A sad day indeed.
"As of March 31st, the BOSS JSON Search API and BOSS Hosted Search, as well as the BOSS Placefinder and Placespotter APIs go away."
After this month, developers will no longer be able to Yahoo! search... like a BOSS!
Yahoo! has announced it will kill more products. The precariously-pecunious purple palace has issued a Q1 2016 Progress Report On Our Product Prioritization that says “After a careful evaluation, we’ve decided to make the following product decisions.” As of March 31st, the BOSS JSON Search API and BOSS Hosted Search, as well …
Developers? What developers? Yahoo! is a bloated corpse drifting in the water, sometimes fooling the odd casual observer into thinking it is still alive, mistaking the bobbing up and down in the ripples for voluntary movement. And the grieving relatives start gathering at the shore, discussing ways of reeling in the body. Because there is still that lottery ticket with the winning number in the corpse's wallet.
> Something about "how big a coffin do we need?"
followed by, "if we wait 6 more months, we can save even more money with a much smaller one"
Yahoo! seems to be getting circled increasingly by vultures, but those vultures all appear to be waiting for the value of the company to be much closer to zero to save on acquisition costs. (ala its only "mostly dead", so they're going to wait it out a little while longer)
Yahoo! (The! Good! Parts!) (TM!) is already open-source anyway, and AFAIK the programmers responsible for it are long gone. What assets does the company still have? I suppose you could sell the chairs and desks on craigslist and convert the buildings to hipster loft flats. Purple Palace Apartments. Or Casinos... Trump could do it if he loses the election and still has a few million left.
Yahoo Games is being axed. The site goes away as of Friday, May 13th, 2016. Yahoo! says it's trying to figure out a “transition plan” so that users who've made in-game purchases aren't left adrift after that date.
Bit too late for that, isn't it? Announce your plans to world+dog and negotiate after that? Everybody knows you have no choice now and will accept any scrap thrown at you. You don't tip your own hand like that. Sigh. And people wonder why Yahoo is having issues.
an un managed diabetic, in the early stages of losing their limbs. Right now they are hacking off fingers and toes, but it isn't going to stop the gangrene.
I for one, eagerly await the day that Tumblr 404's. I can't wait to see the tumblr social justice crowd lose their collective shit, when they can't blog about their oppression.
Hopefully, Meyer will disappear into obscurity after Yahoo crashes and burns. Surely no company would ever let her near the levers of power again?
A study for future generations into how not to run a company and a lesson for future shareholders to ditch a CEO early when it's obvious they are out of their depth.
> > "Sure no company would ever let her near the levers of power again?"
> You'd be surprised.
> Really, you would.
Yep. Once you reach the CXX level there are never any consequences for your actions. Google the ex-CEO of SGI who became a VP at Microsoft, then back to CEO here in the valley for a good example.
What people don't realize about the HBO "Silicon Valley" TV show is that they have to *tone down* the antics of the VC's and company management. No one would believe the truth here..
I knew someone once who was heavily into yahoo. He had yahoo mail accounts, joined yahoo groups, chatted with hacker types and got his bank account hacked for his trouble, and generally swore by yahoo's ecosystem. He was also a conspiracy theorist, paranoid and incapable of forming relationships with people. He was one of those people with a horror story about everything. In the end his paranoid delusions got grander and grander after he imagined his carers stealing an old fire extinguisher (he was wheelchair-bound at the time), stealing a broken kettle and generally moving things around by letting themselves into his flat while he slept. Then he began to imagine I was hacking into his computers and deliberately infecting them with viruses.
I don't know if there's a causal relationship, but I am now fairly wary of yahoo users, just to be on the safe side
I bet one could make a pretty great procedurally generated Astrology service that worked if anything better than most regular astrologers. It could also draw information from the best sources of superstitious sky-nonsense to derive internally consistent forecasts.
That would be a fun and interesting challenge, albeit one that may have been completed numerous times, judging by the weird one-liner astrology columns that often turn up in newspapers.
@breakfast - brilliant idea. Put the devs about to get laid off to work on automating Astrology? Then they could sell AaaS. (Astrology as a Service) to all the newspapers and other media firms who could layoff their Astrologers? Marissa missed another opportunity. :)
(oddly enough, I'm writing this as a joke, but seriously wondering about the business opportunities of something like that.)
"(oddly enough, I'm writing this as a joke, but seriously wondering about the business opportunities of something like that.)"
This is exactly the way newspaper astrology sections are created daily. Some of them license the picture of a "famous" local astrologist to headline the column for extra credibility however.
Not the astrology ! how will I be able to prepare to go out and fight the world everymorning without my personalized chart ? who will tell me that today is the day I get rich and meet a nice woman ? or that I should not bow to pressure and have a walk ?
It mean^s... I'll have to call mom again ...^^
I was going to ask about what was happening to dev-facing stuff like the YUI js library.
IMPORTANT: The YUI library is no longer actively maintained. Please see this announcement for more information. YUI is a
Died sometime in 2014 apparently.
I have no real antipathy towards Yahoo, but they've been irrelevant for a loooong time now.