Posts Tagged: Yahoo

Why A News Portal Snapped Up A James Deen Furry Cosplay Gif Site

Yahoo buying Tumblr is digital gentrification.

— Jason Chen (@diskopo) May 19, 2013

The question of the weekend is: "Why did Yahoo! spend one-third of their cash on hand to buy a company that by all accounts is about to run out of money?"

And here are some fairly sober answers, including: "if you were given 1.1 billion dollars, would you be able to build a service used by more than ten million people for more than an hour a month? You could not. That's a bigger audience than American Idol, or for that matter anything else (except Facebook or Twitter)." That's very attractive!

(I mean [...]


Is San Francisco The Brooklyn To Silicon Valley's Unbuilt Manhattan?

Like many people who moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s, I did it because San Francisco was cheap. It didn't have the lowest rents—in the California of three recessions ago, a Silver Lake bungalow or blocks-from-the-beach Santa Monica apartment were even more affordable than the chilly city by the bay—but it was the only West Coast town you could survive in without a car. With a $35 Fast Pass, all the smelly buses and dinky Muni trains and even the cable cars were there for the riding to and from work, whether you were a bartender or a waiter or (like me) a very fast typist irregularly [...]


Microsoft, Yahoo Strike Deal That Will Change Everything

Microsoft and Yahoo have agreed to a 10-year Internet search partnership. What does it mean? "Microsoft, which last year made a failed $47.5 billion takeover bid for Yahoo, finally wins what it wanted most from the Internet pioneer — huge volumes of queries that run through Yahoo's search engine. At the same time, Yahoo is expected to reap additional search-advertising business to expand its share of the market." (Yeah, I still have no idea. But it sounds important. Maybe this video will explain it.)


Woe, Woe, Your TumblrCities Lies In Dust

Mark Ghuneim and David Peris dug up this delicious chestnut from January, 1999: "Internet search engine Yahoo! Inc. confirmed Thursday it will buy GeoCities, a fast-growing Web site community, in a $3.6 billion deal that will further solidify Yahoo!'s position as a frontrunner in the online popularity contest." RIMSHOT.

Makes a billion dollars for Tumblr seem like a steal. Here's what I don't understand: who's blabbin' about the potential acquisition of Tumblr by Yahoo!? Oh, gosh, whoever benefits from that. Tumblr made $13 million in 2012, so $1,000,000,000 sounds totally natural.

Oh, and how was GeoCities at the time of its Yahoo! acquisition? "In [...]


Will "Editing" Become The New Hot Trend In Internet Publishing?

Fark creator Drew Curtis on the innovation in internet media that will, he believes, move us all beyond the flogged-to-death concept of "crowdsourcing": "The real power in social media happens when that one person in a million comes up with an awesome idea, and those who can do so kick it to the front of the line. Speeding up this process is the next great advance in social media. Some will probably call this Web 3.0. I call it editing." But what if those editors just have the "awesome idea" of following the masses anyway and dressing up their lemminglike ways with innovation-hinting buzzwords?


'New York Times': We're Doing Better Than Yahoo!

The Times, on their conference call this morning: we're doing better than Yahoo, because we had (very slightly!) less advertising revenue decline this quarter! Um. You really wanna compare yourself like that? The Times had total revenue of $584.5 million this quarter (down 20% or so, by the way); Yahoo had revenues of $1.573 billion.


Should You Be Allowed To Work From Home? (Answer: No)

Silicon Valley people and home-office employees everywhere are very worked up about the new Yahoo policy, which says people can no longer screw around at home instead of going to their perfectly good corporate headquarters. What about the ladies, who have the babies the world so desperately doesn't need? Well, they will have to do what non-Silicon Valley $100K salaried ladies do, which is "try to find a spot in a day care where the TV isn't on all the time."

There are legitimate reasons for working at home, of course. You may be in an Iron Lung or full body cast, which would frighten the editorial assistants. You [...]


Headlines Are Made of Popular Words

Yahoo! has published a style guide. "It's Strunk and White for the online world," said Arianna Huffington. They really do explain how the web works! For example, they explain how people make headlines.