Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has acquired Vizify, a social data company that was founded in 2011. Vizify grabs data from social media services like Facebook and Twitter to build creative visualizations like infographics and videos. The terms of the deal were undisclosed. Vizify is going to shut down following the acquisition.
Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) is removing the ability to log in to their services using Facebook or Google. Users will be required to have a Yahoo! ID. Yahoo! said that this requirement will let it “offer the best personalized experience to everyone.” The change will be rolled out over time, starting with Yahoo! Sports Tourney Pick’Em.
Alex Stamos, the co-organizer/host of TrustyCon and CTO of security company Artemis, has been named as the chief information security officer (CISO) of Yahoo!, according to Amir Efrati in a tweet from about a week and a half ago. Yahoo!’s previous CISO, Justin Somaini, left Yahoo! over a year ago. Stamos is going to be starting at the company on March 10th and will report directly to Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is reportedly in talks to invest in Dailymotion, one of YouTube’s largest rivals. Dailymotion is fully owned by Orange, a French telecommunications company. Yahoo! attempted to buyout Dailymotion, but the French government blocked the deal.
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Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has offered a $10 million grant to Carnegie Mellon University to develop a project called InMind, which is supposed to be an assistant-style service for mobile devices. This is a five-year project that was announced last week. Researchers at the university will get access to Yahoo!’s current services like mail and news. The experimental apps will be tested by Carnegie’s students and staff members.
Yahoo! has acquired Distill, a technical recruiting startup that combines video interviews with programming challenges. Prior to the acquisition, Distill raised $1.3 million in funding from investors like Felicis Ventures, Innovation Works, and DN Capital.
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