Vanity Fair’s portrait of Marissa Mayer

As one of Google’s highest-ranking women, Marissa Mayer became a Silicon Valley superstar, but inside the search giant her dazzle sometimes wore thin, with colleagues rebelling against her imperious style. In the wake of Mayer’s jump to run the struggling Yahoo, Bethany McLean asks whether she will be its savior or its next big problem. A year and a half in, the results are mixed.

GeoPlanet Data at the Internet Archive

Good news everybody! You can now download the GeoPlanet Data at the Internet Archive

Yahoo! used to have these wonderful location datasets called GeoPlanet Data / WoEID for download. At some point last year they decided to remove them from their page:

Yahoo! GeoPlanet helps bridge the gap between the real and virtual worlds by providing an open, permanent, and intelligent infrastructure for geo-referencing data on the Internet. The Geoplanet API provides a powerful tool to access WOEID’s and use them in your application. We are currently making the data non-downloadable while we determine a better way to surface the data as a part of the service. If you have a strong need for the data, please reach out to Yahoo! Geo Team . Make sure to pick Geoplanet as your area of interest.

Now they’re back, over at the Internet Archive. Gary Gale explains how that’s possible.


Part of our organizational streamlining involves cutting our investment in underperforming or off-strategy products to put better focus on our core strengths and fund new innovation in the next year and beyond.


Well, bummer.

Yahoo! Style Guide

Yahoo! Style Guide

"Writing, editing and creating content for the digital world." Looks useful.

Coming Soon: Yahoo! Messenger IM API

Coming Soon: Yahoo! Messenger IM API

IM is a field that could gain a lot of usefulness from simple APIs.

Flickr + Facebook!

Flickr + Facebook!

"Yahoo! Updates platform" just sounds nasty.

A Brief Comparison of Google Maps, Bing Maps, & Yahoo! Maps

A Brief Comparison of Google Maps, Bing Maps, & Yahoo! Maps

The Yahoo Maps look the most like old paper road maps.

MyBlogLog and Duke Nukem get killed.

Bookmarks for October 31st through November 2nd

Flickr, Xing and the Hack Day

Hack Girls

Popcorn! Yahoo hat beim Yahoo Hack Day in Taiwan “Hack Girls” engagiert – um Lapdances zu geben. Während sie das 2008 noch so kommentiert haben:

The evening entertainment (Hack Girls) was an interesting contrast to Girltalk at Sunnyvale Open Hack Day the weekend before.

klingt das 2009 etwas anders – nachdem es doch die eine oder andere Stimme gab, die das nicht so toll fanden.

Bookmarks for October 6th through October 7th

Vor zwei Jahren

Vor zwei Jahren wurden bei Flickr die Safe Search-Einstellungen für Deutschland, Singapur, Hong Kong und Korea geändert. Trotz großem Protest damals und einer ewig langen Diskussion im Forum hat sich seitdem nichts daran geändert.

Bookmarks for May 14th through May 22nd

These are my links for May 14th through May 22nd:

Bookmarks for April 24th through April 30th

These are my links for April 24th through April 30th: