From 2001 to 2004, Terry Semel seemed to be the cure to Yahoo's woes after … Read more
Yahoo's OneSearch is a streamlined search for mobile devices. It returns results specific to your location, which is handy when you're on a mobile. You can also check your Yahoo Mail and get news, sports scores, stocks, weather, and directions.
The site is optimized for Web browsers on small devices. And for users who don't want to use up precious data just to get to the search box, there's an SMS front end to the service.
Web site: Mobile.Yahoo.com/onesearch
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My Yahoo is a customizable start page that users can fill with a variety of personalized content feeds. Like some other single-page aggregators, My Yahoo centers around its directory, which is filled with all sorts of feeds--some from third-party sources, while others are in-house Yahoo content. Users can mix and match, move things around, and custom tailor their page however they please.
In addition to content, users can also pick from a wide variety of themes to decorate their page. Each of these themes can be customized, down to color and font as well.
Yahoo Search is Yahoo's answer to Google. It originally started out as a way to search through Yahoo content and has since evolved into its own search engine for content elsewhere on the Internet. Like similar competing search engines, Yahoo lets users search through Web sites, images, and video. They can even find things close to them through their local search. It also features a stark white and simplistic layout, where the focus is on the results.
Similar to other search services, Yahoo caches content around the Web. This makes it viewable in a limited capacity, even … Read more
Yahoo Maps is one of the most popular mapping services available, and features several handy tools for figuring out how to get from place to place. Like other mapping services, there's a driving directions tool that gives you a turn-by-turn guide. Users can also click a "reverse" button that will reverse the directions, which can be very helpful with tricky one-way streets and confusing freeway on- and off-ramps.
In addition to driving directions, users can also sort and search using business listings and see their locations right on the map. Yahoo also provides its Maps … Read more
Yahoo Video is Yahoo's answer to YouTube and other similar video-hosting services. Users can search and watch a variety of clips, along with some commercial content from partners. They also can upload their own content and give it tags to help others sort through it. Users don't need to install anything special on their computers to play the videos, only a browser plug-in.
Similar to other modern day video services, any video on Yahoo Video can be embedded elsewhere on blogs, Web sites, and social-networking profiles. When users get to the end of a clip, they … Read more
Yahoo Messenger is Yahoo's instant-messaging client and chat protocol. Yahoo Messenger users can chat with one another via text, voice, or video chat. Yahoo has also built in VoIP services to let its users call regular old telephones without having to leave the application. Users can also download and install a number of plug-ins that add extra functionality and features.
Yahoo recently launched a Web-based version of Messenger that runs right in your Web browser. The Web version doesn't give you access to all the bells and whistles of the desktop app, such as access to … Read more
Yahoo Mail is Yahoo's free, Web-based e-mail service. The newest release feels a lot like a desktop e-mail application: there's a preview pane, and messages can be dragged and dropped between folders. Right-clicking the mouse does mail-specific things instead of performing browser actions. And there's no longer any concept of paging through your in-box. You can see all of your messages, no matter how many there are, in one big, scrolling list.
Yahoo Mail Beta also has an RSS reader built into it. It prepopulates your feeds from your My Yahoo page, and gives you … Read more
Jerry Yang is finally running Yahoo, the search company he started as a Stanford graduate student 13 years ago with his buddy David Filo. Over the years, Yang has served as the public face of the company while more experienced executives were in charge. On Monday, Terry Semel, recruited from Hollywood to run the company six years ago, passed the baton to Yang.
But does Yang have the management chops to run the company, which is struggling in the face of strong opposition from Google? What do he and Sue Decker--who is stepping up to be president from her former … Read more
Susan Decker, previously Yahoo's Executive Vice President, has also been named as Yahoo's new President. Yang is also apparently excited about working with Decker. "I also couldn't ask for a better partner in Sue Decker as our new president. In addition to knowing this company inside and out, Sue has … Read more