Text Message Lawsuit Against Yahoo Hits Class Action Status
A Chicago judge on Monday said Yahoo must face a class action lawsuit for sending unsolicited text messages to Sprint customers in 2013. The company was sued by customers who felt automated "welcome" messages tied to Yahoo Messenger amounted to unwanted advertising and violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The judge says customers — of which there may be as many as 500,000 — may sue as a group because their complaints are similar enough. Yahoo did not comment on the development. In other Yahoo news, the company shuttered its Yahoo Screen app and service, which focused on delivering video content to mobile devices and web users. The various video programs that participated in Yahoo Screen have been disseminated to other Yahoo properties.
Yahoo Bakes Flickr and Tumblr Into New Messenger App
Yahoo today revealed a fully redesigned Yahoo Messenger that makes it easier for people to share across the web. Messenger pulls features from Yahoo's product portfolio, including Flickr and Tumblr.
Yahoo Improves Search In Mobile Browsers
Yahoo today said it has refreshed how it displays mobile search results in a way that will help people find what they're looking for quicker. Yahoo explains that rather than offer lists of links, the new search presents results — including images, videos, news, and other details — prominently in a way that's more useful.
Yahoo Adds Gmail Support to Yahoo Mail
Yahoo Mail today gained the ability to manage Gmail and Google Apps accounts. Yahoo relaunched the app in October and made it compatible with AOL, Hotmail, and Outlook.
Yahoo Revamps Mobile Apps and Home Page
Yahoo today unveiled a redesigned home page on the web and new, corresponding apps for Android and iOS devices. Yahoo said the new design should make news and other content easier to find, read, and share.
Yahoo's Android App Catches Up to iOS Version
Yahoo today pushed out an update to its Android application that brings it inline with the iOS app, which it refreshed in January. The Android Yahoo app is now more visually engaging and makes it easier to access articles, polls, and blogs from Yahoo's digital magazines, such as Yahoo Autos, Yahoo Sports, and others.