• By Margaret Stewart Nagle, Head of U.S. Government Affairs

    Yahoo! commends Chairman Leahy, Senator Lee, and the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the passage of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) Amendments Act (S.607). This bipartisan bill updates ECPA to require U.S. law enforcement agencies to uniformly apply a warrant standard to all private electronic communications and other online documents, regardless of how old the communication is or where it is stored. With the rapid advances in technology our industry has experienced over the past decade, this common sense bill modernizes ECPA and brings it in line with our users' expectations of privacy.

    We were pleased to join nearly 100 other tech companies, industry associations, and members of the advocacy community to voice our support for Chairman Leahy and Senator Lee’s ECPA Amendments Act. You can read the letter that the companies sent to Senators Leahy and Grassley here.

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  • By Ron Bell, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

    As the pace of innovation accelerates and the Internet forges new ground in the way we discover, share, and communicate, Yahoo! is committed to working closely with our partners in government and the industry to implement online and mobile policies that better serve and protect our users.

    To help lead these efforts, I'm thrilled to welcome Tekedra N. Mawakana to Yahoo!'s team in Washington, D.C., where she will lead our global public policy efforts.

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    Tekedra joins us as Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, Global Public Policy, where she will develop and direct Yahoo!'s global public policy strategy and team, with responsibility for global government affairs. Tekedra and her team will work closely with lawmakers and regulators around the world on key issues including privacy, intellectual property, business and human rights, high-skilled immigration reform and cyber-security.

    Tekedra previously served as Senior Vice President of

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  • As we work to transform the world’s daily habits, it’s critical that we have the best, brightest and most talented teams in the world. That’s why we’re thrilled to welcome Sandy Gould, who is joining Yahoo! as senior vice president of global talent acquisition and development.

    Sandy has more than 20 years of experience leading global recruitment and talent for well-known brands across technology, media, and financial services. He comes to Yahoo! from Disney/ABC Television Group, where he was responsible for global recruitment, executive coaching, organizational and talent development initiatives. He has held leadership positions in recruiting, talent strategy and development for companies including Linden Labs/Second Life, RealNetworks Inc., and Washington Mutual Bank.

    Sandy will lead all of our recruiting, learning and development efforts for Yahoo!. And if you haven’t heard, we’re hiring! For more information about how you can help build experiences that make the world’s daily habits

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  • Statement About Yahoo! Korea

    Today Yahoo! announced that we plan to close our Korean business at the end of this year. This decision is part of our efforts to streamline operations and focus our resources on building a stronger global business that’s set up for long-term growth and success.

    Since 1997, our team in Korea has provided high-quality editorial content and services, and has built a successful search advertising network. We’re proud of the work they’ve done. But despite the hard work of the team, the Korean operation has faced growing challenges over the past few years that now make scaling our business very difficult.

    Yahoo! is committed to Asia. We have a solid business in APAC and see a lot of opportunity for growth across our content properties, communications services and ecommerce sites. We’ll continue to focus on building great experiences for the millions of people across the region who come to Yahoo! every day.

  • We’re excited to announce the newest member of Yahoo!’s executive staff—industry veteran Henrique de Castro will join Yahoo! as COO. He will be responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of Yahoo!’s sales, operations, media, and business development worldwide.

    Henrique is an inspiring and dynamic leader, with more than 20 years in strategy and operations management, including structuring and scaling multi-billion-dollar global businesses.

    “Henrique is an incredibly accomplished and rigorous business leader, and I’m personally excited to have him join Yahoo!’s strong leadership team,” said Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!. “His operational experience in internet advertising and his proven success in structuring and scaling global organizations make him the perfect fit for Yahoo! as we propel the business to its next phase of growth.”

    The entire Yahoo! team is thrilled to welcome Henrique!

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  • Jackie Reses Joins Yahoo! as Executive Vice President of People and Development

    Yahoo! welcomed the newest member of our executive team today -- Jacqueline (Jackie) Reses, who has been appointed executive vice president of people and development. Jackie will be responsible for leading human resources and talent acquisition as well as corporate and business development globally.

    Attracting and retaining the best and brightest employees is central to Yahoo!’s success. Jackie brings a unique perspective to her role, with a background that spans both talent and organizational development, as well as expertise in corporate development and partnerships. Her tremendous energy, fresh perspective, and unique ability to map business strategy to organizational excellence will serve our employees, partners and users well.

    The entire team at Yahoo! is thrilled to welcome Jackie on board!

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  • Welcome Kathy Savitt to Yahoo!

    Welcome Kathy Savitt to Yahoo!

     

    We're excited to announce that Kathy Savitt will join Yahoo! on September 14 as chief marketing officer (CMO).

    Kathy is an incredible and well-respected leader, having worked with some of the most beloved consumer and internet brands in the world like Amazon, American Eagle Outfitters, and most recently, Lockerz.  For more than 20 years, she has been a successful entrepreneur known for her creativity, passion, and intense focus on the user -- qualities we believe are critical to Yahoo!'s future growth.

    The entire team is thrilled to welcome Kathy to Yahoo!.  Together, we're working to keep more than half a billion people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe.

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  • In the latest episode of “Going Home” on Ram Country on Yahoo! Music country superstar Keith Urban takes viewers on an exclusive tour around his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Urban talks about his first gigs in Music City, how it feels to perform in Nashville, his favorite part about creating an album and why Nashville remains so special to him. Of Nashville, Urban says, "I moved to Nashville and it was referred to as the third coast – it has all of this country around it. But the songwriting has a particular flavor that you don't find anywhere else.”

    Urban’s first stop with Yahoo! Ram Country is the Country Music Hall of Fame. Once inside Urban stops to point out the beauty of the Hall and its history, "There are manuscripts, original lyrics from Hank Williams, Johnny Cash. That's stuff that I love because you see what a song like 'Walk The Line' could've been."

    He also discusses the annual “All for the Hall” benefit concerts with Vince Gill that raises money for the Hall of

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  • Yahoo! Takes Gold in First Digital Olympics – Announces Massive Viewing Numbers

    With the Summer Games ending this past Sunday, Yahoo! has once again proven itself as the leading online hub for major global events. This year, Yahoo! delivered more than three billion page views worldwide across PC, mobile, tablet and TV platforms - more than its traffic from the Beijing and Vancouver Games combined - and more than 150 million unique users globally.

    In the first truly digital Olympics, Yahoo! not only garnered a massive number of page views from its deeply engaged audience worldwide, but it also caught the attention of advertisers that sought to reach this audience through highly creative digital execution across multiple screens. Key advertisers Citi, Visa, Transamerica and Proctor & Gamble used the cutting-edge digital platforms and beautifully rendered design formats to further their campaigns with IntoNow, a leading second screen application, and Connected TV, an on-screen experience providing viewing options, including scores, medal counts, photos and videos.

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  • Arabize Me: Enriching Arabic Content Online

    Arabize Me: Enriching Arabic Content Online

    With an estimated 70 million people using the internet in the Middle East and an additional 50 million expected to come online in the next three years, the Arabic speaking region is very important to Yahoo! That’s why we invested in the Yahoo! Maktoob portal nearly three years ago, and why we’re entering into another key partnership today – with pioneering Arab startup Yamli.

    Yahoo! Maktoob is licensing Yamli’s transliteration engine for its new Arabize Me site (or “3arrebni” in Arabic), and over the coming months we’ll be extending and integrating the engine tightly across Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Search and more.

    Arabize Me: Enriching Arabic Content Online

    So what does Yamli’s technology exactly do?

    Yamli has created an innovative “Smart Arabic Keyboard,” which lets people type Arabic characters without an Arabic keyboard. It does this by instantaneously converting words typed with Latin characters into their closest Arabic equivalents. With more than 3.5 billion words typed using Yamli to date, at a rate of 150

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