Yahoo's New Livetext App Wants You To Livestream While You Text

Smartphone apps are entering a live-streaming age, with services like Meerkat and Periscope offering instant access to everyone you follow. Yahoo’s new Livetext app is the same idea—but tweaked for more personal, one-on-one conversations. Think soundless video for texts. It’s kind of weird. » 7/29/15 12:52pm Wednesday 12:52pm

How Lycos Almost Won the Search Engine Wars

It was exhilarating to be back in the game again, a 20-year-old college dropout with stock options, working at the center of the internet revolution. But I was overwhelmed. I’d only ever worked on a team with a half-dozen people, and Lycos was a huge company with hundreds of employees. All the developers seemed much… » 7/22/15 4:00pm 7/22/15 4:00pm

LTE Direct Will Let Your Phone Get Alerts With No Towers in Sight

Picture this. You walk into the subway but you don't lose service. Instead, your phone lights up with useful alerts—the train is delayed, a nearby kiosk is running a sale, your friend is standing on the other end of the platform. Meanwhile, there's not a cell tower within 500 yards. This is the world powered by the… » 9/30/14 11:10am 9/30/14 11:10am

Yahoo Is Finally Encrypting the Bulk of Its Data

We were thrilled to hear today that Yahoo is carrying through a concerted effort to protect users across its sites and services by rolling out routine encryption in several parts of its infrastructure. The company's statement announced that, among other things, it now encrypts traffic between its data centers, makes… » 4/03/14 4:27am 4/03/14 4:27am