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Yahoo’s latest attempt to reinvent the portal is too little and too late

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 02:15

New CEO Marissa Mayer launched a redesigned version of the Yahoo homepage on Wednesday, but the site’s new features seem like a lukewarm rehash of the company’s old portal strategy and imitations of what Facebook offers.

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Yahoo!: Users don't want to search. They want answers

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 07:05

Wired: Yahoo wants to kill the 10 blue links. The company thinks its customers don’t care how many pages a search engine indexes — nor do they want to search. They want answers.

At least, that’s what Prabhakar Raghavan, who heads Yahoo Labs and Yahoo Search Strategy told a group of reporters Tuesday at a briefing about Yahoo’s future in search.

Unfortunately, Yahoo had no real innovation to show off — just some better-integrated results and talks of search becoming smarter.

Yahoo's Open Approach to Search

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 03/02/2008 - 13:54

Yahoo Says it's is embracing openness like never before: The open theme continued as they announced they are opening up Yahoo! Search itself. This open search platform enables 3rd parties to build and present the next generation of search results. There are a number of layers and capabilities built into the platform, the goal-- present users with richer, more useful search results so that they can complete their tasks more efficiently and get from "to do" to "done."

Why Google will remain the king of search

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 02/04/2008 - 08:05

Over On MSNBC Eve Tahmincioglu says Even with the $44.6 billion bid by Microsoft Corp. to buy Yahoo Inc., the combined company would be unable to knock Google Inc. off its web search and web advertising throne. Even a merged Microsoft and Yahoo would still be dwarfed by Google. The web giant holds nearly 60 percent of the Internet search market share, compared to what would be a 33 percent stake for the combined Microsoft-Yahoo.

A Librarian's Worst Nightmare

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 12/10/2007 - 20:42

A Librarian's Worst Nightmare. you can't beat that for a headline! Slate takes a look at Yahoo! Answers and says Yahoo! Answers is so frequently sloppy and inaccurate, it's still the juggernaut in its field. Despite a rapid proliferation of answer-giving sites—Amazon.com's recently inaugurated Askville just joined a crowded field that includes Answerbag, WikiAnswers, AnswerBank, and Ask Metafilter—Yahoo!'s is still by far the most popular.