Posts Tagged 'yahoo'

Online Storage to be a luxury?

Let’s face it, we’ve been spoiled when it comes to storage of online data. Whether it’s Facebook or MySpace, or Google, Yahoo, or MSN, we’ve all benefited from free online storage services. But perhaps the good times are over. With the current economic situation, offering these luxury services for free may be a thing of the past. HP recently announced that it would be shutting down it’s online storage services. This follows a previous announcement by Yahoo to end it’s 10 year old program “Briefcase“. So far nothing announced from Google.

Companies tend to scale back on their service offering when times get tough. The Internet is no different. Free online data storage may soon be a thing of the past. Reflecting on your current backup routine it’s a good time to revisit good old trusty CD-R and DVD-R backups. They are cheap, fast, and accessible to almost everyone. Perhaps it’s something you should consider instead of buying that 1TB external drive to back up your photos or accounting data. Old technology doesn’t mean that they are still not useful.

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Yahoo: DRM is dead, here’s a coupon

Yahoo Inc. is offering coupons or refunds to users who find songs they bought inaccessible after Sept. 30, when the company shuts its music-download service.

The decision to close the Yahoo Music Store had added fuel to criticisms over copy-protection measures known as digital rights management, but Yahoo promised it won’t entirely abandon loyal customers.

The company said Wednesday it is offering coupons on request for people to buy songs again through Yahoo’s new partner, RealNetworks Inc.’s Rhapsody. Those songs will be in the MP3 format, free of copy protection. Refunds are available for users who “have serious problems with this arrangement,” Yahoo said.

Spokeswoman Carrie Davis said a “small number” of users are affected by the change. Yahoo wouldn’t disclose the actual number. (link)

Gadget buyers return stuff ’cause they’re dumbasses

Only 5 percent of consumer electronics products returned to retailers are malfunctioning–yet many people who return working products think they are broken, a new study indicates.

The report by technology consulting and outsourcing firm Accenture pegs the costs of consumer electronics returns in 2007 at $13.8 billion in the United States alone, with return rates ranging from 11 percent to 20 percent, depending on the type of product.

Accenture estimates that 68 percent of returns are products that work properly but do not meet customers’ expectations for some reason. “Either they thought it was defective when it wasn’t, or there was an expectation gap,” says Accenture executive Terry Steger.

The study attributes another 27 percent of returns to buyer’s remorse–situations where customers simply changed their minds. That leaves only 5 percent of returns that are attributable to defects or other malfunctions. (Yahoo)

Microsoft gives up on text scanning project

Microsoft Corp. is abandoning its effort to scan whole libraries and make their contents searchable, a sign it may be getting choosier about the fights it will pick with Google Inc.

The world’s largest software maker is under pressure to show it has a coherent strategy for turning around its unprofitable online business after its bid for Yahoo Inc., last valued at US$47.5 billion, collapsed this month.

Digitizing books and archiving academic journals no longer fits with the company’s plan for its search operation, wrote Satya Nadella, senior vice president of Microsoft’s search and advertising group, in a blog post Friday. (link)

Yahoo to copy everyone else

Yahoo Inc. plans to make its website a social hub by hosting applications from other online services, part of the Internet pioneer’s effort to spawn more advertising opportunities.

“We are going to rewire the entire experience at Yahoo to make it social in every dimension,” Ari Balogh, Yahoo’s chief technology officer, said Thursday at a “Web 2.0” conference that drew a crowd of more than 1,000.

The more open platform copies a concept that already has been embraced by Internet search leader Google Inc. and a variety of online social hangouts, including Facebook Inc. and News Corp.’s MySpace.com. (link)

Yahoo turns to Google for advertising partnership

Yahoo Inc. is surrendering some of its advertising space to Internet search leader Google Inc. in an unusual test that appears designed to frustrate Yahoo’s unsolicited suitor, Microsoft Corp.

The two-week experiment announced Wednesday will allow Google to show ads tied to about three per cent of the queries made in the United States through Yahoo’s search engine – the Internet’s second largest after Google’s.

Yahoo will still use its own technology – acquired and developed at a cost of more than $2 billion – to place ads next to the other search results on its website. The Sunnyvale-based company also will continue to distribute search ads to its own partners. (link)

Welcome to the party, Yahoo joins OpenSocial

Yahoo Inc. said Tuesday that it was joining rival Google Inc.’s initiative for creating photo-sharing and other social tools that work across the web.

News Corp.’s MySpace earlier pledged support, and the three companies announced Tuesday that they were forming a non-profit organization, the OpenSocial Foundation, to ensure that the platform remains neutral and viable.

The idea behind the Google-initiated OpenSocial platform is to create a common coding standard for the applications so they work on hundreds of websites. The applications could permit chats, games, media sharing and more.

By contrast, sites that haven’t joined OpenSocial typically rely on unique coding that has prevented widgets developed for its sites from working at other places on the web. (link)


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