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关于雅虎北京全球研发中心

Posted: 3rd of September, 2011


关于雅虎北京全球研发中心



雅虎是全球访问量最大的互联网站点之一,以创新产品服务全球6.8亿用户。作为雅虎三大研发中心之一,雅虎北京全球研发中心成立于2008年12月,是由雅虎美国全资控股和运营的子公司。中心专注于围绕雅虎全球业务,开展世研发,其领域涵盖雅虎全球所有的核心产品,包括广告、搜索、移动、媒体、社交、内容、云计算和客户端应用等。我们致力于科学与工程的紧密结合、移动互联网应用,旨在为互联网和移动互联网用户提供最好的体验, 也为加强中外互联网业界的交流创造条件。 


雅虎矢志不渝的在全球范围内吸引并保留最优秀的技术人才,共同推进其全球产品及平台的演进。中国是最佳的人才聚集地之一,北京研发中心迄今所聘的高级研究与工程人员,不少出自中外顶尖高校。自2008年成立至今,研发中心已组建了多达300余人的研发团队。

关于雅虎北京研究院

Posted: 3rd of September, 2011

雅虎北京研究院于2011年3月1日在北京成立,是雅虎全球研究院中最年轻的一员。雅虎北京研究院与雅虎全球三大产品研发中心之一的雅虎北京研发中心共处一地,研究院的科学家和研究工程师与研发中心的软件开发工程师紧密合作,相辅相成。

以科学为驱动的产品创新是雅虎北京研究院的愿景。我们致力于通过深度的科学研究来改进、革新和创造雅虎全球市场的移动、广告、媒体与搜索的互联网产品。

我们正在北京建设世界一流的产业研究院,并专注于四大方向:产品驱动型科学研究、大规模研究基础设施的建设、高新科技驱动的产品创新以及与学术界的长期合作关系。

雅虎北京研究院秉承了雅虎全球研究院的优良基因:1)从事世界级的前沿科学研究并对学术界产生重要影响; 2)通过算法的持续改进与创新直接提升公司核心产品质量。  更为重要的是,雅虎北京研究院还肩负着科学驱动的产品创新的使命。

雅虎北京研究院倡导大公司和创业公司优势互补的Start-up+ 文化。在这里可以体验创业(团队和产品的创造)的激情,同时又可以享受世界一流互联网科技企业所提供的人才、资金、技术平台、用户和市场等各种资源支持;
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Homepage for Homerooms: Make Yahoo! your homepage. Make a classroom's dream come true.

Posted: 22nd of September, 2011

Yahoo! has teamed up with DonorsChoose.org to give you an easy, no-cost way to help public school classrooms in your community thrive.

Between August 22 and October 16, 2011, Yahoo is providing $200,000 of funding for classroom projects across the United States. We need your help! Pick a DonorsChoose.org project and vote for it by making Yahoo your homepage. Each week, Yahoo will donate $25,000 among the projects with the most votes.

So head over to the
Homepage for Homerooms site and help support a project now!

2012 Yahoo! Influencer Farewell Party

Posted: 14th of September, 2012

Yahoo influencers attended farewell party @ Yahoo Korea café.

10 1 치열한 경쟁을 거쳐 선발된  40명의 야후 Influencer 들은 5개의 그룹으로 나뉘어져 홍보대사로 활동하였다. 지난 8 30, 야후 인플루언서로의 활동을 마치는 야후코리아 에서 주최한 송별회에 참석하였다.   야후 Influencer들은 지난  4개월간 Influencer 활동하며 야후서비스의 강점과 약점에 대한 아낌없는 조언과 애정으로 실제 야후코리아 서비스 개선에 많은 영향을 끼쳤다.  K-wave, Celeb, Style 관련된 1천개가 넘는 홍보 포스팅이 SNS서비스를 통하여 창출되었고, 이를 통해 야후의 서비스를 접하게 Viewer수는 30만명이 넘는 것으로 추정된다.  그들의 눈부신 활약을 마감하는 송별회 자리는 재미있는 이벤트와 최고 Influencer 시상을 마지막으로 막을 내렸다.

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Know Your Superpower? 5 Steps To Reaching Your Creative Destiny

Posted: 9th of October, 2013
Our own Sandy Gould, SVP of Talent Acquisition and Development, talks with Fast Company about the five simple steps that help clear a path for career growth. Read the full article here:

There will always be mystery in the future, but knowing your talent will help you make it through. And thrive.

When I was 12 years old, I saw Star Wars in the theater at least six times. When I got home from the sixth screening, I ran straight to my mother and said, “Mom, Luke Skywalker knows his destiny and I know mine. My destiny is to help people achieve their creative destiny.” I’ve been lucky to be able to do so ever since. At Yahoo, I spend my days building and empowering our transformative talent, and hopefully I can help you grow your career too.

I think one of the most daunting and compelling things about life is the mystery of the unknown. It’s hard to see the plan for growth when you’re so focused on the day-to-day. The future becomes a far off idea that you can’t quite imagine, let alone figure out how to build.

When I'm speaking with Yahoo employees, I advise them on five simple steps that help clear a path for career growth. These tips help you focus on the big picture, which helps the business succeed, and ultimately helps you succeed. As a self-proclaimed comic book junkie, I’ve appropriately dubbed them . . .

THE SUPERPOWER STEPS TO CAREER GROWTH

1. Know your superpowers.

What are you good at? Chances are you have felt an interest in your superpower all your life. Think about what you love and what you excel at. Think back to your childhood, passions, hobbies, and interests. When you feel “in your zone” and time passes quickly, what are you doing? Capitalize on that. And as Batman taught us, anyone can be a hero--no matter how “super” your powers are.

2. Know who you’re working for and who you want to work for.

Gain an understanding for how the decision makers on your team think. What are they looking for? Why did they hire you? What skills do you need to impress them to get to the next level?

3. Understand their needs and the company’s needs (this is key!).
Depending on the level of transparency in your company, this can be really easy or really difficult, but it is crucial. In order to excel, you must learn the goals of the company, your department and your manager. You can then shape your individual goals around them (and use your superpowers to achieve them).

4. Deliver.
Deliver on the business goals you’ve outlined. By your review, you will have succeeded in meeting the high-level business needs of the company.

5. Take risks to stretch, grow, and learn.

This is just physics. You must be operating above your level in order to be considered for the next one. So don’t be afraid to take on a challenge.

There will always be mystery in the future, and as you work on your career superpowers--both identifying and learning how to use them--you can never know definitively where they will lead you. And you don’t need to. Einstein said that 52% of all great creativity is accidental, so be ready to grab opportunity and own your career development.

Whether your career is just beginning or you’re well into your journey, I hope these tips will help you take ownership, grow, and ultimately lead you to reaching your creative destiny--whatever that may be.

Remember, Bruce Wayne as Batman can't fly, he doesn't transform himself when he's angry. He just fights bad guys. And does a really good job.

--Sandy Gould is the senior vice president of global talent acquisition and development at Yahoo. Previously, he lead recruitment for the Disney/ABC Television Group, where he was responsible for talent acquisition and talent development initiatives.

Yodel On!

Posted: 24th of March, 2015
We celebrated Yahoo's 20th birthday across the globe with a lot of purple pride! From breaking the Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Group Yodel, to ringing the opening bell on NASDAQ (transformed into our signature yodel) to a very purple party at Yahoo Singapore, we left our teens behind with a bang! Find out what our co-founder David Filo had to say in this Tumblr post - Thank You For The Last 20 Years

On the occassion, we challenged Yahoos, their friends and family to dress in Purple Pride and share their best yodel on Tumblr. (Check out #YodelBack.) For every participant who yodeled, Yahoo donated $20 to the Yahoo Employee Foundation, our CSR initiative. And here are some pictures of Yahoos from Singapore, from the party, and yodeling loud and clear. :)





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Yahoo! HQ Campus Awarded LEED® Gold Green Building Certification

Posted: 25th of October, 2011
Article originally posted on Yodel Anecdotal.

Yahoo! Goes Green


Last Wednesday, Yahoo’s in Sunnyvale celebrated the dedication of the new LEED ® Gold Plaque for our Headquarters Campus, the launch of a pilot Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle carsharing program, and the annual Green Team Summer Fair!
Green Buildings turn into Gold!
We were thrilled to celebrate the news that Yahoo!’s entire headquarters campus has been awarded LEED ® Gold certification under the US Green Building Council’s standards for Existing Buildings: Operations + Maintenance.  Yahoo! was further honored to receive the first LEED ® Gold designation ever given to a multi-building office campus under this standard.
What does this mean?  It means that our Sunnyvale campus ranks among the top tier of buildings which make smart use of energy, water, natural gas, and other resources.  Our offices have been retrofitted to improve indoor lighting and air quality, and purchases of electronic equipment, furniture, cleaning supplies, and food were monitored to ensure compliance with LEED® standards for local purchases, re-use, and recycling.   The project to certify the entire campus took two years and included assessments of everything from the ground floor walk-off mats to the air filters on the roofs.   The investments made have already paid for themselves in terms of efficiency, and we know we did the right thing for Yahoos and for the environment.

WeCar Carsharing Program Pilots Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles
Yahoo! offers the WeCar carsharing program in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, which enables employees to rent vehicles by the hour for day-time errands and trips.  This month, Enterprise and Toyota have placed a pilot pre-release Plug-in Hybrid Prius at Yahoo headquarters.  From August through December 2011, Yahoos will be able to check out the Plug-In Hybrid Prius for personal use through the WeCar program.  Cool!
Green Team Summer Fair
And, to round out the excitement, last week, the Yahoo Green Team hosted their 2011 annual Green Team Summer Fair in Sunnyvale, featuring local environmental organizations and spreading the word about our new office compost program.
Want to learn more about ways that we can all make more sustainable choices?   Check out www.green.yahoo.com, the #1 destination for green content on the web.
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In My Own Words - Why Yahoo! is a Mobile Player

Posted: 20th of October, 2011
At the risk of stating the obvious: in the Internet business, mobile is huge. At the risk of stating a fact that many people seem not to understand as obvious: Yahoo is huge in mobile.

With the headlines around our company recently, I understand why many pundits want to weigh in with their own ideas and storylines about Yahoo!. Yahoo is both an iconic brand and a major Internet player. In fact, with 680 million users globally, we are the premier digital media company in the world. So it makes sense that everyone has an opinion on Yahoo!. But when it comes to mobile, I think some of the prevailing opinions haven’t been capturing the full picture. So, in my own words, I feel compelled to offer my perspective on why Yahoo is a major mobile player.
First off, though, who am I? Good question. My name is Paul Cushman. I’m very proud to have worked at Yahoo for the past four years as head of mobile ad sales. I’ve been in mobile advertising for 11 years. In that time, I’ve witnessed the amazing evolution of the mobile Web first hand. When reports like this week’s from IDC predict that mobile Internet users will exceed those from traditional PC channels by 2015, it’s exciting for me, because it’s a vision I’ve believed in for a long time. It’s also a world in which Yahoo will absolutely have a major role to play globally.

In fact, we’ve been a major player for years. Did you know that Yahoo reaches 56 million unique mobile web users a month in the US alone? That’s 51% reach for the overall US mobile market. That makes us the #3 mobile brand. If Yahoo mobile were a website on a PC, its audience would be larger than ESPN or LinkedIn. That’s a.) not too shabby and b.) a position we believe we’re primed to improve.
No one has the combination of audience size, innovation, mobile partnerships, or support of CMO-level client relationships we have at Yahoo!. As a salesperson who wants to help advertisers make an impact on mobile, it’s a thrill to work at this company.
If you still have your doubts, and because everyone likes lists, here’s my recap of the impact Yahoo has had on mobile:
- We were the first major search company to launch a search product designed for mobile FIRST: that was oneSearch in 2007.- Yahoo Go was an awesome product, way ahead of the market when it first launched in January 2006 (18 months before the iPhone!). It enabled email, uploading photos, mapping, search via Yahoo’s oneSearch and Yahoo Answers service, stock quotes, and breaking news.- We were ahead of the curve integrating interactive rich media ads onto search results pages for mobile, which delivered a 15 times increase in click-through rates.- We have more than 100 partnerships in mobile around the world, and recently AT&T made Yahoo its homepage on all Android and RIM devices.- Yahoo is the #1 U.S. mobile property in Finance and Entertainment, and #2 in five other categories.- Yahoo Weather AND Finance are built-in iPhone experiences.- Yahoo Sportacular is in the “iPhone Hall of Fame” and 40% of our Fantasy Football audience, which broke all kinds of traffic records this past opening weekend for the NFL, accesses our site from mobile devices.- And then there are all the cool ads we’ve run on our mobile homepage, including our “Rango” campaign for Paramount where Rango the chameleon changes color when you swipe. That’s mobile innovation in ad creative and interaction.
Sometimes I think we at Yahoo are a little too humble in promoting our achievements – mobile and otherwise. I fully realize we’re not without challenges, but from my vantage point, we have a tremendous amount of new innovation, products, and ad solutions in the works for this fall and beyond, and a lot of committed Yahoos like me who want to continue making a difference.
Cheers,Paul CushmanStill Proud to be a Yahoo! Editor’s Note: This article is the first in a series entitled, “In My Own Words,” that will give Yahoo employees the opportunity to share their own stories about Yahoo!. Feel like yodeling your own? Post your Yahoo story on your social networks using the hashtag #myYahoostory.
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Tim Parsey on Revitalizing an Icon

Posted: 31st of August, 2012

For Tim Parsey, Yahoo is the coolest start-up in the valley because the company has world changing opportunities that he cannot get elsewhere. “Here is at scale, a transformation of an icon loved and trusted in the world. We are in the process of revitalizing that icon.” As an SVP of Design, Tim strongly believed Yahoo can pioneer products that are rooted in the humanism of the culture, appeal to people in the deepest level and contribute to society the world hasn’t seen. “It’s about innovating for people’s values and connecting to the world as a whole." People is another important factor that amazed Tim. “Yahoo has a collection of people who really care about each other, which is the most important symptom of a culture healing and becoming a powerhouse we need to be in terms of innovation."

That’s what we call a party!

Posted: 21st of January, 2015
At Yahoo, our parties rock... seriously! The Yahoo Singapore team came together for a big bash, to bring in 2015. We partied all night at Zouk to the theme ‘That’s what I call Music.’  And, we had some pretty awesome ‘celebrities / rockstars’ walk the purple carpet. From a dozen LMFAO impersonators, to Guns & Roses, to Mexican cha-cha-cha shakers, to the musical stars of Cats, to K-Popsters, to Justin Bieber, to Michael Jackson, to Bob Marley, Feng Fei Fei, Avril Lavigne, Snoop Dog, Nicki Minaj, Psy and our very own 'Audey' Winehouse – you name them, we probably had them! :)  With loads of games, lucky draw prizes, great food and drinks, our Yahoos had a blast and welcomed the year in style.  Back to work. There’s lots happening at Yahoo. Have you checked us out on Tumblr?

TYA Christmas Party at Yahoo Singapore

Posted: 21st of January, 2015
At Christmas, we invited 68 kids from low income families to our office. They had a great time at a special carnival custom-designed just for them. This included balloon sculptors, an arts and craft corner and a movie screening. Our panda friend from Foodpanda also stopped by to say hi!   As a company, we raised over SG $1K for TYA through this event. But what made it special for our employees, was that they could give each child's their 'Christmas wishlist gift.'   Here's what our partner had to say: "Once again, on behalf of TOUCH Young Arrows (TYA), we would like to thank you for organizing such a fun-filled Christmas party for the children! The program was very well-executed and the children had a great time participating in the various 'station activities'. We look forward to partnering Yahoo! Singapore again!'
To find out more about TOUCH Young Arrows, click here
Fight Club Search Results

In My Own Words - Yahoo! Search is ready to fight

Posted: 20th of October, 2011
Photo Caption: For Search Direct, we put real gusto into the focus of ‘answers, not links’ by surfacing answers and structured content directly into what I call the “Search Box of Awesome.”

Amidst never-ending stories about “Yahoo! exiting the Search game,” or “…stopping innovation in Search,” I feel compelled to share why Yahoo Search has always been and remains committed to changing the face of search – with adrenaline pumping and arms swinging.

As the lead of a skunkworks-esque group that focuses on radical new experiences beyond traditional search, I can tell you that Yahoo is in the most exciting phase of its entire 16-year history. My view is that it’s fight, not flight, for the company and there has never been a time where so many people have wanted to fight like today. Yahoo Search has some product experiences that are so radically different, you’ll sit back in your seat thinking, “what the &$%# just happened?”
Before we get into it, let’s clear the air about the Microsoft Search Alliance deal. It was simple: instead of three different search engines spending millions of dollars in R&D and hardware crawling and indexing the entire Web – a corpus of data that grows faster than most competitors can keep up with – we decided to outsource the back-end services. The decision was easy. Focusing only on crawling, indexing, ranking and serving at web scale wasn’t, and isn’t, the way for Yahoo to win the Search game. If we could have a provider that was on par or better than our technology, we could focus more attention and resources on the experience side of search. When fully implemented around the world, we stand to save significant sums in hardware and R&D and instead focus even more on delivering a stellar user experience: seems like a win-win to me.
So that’s what we’ve been doing with great zest, cleaning up the experience, introducing new architectural feats, and setting the stage for some big swings in the pipeline – in line with our Search strategy of “Answers, Not Links.” With this cleanup effort we’ve not only stabilized our place in the market but we are steadily growing. Some of these initiatives, just in the past six months, include Search Direct, an innovative answers-as-you-type experience; our new, super clean look for Image Search results; and our recent enhancements to the Search results page.
What Search looks like to us over the next 18 months:
From destination to companion: Access and convenience are two key components in the search game. In the next 18 months, Search will be a companion experience that gives you answers immediately and instantly without leaving the page you are on – effortlessly.
From fragmented to seamless: Consistency and simplicity are two key components in the search game. Users are increasingly searching on multiple devices. In the next 18 months, your devices and platforms will be seamlessly connected, allowing you to start an experience on one device and continue effortlessly onto another, with simple access to any information on any other devices. Search will be evolving into a beautiful and consistent multi-modal experience that simply integrates into your everyday life.
From more information to better information: Relevancy and depth are two key components in the search game. When you search for something — say, Adirondack chairs — do you really care that we returned 9,150,000 results? Probably not. In the next 18 months, Search will focus on a deep experience that gives you only what you want to know, taking into account your search history, click behavior, demographics, social graph, and browsing history to provide you with a 1:1 experience. It will tell you why it served you the results it did and allow you to pivot on a number of aspects to further tune the page. It will no longer be a search engine designed for the masses, it will be a search engine tailored just for you. Some call it a results page; I call it an intent satisfaction experience.
I can tell you, from the inside I see more focus on unifying our portfolio, fast-tracking big bets, truly innovative thinking, and a deep, aggressive hunger to not only fight, but to really go for the jugular. You can expect a different beast to emerge in the coming months.
Proud Yahoo,Ethan BatraskiDirector of User Intent & Experiences, Yahoo Search
Ethan is very proud to have worked at Yahoo for the past two years as head of product for an experience group within Yahoo Search. He has been in product and design for more than 10 years, and in search for the past six years, where he has done everything from founding startups to leading product & design for billion-dollar portfolios at Fortune 100 companies.
Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series entitled, “In My Own Words,” that gives Yahoos the opportunity to share their own stories about Yahoo!. 
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Take A Quick Tour: Yahoo! News Activity

Posted: 26th of September, 2011
Yahoo! and Facebook come together to give you a different news sharing experience, share what you're reading on Yahoo News and see news articles your friends have discovered!
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Yahoo! Canada Movember participants pick their favourite ‘staches

Posted: 26th of February, 2013

By Derek Chezzi

 

Back in 2012, the Yahoo Canada fielded a team for Movember to help raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer and men's mental health initiatives.

 

Twenty-six Yahoos joined our team. We also had the participation of two hockey players from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jake Gardiner and Matt Frattin, to help us boost the profile of our initiative. We helped raised $2.3K internally for the charity. But fundraising was secondary to our primary objective: leveraging the power of the network to drive awareness among our 16 million Canadians visitors around the Movember campaign by offering a peek behind the curtain at the faces of the people who help create the daily habit forming experience that is Yahoo Canada. That behind-the-scenes look is something new for our team, allowing us to stretch in different ways. And we had some fun along the way.

For more coverage, please visit 
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/movember/

Italian Election 2013: An Innovative Experience for Our Users

Posted: 13th of March, 2013

- Manuela Roccato


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2013 Italian Election, we created a special online experience for our users to get their daily fix of Italian politics with Elezioni Politiche 2013.

 

As part of this experience, we held our first streaming event on Yahoo! Notizie two weeks before the election with great success. Yahoo Italia invited five politicians - representatives of the major political parties - to take part in an online debate focused on innovation, emphasizing the value of digital in the upcoming election that will give birth to the new Italian Government.

 

The director of Wired Italy was the moderator of the event and our MD of Yahoo Italia, Lorenzo Montagna, opened the debate with a welcome.  While journalists, bloggers and influencers attended the event, our users were able to follow and participate in the debate thanks to the live streaming both on Yahoo Italia, and on Wired.it.  The debate was also broadcast on TV on Class CNBC’s program “L’Italia che Innova.”

 


The debate was part of the rich experience that our editorial team is offering to our users.  Elezioni Politiche 2013 includes content, original videos, photos, surveys, fact checking, infographics and more, to update and entertain our users daily.

 

“Users are currently informing themselves about political life through the Internet, and with our comprehensive editorial offer we are giving them every day the opportunity to arrive to the election day the most prepared,” comments Matteo Failla, Head of Media Yahoo Italia.

 

Check out the full experience here: http://it.notizie.yahoo.com/elezioni/