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Yahoo Mail gets revamped UI with 1TB of free storage space, themes and threads

Yahoo has updated its mail service with a completely new user interface and has also increased the storage space to a massive 1TB. The new redesigned interface of the service makes it more interactive and intuitive, a bit more like Google’s Gmail
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer helped design some of Gmail’s features while she was a top executive at Google Inc. Since its debut nearly a decade ago, Gmail has grown into the world’s most popular email service.
Yahoo Mail now promising 1TB of storage space on each account for mails and attachments and other content. Yahoo had earlier announced 1TB of free storage for Flickr. The new Yahoo Mail is available across platforms including Windows 8, iOS, and Android.
In terms of the redesigned UI, Yahoo Mail has been made better with easy to access features and new theme based interface. When you hover on top of a mail in the inbox, you will see three options including search for more mails from the sender, deleting the conversation and starring the mail. These one tap options work similar to what you get in Gmail.
Apart from this, The company also introduced new features previously reserved for premium Mail Plus users like disposable email addresses, enhanced filters and automatic message forwarding are now available for everyone for free.
Besides this,Yahoo is also introducing the ability to change your background across all your different platforms. you can add new themes including photos from Flickr account. The theme you pick will follow you from the Web to your devices as part of Mayer’s efforts to maintain consistency across platforms.Yahoo has also tweaked the mail interface and added conversations-based threaded view for emails, which is now a regular feature for most mail services.
Yahoo has also mentioned that the new Windows 8 experience is available only in English in India and other countries like the US, Canada, UK, Philippines, Malaysia, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa. Yahoo Mail might not be the transcendent e-mail experience required to slay Gmail, but it’s a huge move in the right direction.

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Yahoo acquires social Web browser-maker Rockmelt

Yahoo today announced it has acquired web browser company Rockmelt. Terms of the deal announced Friday weren’t disclosed. It’s the 20th acquisition that Yahoo Inc. has completed since Marissa Mayer became the Sunnyvale, Calif., company’s CEO nearly 13 months ago.
Rockmelt was started in 2009 with an aim to improve web browsing and launched a desktop browser in 2010. It followed it up with an iOS app that let users browse the Internet without having to enter a URL. The company had raised $40 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners, Khosla Ventures, First Round Capital and industry legends Bill Campbell, Ron Conway and Diane Greene. Rockmelt says that the apps and web browser will be shut on August 31 and users can export their data before that.
“The parallels between Yahoo! and Rockmelt are obvious: we share a common goal to help people discover the best personalized content from around the web. We can’t wait to integrate the Rockmelt technology into our platform as we work to deliver the best experiences to our users in new and exciting ways,” Yahoo’s Mike Kerns and Adam Cahan said in a statement.
Some of that technology could help Yahoo in its effort to bring in more traffic and revenue from mobile devices, one of Yahoo’s top priorities.
Although small, Rockmelt attracted a fair amount of attention because of its pedigree. The company’s financial backer include Web browser Marc Andreessen, who has established himself as one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capitalists since first making his mark as a co-founder of Netscape Communications.