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Hotline newsletter: How to count NCAA Tournament units, Pac-12 matchups, transfer anarchy, live sports on Apple(?) and more

* The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season (and twice-a-week in the summer). This edition, from March 20, has been made available in archived form … The Big Units The first Pac-12 game of the NCAA Tournament saw Arizona State beat St. John’s Thursday night. But let’s address the scoreboard that matters most to the nine Pac-12 teams not involved in March Madness. That would be the NCAA units, of course. The tournament accounts for...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Utah, Yahoo, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Stanford, Virginia, Sports, Alabama, Sport, Fox, Soccer, Arizona


Here are Yahoo users' favorite NCAA tournament underdogs, dark horses, title picks

If the secret to winning an office pool is going against the grain, then you may want to find another team besides Duke to get behind. More than three-quarters of all Yahoo users like the top-seeded Blue Devils to emerge from the East Region. Here's a look at who Yahoo users like to pull upsets, to reach the Final Four and to win the national championship in this year's Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'em.
Tags: News, Yahoo, Basketball, Ncaa, Duke, Blue Devils


Former Oath and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is getting a $60 million payout

Former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is getting a $60 million payout package from Verizon. The so-called golden parachute follows Armstrong's departure from the company in October, and comes after Verizon wrote down about about half of Oath's $9 billion value. The integration of AOL and Yahoo has never been on solid footing and Verizon is now taking a new direction with its recently re-named Verizon Media Group. Tim Armstrong, the former CEO of AOL and later Verizon's media and advertising b...
Tags: Verizon, Yahoo, Trends, Aol, Wall Street Journal, Tim Armstrong, Armstrong, Hans Vestberg, OATH, Verizon Media, Guru Gowrappan, Verizon Media Group, Verizon Consumer Group Verizon Business Group, Verizon Media Group Tim Armstrong, Journal The Oath


Blameless raises $20 mln

Blameless said March 20 that it raised $20 million in funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Accel, as well as strategic investors. Blameless is a site reliability engineering company. PRESS RELEASE SAN MATEO, Calif. – March 20, 2019 – Blameless, the SRE (Site Reliability Engineering) company, today announced that it has raised $20 million in seed and Series A funding from top VC firms Lightspeed Venture Partners and Accel, and strategic investors. The company will use the funding to deliv...
Tags: Microsoft, Yahoo, Trends, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Accel, Lightspeed, San Mateo Calif, Mulesoft, VC Deals, SRE, Ravi Mhatre, Vas Natarajan, Ashar Rizqi, COO Lyon Wong, SRE Site Reliability Engineering, Lyon Wong COO


Morrisseyto named CFO of SigFig

SigFig said March 20 that Anne Morrisseyto was named CFO. Morrisseyto has nearly a decade of financial services experience with JPMorgan Chase & Co and Salomon Smith Barney, while also working at Fitbit and LeapFrog, as well as Yahoo!‘s investor relations division. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — SigFig, a technology company helping to reimagine customer experiences in financial services, today announced the appointment of finance and technology veteran Anne Morrisseyt...
Tags: Yahoo, San Francisco, Trends, People, Fitbit, Morrissey, Anne, San Francisco California, Mike, JPMorgan Chase Co, Nyca Partners, SigFig, Salomon Smith Barney, Mike Sha, Morrisseyto, Anne Morrisseyto


Morrissey named CFO of SigFig

SigFig said March 20 that Anne Morrissey was named CFO. Morrissey has nearly a decade of financial services experience with JPMorgan Chase & Co and Salomon Smith Barney, while also working at Fitbit and LeapFrog, as well as Yahoo!‘s investor relations division. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — SigFig, a technology company helping to reimagine customer experiences in financial services, today announced the appointment of finance and technology veteran Anne Morrisseyto th...
Tags: Yahoo, San Francisco, Trends, People, Fitbit, Morrissey, Anne, San Francisco California, Mike, JPMorgan Chase Co, Nyca Partners, SigFig, Salomon Smith Barney, Mike Sha, Anne Morrisseyto, SigFig Anne


Makeup brand Glossier valued at over $1 billion in latest funding round: Reuters

(Reuters) – Glossier Inc, the online cosmetics company with a cult following among millennials, was valued at over $1 billion in a latest funding round led by Sequoia Capital, joining a clutch of billion-dollar makeup brands that are powered by the founders’ social-media popularity. The series D funding round, which raised $100 million, included some existing and new investors such as Tiger Global Management and Spark Capital, Glossier said. Glossier’s products have been worn by Beyonce, Chrissy...
Tags: Yahoo, Trends, Sequoia Capital, Reuters, Emily Weiss, VC Deals, Huda Beauty, Megan Quinn, Oath Inc, Vanessa Wittman, Reuters Glossier Inc, Beyonce Chrissy Teigen Miranda Kerr, PitchBook Data With, Kylie Cosmetics Pat McGrath Labs Jessica Alba


Former Oath CEO Tim Armstrong is exiting Verizon with a payout worth more than $60 million

Tim Armstrong will leave Verizon Communications with an awards and benefits package worth more than $60 million. The Wall Street Journal calculated the total amount based on a securities filing from last Monday by combining Armstrong’s compensation in 2018, severance and a special incentive package he was given by Verizon when it acquired AOL in 2015. Armstrong was head of Oath (now called Verizon Media), which took a write down of $4.5 billion last year and laid off seven percent of its ...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Yahoo, Tech, Aol, Wall Street Journal, Verizon Communications, Tim Armstrong, Armstrong, OATH, Verizon Media, Gowrappan, Verizon Communications Disclosure, Verizon Media Verizon Communications


Guy Who Ran Verizon's Failing AOL-Yahoo Hybrid Leaving With $60 Million Golden Parachute

Tim Armstrong, onetime Google executive and former CEO of AOL and its successor, Verizon’s troubled, digital media-focused Oath group, departed Verizon in 2018 just months before the corporation took a $4.5 billion accounting charge on Oath. According to a Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal, he’s walking away…Read more...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Science, Technology, Media, Yahoo, Digital Media, Aol, Wall Street Journal, Tim Armstrong, OATH, Late Capitalism, Verizon Media Group


A digital tax will deny Europeans new innovation and progress

A digital tax will deny Europeans new innovation and progress Bureaucrats at the European Union steadily struggle for tax harmonization among EU member states. Unfortunately, they do not seek to relieve these nations’ tax burden but rather to warn against “tax havens.” Along these  lines, last year the European Commission (EC) came up with the idea of a “digital tax.” In the name of pursuing the “fair taxation of the digital economy,” the EC made two propo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Asia, Europe, Microsoft, Yahoo, France, China, Religion, Eu, Spain, European Union, Taiwan, Mountain View, OECD, EC


EU gov’t and public health sites lousy with adtech, study finds

A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be core not-for-profit corners of the Internet. The researchers used searches including queries related to HIV, mental health, pregnancy, alcoholism and cancer to examine how frequently European Internet users are tracked when accessing national health service webpages to look for publicly funded information about se...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Privacy, Yahoo, Advertising Tech, Youtube, France, Germany, Marketing, Google Search, Tech


EU gov’t and public health sites are lousy with adtech, study finds

A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be core not-for-profit corners of the Internet. The researchers used searches including queries related to HIV, mental health, pregnancy, alcoholism and cancer to examine how frequently European Internet users are tracked when accessing national health service webpages to look for publicly funded information about se...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Privacy, Yahoo, Advertising Tech, Youtube, France, Germany, Marketing, Google Search, Tech


The One-Hour Guide to SEO, Part 1: SEO Strategy - Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishCan you learn SEO in an hour? Surprisingly, the answer is yes, at least when it comes to the fundamentals!  With this edition of Whiteboard Friday, we're kicking off something special: a six-part series of roughly ten-minute-long videos designed to deliver core SEO concepts efficiently and effectively. It's our hope that this will serve as a helpful resource for a wide range of people: Beginner SEOs looking to get acquainted with the field concisely & comprehensivelyClients, bo...
Tags: Google, Yahoo, Seo, Ppc, Czech Republic, United States, Middle East, South America, North America, Bing, Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, Seo Strategy, Don, Randfish, Rand Fishkin


Do Adjacent Organic Search Results Constitute Trademark Infringement? Of Course Not…But…–America CAN! v. CDF

One of the screenshots from the complaint A charitable fundraising organization, America CAN!, has a registered trademark in the phrase “Write off the car, not the Kid.” The organization purports to help the education of high risk youths, and it claims that “100% of the net proceeds go to the kids.” So the “kid” in the trademarked phrase appears to refer to disadvantaged youths, not tax writeoffs for being a parent. As a parent, the pun didn’t work for me. The lawsuit relates to Make-a-Wish Nor...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Florida, Yahoo, Law, California, Marketing, America, Search Engines, Trademark, BPI, Ftc, Weber, Florida Bar, Cooper, Abraham


A Google employee broke the world record for calculating pi

Google engineer Emma Haruka Iwao has calculated pi to 31 trillion digits, breaking the world record. Pi is an infinite number essential to engineering. She ran her calculations over Google's cloud service, marking another world-first. The calculation took around four months, or 121 days. Google employee Emma Haruka Iwao used Google's cloud computing service to break the world record for calculating pi, an infinite number vital to engineering. Most people will be familiar with the first few di...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Yahoo, New York City, Trends, Bbc, Oracle, Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud, Emma Haruka Iwao, Iwao


William Faulkner’s Review of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (1952)

Images via Wikimedia Commons In the mid-20th century, the two big dogs in the American literary scene were William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. Both were internationally revered, both were masters of the novel and the short story, and both won Nobel Prizes. Born in Mississippi, Faulkner wrote allegorical histories of the South in a style that is both elliptical and challenging. His works were marked by uses of stream-of-consciousness and shifting points of view. He also favored titanically lo...
Tags: Google, Books, Mississippi, Yahoo, College, Washington, Time, Los Angeles, New York Times, Paris, Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway, Facebook Twitter, Hollywood Reporter, Lee University, FAULKNER


China’s Qutoutiao is burning millions of dollars to take on TikTok parent

Chinese startup Bytedance is finding itself surrounded by challengers as its empire of new media products, including global video app TikTok and Chinese news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, gather steam. Tencent tried to play catch-up with a handful of new short-video services, and a Facebook clone of TikTok was reportedly in the making. Less famous players also tried to take on Bytedance, but the costs of keeping up with the world’s most valuable startup are high. One company that’s made its ma...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Asia, Yahoo, Entertainment, China, US, Tech, Software, Beijing, Shanghai, Tencent, Earnings, E-book, NetEase, Tan


Amazon is partnering with Netflix and Expedia as it fires back at the startups that accuse it of unfairly profiting from their open source code (AMZN, ESTC)

Amazon Web Services announced on Monday that it will partner with Expedia Group and Netflix to launch Open Distro for Elasticsearch, an open source software project. Open Distro for Elasticsearch is based on the open source search software originally created by software company Elastic.  AWS says that it is doing this to invest in open source, even as it combats a perception in the open source community that Amazon contributes little code to open source projects compared to its peer compani...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Yahoo, North Korea, Trends, Netflix, Aws, Silicon Valley, Amazon Web Services, Expedia, Elastic, Kim Jong, Elasticsearch, Cockroft, Cockcroft


The Morning Watch: ‘Captain Marvel’ Easter Eggs, Decoding the Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, get a load of a bunch of Captain Marvel Easter eggs you might have missed on your first viewing. Plus, check out an extensive breakdown of the events in the modern day Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline, and...
Tags: Movies, Yahoo, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Comic Book/Superhero, Video Of The Day, Captain Marvel, Clark-Gregg, The Morning Watch


Watain Respond To Singapore Government Cancelling Their Concert

Watain's first-ever concert in Singapore was cancelled this week following a petition to ban the Swedish black metal group from performing in the country. Yahoo! reports that Singapore's Ministry Of Home Affairs decided to cancel the show, which was originally scheduled for 3/7, over "security concerns" due to the band's "Satanist views" and … More »
Tags: Music, News, Yahoo, Singapore, Ministry of Home Affairs, Watain


Twitter Defeats Yet Another Lawsuit from a Suspended User–Cox v. Twitter

Cox alleged tweeted: “Islam is a Philosophy of Conquests wrapped in Religious Fantasy & uses Racism, Misogyny, Pedophilia, Mutilation, Torture, Authoritarianism, Homicide, Rape . . . Peaceful Muslims are Marginal Muslims who are Heretics & Hypocrites to Islam. Islam is . . .” In response, Twitter suspended Cox’s account for violating its Hate Speech policy. Cox sued Twitter pro se. The court says Twitter qualifies for the Section 230(c)(2)(A) safe harbor (though, curiously, the court only cites ...
Tags: Twitter, Yahoo, Law, Aol, Cox, Twitter Inc, Barnes, CDA, Islam Islam, Licensing/Contracts, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, Sikhs for Justice, Zeran, Facebook Cox, Mezey


Flickr says all Creative Commons photos are protected from deletion, not just past uploads

Flickr announced today that all Creative Commons images will remain protected on its site – including those uploaded in the past and those that will be added in the future. The news follows Flickr’s November 2018 announcement where it had stated it wouldn’t delete Creative Commons photos already on its service, after switching over to a new business model which put an end to the free terabyte of storage in favor of a new subscription-based service. There had been concern prior to Flickr’s statem...
Tags: Photos, Verizon, Photography, Yahoo, Cc, Tech, Community, Creative-Commons, Flickr, Photo Sharing, Merkley, Ryan Merkley, Smugmug


LSU’s Wade mum on Yahoo report about wire-tapped call

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Will Wade is declining comment on a Yahoo report detailing a phone conversation recorded by the FBI in which Wade discusses his efforts to lure a recruit to the Tigers. The report says the FBI recording is of a conversation with Christian Dawkins, who is one of several […]
Tags: News, Yahoo, Sports, LSU, Ap, Fbi, College sports, Tigers, Wade, Baton Rouge La, Will Wade, Christian Dawkins


Screwdriver: A scalable build platform for continuous delivery

In 2012, after experiencing performance and scaling limitations with the CI/CD solution we were using, my team at Yahoo started searching for another platform. We didn’t find a solution that met our rapidly growing developer needs, so we built Screwdriver. It is the product of our CI/CD journey at scale, lessons gathered along the way, and enormous amounts of feedback from our internal developers. After seeing the value Screwdriver added, we decided to open source it in 2016 to share our solutio...
Tags: Yahoo, Linux


After more than 10 years, Flickr frees its login system from Yahoo

Oh joy, oh rapture, unsubdued, Flickr’s login is no longer tied to Yahoo. The photo-sharing platform announced today that it will roll out a new system to members over the next few weeks that doesn’t require a Yahoo ID. This is welcome news to long-time Flickr users who are still bitter over the requirement, introduced in 2007, two years after Yahoo acquired Flickr, that forced everyone to use Yahoo credentials to sign in. Flickr was acquired by SmugMug in April 2018 and since then, a new ...
Tags: Social, TC, Photography, Yahoo, Tech, Flickr, Photo Sharing, Yahoo Mail, Smugmug


No deal would be the best deal on split roll in California

It’s open season these days on ballot initiatives, propositions placed on California’s ballots every two years after hundreds of thousands of voters sign petitions to put them there. The as-yet-unnamed and -unnumbered initiative known as the “split roll” is not exempt. Thanks to a 2014 law, legislators and others state officials who don’t like ordinary citizens to make this state’s biggest policy decisions now can maneuver to get already-qualified initiatives taken off the ballot. If they work o...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Yahoo, California, Opinion, Ebay, Sport, European Union, Soccer, Theresa May, United Kingdom, Lausd, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, Thomas Elias


Flickr is finally ditching the Yahoo login system

Back in November 2018, Flickr announced that it was going to ditch the mandatory Yahoo login system. And now it’s finally happening. Over the next few weeks, all Flickr users will become able to log into their profiles even without the Yahoo account. It’s been almost a year since Flickr was acquired by SmugMug. While […] The post Flickr is finally ditching the Yahoo login system appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, News, Yahoo, Flickr, Smugmug, Flickr Account


Nick Bosa on the stress of coming from a football family

One of the top prospects in the NFL draft sat down with Yahoo to discuss his pre-draft process.
Tags: News, Yahoo, NFL, American Football, Nick Bosa


Tristan O'Tierney, Square Co-Founder, Dies at Age 35

An anonymous reader quotes the San Francisco Chronicle: Tristan O'Tierney, a co-founder of San Francisco payments company Square, died Feb. 23 in Ocala, Fla., of causes related to addiction, his family said. He was 35... His family is awaiting an official cause of death from officials. "I do know that it was in relation to his addiction," [his mother] Pamela Tierney said. "I know he got to the hospital, he couldn't breathe and they couldn't revive him." O'Tierney was in a three-month rehabilita...
Tags: Apple, Instagram, Yahoo, San Francisco, Tech, Bloomberg, Square, Tierney, OCALA, Ocala Fla, Tierney Square, Pamela Tierney, O Tierney


Square Inc. Co-Founder Tristan O’Tierney Dies at 35

A doctor called her to say Tristan had kidney failure and was under cardiac arrest, she said. A former engineer at Yahoo and Apple Inc., O’Tierney was hired to develop Square’s original mobile payment app in 2009 and stayed until 2013, when he left the San Francisco company co-founded by Twitter Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey.
Tags: Science, Yahoo, San Francisco, Square, Apple Inc, Twitter Inc, Tristan O'Tierney, Square Inc Co