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Verizon has moved to unwind an old deal between Yahoo! and AT&T that allowed users to run merged AT&T and Yahoo! email accounts for login to some Yahoo! services. Tumblr was acquired by Yahoo! in 2013 and became a familiar Purple Palace bungle: after splashing US$1.1 billion to buy the blogging platform, it January this year …

  1. caffeine addict

    How is this a thing? Are the identities tied together in some hideous way or is this like Skype emailing everyone who used a gmail email address and telling them they need to provide a different email address?

    This feels like it should be against some kind of competitions law - but since it's in the US, who knows...

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    IIRC Flickr removed Google accounts logins long ago...

    .. .and required to create a Yahoo! account.

    While there could be some technical reasons to get rid of external authentications you may not control, it could also be a way to boos the number of accounts - despite the fact they won't be probably ever used besides access a given service. I guess most users of Flickr aren't interested in other Yahoo! services at all.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: IIRC Flickr removed Google accounts logins long ago...

      "I guess most users of Flickr aren't interested in other Yahoo! services at all."

      Since Flickr was revamped a few years ago to be bandwidth hungry and user unfriendly - the only service I still use is Yahoo! Groups. Even that was revamped to lose many of its useful features.

  3. jtaylor Bronze badge

    Right, so, Verizon doesn't want people to use their AT&T logins for Verizon products.

    1. fidodogbreath Silver badge

      My understanding is that it's the other way around; i.e., this change originated with AT&T, not Verizon.

      AT&T used to outsource its customer email to Yahoo, meaning that you could log into Yahoo mail (and other purple properties) using an AT&T email address in place of a Yahoo ID.

      AT&T began disentangling itself from Yahoo some time ago; however, the process gained new urgency when Yahoo got bought by AT&T's largest competitor, Verizon. Part of that is disconnecting their account system from Yahoo, since AT&T likely sees that as giving Verizon a potential back door into their customer list.

  4. rmstock

    Yahoo! Europe only ?

    $ nslookup

    [ ... ]

    Non-authoritative answer: canonical name =





    $ whois

    % This is the RIPE Database query service.

    % The objects are in RPSL format.


    % The RIPE Database is subject to Terms and Conditions.

    % See

    % Note: this output has been filtered.

    % To receive output for a database update, use the "-B" flag.

    % Information related to ' -'

    % Abuse contact for ' -' is ''

    inetnum: -

    netname: IR2-YAHOO

    descr: Yahoo! Europe

    country: IE

    admin-c: YEU-RIPE

    tech-c: YEU-RIPE

    status: ASSIGNED PA

    mnt-by: YAHOO-MNT

    created: 2010-11-26T08:30:34Z

    last-modified: 2015-06-25T15:54:34Z

    source: RIPE

    role: Yahoo Europe Operations Department

    address: Yahoo Europe Operations

    address: 125 Shaftesbury Avenue

    address: London

    address: WC2H 8AD

    remarks: trouble:

    admin-c: NA1231-RIPE

    tech-c: NA1231-RIPE

    tech-c: IG1154-RIPE

    nic-hdl: YEU-RIPE

    mnt-by: YAHOO-MNT

    created: 2005-02-21T10:54:13Z

    last-modified: 2014-03-25T20:11:11Z

    source: RIPE # Filtered


    % This query was served by the RIPE Database Query Service version 1.89.2 (BLAARKOP)

    however the domain is still located at :

    Registry Registrant ID:

    Registrant Name: Domain Administrator

    Registrant Organization: Yahoo! Inc.

    Registrant Street: 701 First Avenue

    Registrant City: Sunnyvale

    Registrant State/Province: CA

    Registrant Postal Code: 94089

    Registrant Country: US

    The email service of through the website (https) Yahoo! Europe located at 125 Shaftesbury Avenue, London seems to work still fine. However the email service through IMAP over SSL (imaps 993/tcp) has more downtime as uptime, which has become a nasty burden.

    My question would be, does Yahoo! Inc. at 701 First Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA still have a website service and or IMAP service running? And where did the Yahoo! Inc ip-addresses disappear to ? Are there only UK ip-numbers now ?

  5. rmstock

    Fishing attempt ?

    Nearly two weeks ago on june 18 i had severe troubles getting access to my yahoo email through thunderbird/imap/ssl/ . So i started looking for a support phone number. If I recall correctly it was through a search inside the Yahoo! forums that i eyed this phone number :

    Yahoo Customer care!

    Yahoo! Inc

    Sunnyvale, California, U.S

    @1-855-777-1707 Toll Free Helpline.

    A young man from India seemed to answer this number. I told him i couldn't login at my Yahoo! email. He asked my account details and told through the phone he had set a new password. I tried his password but was not able to login, both on the website or imap. After complaining to him about this he asked if I could give him my old password. Stunned by this request i tried my old password again and was able to login on the website. I told him that it worked again. "So what was your old password Sir ?" "Ehh well you see, it works now, so there's no need to voice my access details through the phone, i guess .. " <click>

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