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Posted 02 June 2013 - 13:44

Yahoo Shuts Down Mail Classic, Forces Switch To New Version That Scans Your Emails To Target Ads

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Starting the week of June 3rd, tomorrow, Yahoo is discontinuing Mail Classic. It’s requiring all Mail users to switch to the new version of Mail and accept a TOS/Privacy Policy update that lets it scan emails to “deliver product features, relevant advertising, and abuse protection”. You can opt out of the ads, but if you don’t want to be scanned, you have to ditch Yahoo Mail.

Yahoo launched the new version of Mail in December, and announced the discontinuation of Classic back in April. However, it didn’t mention anything about the new terms of service and privacy policy until it just began sending Classic users an email about having to switch. In an aptly named Help center entry “Do I have to upgrade to the new Yahoo! Mail?”, the company explains


Beginning the week of June 3, 2013, older versions of Yahoo! Mail (including Yahoo! Mail Classic) will no longer be available. After that, you can access your Yahoo! Mail only if you upgrade to the new version. When you upgrade, you will be accepting our Communications Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. This includes the acceptance of automated content scanning and analyzing of your communications content.


Those who upgrade can opt out of contextual ads through Yahoo’s Ad Manager. Yahoo bluntly tells users who refuse its new policies that they should either download their mail to another IMAP client, or close their account. Premium Mail Plus users who want to cancel their accounts can get a prorated refund.

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Some are labeling the switch an aggressive invasion of privacy. An anonymous Jottit user writes “Yahoo can now openly troll through email for personal information that it can share or hold onto indefinitely. Gay and haven’t come out yet? Yahoo knows.”

However, as commenters on Hacker News note, Gmail has long scanned your email to show you related ads. Even if you use a system like StartMail that doesn’t scan your messages, the system your conversation partners use might not be so hands-off. And as many warn, anything you send in an email could end up public, so keep the naughty stuff off the web.


http://techcrunch.co...n-mail-classic/


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Posted 02 June 2013 - 13:49

I do like the new look though so this is alright

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 13:53

I dont use Yahoo but it does look nice...

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 14:00

I dont use Yahoo but it does look nice...


My ISP uses Yahoo as their inbox and it recently changed, but I am a Gmail guy

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 14:05

My Yahoo! Mail account is largely unused. To be honest I don't recall when I last actively used it.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 14:05

My ISP uses Yahoo as their inbox and it recently changed, but I am a Gmail guy

Wow i dont even remember when was the last time i used an ISP email..... :)

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 14:07

Wow i dont even remember when was the last time i used an ISP email..... :)


Oh I have for over 7 years but I get it forwarded to Gmail

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 14:10

Oh I have for over 7 years but I get it forwarded to Gmail

I've been moving a lot in the past 10 years, different countries, different locations and different ISP's so i never bothered with the ISP email.
I have Gmail since June 2004 and it's been my main email address. In addition i have few more address for other use but it's all being forwarded to my Gmail.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 14:21

Man this was the best damn interface I've ever seen.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 15:29

Looks like it's time to close my old YIM e-mail address then. Is it possible to register a non yahoo address with YIM like you used to be able to with MSN?

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 15:30

Looks like it's time to close my old YIM e-mail address then. Is it possible to register a non yahoo address with YIM like you used to be able to with MSN?


I don't know they used to have @rocketmail.com domain

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 15:33

Wow i remember rocketmail.com as an independent mail service :D It was one of the first.
I'm sure i had an account there at some point. It was a time when i registered to anything i possibly could over the internet :D :D :D

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 16:29

its over reliance to javascripts & ajax, so on sucky connection day:
- i can compose email but i can't even attach files,
- i can view email but i can't download attachment,
- i can not search email, the search term were forwarded the search to web search instead,
- i can not click the email checkbox for other action, its open the email instead.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 16:37

I don't know they used to have @rocketmail.com domain


Rocketmail was one of the first major free email service. It was then acquired by yahoo, who decided to keep the @rocketmail.com domain.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 16:38

Looks like it's time to close my old YIM e-mail address then. Is it possible to register a non yahoo address with YIM like you used to be able to with MSN?

As far as I know no.