Phil Star — You can type as many text messages as you can and see the person you are chatting with in real time. You can see her world, where she is, how she looks. When she types “LOL” or “haha” you can really see her laugh. When she sends a smiling emoji, you can see that smile as well. But you can’t talk, you can’t hear. And neither can she. You can only both chat and watch. This in essence is Livetext, the new messaging app launched by Yahoo that blends text messaging with silent video.
Want China Times — The Taiwan unit of Yahoo announced Friday that its News and Super Mall apps will support the Apple Watch in Taiwan to cash in on a market where smartwatch ownership ranks the seven-highest in the world. The two apps are revamped with more visualized designs for notifications and location-based services, such as pushing promotional messages of local stores close to the wearer’s location, according to Yahoo Taiwan.
Yahoo launched four apps designed for Apple’s smartwatch in Taiwan Monday as the search engine’s latest attempt to push its “mobile first” strategy. The four free apps — including Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports Fantasy, Yahoo News Digest and Yahoo News Hong Kong — are redesigned and simplified for the Apple Watch, allowing Yahoo to deliver “a highly engaging and personal experience in a new way,” according to the company.
NEW DELHI: Yahoo announced that it will host its mobile developer meet in New Delhi on June 24 and in Bengaluru on June 26. Jarah Euston, vice president of analytics and marketing at Flurry (owned by Yahoo), said: “India has a vibrant, rapidly growing app developer community. As a mobile-first company, we understand the need for app developers to have a strong mobile analytics and monetization engine.”
Starting this summer, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is going to sell Japanese cosmetics and other goods through collaboration with Yahoo Japan, according to our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily. Alibaba will invite approximately 1,000 registered shops and brands to sell on its platforms, which offer a market five times the size of Japan’s. Profits are projected to hit 50 trillion yen (US$403 billion).
The Taiwan unit of Yahoo on Thursday unveiled a new feature that allows buyers to search for and purchase a product, using a photo of it. The new feature called Image Search will be added to Yahoo’s Super Mall app by the end of the year and will include products ranging from bottled drinks to clothing and health foods, said Jacky Wang, vice president of the e-commerce group at Yahoo Taiwan and Hong Kong. Super Mall users will also be able to review movies and book tickets using a photo of the movie poster, Wang said, demonstrating the feature at Yahoo’s e-commerce forum in Taipei.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taipei City’s Department of Labor (DOL, 勞動局) said yesterday that they will look into Yahoo Kimo (Yahoo奇摩) and China Television Company Ltd.’s (CTV, 中國電視事業股份) mass layoffs, which are estimated to lead to the loss of at least 100 positions. DOL chief Ye Chien-neng (葉建能) said they have yet to receive notice about CTV’s dismissal proposal, however, they plan to send officials to better understand the matter.
Yahoo Inc is set to completely exit from China this year, after the United States-based technology giant said it was shutting its research and development centre in Beijing. The company’s decision to end its only physical presence in the Chinese mainland could eliminate as many as 300 jobs, industry sources said on Thursday. Yahoo, however, declined to specify the actual number of jobs that would be made redundant.
Pluribus Networks, a startup you’ve probably never heard of, just put itself front and center in the race for a hot new market called “software-defined networking.” And it’s all because of Yahoo founder Jerry Yang. Last week Pluribus raised a hefty $50 million in investment, which brings its total funding to date to $95 million. That makes it one of the best funded SDN startups ever.
Rumors swirled around Yahoo’s major restructuring in November, and yesterday the tech giant confirmed (via Detik) that the company is shutting its Indonesia office this month. Besides Indonesia, Yahoo is reportedly laying off its employees in Malaysia and Vietnam too. In October, the tech giant laid off hundreds in India. Barsha Panda, Yahoo head of corporate communications in India and Southeast Asia, tells Tech in Asia the following:
BENGALURU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and industrialist Mukesh Ambani feature amongst the most searched personalities online this year, according to search engine Yahoo. According to the seventh edition of Yahoo India’s ‘Year in Review’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the list of ‘High and Mighty? the Political Top 10’ in 2014, followed by his aides Arun Jaitley (Finance and I&B Minister) and BJP President Amit Shah.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Taiwan unit of Yahoo Inc. expressed hope Tuesday that its mobile traffic will exceed PC traffic next year as the search engine makes a stronger push into mobile and e-commerce markets. Yahoo Taiwan has launched more than 45 mobile apps and websites for the over 10 million of its mobile users in the country, creating “double-digit” numbers for total revenue so far this year that are lose to Yahoo’s global average of 17 percent of revenues coming from mobile, said Erika Wang (王興), managing director at the company. She did not give specific figures.
If you’re an employee at Yahoo’s software development center in Bangalore, I’ve got some bad news for you: you might not have a job anymore. The American company is laying off hundreds of engineers at the Bangalore center as part of what it called “consolidation” in a statement issued to the press. Just how many employees have been laid off isn’t yet clear. NextBigWhat initially reported that thousands were being laid off, but Quartz says 500 , TechCrunch says 400 , and The Hindu says it’s between 250 and 400 in one article , but pegs it at 700 in another .
“Online-to-offline” (O2O) might be a cringe-worthy expression, but that’s not stopping ecommerce firms from embracing what it stands for. Yahoo Taiwan has plans to launch an O2O platform by the end of this year, according to a report from Taiwan’s China Times . Though details on the matter remain scarce, a representative from Yahoo Taiwan’s mobile division told the paper that it would likely build out a feature on top of the company’s existing mobile commerce app.
BANGALORE: Yahoo confirmed on Monday that it has purchased Bookpad, an Indian document viewing tech startup, in a bid to bolster its email service. The US internet giant didn’t disclose the purchase price, but two people with direct knowledge of the development said it paid around Rs 50 crore ($8.3 million) for Bookpad. “We have acquired Bookpad, the company behind the Docspad product,” said a Yahoo spokeswoman in response to a query from ET.
Just days after business intelligence provider Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) acquired Indicus Analytics, another Indian startup got netted by a global company. Yahoo has bought one-year-old Bookpad, which built an end-to-end document handling technology for the cloud, for about US$15 million (INR 90 crore) The Times of India reported. It is the first Indian tech startup acquisition by the internet giant.
BANGALORE: Bangalore-based Bookpad has become the first Indian tech startup to be bought by Yahoo, going from creation to acquisition in just one year. The deal comes some eight months after Facebook snapped up Bangalore’s Little Eye Labs. The US internet giant, which is in line to reap about $9.5 billion (Rs57,000 crore) from Alibaba’s initial public offering, has bought the firm in a deal worth around Rs50 crore ($ 8.3 million), according two people with direct knowledge of the development.
TAIPEI — Yahoo Inc. said Monday its native advertising service in Taiwan is very likely to expand, as the new marketing concept has attracted many brand customers in the country and helped them save costs. The Internet portal said it has landed major brands like Sweden’s furniture retailer IKEA Group, Japanese electronics maker Hitachi Ltd. and South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. on its native ads platform, which was launched in Taiwan in late June.
Many are those who suffer from the deluge of news that comes in every morning. Thankfully, there’s an app that can help to narrow the most essential news to their core points for daily consumption. Yahoo News Digest was launched today for both iOS and Android users in Singapore. Yahoo News Digest was launched in the United States and United Kingdom earlier this year, and was generally well-received. According to Nick D’Aloisio, product manager of Yahoo News Digest, 40 percent of those who downloaded the app continually return to it on a daily basis.