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Yahoo's 1Q Lifted By Alibaba, Modest Ad Progress By Grab Media, a blinkx company Yahoo is still prospering from its lucrative investments in Asia while the Internet company's listless advertising sales are picking up under CEO Marissa Mayer, if ever so slightly. The positive signs in a first-quarter report overshadowed a 20 percent decline in Yahoo's earnings during the opening three months of the year. The results released Tuesday highlight the contrasting performances of Yahoo's investment portfolio and the company's main business of running ad-supported online services. ...Read More »
Yahoo Reports Yet Another Quarter Of No Real Revenue Growth By Grab Media, a blinkx company As her two-year anniversary as CEO of Yahoo approaches this summer, Marissa Mayer has to face analysts on her companys earnings call and once again ask them to be patient and accept her assurances that revenue growth is just over the horizon. Yahoo generated revenues of $1.13 billion in the first quarter, about in line with forecasts and down 1% from the same quarter a year ago. Yahoo sold 7% more display ads in the quarter, but the price per ad dropped by 5%. Revenue for display was flat overall, but stripping out TAC it was up 2%, an encouraging sign. ...Read More »
Google Play Still Tops IOS App Store Downloads, And Now Narrowing Revenue Gap, Too By Grab Media, a blinkx company Androids position as the most dominant smartphone platform worldwide is also having an impact on mobile app download growth, and now, increasing revenue. According to a new report out this morning from App Annie, Googles app marketplace, Google Play, saw 45% more downloads that Apples iOS App Store in Q1. However, Apple continues to still be “comfortably ahead in terms of worldwide revenue, the report found, generating a whopping 85% more revenue than Google Play. ...Read More »
Leak Points To Major Redesign In Upcoming New Version Of Android By Grab Media, a blinkx company Apple introduced a major reimagining of its mobile software last year when it released iOS 7, and since then the trend in mobile has been “flat.” Now, it looks like Google may be planning to follow suit and offer a slightly flatter take on Android in an upcoming major redesign. A leaked screenshot that supposedly reveals an upcoming version of Android code-named “Moonshine shows a completely overhauled set of app icons. It is unclear if this new redesign will debut in Android 4.5 or in a later version of Googles mobile platform. ...Read More »
As Internet Shares Break Down, Investors See Value In Old Tech By Grab Media, a blinkx company The last six weeks have been terrible for many technology shares, but not for the four horsemen that sat atop the last tech boom. Intel, Oracle, Microsoft and Cisco, known as the four horsemen during the late 1990s technology boom due to their strong performance and leading market share, have all rallied since the beginning of March even as many other tech companies' stocks have been crushed. These legacy tech names have emerged as an alternative for those who want exposure to the sector, but are spooked by the slump in high-growth stocks like Netflix. These old tech names have recently attracted more attention because their growth outpaces the broader market but they don't have the high valuations of the one-time momentum favorites. ...Read More »
Heartbleed-Check App For Android Released By Grab Media, a blinkx company They're looking for blood! Lookout Mobile Security has released a free app called Heartbleed Detector that checks to see whether an Android device is vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. The Heartbleed bug, a serious error in an encryption library called OpenSSL that makes it devastatingly easy to grab supposedly secure data, mostly affects Web and email servers. However, Android 4.1.1 (a.k.a. Jelly Bean) does use a vulnerable version of the OpenSSL software. Heartbleed Detector checks to see if you're running a vulnerable version of Android, and whether the vulnerable extension to OpenSSL is enabled on your device. ...Read More »
Video: FBI Raids Overzealous Security Consultant By Clip Syndicate While the government sometimes has difficulty tracking down malicious hackers, it had no trouble sending law enforcement after a security consultant who may have ventured into a legal gray area. David Helkowski, a consultant working on a University of Maryland website, hacked university servers to demonstrate to his superiors and the university how vulnerable the servers were, and found himself facing down an FBI raiding party as a result. ...Read More »
FBI Raids Overzealous Security Consultant By Grab Media, a blinkx company While the government sometimes has difficulty tracking down malicious hackers, it had no trouble sending law enforcement after a security consultant who may have ventured into a legal gray area. David Helkowski, a consultant working on a University of Maryland website, hacked university servers to demonstrate to his superiors and the university how vulnerable the servers were, and found himself facing down an FBI raiding party as a result. Helkowski told the entire story on a Reddit "Ask me Anything" thread, offering a PDF copy of the FBI's search warrant as proof of his identity and his story. ...Read More »
Twitter Tests Notifications In Your Web Browser By Grab Media, a blinkx company Twitter is no stranger to trying out new features on its social networking platform, with news just yesterday that it is in the process of testing and rolling out no less than 15 different ad units, at least some of which are already popping up for users. Today comes news of a feature that focuses Twitter on the desktop experience: web notifications. In Twitter's words, the feature will let you “receive notifications in your web browser.” ...Read More »
OpenSSL Bug 'Heartbleed' Could've Leaked Private Data Online By Grab Media, a blinkx company Security researchers say the bug, which affects software used by two out of every three web servers, made personal info vulnerable to attackers. ...Read More »

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