[Updated] Firefox opens every new tab with yahoo search

So i was successful in chasuing yahoo search away and somehow, it resurfaced and this time it was really annoying. I found solace however in this post that said ..

“I’m sorry this happened. There was a bit of a mistake in our 34 release that caused some users who switched back to google to get yahoo again when we updated to 35. We are aware of this and are working on making sure it doesn’t happen again, so please feel free to switch back to google (or whatever search engine you’d like) and continue to update in the future, this shouldn’t happen again in future releases. ”

So the temporary fix now will be  … Bookmark and use this;

Download the Mozilla Search Reset {web link}

This add-on is very simple: on installation, it backs up and then resets your search preferences and home page to their default values, and then uninstalls itself. This affects the search bar, URL bar searches, and the home page.

Hope this works okay for you?

Firefox opens every new tab with yahoo search – really annoying

Tell me you were as frustrated as i was when you open a new tab in Firefox and yahoo search always has to pop up denying you initial access to type your own url. Worst still, you don’t know how on earth this came to be as you have set your General ->Home Page to something else… welcome to the club.

Some people agree it is caused by one or more ad-dons on your browser but which one? or was it after a particular update with yahoo updates/3rd party filter not disabled? Either way you want it out …i get it

Lets go for the killer once and for all… all i did was refresh Firefox to baby new and all was well.

firefox_refresh1. Type about:support in your browser

2. Look for Refresh Firefox and slam the button.

Wait for it to clean itself and return to something you once knew.

NOTE: After my Refresh, I realized most of my addons were flush or plugins deactivated so you just have to re-configure your fresh Firefox to your taste.

 

Yahoo Hires New CEO..and its Google’s 20th Employee – Marissa Mayer

from TechCrunch

I am sure you have heard that Yahoo has a new CEO? Well if you havent then here is it, Yahoo has a new CEO and its a “coup” why, Because its an Ex-Google’s Executive, in fact she was Google’s 20th employee way back 1999, and she is Marissa Mayer.

Okay, for some like you, I never heard of her until today so i googled her and surprisingly, she has been in the pack of our todays technology and looks like a good catch for Yahoo…or i think?

According to Mashable , Mayer, 37, was employee number 20 at Google and was a crucial asset to the search giant, introducing more than 100 features and products to the site during her tenure. In October 2010, Mayer, who held the title VP of Search Product, began overseeing location and local services at the company. An engineer by trade, Mayer was among the top echelon at Google with access to company co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

And Here is Yahoo’s full statement regarding Mayer’s appointment:

Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) today announced that it has appointed Marissa Mayer as President and Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors effective July 17, 2012. The appointment of Ms. Mayer, a leading consumer internet executive, signals a renewed focus on product innovation to drive user experience and advertising revenue for one of the world’s largest consumer internet brands, whose leading properties include Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Sports, Yahoo! Mobile, Yahoo! Mail, and Yahoo! Search.

Mayer said, “I am honored and delighted to lead Yahoo!, one of the internet’s premier destinations for more than 700 million users. I look forward to working with the Company’s dedicated employees to bring innovative products, content, and personalized experiences to users and advertisers all around the world.”

Most recently, Mayer was responsible for Local, Maps, and Location Services for Google, the company’s suite of local and geographical products including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View, and local search, for desktop and mobile. Mayer joined Google in 1999 as its 20th employee and led efforts for many of Google’s most recognizable products, including the development of its flagship search product and iconic homepage for over 10 years. Mayer managed some of Google’s most successful innovations, launching more than 100 features and products including image, book and product search, toolbar, iGoogle, Google News, and Gmail — creating much of the “look and feel” of the Google user experience.

Yahoo! Co-Founder David Filo said, “Marissa is a well-known, visionary leader in user experience and product design and one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting strategists in technology development. I look forward to working with her to enhance Yahoo’s product offerings for our over 700 million unique monthly visitors.”

“The Board of Directors unanimously agreed that Marissa’s unparalleled track record in technology, design, and product execution makes her the right leader for Yahoo! at this time of enormous opportunity,” said Fred Amoroso, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Mayer received her B.S. in Symbolic Systems and her M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, specializing in artificial intelligence for both degrees. She is credited as an inventor on several patents in artificial intelligence and interface design.

“Yahoo!’s products will continue to enhance our partnerships with advertisers, technology and media companies, while inspiring and delighting our users. There is a lot to do and I can’t wait to get started,” Mayer said.

I am sure you are thinking what i am thinking, after the appointment of 2 CEO is less than2 years, Would this change be the saving grace for the company that literally introduced some of us to the world of Internet? I guess we just have to wait and see

“Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness”- says Yahoo Voices Hackers

Yahoo Voices Security service appears to have been compromised early this (Thursday ) morning. A list titled “Owned and Exposed” which is “brought to you by the D33Ds Company” was posted online revealing a number of details for the service including all of the email addresses and passwords for Yahoo Voices’ 450,000 users.

The site hosting the information is intermittently down; however, we were able to open the document and verify that it does in fact contain user emails and password data.

At the end of the document the group remarks that it posted the information to be a “Wake-up call” rather than a threat.

“We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat,” the document says. “There have been many security holes exploited in webservers belonging to Yahoo! Inc. that have caused far greater damage than our disclosure.

“Please do not take them lightly. The subdomain and vulnerable parameters have not been posted to avoid further damage.”

The group also included this quote from Jean Vanier in its closing remarks: “Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness.”

Source : Mashable

Is Facebook Buying Opera Browser?

Well they call it a rumour but this rumours are always true, the new one “is about a potential Facebook acquisition of Norwegian browser company Opera” .The move – which would no doubt send shivers of panic through Google – although unlikely to affect Chrome’s continued growth in the short term, would see the two tech giants battle it out on your desktop and mobile for web surfing as well as social networking.

It’s interesting to note that it seems that “web browsers”  lately have become the new status symbol for major web companies, with Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple and Yahoo all offering it’s own take on them. A mobile browser component would compliment the mythical “Facebook Phone” rumored to be in development completing all the required components needed to launch it’s own phone platform. If the rumor turns out to be true, we may be about to see the emergence of yet another browser war. This time embedded with all your social information. A scary thought for some, but a necessary one.
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Yahoo’s Yang Resigns From Board, Exits Company He Co-Founded

Jerry Yang is exiting the Yahoo! Inc (YHOO). board and its management team, the latest casualty of an overhaul that led to the ouster of Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz and left the company in search of strategic options.

Yang, who started Yahoo in 1995 with David Filo, also left the boards of Yahoo Japan Corp. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Asian Web companies Yahoo partly owns, Yahoo said today in a statement. Scott Thompson, former president of EBay Inc. (EBAY)’s PayPal unit, was named CEO on Jan. 4 after a four-month search.
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Is Yahoo for Sale?

In addition to firing CEO Carol Bartz, Yahoo’s board has now put the company up for sale or well according to the person who briefed the Wall Street Journal on the Bartz firing, it was also said that “Yahoo is open to selling itself to the right bidder.”

Is that a FOR SALE sign on the lawn?

Read more: businessInsider

Chief Executive Bartz fired from Yahoo

Carol Bartz has been fired as Yahoo’s chief executive nearly three years into a tenure in which the company fell short of the turnaround she was charged with leading.

The company said Ms Bartz will be replaced by chief financial officer Timothy Morse on an interim basis. The company plans to search for a permanent replacement for Ms Bartz.

Ms Bartz, 63, has had a rocky tenure at Yahoo since she was appointed chief executive in January 2009. Most recently, Yahoo settled a dispute surrounding a Chinese payment service called Alipay in a way that ended up diminishing Yahoo’s stake in the company.
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