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Yahoo! Search Gets a Refresh

  • Posted June 5th, 2013 at 6:50 am by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Search

by Peter Levinson, Director, Product Management and Anand Chandrasekaran, Senior Director, Search Products

If you’ve searched for something on Yahoo! today, you may have noticed a new look and feel on our search results pages. Today, we’re rolling out a new design for Yahoo! Search, covering Web and vertical intents like images, local, news etc. in the U.S., that puts your search results front and center. You can learn more about the new design for Yahoo! Search here.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks and months as we work to bring together the utility of search with the richness of our content and the beauty of a design that is so Yahoo!. We really look forward to hearing all your feedback!

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To summarize, the new Yahoo! app delivers better mobile content discovery

  • Posted April 22nd, 2013 at 7:14 am by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Search

By Marissa Mayer, CEO

Consuming news and information on the go has become the norm — whether waiting for a morning coffee or commuting home from work, content discovery is an insatiable daily habit. Our mobile phones have opened up a window to the world, with the latest news, sports updates, and entertainment coverage right there in our pockets. Because consuming content is such a core part of our everyday lives, today we’re launching our new Yahoo! mobile app for iPhone. Beautifully designed with smaller screens in mind, the new Yahoo! is all about delivering the best of the web — right on your phone.

Story Summaries on The New Yahoo! App on iPhone

The new Yahoo! mobile app is also smarter, using Summly’s natural-language algorithms and machine learning to deliver quick story summaries. We acquired Summly less than a month ago, and we’re thrilled to introduce this game-changing technology in our first mobile application. And, with the immersive imagery of our virtually endless newsfeed, the new Yahoo! app has both great technology and beautiful design front and center. Because searching for great content is also core to the Yahoo! experience, we’ve also improved the search experience with better video and image search.

Want to stay on top of breaking business news or even the latest in the world of science? Just select the types of stories you’re interested in. Within each article, you can easily select more of the topics you’d like to see, and less of those you don’t. When you’re signed into Yahoo!, the choices you make are saved across screens. The more you use Yahoo!, the more relevant and interesting the experience becomes — on mobile and desktop.

The Yahoo! app for iPhone and iPod Touch is currently available to our users in the U.S., please try it out and let us know what you think. This is just the beginning of the new, more mobile Yahoo!, so stay tuned for more!

Download the new Yahoo! App on iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Yahoo! Image Search – now with Flickr photos

  • Posted January 10th, 2013 at 9:27 am by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Flickr, Mobile, Search

Today, we’re making it easier than ever to find and share photos on the web and mobile devices. Using Yahoo! Image Search, you can now easily find photos from Flickr that are available for re-use or re-posting under Creative Commons terms. (To learn more about Flickr’s Creative Commons rules and attribution policies, please click here.)

Tens of millions of photos are now yours to search and share, courtesy of all the amazing photographers in the Flickr community.

Here’s how it works:

  • Go to Yahoo! Image Search either on the web, your tablet or mobile phone. Search for any query.
  • If you’re looking for a photo you can reuse, make sure you select the “Labeled for Reuse” filter on the left rail to only see the photos that you can reuse.

  • Hover over the thumbnail to see any details about the photo, including the photographer’s name.

  • Click on any thumbnail and you can view the full image. To see the specific Creative Commons license terms for the image, just click the “Attribution” link. And if you want to see more photos by that specific photographer, just click the “i” and you can see the rest of their photostream on Flickr.

And this feature is available in Yahoo! Image Search across web and mobile devices. Check it out and let us know what you think!

- Girish Krishnan and the MultiMedia Search Team

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All Yule Need this Holiday Season

  • Posted December 20th, 2012 at 9:39 am by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Search, Search Tips

With less than a week to go until Christmas, come to Yahoo! Search to find quick answers, and inspiring ideas for all your holiday needs.

We’ve been busy in the kitchen, bringing you inspiring and creative ideas for Christmas treats and essentials. Search for [Christmas cookies] to find plenty of handy recipes, along with pictures, reviews and ingredients right at your fingertips. Try [Christmas side dishes] and [Christmas desserts] to help make your holiday meal something everyone will remember.

With dinner (and dessert!) taken care of, how about some ideas for last minute decorations? Search for [Christmas tree] to reveal imaginative ways to help make this seasonal centerpiece shine. Try searching [Christmas wreaths], [Christmas decorations], and [Christmas flowers] for other inspiring ways to take home decor to a whole new level. If you’re looking for things to occupy the little ones when they are out school, search for [Christmas crafts] to discover some charming projects to keep them occupied.

If you still haven’t gotten round to finishing your Christmas shopping, no need to panic. Search for [hot Christmas toys] to find those last-minute must-have gifts. You can also search for [Christmas gift ideas] to help you find something for that one family member who is the hardest to buy for.

But that’s not all! From [Christmas stockings] to [Christmas table settings], from [Christmas carols] to [Christmas quotes] – we’ve got your holiday season covered for practical ideas, inspiration and step-by-step details.

And what about New Years? Well, there’s always [detox recipes] for those looking to recover from all of that indulgent holiday eating. And for those with a more immediate need? What about [how to cure a hangover]?

Be sure to also check out our Search Trends blog today to see what holiday searches are spiking now!

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Talking Turkey!

  • Posted November 19th, 2012 at 6:00 am by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Search

How did Thanksgiving come around so quickly? With the election just finishing up late last week, you could be excused for being a little behind on your holiday planning.

But not to worry, Yahoo! Search has been hard at work on another collection of rich content to get you inspired and organized for this year’s Turkey Day celebration. Whether you are looking for inspiration in the kitchen, ways to keep the family amused, or simply want to maximize your football watching time, we have plenty of rich content to help you.


A large part of the day will be focused on dinner, and we’ve got plenty of help for you here. Simply search for [Thanksgiving menu] in Yahoo! Search and it will help you decide whether you want to keep the menu traditional or move things in a different direction. Tired of the same old mashed potatoes? [Thanksgiving side dishes] offers some mouth-watering ideas to give your menu a twist.

For many of us, Thanksgiving means more time with the kids, grandkids, or nieces and nephews. [Thanksgiving crafts] will help make sure you’ve always got something up your sleeve to keep the young ones amused (and out of the kitchen while you’re trying to get dinner finished!)

What about after the table is cleared and the dishes done? For those of you looking for some quality Thanksgiving football action, search for [Thanksgiving football schedule] to see who is playing.

From food to decorating to football, Yahoo! Search gives you everything you need to plan and enjoy a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday this year.


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Just the Ticket!

  • Posted November 5th, 2012 at 10:49 am by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Search

It’s hard to believe that four years have passed since Barack Obama went toe-to-toe with John McCain for the White House – and yet, here we again.

As always, there are plenty of eyes on the big prize as President Obama squares off against Governor Mitt Romney for the top job. Yahoo! Search is doing its bit to make sure the information you want for all your election needs is right at your fingertips with a suite of helpful Direct Displays.

Interested in what the pollsters are saying? The Polls Direct Display will help you out. Search for [2012 Presidential Polls] and you can see the latest national poll numbers.

Search for [swing state polls] to see how the all-important swing states are trending…

Get the latest on your local Senate race. Search for your specific state result like this:  [Nebraska Senate Race 2012].

You’ll also be able to get details on key propositions, issues, and referenda using the Propositions Direct Display. Search for the state proposition number. For instance, [Colorado Amendment 64].

That’s not all – on November 6th, you’ll also be able to get results for presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial races as they come in. For instance, you can search for your state’s local U.S. House of Representatives results by searching for [New York U.S. House Results] and get results in real-time.

With Yahoo! Search you can get involved, stay informed and see how the political landscape is looking. From district to state to national issues, we’ve got you covered.

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Introducing BOSS Geo – the next chapter for BOSS

  • Posted September 26th, 2012 at 9:05 am by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: BOSS, Search

Today, the Yahoo! BOSS team is thrilled to announce BOSS Geo, new additions to our Search API that’s designed to help foster innovation in the search industry. BOSS Geo, comprised of two popular services – PlaceFinder and PlaceSpotter – now offers powerful, new geo services to BOSS developers.

Geo is increasingly important in today’s always-on, mobile world and adding features like these have been among the most requested we’ve received from our developers. With mobile devices becoming more pervasive, users everywhere want to be able to quickly pull up relevant geo information like maps or addresses. By adding PlaceFinder and PlaceSpotter to BOSS, we’re arming developers with rich new tools for driving more valuable and personalized interactions with their users.

PlaceFinder – Geocoding made simple
PlaceFinder is a geocoder (and reverse geocoder) service. The service helps developers convert an address into a latitude/longitude and alternatively, if you provide a latitude/longitude it can resolve it to an address. Whether you are building a check-in service or want to show an address on a map, we’ve got you covered. PlaceFinder already powers several popular applications like foursquare. which uses it to power check-ins on their mobile application. BOSS PlaceFinder offers tiered pricing and one simple monthly bill.

PlaceSpotter – Adding location awareness to your content
The PlaceSpotter API (formerly known as PlaceMaker) allows developers to take a piece of content, pull rich information about the locations mentioned and provide meaning to those locations. A news article is no longer just text but has rich, meaningful geographical information associated with it. For instance, the next time your users are reading a review of a cool new coffee shop in the Mission neighborhood in San Francisco, they can discover another article about a hip new bakery in the same neighborhood. Learn more on the new PlaceSpotter service.

Using the new services
If you are a current BOSS developer, you are all set to go. Simply review the documentation and start using the service with your existing key. If you are a new developer, you can sign up for BOSS by creating a key, and adding a payment option like a credit card or PayPal.

YQL tables for development
If you are looking to continue experimenting with the standalone PlaceFinder and PlaceMaker services, we are excited to continue supporting you through our YQL tables. These tables will be limited to 2,000 queries per day and are meant for non-commercial usage. We intend to shut down the current free versions of PlaceFinder and PlaceMaker on November 17, 2012.

BOSS, today
We started BOSS to provide developers access to search technology, something that is tremendously hard to do well. We are now taking the same model and extending it to other technologies.Because of the flexibility of the BOSS model, it’s used by a wide variety of institutions – everyone from non-profits, to Fortune 500 companies to small business owners. Today, BOSS powers tens of millions of queries for thousands of developer applications.

Thanks to all our developers out there who continue to inspire us with the amazing things they’re doing with BOSS everyday. And, don’t be shy—let us know what you’d like to see more of from us!

Rahul Hampole, Nagesh Pobbathi and the BOSS Team

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You asked, we listened: Most requested features now in Yahoo! Axis 1.1

  • Posted July 30th, 2012 at 8:21 am by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Search

Back in May, we launched Yahoo! Axis – a visually rich new search browser that seamlessly connects search and browse experiences across your desktop and iOS devices.  The response that we got was enthusiastic – you can check out some of the reviews here and here.

But, we’re most excited about all the comments, questions and feature ideas that we got from you all – our users. Last night, we rolled out an update to Yahoo! Axis on the desktop and iOS that now offers enhanced performance and the most frequently requested user features.

Desktop Browser Plug-in Updates:

  • Close Option: Now, you can close Axis with a simple click on any web page so that it never interferes with your browsing experience.  By clicking on the ‘X,’ Axis will disappear on the page.  To make Axis visible again, simply reload the page or navigate to a new page.


New features for Yahoo! Axis iOS include:

  • Opening links in new tabs: Many of you wanted to be able to open a web link in a new tab. Now, whenever you press down on a link, Axis gives you the option of opening the link in your current tab, in a new tab or simply copying the link.  Navigating web sites just got a lot smoother in Axis.

  • Private Browsing Mode: Yahoo! Axis now offers a more robust private browsing mode on iPhone and iPad.  When activated, Axis will not store cookies or web site browsing so you can keep your Axis experiences private.  With private browsing mode, you also have the option to keep all your tabs open or close all tabs when you enter or exit the mode. Bookmarks created during ‘Private Browsing Mode’ will be preserved and will be shown along with the regular bookmarks, across all devices.

  • Secured Site Lock: Easily identify secured web sites before entering in personal information, such as login or credit card information.  With the new lock graphic, which is displayed in the Axis title bar on secured web sites, you’ll be able to more easily keep your information safe and share it only with trusted sites.

  • Increased Security: Axis data, such as search history, browsing history and bookmarks, is now encrypted locally to keep you and your personal information even more secure.

Additionally, we’re always focused on ensuring that Axis performs quickly and seamlessly so we’ve released several enhancements to improve the overall performance across iOS and desktop. Check out the new version of Axis today and let us know what you think!

Yahoo! Axis team


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On Your Marks, Get Set, Search!

  • Posted July 27th, 2012 at 8:45 am by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Search

The Summer Games officially kick off today! Yes, four long years since the spectacular Summer Games of Beijing have all but elapsed, and it’s time to sit back and soak up the wonder of the Games in London.

But where to start? So many athletes … how did my favorites do? So many sports you only follow every four years…what exactly are the rules to archery, again? And so many events…when exactly is the men’s 200 meter backstroke race taking place? These are all questions that Yahoo! Search can help you answer with our latest Direct Display offering, available on your desktop, tablet, or smart phone.

If you are all about the athletes, then you can easily check out the Profile Direct Displays that will give you instant stats on all the athletes you want to know about. In addition to biographical data, you’ll be able to see if they have placed for a medal or broken a record. Just try searching for your favorite athlete’s name.

You can even see how your favorite athlete did across their events by using the Athlete Results Direct Display. Just search for Usain Bolt Results.

Are you a big fan of swimming and want to know when the important races are taking place? Using the Schedule Direct Display you can get the information you need at a glance. Just try searching for Swimming Schedule.

As the Games get going, check out our Medal Count Direct Display to see who’s leading there.

New to an event and looking to get a handle on the jargon and rules? Use the Sports Fact Direct Display to get the info you need to get yourself up to speed.

If it’s still too early for you to get excited about the upcoming Games, you might like to take a look at some of the most memorable moments of past Games using our Memorable Moments Direct Display. Just search for memorable moments and scroll through the slideshow.

And that’s not all! There are plenty more Direct Displays out there to help you get the answers you need when you need them. From national anthems to individual country profiles, from team rosters to information on all the spectacular venues you’ll see in the UK this year – Yahoo! Search has got it all covered!

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