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According to the official announcement posted by Mayer on Yahoo!’s corporate blog Yodel Anecdotal, the new Yahoo! e-mail client was redesigned with speed in mind. And if you try it out for yourself, you’ll find that it is indeed faster than the version that was available before the update. Also, there is now consistency in the look and feel of the e-mail client across all devices and platforms. So if you’ve already used it in the past but didn’t quite like the overall user experience, perhaps you will now.

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Yahoo! is trying to reinvent itself. The company’s recent hiring of ex-Googler Marissa Mayer has brought in a culture change in the ailing firm. While Yahoo! has positioned itself as a media portal for so long now, Mayer is trying to bring Yahoo! back to its tech-oriented roots.

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We earlier wrote a news story that Yahoo! would be overhauling the company’s smartphone policy. Among the new CEO Marissa Mayer’s strategic shifts when she came onboard as chief executive is to revamp the company as a product company. As such, she wants employees to be able to think from the perspective of a consumer, and not just an engineer, developer, designer or whatnot.

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Let’s face it, Flickr for Android has never been quite on the same level as its iOS counterpart. This is no fault of Android, simply a lack of real commitment to Android on Yahoo’s part. Finally, things may be changing for the better. Today a new update of the Flickr app catapults the Android version ahead, bringing a UI overhaul that includes a new tabbar, improved ways to explore Flickr, editing metadata and a heck of a lot more.

Yahoo Mail infected?

Yesterday, I wrote about evidence that suggested the existence of an Android botnet which was under control of spammers and is being used to send out spam via Yahoo! Mail. The accusation came from Terry Zink over at Microsoft. Of course, once Google heard about this, they weren’t too happy! The creators of Android issued the following statement: “The evidence does not support the Android botnet claim. Our analysis suggests that spammers are using infected computers and a fake mobile signature to try to bypass anti-spam mechanisms in the email platform they’re using.” So the question is who is right? In light of the “scandal”,…