s Shaw returns to Microsoft

—TV host Katie Couric plans to join Yahoo as “global anchor,” the latest key media hire for CEO Marissa Mayer. She plans to join the Internet company some time next year, and her appointment follows the hiring of David Pogue of The New York Times in October. “Katie’s depth of experience, her intellectual curiosity, and… Read More


Court filing: Yahoo tried to put the brakes on Microsoft deal amid Ballmer transition

The search partnership between Microsoft and Yahoo is getting even frostier: Newly released court records show that Yahoo is questioning Microsoft’s long-term commitment to the deal as Steve Ballmer prepares to leave his role as CEO of the Redmond company. Despite those qualms, Yahoo must continue with the transition to Microsoft’s Bing Ads technology in Taiwan… Read More