By Alex Stamos, Chief Information Security Officer
When I joined Yahoo four weeks ago, we were in the middle of a massive project to protect our users and their data through the deployment of encryption technologies as we discussed in our November 2013 Tumblr.
So today, we’re updating you…
It’s a Mad, Mad World. The Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge with Yahoo Sports
By Ken Fuchs, VP/Group Lead Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance and Product Partnerships
We felt the rush of the buzzer beaters, Cinderellas and win-or-go-home, but that just wasn’t enough for the annual feast that is the Tourney. This year, we decided to ratchet up the heat by teaming with Quicken Loans and Warren Buffett to try and give someone a billion dollars.
If you’re one of the first 15 million people to sign up for the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge with Yahoo Sports by Thursday, March 20 at 1:00 a.m. as an eligible player and predict the winner of every single tournament game, you could be America’s next billionaire. Don’t worry — even if you blow it on the first game of the tourney, you could still have a shot at $2 million of guaranteed prizes. See official Challenge Rules for more info.
To help you with those perfect picks, Yahoo Sports will provide up-to-the-second news, data, advice and research from our award-winning Bracketologists Pat Forde, Brad Evans and Jeff Eisenberg. You can get all that, plus fill out your bracket, play against your friends, track the games, follow your school, get instant reactions and enter the Challenge right from the Yahoo Sports apps on iOS and Android Smartphones. While you watch, you can also share your own shining moments by creating Loops with special effects and captions.
Finally – if you really want to be a player — join the Celebrity Bracket Challenge with four All-Stars and former college phenoms (including one national champion) — Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Paul George or Chris Paul. They will have pools only in the Celebrity Bracket Challenge on Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick’em, so now is your chance to take on the pros.
Selection Sunday is less than two weeks away, so it’s time to start researching tournament trends, bracket busters and this year’s hottest teams.
What would you do with a billion dollars? Join the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge with Yahoo Sports and start dreaming.
This one goes out to all you lovebirds out there!
Introducing Autocompose by Yahoo Mail. The first love letter generator that lives right in your inbox. Just choose the kind of love you want to send and let Autocompose do the rest. Finally, the perfect words for everyone in your life.
Tell your sweetie that they play the strings of your heart with delicate grace, or tell your best friend that you wish you had even a quarter of their swagger. Feeling disenchanted with V-Day? There’s a whole category for you, too. With 100 million different message options, there’s no shortage of love to go around.
Dear fantasy players,
Things are looking a little different around Yahoo! Fantasy Football where we have introduced a number of design changes and game enhancements. The goal of these changes is to provide a game that is more fun, faster and easier to get to what you need. Sign up now and get in on the action.
Here are some of the highlights:
League Home Pages:
• Match-Ups are much more prominent on League Home. Match-Ups are the lifeblood of fantasy – you want to see how you’re dropping the hammer on your rival – so we gave them more love in our design.
• Facebook Groups can now be used as a communication tool in your league. A lot of fantasy players use Facebook groups already, so, working with Facebook, we decided to bring groups inside the game. Messages posted in the league group will appear in the league home page and on Facebook.
• Expert Content (Weekly Ranks, the Big Board, Roto Arcade blog posts, etc.) is more prominent. Along with the No. 1 game comes (usually) great advice from our experts. Be nice to Brad Evans; he does try really hard – and the louder he says it the more likely he is to be partly right (or drown out the other parts).
My Team Page
• Drag and Drop is going the way of the dinosaur, replaced by a nimbler, smarter, more mammalian roster management tool (just tap and go, baby!). This will make life much easier for folks playing on tablets, too. Classic, like the coelacanth, is not going away. You can still access Classic Mode at the bottom of the page and your position drop downs will return.
• The new roster tool auto-saves. You won’t lose last-second roster moves on Sunday because you hit the submit button too late. Make a move and – bam – it’s saved.
• The page loads faster. Need meet speed.
More cool, new things will be rolling out in the next few weeks as well so keep an eye out. And don’t forget to check out the totally new mobile app (live drafts!) on iTunes and Android. If I may say so – it just rocks.
We hope you like the changes. We are sure you will have opinions. Share them in our forums and know that we’ll be reading and taking notes. Our goal is to make the best fantasy games in the world. This is just another step in that quest. Want more details? We got your OCD covered here. Thanks again for playing fantasy sports on Yahoo! and good luck this season.
- Ken Fuchs, Head of Yahoo! Sports & Games
- Brian Marshall, Head of Yahoo! Sports Product
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