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Former Yahoo Exec: “Delicious Is in Peril,” Sale Unlikely
While rumors and responses about bookmarking service Delicious swirl around the web, one former Yahoo and Delicious employee who maintains close ties with relevant teams says the service’s future is most certainly in jeopardy — in fact, he speculates that while the data may end up stored somewhere, the service itself has a slim chance of survival.
During the past week, a slide from a Yahoo all-hands meeting was leaked; the slide showed that Yahoo was calling “sunset” on Delicious.
Yahoo retorted the following day that it wasn’t killing off Delicious; rather, it planned to sell the service. Internally, we wondered who would want to buy the easily replicable, none-too-profitable site.
Now, Stephen Hood, who has held senior and director-level project management positions at Yahoo and Delicious since 2005, has added his voice to the mix “as someone who was on the inside for a while and who wants very much to see Delicious live on.”
In a blog post today, Hood states the obvious — that Yahoo has already laid off much of the Delicious team and doesn’t plan to maintain the service itself — and the not-so-obvious, including some tidbits about Delicious’s technology that indicate it might not be a good buy for another company.
“During my time at Delicious,” Hood writes, “we rebuilt the entire infrastructure to deeply leverage a number of internal Yahoo technologies. It’s all great stuff but not exactly easy to remove or replace. Yahoo may have to license some of this technology to the buyer.”
For the same reason, Hood states that open-sourcing the service doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Ultimately, Hood believes Delicious’s best bet is to survive as an archive of “the collective online journeys of millions of users during a time when the web was evolving dramatically,” perhaps through an entity such as the Library of Congress. In that case, Delicious would cease to operate as a service with users and features; only the data would remain as a sort of digital scrapbook.
In a best-case scenario, Yahoo itself would facilitate and manage the exporting of public Delicious data. And of course, users and developers are already working on exporting tools in a grassroots way.
In the meantime, we’re holding our breath to see if Delicious will find a buyer. We hope for the sake of the site’s founder that his product has a future — and we hope that future is brighter than Delicious’s recent past with Yahoo.
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december 2010 by noahsussman
[from deusx] unique hazards may exist, We can save Delicious, but probably not in the way you think
"An online debate has already begun about various ways that Delicious might be “saved”. As someone who was on the inside for a while and who wants very much to see Delicious live on, I thought I’d chime in"


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december 2010 by noahsussman
Yahoo’s Best BOSS Search Mashups
Last month Yahoo! announced BOSS, its Build Your Own Search Service, which “allows developers and companies to create and launch web-scale search products by utilizing the same infrastructure and technology that powers Yahoo! Search.” The REST API allows developers to get results in XML or JSON format for web, news, and image search queries. Recently the official Yahoo! Search Blog showcased a handful of the best mashups that third-party developers created in BOSS’s first month of operation.

The most visually interesting is the Java-based Tianamo, which uses Java to plot search keywords on a dynamically-generated 3D terrain. Clicking on the terrain will let you navigate through related topics while search results are displayed on the right (our Tianamo mashup profile).

4hoursearch, below, is so named because, developer Sam Pullara says, “It took 4 hours to write the initial code, 4 hours for it to go from unknown to 20 hits / second, 4 hours looking for a domain name and 4 hours to build the brand new UI. Fortunately, it won’t take 4 hours to find something with it.” More at our 4 hour search profile.

The Yahoo! Search Blog neglects to mention that it was originally named Yuil and conceived as a parody of recent search start-up Cuil; regardless, 4hoursearch is a great mashup.

Next is sports search engine PlayerSearch, which pulls in links, news, photos and videos from all over the web. Unfortunately for Yahoo! it’s the AOL Video-powered video ticker at the top of the results that steals the spotlight from the static BOSS-powered web search results below, but it still shows how BOSS fits into a larger mashup ecosystem (our Player Search mashup profile).

Finally there’s NewsLine, which we mentioned in our coverage of Dipity’s interactive timeline API last week. NewsLine uses BOSS to gather news headlines based on keywords entered and puts them on a scrollable, zoomable timeline with the Dipity API. Their example pits John McCain headlines against Barack Obama’s on stacked timelines:

With this batch of four fresh BOSS mashups Yahoo! succeeds in showing that the fledgling API can be used to produce widely varying search experiences.

Related ProgrammableWeb Resources
 Yahoo BOSS API Profile and Mashups

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august 2008 by noahsussman
Yahoo Turns Yelp, Yahoo Local and LinkedIn SearchMonkey Apps On In Search
With SearchMonkey, site owners create “applications” for Yahoo search that can be installed by users in the same sense that Facebook applications can be installed. Each application modifies results for a certain URL specification (for example, all reference pages on Wikipedia or product pages on Amazon). Modifications include both changes to the basic elements of a search result (the title and description) and additions such as an image, deep links, and key/value pairs.
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august 2008 by noahsussman
Pipes: Rewire the web
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july 2008 by noahsussman
Microsoft Offered $40 a Share For Yahoo
fistfullast33l writes "Bloomberg is reporting that a recently unsealed court case by shareholders against Yahoo reveals that Microsoft offered $40 a share for the Internet search company in January 2007 and Yahoo turned it down. We've extensively discussed Microsoft's bid for Yahoo earlier this year for $33 a share, which was rebuffed. Investor Carl Icahn has launched a proxy fight against Yahoo over the spurning of the Microsoft deal." CWmike notes Computerworld's coverage of the revelations: "The complaint places much of the blame on [Yahoo CEO Jerry] Yang, describing him as someone with a 'well-known' antipathy toward Microsoft who acted out of a personal interest to keep Yahoo independent. Something wrong with that? Oh, yeah... public company."
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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june 2008 by noahsussman
Flickr: 704 API Calls per Second
As announced on the Flickr Blog, Flickr has launched a new website for developers: Flickr Code. And besides announcing the new site they’ve both a) given interesting details on just how much API traffic they do each day (see below), and b) they announced they’re open sourcing Flickr Uploadr, the cross-platform (Windows and OS X) desktop tool for uploading photos to Flickr.

New at Flickr Code, you can find:

a weblog (Code: Flickr Developer Blog )
a ticket tracker
a public subversion repository

Uploadr is built on on Mozilla’s XUL Runner. Now that Uploadr is open source, developers can customize and extend its functionality. Maybe you will want to apply specific effects (such as watermarking) to your photos before uploading them. More radically, perhaps Uploadr can be transformed to be a full-function desktop UI to Flickr, to become a Viewr and Downloadr all in one. Maybe developers will extend the Flickr Uploadr to talk to sites other than Flickr. The potential is there for all this development.

How to get started with hacking Uploadr? A good starting point is Flickr Uploadr, start to finish now to learn about the challenges of developing cross-platform apps using XULRunner. Check out the video interview with developer Rob Crowley to get an in-depth story. You can also join the discussion at the Flickr Group Hacking Uploadr.

Even though the open source Uploadr is the big announcement coming from code.flickr.com, don’t miss the fascinating glimpse that the announcement provides into the tremendous buzz continuing around the venerable Flickr API (which you may know as the 2nd most mashed up API listed in ProgrammableWeb with 329 Flickr mashups listed):

In the last week we deployed new code to Flickr 50 times, including 546 changes by 16 people. We issued over 2,000 new API keys, and third party developers made an average of 704 API calls per second, across 109 public API methods. We added 1 new API method, and updated 7 others. There are approximately 10,000 lines of open source code in our public subversion repository.

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april 2008 by noahsussman
AjaxWorld East - Cold weather, Arctic Snowcruisers and a shift in perception
I went to a lot of the same talks. Good stuff. Christian's "snow cruiser" presentation was priceless.
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april 2008 by noahsussman
YUI 2.5.0 Released — Big upgrades to DataTable, new Layout Manager, Flickr-style multi-file Uploader, and more
The YUI Team just released version 2.5.0 of the library. We’ve added six new components — Layout Manager, Uploader (multi-file upload engine combining Flash and JavaScript), Resize Utility, ImageCropper, Cookie Utility and a ProfilerViewer Control that works in tandem with the YUI Profiler. This release also contains major improvements to the DataTable Control and new Dual-Thumb Slider functionality in the Slider Control. Here are the highlights:

DataTable Control: Jenny Han Donnelly has been joined by Luke Smith for this development cycle, and we’re all thrilled with what they’ve produced. DataTable in 2.5.0 gets a more robust markup structure that allows greater control over all aspects of the table. This release also includes major performance enhancements, improvements to the fixed-header implementation for vertical scrolling, built-in support for horizontal scrollling, an all-new Paginator class, support for drag-and-drop column reordering, and a new set of column APIs with hooks for showing, hiding, adding and removing columns.

DataTable has been one of YUI’s most popular and important components since its debut, and this is its strongest release yet. If you have existing DataTable implementations that you want to upgrade, take a look at the new User’s Guide, as it has some detailed notes about API changes. The DataTable examples roster is another nice place to check out the new code in action.

Layout Manager: Dav Glass has a lot for you to enjoy in 2.5.0, but top billing goes to his new Layout Manager. Layout Manager eases development of multipane UIs that take up either the full viewport or the full canvas of any block-level element. Layout Units within a layout are resizeable, collapsible, removable and swappable; transitions between expanded and collapsed states have built-in animation support. Whether you’re creating a full-screen application like Yahoo! Mail or a rich multi-pane pop-up, Layout Manager is a great place to start.
Uploader: If you’ve ever built a UI for uploading files via a browser, you know what the big pain points are: One file at a time, no easy way to track upload progress, no programmatic access to file metadata, etc. The new YUI Uploader addresses these issues and others, allowing for the creation of more powerful, intuitive, and responsive file upload experiences. Allen Rabinovich of the ASTRA Library team did the legwork on this one, and it’s the same code that underlies the Flickr Uploader. Uploader is our second JavaScript/Flash hybrid control (following on the heels of the Charts Control in 2.4.0).

Resize Utility: Layout Manager is built upon a new YUI utility, Resize. Dav’s Resize Utility formalizes the support that YUI Drag & Drop has long provided in example form and makes it easier for you to make any block-level element resizeable. Resizing can be implemented directly (the resized element resizes in real time during the interaction) or by proxy (a proxy element visualizes the interaction until its conclusion, at which time the resized element snaps to its new size).
ImageCropper Control: The Resize Utility makes a lot of things easier — and one of those is the implementation of an ImageCropper interface, which Dav built out on top of Resize for 2.5.0. Take a look at the examples and be sure to check out the support Dav provided for modifier keys in this very desktop-like UI control.
Cookie Utility: When he’s not busy writing books or working on My Yahoo!, Nicholas C. Zakas is cranking out new code for YUI. In 2.5.0, he contributes the Cookie Utility, a simple but powerful component that helps you get maximum mileage out of your limited cookie space. Because browsers limit the number of cookies you can set per domain (and because that limitation can sneak up on you if you manage a large site with many subdomains), the Cookie Utility supports "sub-cookies." Sub-cookies pack multiple name-value pairs under the umbrella of a single cookie, expanding the number of data points that you can store in cookie space.
ProfilerViewer Control: 2.4.0 saw the release of Nicholas’s Profiler, a headless, cross-browser kit for profiling JavaScript functions. To make it easier to access and interpret the data that Profiler collects, we’ve added a ProfilerViewer Control in 2.5.0 that sits on top of Profiler and visulizes its accrued data. ProfilerViewer leverages the Charts Control and the DataTable Control. Taken together, Profiler and ProfilerViewer provide another arrow in the development quiver that includes tools like Firebug’s integrated profiling interface.

Slider Control with Dual Thumb Support: Supporting dual-thumb interactions in our Slider Control has been on our list for awhile, and Luke took the opportunity to get this out to you in 2.5.0. Sliders are “finite range controls”; dual-thumb sliders allow you specify a sub-range within the control’s larger range. The classic use case for dual-thumb sliders is on shopping sites, where such controls can allow users to filter results based on price range. Check out the User’s Guide, example, and the new Slider Cheatsheet (which has a second page dedicated to dual-thumb implementations).
We’re using this release to promote the following components from beta to GA status: ColorPicker Control, Get Utility (for cross-domain, dynamic loading of script and CSS files), JSON Utility, ImageLoader Utility, and YUI Test Utility. These promotions reflect the maturity of those components and their very low bug traffic. As always, we’re releasing all new-for-2.5.0 components under the beta moniker, and we’re looking forward to your feedback on those once you get a chance to try them out.
Full details on the release, including a rollup of the changelog for all components and a bug/feature manifest, are available in Georgiann Puckett’s update to the YUI developer forum this morning.

One More Thing…
YUI now ships with more than 270 examples, many of which are accompanied by full tutorials to help you get started using YUI. And while individual examples are good, we’ve gotten a number of requests to create an über example, one that pulls in and makes use of a wide range of YUI components in a single sample application — while still being YUI-centric and not littered with noisy implementation logic.

The incomparably prolific Dav Glass rose to the challenge for 2.5.0 with a complex, multi-component example that uses Layout Manager as its basis and Yahoo Mail as its inspiration.

Let’s Celebrate!
We’re excited to get 2.5.0 out the door and, as luck would have it, we’ve got a fantastic excuse to celebrate. YUI’s (and the Yahoo Pattern Library’s) second anniversary party is coming up next week (February 26, 5 p.m., Sunnyvale), and we’d love to have you join us. Sign up on Upcoming to let us know you’ll be stopping by at Yahoo! HQ for some beer and general revelry. We look forward to showing off some of the stuff you all have been doing with YUI in the past two years and we’ll talk a bit about where Patterns and YUI are headed from here.
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february 2008 by noahsussman
Yahoo Settles With Imprisoned Chinese Journalists
Terms of the deal are secret, but Yahoo has reached settlements with two Chinese journalists who were arrested based on information the company provided to the ruling Communist government. "[...] a source at Yahoo said the company has been 'working with the families, and we're working with them to provide them with financial, humanitarian and legal assistance.' Yahoo has also agreed to establish a global human rights fund to provide 'humanitarian relief' to support dissidents and their families. The source said that details still have to be worked out."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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november 2007 by noahsussman
Good Business: Yahoo Music Exec to Record Industry: We're Done With DRM Forever
The Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo Music, Ian Rodgers, gave a presentation to some members of the music industry last Friday at Digital Media Forum in LA. The bottom line for him? DRM is dead, and if the RIAA insists on using it, they'll be out a partner in Yahoo. Rodgers, who ran Winamp back when Napster first hit and initially proposed selling MP3s on that service only to get laughed out of the room, has been on the front lines of the online music business pretty much since the beginning. His talk is a fascinating, down-to-earth, and on-point dissection of why the RIAA is so, so wrong.

I'm here to tell you today that I for one am no longer going to fall into this trap. If the licensing labels offer their content to Yahoo! put more barriers in front of the users, I'm not interested. Do what you feel you need to do for your business, I'll be polite, say thank you, and decline to sign. I won't let Yahoo! invest any more money in consumer inconvenience. I will tell Yahoo! to give the money they were going to give me to build awesome media applications to Yahoo! Mail or Answers or some other deserving endeavor. I personally don't have any more time to give and can't bear to see any more money spent on pathetic attempts for control instead of building consumer value. Life's too short. I want to delight consumers, not bum them out.Seriously, go read the entire thing. His entire presentation, slides included, is available on his blog, and it's a must-read for anyone interested in this mess that we call the online music marketplace. With people like Roberts in charge of one of the biggest music sites on the web and with Amazon selling MP3s, it's only a matter of time before the major-label holdouts give in and drop DRM. [Fistfulayen via BoingBoing]
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october 2007 by noahsussman
Empowering Product Development
Empowering Product Development

In addition, the Waterfall also tends to foster an adversarial relationship between the team-members who are handing work off from one to the next. And this gets us to another observation about the Waterfall—it’s not that much fun to work within. In fact, we’d go a step further and say that the Waterfall is a cause of great misery for the people who build products, and the resulting products fall well short of expressing the creativity, skill, and passion of their creators. People aren’t robots, and a process that expects them to act like robots often results in unhappy people.

A rigid and change-resistant process will also tend to produce mediocre products. Users may get what they first ask for, but is it what they really want once they see the product begin to emerge? By gathering all the requirements up front and having them set in stone with little chance of change, the product is condemned to being only as good as the initial idea, instead of being the best it could be once the team knows more about the possibilities.

Many users of the Waterfall experience these shortcomings again and again, but it seems that in such a logical approach the natural reaction is to turn the blame inward: if only we did it better, it would work; if we just planned more, documented more, and resisted change more, everything would work smoothly. Unfortunately, many teams find just the opposite: the harder they try, the worse it gets.
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september 2007 by noahsussman

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