Yahoo Kills Delicious, Triggers Massive Backlash

Romin Irani, December 17th, 2010

DeliciousIn a heartbreak for the nostalgic, Delicious, the biggest collection of bookmarks in the universe, is facing the axe. With it will follow its Delcious API, one of more popular APIs early in ProgrammableWeb’s history. The Internet was abuzz after a webcast leak from Yahoo, indicated that Delicious, MyBlogLog and other Yahoo Services were bracketed into the “Sunset Zone.” Update: According to TechCrunch, Yahoo will try to sell Delicious instead of shut it down.

Yahoo BOSS V2: Details on the Post-Microsoft Paid Search API

Romin Irani, October 21st, 2010

Yahoo BOSSYahoo has revealed more details on its Yahoo Search BOSS, which is undergoing a major transition due to the Yahoo and Microsoft Search alliance. It had previously announced the move to a paid version of BOSS, which stands for Build your Own Search Service. Details have now emerged, with timelines and a pricing structure.

Bed Bug Mashup Lets You Find a Good Night’s Sleep

Matthew Casperson, September 8th, 2010

Yahoo MapsSleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite. This is a cute saying if you have never had the misfortune of actually letting the bed bugs bite. But a quick Google image search shows that these little critters are no fun at all. A Yahoo Maps mashup is trying to help you find them before they get you.

No Nuclear Option with Yahoo APIs

Justin Houk, September 3rd, 2010

Yahoo Mail ApplicationsHere at ProgrammableWeb we do things like read terms of use for fun. That’s just how we roll. We were perusing Yahoo! APIs Terms of Use when we stumbled on something that truly surprised us. Yahoo doesn’t want us using their API’s to operate nuclear facilities. Operating a nuclear facility through any Yahoo API is in fact grounds for having your license terminated. That’s not all we found.

Yahoo Okays Revenue Streams in its Social Streams

Adam DuVander, August 26th, 2010

Yahoo UpdatesYahoo has removed the commercial restrictions on Yahoo Updates API, its social streams service that provides real-time user activity data. In addition, Yahoo increased the usage limits to make the platform more viable for commercial websites.

Yahoo Unloads With Major Search API Updates

Romin Irani, August 19th, 2010

Yahoo SearchAfter about a year of uncertainty, Yahoo provided visibility on their Search! alliance with Microsoft. They announced important updates to their API offerings, including axing some and making another a paid service. Developers who have built their products on the Yahoo API or planning to, need to take note of these changes.

Like Hacking Yahoo? Yahoo May Invest in You

Romin Irani, August 3rd, 2010

Yahoo SearchIf you have a popular application built upon Yahoo APIs, chances are the company is interested in funding your project. According to Computer World, Yahoo has recently funded or acquired developer applications that began as products of the successful Hack Days.

Yahoo Launches PlaceFinder – Says Goodbye to Geocoding API

Adam DuVander, June 23rd, 2010

Yahoo GeocodingYahoo has added to its suite of useful geographic tools with a brand new geocoder called PlaceFinder. This replaces Yahoo’s old geocoding API and joins another 7 Yahoo mapping APIs in our directory for a total of 43 Yahoo APIs.

Yahoo Opens First Ever Fantasy Sports API

Adam DuVander, June 2nd, 2010
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Yahoo Fantasy SportsCheck your team, look up player stats and see the league’s latest transactions, all from Yahoo’s latest API. Fantasy baseball and football are both supported now, with options for hockey and basketball expected in time for their seasons. And the API supports OAuth, so developers could create new interfaces to almost every feature of Yahoo Fantasy Sports.

Lessons from Yahoo’s iPad App in the Cloud

Adam DuVander, April 28th, 2010

Yahoo Query LanguageRemember newspapers? With Yahoo Entertainment’s iPad app, you might not need to for very much longer. You’ll find the lifestyle section (Dear Abby? It’s got that) and more in the mashup that stretches across several Yahoo teams. And the way it was put together may offer a glimpse into the future of APIs and preparing content for multiple devices.

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