Idiots from yahoo

I have written before about services from yahoo, which are, sometimes, extremely low.
I know it is a free service, but, nontheless, their decision today to shut down YM on classic email is frustrating, as I do not want the new yahoo email.

Here is their announcement regarding this:

At Yahoo!, we’re focused on making your daily habits more inspiring and entertaining. That means we’re constantly reviewing our products and experiences and in some cases, have to make tough decisions to no longer support a product.

After much thought, we have decided to shut down Messenger in Yahoo! Mail Classic by March 22, 2013. This means that you will no longer be able to send IMs to your contacts from Yahoo! Mail Classic.

Please note that you still have two possible ways to use Yahoo! Messenger:

Upgrade to the new Yahoo! Mail, where Messenger continues to be available. You can then send IMs directly from your inbox, as you did before.
Use the Yahoo! Messenger client. If you don’t already have it, you can download the Yahoo! Messenger client here.


3 responses to “Idiots from yahoo

  1. As both “The New YAHOO! Mail” and the newest version of MICROSOFT’s “WINDOWS Live Hotmail” were constructed on / transferred to … relatively recently produced hardware platforms with huge new servers – but especially designed to be equipped with I.T algorithms for comprehensive large scale scanning and verifying of user private content (e-mails, messages, conversations, etc.), a move for which the providers use the excuse of better improving various user-experiences, even noticeable from the relevant changes made in “Privacy Policies” by these 2 (and other free providers of such services are doing the same), … these kind of undertakings are just steps motivated by the quite malevolent wish to control the freedom of speech of the many – in the name of a so-called “better security for all”, one envisioned to be step-by-step fully enacted, but only for the benefit and profit of a few small numbers of people, and not of the masses who could be dissatisfied with their rule…

    And even the previous short-lived version of YAHOO! Mail, “The YAHOO! New Mail” (a bit different from “The New YAHOO! Mail”) was already equipped with similar, less performant and somewhat older -scanning algorithms, but the fact that it was still based on the other -let’s say- initial platform, was not a facilitator of quite so easily controlling everything…

    So, it’s just another small trick for users… “to be pushed into the hands of the Devil”, with YAHOO! Mail Classic remaining the least affected service by the so-hailed “Newer is better” attitudes, but which harbor not so innocent intentions under the surface…

    Also, most user-opinions on the Web regarding these new platforms for Mail of providers like YAHOO!, MICROSOFT … do speak about poorer user-experience in many aspects, despite there being an English saying which goes like this: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

    Unfortunately, I think the good old days are coming to an end, and all the well-known highly-used services and global providers will became -FIRST OF ALL- only tools for mass supervision and control, that is… not really free-speech facilitators between people.

    Something adjacent to this… can be deduced by reading this news:

  2. Yes, I totally agree, all these so called new platforms, are, in fact, just means of interceptation and controlling information, and this totally sux.
    This is the world we live in, where internet is becomng more and more controlled, and les and less free.

  3. America’s spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.

    In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available, but often hidden in the flood of TV shows, newspaper articles, blog posts, online videos and radio reports generated every day.

    Visible crawls over half a million web 2.0 sites a day, scraping more than a million posts and conversations taking place on blogs, online forums, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon. (It doesn’t touch closed social networks, like Facebook, at the moment.) Customers get customized, real-time feeds of what’s being said on these sites, based on a series of keywords.

    “That’s kind of the basic step — get in and monitor,” says company senior vice president Blake Cahill.

    Then Visible “scores” each post, labeling it as positive or negative, mixed or neutral. It examines how influential a conversation or an author is. (“Trying to determine who really matters,” as Cahill puts it.) Finally, Visible gives users a chance to tag posts, forward them to colleagues and allow them to response through a web interface.

    In-Q-Tel says it wants Visible to keep track of foreign social media, and give spooks “early-warning detection on how issues are playing internationally,” spokesperson Donald Tighe tells Danger Room.

    Of course, such a tool can also be pointed inward, at domestic bloggers or tweeters. Visible already keeps tabs on web 2.0 sites for Dell, AT&T and Verizon. For Microsoft, the company is monitoring the buzz on its Windows 7 rollout. For Spam-maker Hormel, Visible is tracking animal-right activists’ online campaigns against the company.

    “Anything that is out in the open is fair game for collection,” says Steven Aftergood, who tracks intelligence issues at the Federation of American Scientists. But “even if information is openly gathered by intelligence agencies it would still be problematic if it were used for unauthorized domestic investigations or operations. Intelligence agencies or employees might be tempted to use the tools at their disposal to compile information on political figures, critics, journalists or others, and to exploit such information for political advantage. That is not permissible even if all of the information in question is technically ‘open source.’”


    Visible chief executive officer Dan Vetras says the CIA is now an “end customer,” thanks to the In-Q-Tel investment. And more government clients are now on the horizon. “We just got awarded another one in the last few days,” Vetras adds.

    Tighe disputes this — sort of. “This contract, this deal, this investment has nothing to do with any agency of government and this company,” he says. But Tighe quickly notes that In-Q-Tel does have “an interested end customer” in the intelligence community for Visibile. And if all goes well, the company’s software will be used in pilot programs at that agency. “In pilots, we use real data. And during the adoption phase, we use it real missions.”

    Neither party would disclose the size of In-Q-Tel’s investment in Visible, a 90-person company with expected revenues of about $20 million in 2010. But a source familiar with the deal says the In-Q-Tel cash will be used to boost Visible’s foreign languages capabilities, which already include Arabic, French, Spanish and nine other languages.

    trupulse2Visible has been trying for nearly a year to break into the government field. In late 2008, the company teamed up with the Washington, DC, consulting firm Concepts & Strategies, which has handled media monitoring and translation services for U.S. Strategic Command and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, among others. On its website, Concepts & Strategies is recruiting “social media engagement specialists” with Defense Department experience and a high proficiency in Arabic, Farsi, French, Urdu or Russian. The company is also looking for an “information system security engineer” who already has a “Top Secret SCI [Sensitive Compartmentalized Information] with NSA Full Scope Polygraph” security clearance.

    The intelligence community has been interested in social media for years. In-Q-Tel has sunk money into companies like Attensity, which recently announced its own web 2.0-monitoring service. The agencies have their own, password-protected blogs and wikis — even a MySpace for spooks. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence maintains an Open Source Center, which combs publicly available information, including web 2.0 sites. Doug Naquin, the Center’s Director, told an audience of intelligence professionals in October 2007 that “we’re looking now at YouTube, which carries some unique and honest-to-goodness intelligence…. We have groups looking at what they call ‘citizens media’: people taking pictures with their cell phones and posting them on the internet. Then there’s social media, phenomena like MySpace and blogs.”

    But, “the CIA specifically needs the help of innovative tech firms to keep up with the pace of innovation in social media. Experienced IC [intelligence community] analysts may not be the best at detecting the incessant shift in popularity of social-networking sites. They need help in following young international internet user-herds as they move their allegiance from one site to another,” Lewis Shepherd, the former senior technology officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, says in an e-mail. “Facebook says that more than 70 percent of its users are outside the U.S., in more than 180 countries. There are more than 200 non-U.S., non-English-language microblogging Twitter-clone sites today. If the intelligence community ignored that tsunami of real-time information, we’d call them incompetent.”

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