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Yahoo Mail Revamps its Mobile Web Experience, Releases Android Go App

The Go app uses the exact same architecture as the standard Yahoo Mail app

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Yahoo Mail Revamps its Mobile Web Experience, Releases Android Go App
Yahoo Mail Revamps its Mobile Web Experience, Releases Android Go App. (IANS)

Oath Inc on Wednesday announced that Yahoo Mail is bringing a new application optimised for entry-level Android “Go” smartphones and a new version of its mobile website.

Oath Inc is a subsidiary of Verizon Communications that is the umbrella company of digital content subdivisions including AOL and Yahoo.

The Yahoo Mail Go app delivers the same features of the current Android application while keeping the RAM usage on devices below 50MB and the install size below 10MB.

“The original Yahoo Mail app is already extremely lightweight so we didn’t have to remove major features to reduce the standard Yahoo Mail app size for Go,” the company said in a statement.

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“The Go app uses the exact same architecture as the standard Yahoo Mail app,” it added.

The company also announced a design overhaul that brings many of the same features that are available for its mobile app users.

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“In addition to the dramatic feature and design updates, what’s changed for Yahoo Mail on mobile browser behind the scenes is equally as notable. The architecture supporting the new browser experience is the same as our modern desktop tech stack which is developed on ‘React’ and ‘Redux’,” the company said.

Notably, the new version has no reloads which makes all actions such as deleting emails, marking them as read or as spam, emptying trash, instant. (IANS)

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Yahoo Extends Deadline For Users to Download Data From Yahoo Groups before it Shuts

The company had earlier announced it would be deleting all content posted on Yahoo Groups on December 14

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Once Yahoo deletes the data from Yahoo Groups, a significant chunk of Internet history will be gone. Pixabay

Yahoo has extended its deadline for another couple of weeks to give its users, who had posted content on Yahoo Groups, more time to download their data.

Yahoo Groups is one of the world’s biggest collections of online discussion boards.

“We have extended the deadline for Yahoo Groups and will now process ALL requests to download data that are submitted before 11:59 PM PT on Jan 31, 2020. As long as the request meets this deadline, the content will not be deleted until the download is complete,” the company posted on Twitter on Tuesday.

The company had earlier announced it would be deleting all content posted on Yahoo Groups on December 14.

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Yahoo has extended its deadline for another couple of weeks to give its users, who had posted content on Yahoo Groups, more time to download their data. Pixabay

Once Yahoo deletes the data, a significant chunk of Internet history will be gone.

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Some archivists say they have been joining groups using “semi-automated scripts” in an attempt to archive data before everything is deleted, but Verizon Media, which owns Yahoo, has apparently banned 128 archivists, saying that their actions violated its terms of service, severely hampering their archival efforts, according to The Verge. (IANS)

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Google, YouTube Pull Over More Than 300 Trump Ads as US Prez Poll Nears

The main formats Google offers political advertisers are Search ads, YouTube ads and display ads. Under the new rules, political advertisers may target their ads only down to the postal code level

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

More than 300 Donald Trump ads have been pulled by Google and its video-sharing platform YouTube for violating the companies’ policies. The campaign videos, notably, ran over the summer.

This comes at a time when handling political advertisements on social media has become a growing concern as the 2020 US presidential election approaches and tech giants are under fire over political ads.

Twitter has even decided to ban all kinds of political ads on its platform.

Over 300 video ads for President Trump were taken down, mostly over the summer, for violating the company policy. Compared to the TV, online ads can spread lies at an alarming rate — bolstered by machine-learning algorithms that can identify target audiences at enormous speed and scale, CBS News reported on Monday.

According to CBS News, even though the ads were taken down, the archive does not detail what policy was violated.

It was not clear if it was a copyright violation, a lie or extreme inaccuracy.

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FILE – Silhouettes are seen in front of a Youtube logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Oct. 29, 2014. VOA

The ads determined to be offending are not available to be screened. We found very little transparency in the transparency report, the report added.

It is pertinent to note that political ads on social media do not adhere to different rules than political ads on TV.

The political ads on social media fall under specific scrutiny because of their unique ability to disseminate bad information and their inability to properly tackle them.

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Meanwhile, earlier in November, Google announced new limits on political advertisers globally from micro-targeting users via election ads based on their political affiliation.

The main formats Google offers political advertisers are Search ads, YouTube ads and display ads. Under the new rules, political advertisers may target their ads only down to the postal code level. (IANS)

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Yahoo India Claims ‘Dangal’ as Biggest Blockbuster of the Decade

The results are based on an analysis of user's interest patterns based on what they searched for, read, recommended and shared, Yahoo India said

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FILE - The Yahoo logo is shown at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, April 16, 2013. VOA

The 2016 Aamir Khan-starrer “Dangal” which crossed the Rs 2,000-crore mark at the global box-office is the biggest blockbuster of the decade, according to a Yahoo India report.

Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, the film narrates the inspiring story of a wrestler.

“Dangal” is followed by Salman Khan-starrer “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and Aamir Khan’s “PK”, according to Yahoo India “Decade in Review” report.

Other films in the list of top 10 blockbusters of the decade include “Sultan”, “Tiger Zinda Hai”, “Dhoom 3”, “Sanju”, “War”, “Chennai Express” and “Dabangg”.

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Poster of Aamir’s film- Dangal. Wikimedia commons

In 2019, Salman Khan flexed his muscles at the top yet again, as most searched male celebrity of the year, with actors Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar making up the top three.

Actress Sunny Leone was once again most searched female celebrity of 2019 – a position she has held through most of the decade, pushing actresses Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Deepika Padukone lower down the Yahoo India “Year in Review 2019” list.

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While actor Hrithik Roshan emerged as the male style icon of the year, newbie Sara Ali Khan, who impressed netizens with her unique style statements, has been named female style icon of 2019.

The results are based on an analysis of user’s interest patterns based on what they searched for, read, recommended and shared, Yahoo India said. (IANS)