A Cooler Hotmail?

The retooled Hotmail will filter messages into four buckets — mail from people you know, mail from social networks, personal business and spam.

At this point, Microsoft must have developed its own seminar for employees called something like Apologizing With Optimism: How to Persuade People to Give You Another Try.

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By ASHLEE VANCE
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The retooled Hotmail will filter messages into four buckets — mail from people you know, mail from social networks, personal business and spam.

At this point, Microsoft must have developed its own seminar for employees called something like Apologizing With Optimism: How to Persuade People to Give You Another Try. Leer más “A Cooler Hotmail?”

Yahoo Heads to FarmVille

By BRAD STONE

It’s investor day at Yahoo, so the Web portal is talking to Wall Street analysts, sharing company strategy and unveiling a bit of news: it just signed a partnership with fast-growing gaming startup Zynga to bring Zynga’s popular social games to its site. That means Yahoo’s 600 million users will soon be able to access and and play Zynga games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars on Yahoo properties such as Yahoo.com, Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Games – that is, if they are not already playing those games on Facebook.


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By BRAD STONE

It’s investor day at Yahoo, so the Web portal is talking to Wall Street analysts, sharing company strategy and unveiling a bit of news: it just signed a partnership with fast-growing gaming startup Zynga to bring Zynga’s popular social games to its site. That means Yahoo’s 600 million users will soon be able to access and and play Zynga games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars on Yahoo properties such as Yahoo.com, Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Games – that is, if they are not already playing those games on Facebook. Leer más “Yahoo Heads to FarmVille”

MasterCard Wants Programmers to Use Its Payment Technology


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By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

There has been a lot of talk about digital forms of payment replacing cash and even credit cards. But MasterCard intends to stay in the middle of the technological innovation.

On Tuesday, MasterCard announced that it would let software developers use its technology in their own online apps and on mobile phones.

“A big part of the strategy is to be able to harness the innovation of others in the developer community to really push our business forward,” said Josh Peirez, MasterCard’s chief innovation officer.

E-commerce and mobile payments are changing the way we use money, Mr. Peirez said. Though MasterCard, Visa and other payment companies have experimented with building their own apps for things like mobile money transfers, MasterCard wants to see what other people can come up with for paying online and in the real world.

“You’re seeing quite different ways people are paying for digital goods, but you haven’t really seen that translate into physical goods,” he said. “It’s still really hard to buy a physical item from your phone.” Leer más “MasterCard Wants Programmers to Use Its Payment Technology”