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Yahoo to Acquire Flurry to Strengthen Mobile Products


By Scott Burke, SVP Advertising Technology

Over the past couple of years, Yahoo has been focused on re-imagining our users’ daily habits, and mobile is at the center of everything we do. Today, I’m excited to announce the next step in our vision, that we have reached a definitive agreement…

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Luis Suarez Tops Online Searches after World Cup Bite

Global searches for Uruguay striker explode after World Cup bite incident

 Following Luis Suarez’s bite on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the Uruguay v Italy game earlier this week, exclusive Yahoo statistics show that online searches for the controversial striker have since increased by a whopping 2811%. The most popular search phrases this week have included “Luis Suarez biting”, “Suarez bite” and “Giorgio Chiellini”, as football fans across the globe reacted to the most controversial incident of this year’s World Cup tournament. Following the incident, Suarez is now the most searched for player at the World Cup, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar, as the fallout continues from the four month ban FIFA has handed to the Liverpool forward.

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Premiering Yahoo Movies UK

By Orlando Parfitt,  Editor of Yahoo Movies UK

Today, we’re premiering the new Yahoo Movies site in the UK, a digital magazine that gives movie lovers of all kinds - from fans of Marvel blockbusters to Golden Age Hollywood classics - a ticket to the ultimate movie experience. 

 Watching films isn’t just about going to the cinema or renting DVDs anymore: Watching movies’ content on your phones, tablets and laptops is a daily habit for all of us. And that’s where Yahoo Movies lives as well, with a full screen experience for first-look movie trailers, behind-the-scenes scoops, and red-carpet galleries to make your movies obsession even more entertaining .

Whether you’re heading out to the cinema or wondering what goes on behind the scenes on set (Yes, Dwayne Johnson really wore an elaborate hair piece while filming Hercules), we will guide you to the must-see films, both new releases and lost classics. We’ll also feature thought-provoking, witty and sharable interviews and columns - check out the legendary Barry Norman revealing his most memorable interviews ever. Plus lose yourself in reams of fascinating movie trivia and sneak peeks of the most anticipated films. And with our exclusive live stream events, we’ll continue to put you on the red carpet at movie premieres around the world.

This week, Transformers fans can watch coverage of the Transformers: Age of Extinction World Premiere in Hong Kong, followed by the Imagine Dragons concert, exclusively only Yahoo Movies. We’ll also have exclusive interviews with the cast and crew before anyone else in the UK.

If you’re young or old and like movies with giant explosions, intimate love stories, superheroes, subtitles, or all of the above - we’ve got your ticket. And there’s more to come. So grab the popcorn, lean back, and enjoy the new Yahoo Movies!  

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Yahoo Sports Coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup


By Ian Nolan, Director of Sports (EMEA)

Tomorrow the biggest event in football kicks off, and whether you’re an ardent footy fan or your excitement for football comes alive once every four years, Yahoo’s comprehensive 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage  with live data, instant scores and news updates, will fuel your passion for the beautiful game on every device.

Through original videos, in-depth stories, and a unique, honest and outspoken voice from Yahoo Sports global football ambassador, José Mourinho and local football experts, Yahoo promises to be one of the most exciting digital destinations for fans across the globe every day during the tournament - even if your team gets knocked out in the groups.

Here are just a few ways you can get up-to-the-minute coverage and follow the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Yahoo:

  • Yahoo - stay informed of all the latest football news with Yahoo’s comprehensive World Cup content. Our coverage will span every aspect of the World Cup, including pre and post game analysis from our experts like David James and Joey Barton, fan views and opinions from outside the stadia and within the fan parks.

  • José Mourinho - watch Yahoo Sports global football ambassador José Mourinho’s regular video commentary throughout the tournament on Yahoo and on José’s Tumblr blog. The world-renowned coach will be giving his exclusive insight and opinion throughout the World Cup on Yahoo.

  • Yahoo Sports app - download the Yahoo Sports app on iOS and Android devices in order to keep abreast of all the latest sports news as it breaks. A lightning-fast source of sports scores, news and stats which can be personalised according to users’ favourite teams, the Yahoo Sports app is bursting with in-game, team and player stats. The app has a video channel which will include videos of José Mourinho’s commentary throughout the tournament. With one unified Yahoo login across all screens (mobile, tablet and PC) and a visually stunning intuitive design, it offers a simple and fast user experience.

  • Fantasy World Football Pick’em - play the new Pick’em game which gives football fans the chance to predict the teams they think are going to win each match. Picks can be made right up until before a game starts and points are awarded for correct predictions. See the step-by-step guide on how to play here  

  • Yahoo Search - with at-a-glance results specially designed for this year’s tournament and powered by real-time data from the Yahoo Sports app, you’ll find all the football information you need right on the search results page. Visit Yahoo Search for all the latest scores, live standings, and schedules for the games. We’ll also have pictures and information for the teams, managers and players, with stadium imagery in the background to get you in the spirit.

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Yahoo News Digest Wins Apple Design Award 2014


By Nick D’Aloisio, Product Manager, Yahoo News Digest

Today Apple announced that Yahoo News Digest is a recipient for this year’s Apple Design Award and we are absolutely thrilled and honored. To be recognized a second time by Apple, a company that has inspired millions of developers around…

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Champions League: Real edge Atlético in battle of the stats ahead of all-Madrid final

With the highly anticipated Champions League Final reaching our screens this Saturday, Yahoo’s Sports app has crunched the key numbers ahead of the Spanish showdown.

 In the fight for Europe’s most esteemed trophy between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, the head-to-head player stats suggest Real are the slight favourites. While superstar Ronaldo is the competition’s leading scorer with 16 goals, Atlético’s midfield engine room edges ahead of their city rival with considerably more passes and tackles. Both teams are strong in goal with five clean sheets each but with Casillas edging ahead with 44 saves, could this safe pair of hands coupled with one of the world’s leading strikers be Real’s formula to winning the title?

 See the key head-to-head statistics below:

Stats are based on games in Champions League competition, 2013-2014 season.

 The app is the perfect match companion providing all the information you need to know about Saturday’s final at your fingertips. No detail is too small, with in-depth figures to prepare and update you before and during the match. All the information that you might need is available instantly, all in one place.

 A wealth of stats awaits you ahead of a summer of sport with the FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon, The Ryder Cup and England Cricket.

 Yahoo Sports is free to download in the App Store and Google Play Store.

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