Linked by Amy Bennett on Mon 28th Mar 2011 13:11 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Yahoo plans to release some technologies, including storage technologies, to the open source community, a senior executive of the company said. These are systems that Yahoo built to help it handle large numbers of users on its websites, but that don't necessarily give it a competitive advantage, said David Chaiken, chief architect at Yahoo, in an interview in Bangalore on Friday.
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by poundsmack on Mon 28th Mar 2011 20:40 UTC
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I like a lot of the stuff Yahoo has open sources. YUI is one I use specifically a lot connecting all my embedded OS's to a usable web interface to control them.

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yahoo's advantages
by Jondice on Tue 29th Mar 2011 05:18 UTC
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What competitive advantage does Yahoo have these days? Seriously - it must be something.

This is great to hear of course.

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RE: yahoo's advantages
by j.dalrymple on Tue 29th Mar 2011 06:12 UTC in reply to "yahoo's advantages"
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2011-03-29

What competitive advantage does Yahoo have these days? Seriously - it must be something.


Toolbars. Toolbars everywhere.

Search engines with advertising can make anywhere up to 5c per query, and since most computer illiterate persons get tricked into installing a Yahoo search bar, a lot of money ends up going their way.

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RE[2]: yahoo's advantages
by Kivada on Tue 29th Mar 2011 07:55 UTC in reply to "RE: yahoo's advantages"
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2010-07-07

"What competitive advantage does Yahoo have these days? Seriously - it must be something.


Toolbars. Toolbars everywhere.

Search engines with advertising can make anywhere up to 5c per query, and since most computer illiterate persons get tricked into installing a Yahoo search bar, a lot of money ends up going their way.
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This... On windows their toolbar is near impossible t remove completely, try it with Firefox, it won't uninstall like anything else, it leaves a bunch of things changed in about:config

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RE[3]: yahoo's advantages
by lucas_maximus on Tue 29th Mar 2011 08:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: yahoo's advantages"
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Winamp toolbar does the same.

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RE[4]: yahoo's advantages
by WorknMan on Tue 29th Mar 2011 13:53 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: yahoo's advantages"
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2005-11-13

Toolbars/bundleware is the new malware. If you can't/won't make it 100% free, and people don't want to pay for your shit either, just give it up already.

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RE[3]: yahoo's advantages
by milliamp on Tue 29th Mar 2011 10:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: yahoo's advantages"
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2011-03-29

What do they have to gain by making their product difficult to remove? I have had a similar experience with several other Yahoo products. It only serves as a short term gain with the impact of alienating the customer base long term.

It is small things like this that tell me the company has a culture problem and doesn't understand the market.

Culture problems aren't solved over night so it is going to be a long ride to the bottom before they figure out what's wrong.

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RE[4]: yahoo's advantages
by echo.ranger on Tue 29th Mar 2011 20:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: yahoo's advantages"
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2007-01-17

What do they have to gain by making their product difficult to remove? I have had a similar experience with several other Yahoo products. It only serves as a short term gain with the impact of alienating the customer base long term.



I'd argue (without having any insider knowledge, just vanilla punditry) that we're not Yahoo's customer base; those who don't know how to really use (or troubleshoot) computers, are.

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RE[5]: yahoo's advantages
by milliamp on Wed 30th Mar 2011 15:14 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: yahoo's advantages"
milliamp Member since:
2011-03-29

That is a great business model if you are AOL and it is 1995.

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