Yahoo shuts down Maps, Pipes, more

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5 June 2015 | 0

In case you were wondering what it is exactly that Yahoo does these days, the company says its focus is on “search, communications and digital content”. The rest must go, and as such, Yahoo today announced some things it is getting rid of.

For starters, maps.yahoo.com (aka Yahoo Maps) will cease at the end of June. Though maps will live on within Yahoo search and Flickr in some fashion.  “We made this decision to better align resources to Yahoo’s priorities as our business has evolved since we first launched Yahoo Maps eight years ago,” the company said.

Also on the way out, according to the company’s Q2 2015 progress report are:

  • Support for Yahoo Mail on the built-in Mail app on Apple devices running iOS older than Version 5 as of 15 June. “If you use iOS 4 and earlier, you can continue to use Yahoo Mail on their Safari mobile browser at mail.yahoo.com,” according to Yahoo chief architect Amotz Maimon.
  • GeoPlanet and PlaceSpotter APIs are being retired in Q3, which means developers will need to look for the capabilities from those APIs in Yahoo Query Language and BOSS.
  • Yahoo Pipes, a tool for building visually-enticing Web apps from feeds, pages and other services, will no longer by supported from 30 August.
  • Assorted Yahoo media properties, including Yahoo Music in France and Canada, will be axed as the company streamlines its market-specific media properties.

About a year ago, Yahoo also cut a handful of offerings, including the Xobni e-mail app it acquired, along with the Yahoo toolbar on Chrome and the Yahoo People Search directory. Yahoo has earned something of a reputation as well for acquiring apps (ie Blink and Kismet) and killing them shortly afterwards.

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