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Yahoo announces plans to kill off several services

Maps, Pipes, GeoPlanet and PlaceSpotter APIs, and some regional sites

     
2:17 am on Jun 5, 2015 (gmt 0)

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http://venturebeat.com/2015/06/04/yahoo-announces-plans-to-kill-maps-pipes-geoplanet-and-placespotter-apis-and-market-specific-properties/ [venturebeat.com]

Yahoo announces plans to kill off Maps, Pipes, GeoPlanet and PlaceSpotter APIs, and some regional sites

At the end of 2014, Yahoo said it has closed more than 60 products and services in the past two years in order to help narrow its focus as a company. It didnít provide an update for the figure today, but the number continues to climb under CEO Marissa Mayer.
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in order to help narrow its focus as a company

Sometimes I wonder what its focus as a company is. Killing maps seems like quite a cut.
7:09 am on June 5, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I was more distressed by the loss of Pipes.

They were on the losing end with Maps unless they pumped a lot of money into them. Guess it made more sense to get rid of them and concede defeat to all the competing services.
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Maps aren't completely going away, some search results still need them as do some Flickr features.
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See the header at the top of Webmaster World? Yahoo needs full domain consistency, universally useful yet shorter than Webmaster World's 50 pixels in height (icons to the left of text, both a single link and no obnoxious slow transition animations) that can be (nothing short of fully) customized by members to unify all the services and help people find those useful though lesser known features. Also Yahoo mail sucks mostly because it's horrendously slow and legit emails go to the spam folder about once a month. For Yahoo the question is not if it can be done but who knows better and will see the execution through?

John