Yahoo launches Livetext messaging app

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Boehner backs lifting ban on U.S. oil exports; Yahoo launches Livetext app.

Yahoo! Yahoo!’s new Livetext is yet another variation on existing services — Snapchat, Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime to name a few — that allow users to send some combination of text and live video through their smartphones. “Audio is the one sensory input that makes everything public,” said Adam Cahan, Yahoo’s SVP of Video, Design and Emerging Products. “It inhibits conversation.” Cahan, who introduced Livetext during an event in Manhattan on Wednesday, included focus-group footage that presented the post-Snapchat generation as the app’s primary target. Yahoo is quite late to the world of mobile messaging, but you’ve got to give it some credit: The new chat service it finally debuted Wednesday sure is different from the rest of them.The Ohio Republican said the change would be a boon for the economy, creating up to a million jobs and bringing U.S. energy policy into the 21st century.

New York (CNNMoney) — Yahoo has taken all of the viral features of the most popular messaging apps and combined it into one monster of a service called Livetext. At the time, Yahoo declined to comment, except to say that it’s “always experimenting with new product experiences.” The company demonstrated the app at a press event in New York City today.

He said a “scarcity mind-set” has been replaced by an energy boom that has seen domestic production of oil and natural gas soar, even as renewable energy such as wind and solar power also make gains. It’s a risky bet and Yahoo is targeting young users who may want to talk to a friend during boring dinner parties with a little more interaction than just text. Interactions, from a goofy smile, to an eye roll and a sigh, mean ‘Lol’ isn’t needed to ensure the meaning of a text message – as real-time reactions are placed at the center of the conversation. Eliminating audio means you can use it anywhere — in a meeting, on a noisy street, during class, on a train. “It’s a new way to communicate: casual text on top of video,” said Arjun Sethi, a senior director of product management at Yahoo and head of the Livetext project. Then they started texting — the content was similar to many other text conversations, with random comments, questions and emojis, but superimposed on a video.

Tomorrow (July 30) Yahoo Livetext will be available in the App Store and Google Play Store in five new countries – U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany and France. As Facebook, Google, Tencent and WhatsApp introduced mobile chat apps and gained hundreds of millions of users, Yahoo floundered in its attempts to update its Yahoo Messenger service, designed a generation ago. Livetext displays text messages and emojis on the video screen like Twitter’s Periscope, doesn’t save or archive chats and media files like Snapchat, and organizes contact lists and friend requests like Snapchat too. Once you’re connected, one of you can ask to start a Livetext session, then the video starts once the other user joins. (If your friend wants to Livetext and you’re not available to join till later, you’ll get each other’s text messages but no video.) Livetext sessions are currently one-on-one, and while Sethi said he’s not ruling out the possibility of adding group sessions in the future, it doesn’t look like that’s a priority.

By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. Yahoo is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and has offices located throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions.

As Yahoo developed the product, engineers tested it at Ohio State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, and also offered it to groups of high-school students. He added that even though that there’s no time limit on the conversations, Yahoo found that among early users, there’s a tendency towards “high burst, high frequency, shorter conversations.” Asked whether Yahoo sees this as a competitor to Snapchat, he said, “I don’t think so,” because “people use lots of communication tools.” If anything, he said this could take the place of regular texting. As for making money, Cahan said, “Once you get to scale, there are opportunities to monetize” — Yahoo plans to focusing on the opportunities that are “native” to the platform. The index of pending home sales unexpectedly fell 1.8 percent, the first drop this year, after a revised 0.6 percent increase in May that was smaller than initially reported, figures from the National Association of Realtors showed Wednesday.

He said “everything’s been built from scratch,” without using any MessageMe technology, but this is what his team wanted to work on: “We didn’t want to create a derivative product. … We wanted to create a brand-new way of communicating.” The data are consistent with the slow improvement in housing, restrained by still-tight lending standards and limited selection of available properties. The product came from a single supplier in the region, and the chain isn’t aware of any contamination problem with that grower, Wal-Mart spokesman Aaron Mullins said. The FDA has linked cilantro from the region to hundreds of cases of cyclosporiasis, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea ● Whole Foods Market reported disappointing results and cut its annual sales forecast after mainstream grocers lured away shoppers with their own natural and organic offerings. The company expects same-store sales to grow by a low-single-digit percentage, compared with an earlier projection for low- to mid-single digits. ● A federal judge in California dismissed a lawsuit this week filed by two consumers who claimed they were misled by a distillery’s handmade claims on its bottles of Kentucky bourbon.

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