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Yahoo Mail launches new wave of updates with faster loads, photo themes, RSVPs, improved OOO

While many are on the lookout for new, big revamp of Gmail , its smaller competitor Yahoo Mail today jumped in first with its own set of updates, covering both new personalisation features and faster performance times. The changes come about 10 months after Yahoo Mail rolled out its own major redesign , and are an extension of some of the themes that the company introduced back then. Change and iteration is the theme of the day, it seems: today, Yahoo Mail’s parent Oath (which is also TechCrunch’s owner), also announced a new president and COO, K. Guru Gowrappan, who joins from Alibaba and had in his distant past once also worked at Yahoo, Quixey and Zynga. (Additionally, Oath’s former senior director of publisher products, Simon Khalaf, has also parted ways with the company.) Yahoo Mail has a long road ahead of it to grow its user base, though. Putting to one side the fact that many people have stopped using email, opting instead for messaging apps and more integrated communications platforms like Slack, Yahoo Mail itself has had its own competitive and security issues. Most pointedly, the service suffered one of the biggest user data breaches in the history of the internet, affecting more than 1 billion people and impacting the price that Verizon ultimately paid by some $350 million when it acquired Yahoo last year. That, plus the lack of updates Yahoo Mail made over many years previously, and the swift rise of the very popular Gmail from Google and very office-friendly services like Microsoft’s, have all served to keep Yahoo Mail’s growth in strong check. I asked for an update on active monthly users but have yet to get it. However, last year, the company said it had 225 million active users. As a point of comparison, Gmail today has well over 1 billion (based on a figure Google confirmed back in 2016). My educated guess is that the gulf between the two has only grown over time. Still, you can say that Yahoo has been thinking ahead of the curve in some respects: last year, the company introduced a Pro version that you pay for in exchange for no advertising.

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Livongo, which helps patients manage diabetes and hypertension via connected devices and a cloud based platform, raises $105M Series E at $800M+…

Jeff Buchanan / Xconomy : Livongo, which helps patients manage diabetes and hypertension via connected devices and a cloud based platform, raises $105M Series E at $800M+ valuation   —  Livongo Health, a startup that develops connected devices and software for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions …

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Sony announces Xperia XZ2 Premium with 5.8-inch 4K HDR display and dual cameras focusing on ultra-low-light performance, with photos of up to ISO…

Chris Welch / The Verge : Sony announces Xperia XZ2 Premium with 5.8-inch 4K HDR display and dual cameras focusing on ultra-low-light performance, with photos of up to ISO 51,200   —  ISO 51200 sensitivity  —  Less than two months after unveiling the Xperia XZ2 at Mobile World Congress, Sony is back again with the Xperia XZ2 Premium.

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Amidst tariffs brawl with US, China is delaying reviews of Qualcomm’s NXP deal and Bain’s acquisition of Toshiba’s chip unit, raising fears both deals…

Wall Street Journal : Amidst tariffs brawl with US, China is delaying reviews of Qualcomm's NXP deal and Bain's acquisition of Toshiba's chip unit, raising fears both deals may fail   —  Qualcomm and Bain Capital are most at risk if the delays scuttle their respective deals  —  BEIJING—China is slowing reviews …

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Zaius raises $30M Series B led by Insight Venture Partners for its B2C CRM platform that helps marketers unify and analyze customer interaction data…

Anthony Ha / TechCrunch : Zaius raises $30M Series B led by Insight Venture Partners for its B2C CRM platform that helps marketers unify and analyze customer interaction data   —  Zaius, a customer data company working with consumer brands like Tea Forte and Burt's Bees Baby, has raised $30 million in Series B funding.

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Review of Macs’ eGPU support, new with macOS 10.13.4: performance gains are decent, especially for Metal, but support is limited to Thunderbolt 3 and…

Samuel Axon / Ars Technica : Review of Macs' eGPU support, new with macOS 10.13.4: performance gains are decent, especially for Metal, but support is limited to Thunderbolt 3 and AMD cards   —  Performance doesn't disappoint, but lack of strong software support does.  —  When Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 on March 29 …

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Amazon rivals and experts caution that DoD’s plans to give just one company a contract for moving Pentagon data to cloud favors Amazon and increases…

Shannon Vavra / Axios : Amazon rivals and experts caution that DoD's plans to give just one company a contract for moving Pentagon data to cloud favors Amazon and increases dependency   —  As the Pentagon moves military information systems into the cloud, some industry experts and executives are questioning the wisdom …

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After testing 1.2K Android phones from 2017, researchers find OEMs often don’t install the security patches they claim to install; ZTE and TCL each…

Andy Greenberg / Wired : After testing 1.2K Android phones from 2017, researchers find OEMs often don't install the security patches they claim to install; ZTE and TCL each omitted 4+   —  GOOGLE HAS LONG struggled with how best to get dozens of Android smartphone manufacturers—and hundreds of carriers—to regularly push out security-focused software updates.

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Checkr, which runs background checks for companies that use on-demand employees, raises $100M Series C led T. Rowe Price and says it has 10K+…

Connie Loizos / TechCrunch : Checkr, which runs background checks for companies that use on-demand employees, raises $100M Series C led T. Rowe Price and says it has 10K+ customers   —  Criminal records, driving records, employment verifications.  Companies that use on-demand employees need to know that all the boxes …

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Uber says it will start doing annual criminal background checks on US drivers and introduces new in-app features, like button to call 911, to protect…

Tom Krisher / Associated Press : Uber says it will start doing annual criminal background checks on US drivers and introduces new in-app features, like button to call 911, to protect riders   —  DETROIT (AP) — Uber will start doing annual criminal background checks on U.S. drivers and hire a company that constantly monitors criminal arrests …

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