Yahoo India ties-up with Shemaroo Entertainment for first-ever exclusive online release of kids’ animation film

‘Super K’, a 3D CGI animation film, produced by Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd. will premiere exclusively on Yahoo! Movieplex, the premium video destination of Yahoo! India, on November 11. This is the first ever exclusive online release of the kids’ animation film in India. ‘Super K’ (www.superkloud.com) is a 95-minute full-length super-hero film with an interesting mix of action, comedy and fantasy. It is primarily targeted at children and will be exclusively available on Yahoo! Movieplex to all users in India for free.

According to a recent I-cube report, almost half a million Indian Internet audience is pre-teens, of which 75% access the Internet 2-3 times a week. This reflects an emerging trend with children coming to the Internet extensively to consume content. In order to tap into this growing consumption of online video content, Shemaroo Entertainment, an established integrated media content house, has partnered with Yahoo! India exclusively to provide the launch platform for its latest animated movie. This is a win-win for the audience who are seeking the latest in entertainment experiences and content, and also for Shemaroo Entertainment which is able to reach out to the vast and growing Internet user base in India, anytime, anywhere and across multiple devices. (more…)

Yahoo India R&D to organize Apache Hadoop India Summit 2011

Industry leaders to converge on Feb 16 to discuss the latest cloud computing trends

After a highly successful event last year, Yahoo! India R&D is organizing the second ‘Apache Hadoop India Summit 2011’ on Feb 16, 2011. The day-long event will provide the Indian cloud computing community with a chance to hear speakers from leading Internet and technology companies and learn how organizations are driving business results through Apache Hadoop and cloud computing.  In addition, researchers from IIT Madras, IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore, IIIT Hyderabad will discuss how cloud computing and Hadoop can be used to solve complex research problems. Hadoop is the open source technology at the epicenter of big data and cloud computing, helping companies get value from their data and better manage their businesses.

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Yahoo!India R&D to Host ‘ProductCamp’ In Bangalore

Yahoo! India R&D will be hosting a ProductCamp (referred as P-Camp) for theProduct Management community on October 23rd 2010 in Bangalore. Part of Yahoo! India R&D’s commitment to breed the spirit of product innovation and technology in the country, the event is being organized with the support of the India Product Management Association. P-Camp is run on a unique participant-driven event format, where the agenda is decided by the choice of participants, who vote for the topics to be presented or discussed at the event. Known within the community as an ‘Unconference’, it provides an informal, interactive environment to network and discuss a wide array of product management topics such as design, development, marketing etc. (more…)

Yahoo! And Samsung Extend Strategic Global Partnership For Mobile

Yahoo! Services to Be Pre-loaded on Tens of Millions of Devices Worldwide

Yahoo! ® (NASDAQ: YHOO) today announced a strategic global partnership with Samsung to distribute Yahoo!’s industry-leading services on millions of Samsung mobile devices – including those running Samsung bada and Android platforms. Through this partnership Samsung will distribute Yahoo! services, including Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Front Page, Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! Flickr, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Contacts, Yahoo! Calendar, and Yahoo! Weather on Samsung’s mobile devices globally, currently planned to begin in May 2010.

Samsung and Yahoo! have partnered since 2007 to provide consumers with innovative and engaging Internet experiences on mobile devices. The expansion of this relationship will give millions more Samsung device owners easy access to Yahoo!’s leading services. (more…)

Yahoo! Cricket is the #1 in Cricket site in India

Within months after launch, the Yahoo! Cricket site (cricket.yahoo.com) has emerged as India’s leading online destination for fans across the nation. As per *Comscore April 2009 data, Yahoo! Cricket attracted 2.4 million unique users per month emerging as the top cricket site in India.

In February this year, Yahoo! India entered into a 3-year partnership with the International Cricket Council (ICC), becoming the exclusive online partner for all ICC events, including ICC World Twenty20, ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Cricket World Cup.

Yahoo! Cricket is already covering the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 at England from June 5 – 21. The T20 coverage includes exclusive cricket content, player chats, videos and images from the tournament. cricket.yahoo.com will serve as a comprehensive online destination for cricket fans covering the history of the game as well as up-to-date statistics on cricketers. The coverage also includes features like series stats and records, data on women’s cricket teams, audios, non-match & match related videos, fantasy game, among others.

With this, Yahoo! India reiterates its commitment to bring the game closer to the fans and further strengthens its delivery of compelling online content.

According to Gopal Krishna, VP and Head of Audience, Emerging Markets, Yahoo!, “We have taken the entire cricketing experience online within a short time span. Our upcoming coverage on T20 is just the tipping point for all the cricketing action that is to follow on the Internet.”

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “Yahoo! Cricket is now the leading cricket site in India. It shows how much the partnership between the ICC and Yahoo! has caught the imagination of the cricket-loving public in India. The reality is that not everyone in the world will be afforded the opportunity to be in England for the ICC World Twenty20 so the Yahoo! website will be a way for millions of cricket fans in India and elsewhere to stay in touch. They won’t have to miss a ball.”

Several key advertisers have also leveraged this opportunity to reach their targeted consumers by partnering with the # 1 online cricket destination in India (cricket.yahoo.com).

Notes to editors:
Yahoo!’s partnership with the ICC, also extends to activity in Europe this summer:
* With action online and at the matches Yahoo! Eurosport is the home of cricket in the EU
* Twenty20 England Cricket Captain, Paul Collingwood, will be blogging on Yahoo! Eurosport daily at www.yahoo.co.uk/cricket
* Paul Collingwood will be commenting on cricket matches and cricket news throughout the ICC World Twenty20 and Ashes on Yahoo Eurosport

About Yahoo! India:

Yahoo! India (www.yahoo.in), launched in June 2000, has established itself as the pioneering and leading Internet portal providing value added services for Web users in India and users abroad with special interest in India.

Introducing JOB.talk@yahoo.com Another Unique and Easy Way to Find That Perfect Job

3 June ‘09: Jobseekers can now can add JOB.talk@yahoo.com to their Yahoo! Messenger and search, view details and apply to jobs directly through their Yahoo! Messenger chat window.

TimesJobs.com takes its JOBtalk feature to another level by introducing JOBtalk for Yahoo Messenger users as well. Leveraging TimesJobs.com’s Seek Easy Job Search Feature, the application has been designed to be as unobtrusive and simple as possible – all a jobseeker has to do is type a query and get instant relevant job listings, in reply in their Yahoo! Messenger chat window.

Speaking about JOBtalk on Yahoo!, Mr. Gautam Sinha, CTO, Times Business Solutions Limited said, ““It has been our constant endeavour to create value and bring innovative product features to the market. And, we wanted to help our users access TimesJobs from multiple channels. We have received a huge response from GTalk users for JOBtalk@timesjobs.com, which was introduced keeping in mind that many users are can’t access job sites from their work place.

“Now, we have made the JOBtalk application available to Yahoo! Messenger users as well. Yahoo! Messenger users have to simply have to add JOB.talk@yahoo.com to their buddy list and enter their query in their chat with JOB.talk@yahoo.com to view results and apply to multiple jobs together – by just separating the serial numbers with a space – no jargon or codes are required in this process”.

“Jobseekers registered on TimesJobs.com can apply to jobs directly from the chat window and JOBtalk automatically identifies their profile and sends their job application.” added Mr. Sinha.

To use JOBtalk, users just need to add JOB.talk@yahoo.com in their Yahoo! Messenger and it is instantly added to their friend list.

To get started just type “Help” in the chat with JOB.talk@yahoo.com, and you are on your way to your dream job, with instant access to Seek Easy job search and Express Apply, without having to visit the TimesJobs.com website.

Benefits of JOBtalk –

 With the tough job market, and lack of time, with JOBtalk, users can apply to multiple jobs together, in their chat.

 JOBtalk has been launched with special focus on working jobseekers, where jobsites may be banned in their organizations. They can still search and apply though TimesJobs.com with their Yahoo!

 Users need to have their Yahoo Id registered with TimesJobs.com to apply for the job.

 Instant Access – Provides Instant Access to job search on TimesJobs.com.

 Express Apply – Users can apply instantly to jobs, without logging onto TimesJobs.com

 With JOBtalk, to view job details or apply to job(s), users just need to enter the right command (view or apply, respectively) followed by the serial number of the job – no code or jargon required.

 JOBtalk displays 3 jobs at a time, so users have more options to select from.

JOBtalk builds on TimesJobs.com’s Seek Easy Feature, that eliminates the need to enter multiple fields in lengthy search forms –type any keywords in the search box and obtain matching results.

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How JOBtalk on Yahoo! works -

To begin searching for jobs, open a chat window JOB.talk@yahoo.com and enter Key skills, Location, Experience, Industry. For e.g. “java project manager, delhi, 3 yrs.”

On entering the search criteria, JOBtalk returns a set of 3 relevant jobs. You can then –

1) View Job Details – In order to view the complete job description, enter View followed by space and serial number of the job. E.g. “view 3”

2) More – To view the next set of matching jobs, enter “more” – and get job matches serially numbered 6 to 10

3) Type “back” – To view the previous set of jobs matching your search,

4) Applying to job – simply enter Apply followed by space and the serial number of the job. E.g. “Apply 5”. You can also apply to multiple jobs by entering the serial numbers separated by space if your Yahoo Id is Registered with TimesJobs.com. For e.g. “Apply 2 5 8”

5) To know more about JOBtalk just type “help”

Please note that any keyword entered, apart from the above set of commands, will be accepted as search keywords and will return a set of relevant jobs.

In case your Yahoo! address is not registered with TimesJobs.com, please update the same on www.timesjobs.com.

Free Friendplay IM fused with Yahoo, MSN, Gtalk and AIM connectivity for instant messaging!

Friendplay.com has launched a new instant messaging application for Java enabled phones and iPhone with Yahoo, MSN, Gtalk and AIM messaging connectivity to give a complete integrated package for users to stay mobile and chat for free.  Users can visit: http://im.friendplay.com to download a copy of our Instant Messenger for personal use or distribute to friends to strike up a conversation.

Instead of one-to-one chat session, users can create multiple chat rooms, add their friends into frequently chat friend list. Other than free chat, the application is able to backup contact list so that users can retrieve their friend list which stores the phone numbers in case they have lost their mobile phones.

The application is ultra-compatible which is only approx. 88kb, and works on over 2,000 handsets include Java (J2ME) enabled phone, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.

The cost comparison between conventional SMS method compared to chatting via Friendplay IM is huge, as studies have shown the Total Chat Cost for Friendplay IM is only 8% of the total cost spent on SMS. Other areas which Friendplay IM excels are the ability to send unlimited characters per session versus 160 characters per send out using SMS. Another plus side is that there isn’t any international or domestic rate for sending messages as compared to SMS.

Other non-chat features included in the IM would be “Send free SMS”, download ringtones, wallpapers or even videos via Friendplay Mobilefun.

Now, you do not need to invite friends manually, there is an invite friend function included and Friendplay even gives free MC$500 credits when user first join Friendplay, and for each friend the user successfully refers to Friendplay! Users can also redeem the MC$ currency into USD (US dollar). Simply select ‘Invite friends’ from the Friendplay IM menu!

Visit URL: http://im.friendplay.com for more information.

Ashish Mangalampalli wins the prestigious Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Program Award

 

  

  • Award of $2,000 of unrestricted funds to support research activities
  • Only student in India to receive this award

 

Bangalore, April 27, 2009: Yahoo! India R&D announced that Ashish Mangalampalli, a 2nd year PhD student from IIIT Hyderabad is one of the winners of the 2009-2010 Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges (KSC) Program Award.

 

Twenty-one exceptional PhD students from all over the world have been selected to be part of Yahoo!’s Key Scientific Challenges (KSC) Program and Ashish Mangalampalli is one of them. Ashish is the only winner from a non-US institute/university and has been awarded with $2,000 of unrestricted funds to support his research activities and is exclusively invited to the KSC Graduate Student Summit planned for September 2009 in Sunnyvale, California. The workshop will focus on novel disciplines and important technical challenges for the Internet research community, slanted specifically for graduate students whose innovative work is emerging.

 

“Supporting the academic community is a top priority at Yahoo! and we created the KSC Program to support outstanding PhD students who we believe are doing research in very important and challenging areas,” said Rajeev Rastogi, VP and Head of Yahoo! Labs Bangalore. “We are excited to be able to support students like Ashish with KSC grants, and we look forward to having them as part of our broad research alliance of outstanding students and faculty,” Rastogi added.

 

“I am extremely happy to be the winner of this prestigious award and would like to thank Yahoo! for giving me this opportunity. Apart from the monetary aspect, I value the opportunity that Yahoo! will be providing to interact with Yahoo! scientists and other top graduate students in an informal and supportive environment, said Ashish Mangalampalli, Winner of KSC Award Program. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank my teachers and peers at IIIT Hyderabad, and in particular, my advisor, Dr. Vikram Pudi, Director, Prof. Rajeev Sangal, Dean (R&D), Prof. P.J. Narayanan, and Dean (Academics), Prof. Kamal Karlapalem,” he added.

 

The Key Scientific Challenges Program was launched on 26th January 2009. It enables students to work alongside Yahoo!’s leading scientists to solve fundamental challenges and potentially contribute to the next big thing on the Web. Students were invited to submit a paper about their current or planned research that is relevant to the challenges and explains why their work would make an impact in the area.  A committee composed of senior scientists in each research area reviewed the papers and selected a group to be a part of the program.

 

Yahoo! Labs is pioneering the new sciences underlying the Web. As the center of scientific excellence for Yahoo!, Yahoo! Labs delivers both fundamental and applied scientific leadership through published research and new technologies powering the company’s products.

 

About Yahoo! India Research & Development  

Yahoo! India R&D was established with a mission to deliver product and technology innovation to create a significant business impact globally. The organization has invested in specialist talent in key areas like product managers, user experience designers, architects, developers, program managers, quality engineers, service engineers and researchers to build a world-class team in India.

 

Yahoo! India R&D engages in end-to-end product development from concept through launch. It also runs the entire Yahoo! network, which one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide, on a 7×12 basis. The research arm, called Yahoo! Labs, focuses on basic and applied research in the areas of next-generation search, advertising and large-scale computing systems.

 

Yahoo! India R&D has built out best in class consumer experiences and online advertising products for both global and emerging markets. Some of its products like Yahoo! Hot Jobs, Yahoo! Maps and Yahoo! Cricket are well known.

 

Yahoo! India launches special site for 2009 General Elections

Yahoo! India, the leading Internet company, announced the launch of a new site focused on providing users with up-to-date information on upcoming 2009 general elections. Users can access all the election updates on elections.yahoo.in

As India gears up for its biggest parliamentary elections this summer, Yahoo! India’s elections site aims at creating an involved and an informed voter. With various political parties and leaders already using the Internet as a medium to reach out to voters, these elections are also about catering to a large online audience. elections.yahoo.in offers the best of election content through various features and tools.

Apart from being able to view the latest news updates, the elections site will let users share their opinions and updates on various leaders and constituencies during elections, thus help in making an informed choice. In order to cater to a large section of youth, several of whom could be voting for the first time, the special elections site also focuses on educating them on the importance of casting their votes.

Updates on election schedules, expert analysis, online polls, discussion forums, opinions and photos would be some of the other key features on the site. As the site evolves, Yahoo! India will also include interesting features like Manifesto Comparisons (a user can compare manifestos of various political parties) as well as comic strips on various news and updates during the tenure of the elections.

Gopal Krishna, VP – Emerging Markets & Acting Country Head for Yahoo! India said, “The Internet has emerged as a pervasive medium and is playing a significant role in shaping the way people collaborate and interact on topics that matter such as general elections. Yahoo! India, through its special elections microsite, is providing users with a platform to participate in shaping the future of the world’s largest democracy.”

According to Pearl Uppal, Director – Sales, Yahoo! India, “Political parties and advertisers have come of age and are now actively looking at the digital medium to reach the youth audience, a key demographic for them. We have been approached by leading political parties and their agencies that have shown keen interest in advertising on Yahoo! to communicate with a highly engaged audience on the Yahoo! network. This is indeed an encouraging trend in the new age media”

With most advertisements keeping elections as a base for showcasing their products offlate, Yahoo! India offers advertisers a highly interactive medium to engage consumers through this special elections site.

About Yahoo! India:

Yahoo! India (www.yahoo.in), launched in June 2000, has established itself as the pioneering and leading Internet portal providing value added services for Web users in India and users abroad with special interest in India.

Yahoo! India seeks to provide a compelling web experience to Internet users. A full range of tools and marketing solutions from Yahoo! India help businesses connect with Internet users and make it a ‘must-buy’ partner of choice for advertisers, globally. Yahoo! India also offers an array of communications, commerce and content services that serve as a starting point for online needs of Internet users.

Yahoo! India launches ‘UnCANNIES’

Uncannies is Yahoo!’s effort to bring creative minds of the industry together and share their best advertising work
Creative agencies and individuals can post their best work to be judged by a panel of experts from the advertising industry

Top 3 winners to take home Apple iPhones, Interesting Yahoo! merchandise for next top 100 participants

Bangalore, 28th January 2009: Yahoo! India, the leading Internet company invites all creative minds to post their best work on ‘Uncannies’, an online portal designed to identify the most creative work in the field of advertising. Creative agencies as well as individuals from print, television, radio, outdoor and the online medium can post their work on the Uncannies website www.uncannies.com
“An excellent creative speaks for itself. Uncannies from Yahoo! India brings together all creative minds of the industry to share their best advertising work. It’s also a great platform to discover fresh ideas and showcase top talent in advertising,” said Nitin Mathur, Director – Marketing, Yahoo! India.
In order to take part in this contest, participants must submit their individual entries directly onto the contest website www.uncannies.com. Entries close on 28th February’ 2009. All shortlisted participants will be notified via email when their entry gets featured on the site for voting. Entries can be at an individual or agency level, with a maximum of 200 entries per person.

All participant entries will be judged by an independent panel of experts from the advertising industry. Users will also get a chance to rate the shortlisted creative for the entire contest duration. However, the expert panel’s decision would be final. Top 3 winners will walk away with an Apple iPhone each, while the next top 100 participants will get interesting Yahoo! merchandise as consolation prizes.

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