The View from Yahoo Labs’ Key Scientific Challenges Summit 2010

We sat down with two of this year’s winners, Moira Burke of Carnegie Mellon University and Scott Duke Kominers of Harvard University, to learn a bit about their research.

Yahoo NewsBytes featuring Duncan Watts

Yahoo NewsBytes goes inside the mind of Duncan Watts, Yahoo Labs Research Principal Scientist to discuss six degrees of separation and the science of paying celebrities big bucks to tweet.

Yahoo Labs Learning to Rank Challenge a Success

Close competition, innovative ideas, and a lot of determination were some of the highlights of the first ever Yahoo Labs Learning to Rank Challenge.

A Search Service that Can Peer into the Future

A Yahoo Research tool mines news archives for meaning--illuminating past, present, and even future events.

Yahoo Wants to Blind the Competition With Science

Imagine a world where your favorite webpage doesn’t even exist until you go there, and then it’s exactly what you hoped it would be, and it makes you viscerally happy. Prabhakar Raghavan is thinking about just that, and as the chief scientist for Yahoo he’s actually in a position to make it possible.

Yahoo, Kardashian & the Spectrum of Engagement

The more Internet scientists find out about us, the better they can build a business. That used to end with personalization, but now it’s about who we touch, and whether we matter more than Kim Kardashian.

Yahoo Scratches the Surface of the Internet

Search engines like Yahoo know a lot about what you search for, but they also are learning a lot about you. Yahoo has several hundred research scientists on the prowl. ABC7 went to see what they are up to.

Yahoo's Top Scientists Gather at Science Week to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of Yahoo Labs and Map the Next Generation of the Web

"Yahoo Labs is tackling the biggest scientific questions facing the industry and Yahoo -- from how to define what's personally meaningful to the billions of people online, to investigating what the Web can teach us about ourselves and society," said Dr. Prabhakar Raghavan, Yahoo's chief scientist and head of Yahoo Labs.

Open Source and Economics: How the Hold Up Problem Explains the Flash Wars

Last year, when we were finalizing an academic paper tracing the history of public software institutions over the last half a century, Flash stood out as somewhat of an exception – a proprietary solution in the web development world otherwise dominated by open source. Flash’s banishment from Apple suggests that this exceptional position may not last much longer.

Some Novel Ideas for Improving Retirement Income

Dan Goldstein is exploring how new virtual reality technologies can be used to create future images of a person and how seeing those images could influence a person’s financial decisions.