Updated: Email Senders Stymied By Yahoo’s Adoption Of Anti-Spoofing Measure

yahoo-mail-600 Note: since this story was originally published, we received a response from Yahoo regarding this change, and we have incorporated the additional information below. Small businesses using Yahoo.com email addresses to send to their customers or prospects have run into significant trouble getting messages delivered this week, since Yahoo Mail instituted a security change that's resulted in an untold number of bounces. And the problem isn't likely to be short-lived, as these bounces may result in recipients being removed from email lists entirely, due to their addresses' bouncing. This coul [...]


The Email That Microsoft’s Cortana Assistant Won’t & Can’t Read: Yahoo Mail

cortana big Microsoft's new cool Cortana personal assistant uses information from within your email to make recommendations and provide predictive suggestions. That is, unless you use Yahoo Mail. As it turns out, Microsoft is forbidden from  "reasoning" on Yahoo Mail for contractual reasons. I'm still gathering more of the details, but Microsoft representatives told me that the prohibition is tied some Microsoft-Yahoo contract that's old, that predates Windows Phone, but which is still in force. Part of how Cortana operates is by reading through email on a Windows Phone device, then extracting info [...]


Yahoo Wants To “Tell Better Stories” With New Motion Ads

yahoo-motion-600 This morning, Yahoo debuted a new ad format that introduces "subtle animation for brand story telling." Called "Motion Ads," they'll display on the Yahoo homepage, vertical category homepages and the Yahoo login page. The example ad below for Kraft Singles depicts a warm grilled cheese sandwich with steam rising from the melted cheese. (It does look tasty, though you'll probably want to make the sandwich at home with real Cheddar.) The animation gives the display unit more creative horsepower -- or cheese power in this case. I noticed this ad over the weekend and did a double take on th [...]


When Gmail Went Down, Yahoo Poked Fun On Twitter, Then Apologized

yahoo-laughing-joke-featured Gmail was down briefly today, and Yahoo -- which suffered its own and much longer-lasting email woes recently -- still decided it was a good opportunity to have some fun, tweeting about the failure then later apologizing. Yahoo shared the news to its Twitter followers that "Gmail is temporarily unavailable," with a picture of the Gmail error page, as shown above. The tweet has since been deleted. Perhaps it might have been argued that Yahoo wasn't meaning to poke fun at all but be informative. However, that seemed unlikely (and especially so given Yahoo's apology). There was little reaso [...]


Yahoo Gives Out Inactive Usernames Via “Wishlists” & Launches “WatchList” With A $1.99 Fee

yahoo-featured Yahoo users who completed a Wishlist for their "dream" Yahoo username/email last month should find out today if they received one of their top five choices. According to the announcement, even if a user didn't win one of the five usernames they submitted on their Wishlist, Yahoo's newly launched Watchlist will offer more opportunities to claim a Yahoo ID. Yahoo's Watchlist allows users to monitor up to five usernames for three years. The company says that if any of the usernames on a Watchlist become available, the user will have 14 days to claim it. Any users who completed a Wishlist will [...]


As Yahoo Begins Scanning Email To Target Ads, Is It Next On Microsoft’s “Scroogled” List?

yahoo-billboard-featured Did you know Yahoo scans email to do contextual ad targeting similar to the way Google does for Gmail? That wasn't on my radar, but it is now, as the company is ending older versions of Yahoo Mail and forcing everyone to use the latest version, where terms of service allow for this type of targeting. Yahoo's Terms Allow Email Scan & Targeting The folks at rival StartMail (which is not yet live) sent up the red flag. We got an email highlighting the change. From StartMail's release: As of June 1, all Yahoo email users are required to upgrade to the company's newest platform, which allow [...]


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