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Yahoo lets go of Yahoo Maps, Yahoo Pipes, GeoPlanet & other verticals

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Yahoo will shut down its maps service Yahoo Maps by the end of this month, reports TechCrunch. Along with it, it will also shutter Yahoo Pipes, an online aggregating and web data filter UI which could be used without knowing programming languages (something similar to IFTTT), GeoPlanet, PlaceSpotter APIs and some regional verticals. Yahoo said that this move was to “help Yahoo focus on its core Yahoo product experiences”.

In its Tumblr post, Yahoo said that it will focus on its key product verticals of search, communications and digital content and would its products and services to have “a clear purpose”, also to make sure that its “resources are spent smartly”. A VentureBeat report stated that at the end of 2014, Yahoo had closed over 60 products and services in the last two years to narrow its focus, however an updated number was not provided.

For Pipes, the company wrote in its blog that by August 30 this year, users would no longer be able to create new Pipes. The infrastructure will run in a read-only mode till the end of September.

Yahoo will shutter support for:

– Yahoo Mail on devices running iOS5 and lower (built in Mail app) by 15 June. Users will be able to use Yahoo Mail on such devices on the Safari browser through mail.yahoo.com

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– Sync support for Yahoo Contacts on Macs running Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) by 15 June, with access to Yahoo Contacts through Yahoo Mail on web browsers for users running OS X 10.7 and earlier

– Yahoo Maps will run on Yahoo search and Flickr, among other properties, but the Yahoo Maps site will close by 30 June

– GeoPlanet & PlaceSpotter API functionalities are available through Yahoo Query Language (YQL) and BOSS with migration data available on YQL and BOSS sites

To consolidate its editorial offering, the content from sites given below will be redistributed across the Yahoo network:

– Yahoo Music in France and Canada as well as Yahoo Movies in Spain, Yahoo Philippines homepage and genre-specific media sites which will redirect to the Yahoo Singapore homepage

– Yahoo TV in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Canada; and Yahoo Autos in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy

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– Yahoo Entertainment in Singapore will close at the start of July

Previous Yahoo activities:

– In April, Yahoo expanded its online video service ‘Screen’ with 18 new series of which 14 would be featured in Yahoo’s digital magazines. The company would also focus on music by extending its deal with Live Nation to broadcast music festivals and join iHeartMedia to broadcast other music events. We’d stated then that we weren’t sure of what Yahoo was planning with the video content platform since it did not offer recommendations and users could not upload videos or create channels.

– In the same month, Yahoo reported mobile revenue of $234 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 (Q1 2015), down 7.87% from $254 million in the previous quarter, but up 61.3% year-on-year (YoY) from $145 million.

– In March, Yahoo shut down its office in Beijing, China, resulting in up to 300 job cuts. In February, Yahoo India laid off over half of its editorial team based in Bangalore and about 35% of its editorial staff in Canada, which together represented about 100-200 jobs, citing global reorganization and restructuring. In October last year, Yahoo’s Software Development Centre in Bangalore saw around 600 layoffs as a part of its team consolidation worldwide.

Image Credit: Flickr user Scott Schiller

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Disclosure: I worked at Yahoo! from 2011-2014

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