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ManyCam for Mac review

ManyCam for Mac allows you to add special effects to the pictures and videos you take with your computer's built-in iSight camera. When you select it as your video source, these effects can be added to your video chats with programs such as Yahoo Messenger, Google Hangouts, or Skype.

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Entertaining effects: ManyCam for Mac offers many entertaining photo effects including objects, backgrounds, and face accessories. You can also draw over video, add text over video, and add date and time. However, some of the other features we stumbled upon while exploring this program were welcome surprises. For example, … Read more

Survey names LinkedIn chief top-rated CEO, Zuckerberg falls to No. 9

Leading a professional networking site must mean you know your p's and q's and have some social grace. So, it makes sense that LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner is beloved by his employees.

In fact, Weiner is so well-liked that he has been crowned the highest-rated CEO for 2014.

The honors come via hundreds of thousands of employee surveys across all industries submitted to company-review site Glassdoor. Every year, the site tallies up the votes and publishes the rankings of the 50 highest-rated CEOs in the US for companies with at least 1,000 employees (see full list below). … Read more

Tumblr woos TV networks too, teaming up with Viacom

Tumblr is the latest social network to woo television as an advertising partner, announcing Viacom as the first television programmer to strike an marketing partnership with the Yahoo-owned blogging site.

Television networks have been the prom queen every social network wants to take the the dance lately, as they look for ways to turn their finger-on-the-pulse intrinsic value into actual advertising dollars.

Twitter has been wooing TV networks with marketing partnerships that shore up the newly public social network's revenue capabilities. Facebook, the biggest social network in the world, has been shouting about its value for marketing television lately … Read more

Report: Flickr re-redesign will drop ugly purple toolbar

A Flickr redesign expected in coming weeks will eliminate the purple menu bar across Yahoo's photo-sharing site, according to a report by Recode's Kara Swisher.

Yahoo has been involved in a years-long redesign effort for Flickr, a formerly dominant photo-sharing site that was slow to adapt to the arrival of smartphone photography and photo-sharing tools like Instagram. The redesign so far has brought a continuous-scrolling wallpaper of images to many parts of the site, put more emphasis on Flickr community aspects like following and sharing, and given pages for photos a black background. Unlike rivals such as 500px, … Read more

Yahoo launches its rumored integration with Yelp

Yahoo's quest to bolster search rolls on.

The company on Monday rolled out an integration with local listings site Yelp, confirming a rumor that the two services had formed a partnership.

The integration -- available on all devices -- lets users who search on Yahoo access information from Yelp right through the Yahoo home page, including ratings, reviews, and pictures. The Yelp listings are pushed near the top of the link stack, and the content appears off to the right, branded with a Yelp logo. Yelp has similar branding deals with Microsoft and Apple. (Google, for its part, displays … Read more

Yahoo appoints new head of information security

Yahoo on Monday appointed veteran security executive Alex Stamos as its chief information security officer. The announcement brings to bear rumors that Stamos would be tapped for the position.

Stamos had been the chief technology officer of the security firm Artemis. He succeeds Yahoo's former CISO Justin Somaini, taking a seat that had been vacant for more than a year. Stamos was also a key organizer of TrustyCon, a security industry conference held last month that was billed as counter programming to the RSA conference because of RSA's supposed involvement with the NSA.

He will report to Jay … Read more

Katie Couric to make Yahoo debut on Friday

Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's big media push is getting under way.

On Monday, Katie Couric announced her official debut with Yahoo, slated for Friday with an interview with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Couric is just one of a handful of high-profile journalists in a talent grab Mayer made recently -- a list that also includes David Pogue, Matt Bai, and Megan Liberman. Pogue's tech news site launched in January at the Consumer Electronics Show. Also in January, Couric released a test segment where she interviewed former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Couric, appointed to a … Read more

Yahoo buys Vizify, firm that visualizes social-media data

Vizify, a startup that lets users create visualizations of social-media data, announced on Wednesday that it has been acquired by Yahoo. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The company's technology lets people create interactive infographics and videos based on data involving what they share online, creating a type of Internet biography. Premium customers could pay to have their biographies hosted from vanity domains.

Vizify will be shutting down the product as the team joins Yahoo. "As for what's next, we can't talk specifics just yet, but we're excited to bring a more visual approach … Read more

Yahoo to require Yahoo ID; no more Facebook or Google logins

Yahoo has begun the gradual phase-out of letting people access certain services with their Facebook or Google logins. Now, to sign into all services, users will need a Yahoo ID.

The first service to stop allowing other login credentials was Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'Em up; and soon services like Flickr and Fantasy Sports will also require a Yahoo ID.

"Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience, which includes our sign-in process for Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'Em," a Yahoo spokesperson told CNET. "This new process, which now asks users to sign in with a … Read more

Yahoo testing app-install ads similar to Facebook's

It looks like Yahoo is taking a page from Facebook's advertising playbook.

The Sunyvale, Calif.-based company is testing ads on its mobile properties that prompt users to download apps onto their devices from third party developers. It's the same idea as Facebook has with its app-install ads, which appear in its own content feeds.

"We're testing in-stream ad opportunities with an initial group of advertisers who have mobile apps and want to connect directly with audiences across Yahoo mobile apps and sites. The purpose of these native ads is to help brands drive downloads of … Read more