Blog Posts by Julie Choi

  • Open Hack NYC: Hack Demos, Part 1

    Part 1 of 4: The hacks at Open Hack NYC were some of the best we've ever seen. You can check out the quality and depth of hacking that was on display in the hack demo video below. See how hacks like the del.icio.us cake, peanut butter makerbot, food widget on Connected TV, and insider trading tracker were made in less than 24 hours.

    Long live HACK!

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  • Open Hack NYC: Clay Shirky Keynote

    Clay Shirky is a provocative, insightful voice on all things Internet: economics and culture, media and community, and the open source movement. He divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. Clay is an adjunct professor in NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where he teaches courses on the interrelated effects of social and technological network topology—how our networks shape culture and vice-versa.

    Our very own Jay Rossiter, SVP Consumer Platforms Group kicks off Hack Day and introduces Clay:


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  • Ignite NYC Open Hack

    If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds for a total of 5 minutes? Ignite NYC Open Hack brought together some of New York's brightest and funniest speakers to deliver a series of 5-minute talks that truly lit up the historic Hudson Theatre. It was a great way to end the Friday program at Open Hack NYC.



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  • Hey Times Square – What’s a Hacker?

    They don't call it the Big Apple for nothing. Everything there is larger than life, and this year's Open Hack was no exception.

    Nicki has posted a great summary of the action on Yodel Anecdotal. For video, pictures, and the list of winning hacks, you should take a peek there.

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    So what am I going to talk about? The technology of course! That's how we roll here at the Developer Network. YQL has become the perennial favourite technology at our hack days. I lost count of the number of hacks that used YQL, but more surprising to me was the number of hackers who created YQL tables. Do you use Meetup.com? There's a table for that. Like comics? Yep, there's a table for that. Want insider trading information? Of course there's a table for that. And that's just scratching the surface.

    We found the New York developer community to be super smart - participants at our Hack Day created many polished hacks. A bunch of those hacks were TV Widgets for Yahoo!'s Connected TV Platform. The Connected TV

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  • YQL: INSERT INTO internet

    The Yahoo! Query Language lets you query, filter, and join data across any web data source or service on the web. Using our YQL web service, apps run faster with fewer lines of code and a smaller network footprint. YQL uses a SQL-like language because it is a familiar and intuitive method for developers to access data. YQL treats the entire web as a source of table data, enabling developers to select * from internet.

    Today, the YQL team has extended the platform with the "missing" SQL verbs to write and modify data on web services and applications: INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE. This enables YQL's Open Data Tables to insert new Twitter status messages, not just list them; to add new comments to a blog, as well as read them; to store data in a remote database; to INSERT INTO internet.

    Open Data Table developers can add support for these verbs into their tables by creating new binding types in their definitions. They can then perform the update/insert/delete on the remote web service by

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  • ZumoDrive for Yahoo! Mail

    zumo-1.pngWhen we were given the chance to bring ZumoDrive to Yahoo! Mail, we were excited by the possibilities. ZumoDrive is a cloud storage service that gives you access to your files anywhere, with powerful sharing capabilities. Our goal is to make using the cloud easy for everybody, and to finf ways to integrate the cloud into services people use every day. With Yahoo!'s open platform, we are now able to integrate online storage and sharing directly into Yahoo! Mail.

    Using ZumoDrive, users can quickly upload and share your photos, videos, and documents through our web interface or desktop client. Once files are uploaded to your ZumoDrive, you instantly have access to them on any computer you log into. ZumoDrive allows people to automatically create slideshows, embed photos into blogs, and collaborate on documents with others.

    Integrating ZumoDrive with Yahoo! Mail opens up many possibilities. Our ?Share It? app makes it simple to share documents, photos, or those tricky-to-send

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  • PayPal on Yahoo! Mail

    Editor's note: This is a guest post from the team that developed the PayPal application on Yahoo! Mail. As part of the launch of new open applications for users of My Yahoo! and Yahoo! Mail, we asked all of the app developers to introduce themselves and talk about building their apps on Yahoo!'s open platforms.

    paypal2.pngPayPal here with some exciting news! Our Request/Send Money app is now integrated with the new and improved Yahoo! Mail. We believe that requesting and sending money to friends and family should be painless ? no unnecessary hassles, and with this new integration, requesting and sending money to friends just got easier.

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    There plenty of ways to use Request/Send Money. Users can request money from within Yahoo! and an email is sent to their friends. In addition, customers in the U.S. can request and send money from Yahoo! Mail free to friends and family, conveniently with just a few clicks. The app also allows customers to request or send money to anyone in 19 different

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  • Photobucket on Yahoo! Mail

    Editor's note: This is a guest post from the team that developed the Photobucket application on Yahoo! Mail. As part of the launch of new open applications for users of My Yahoo! and Yahoo! Mail, we asked all of the app developers to introduce themselves and talk about building their apps on Yahoo!'s open platforms.

    photobucketlogo.jpgPhotobucket is a leading standalone photo and video sharing site, with over 80 million monthly unique users around the world (source: comScore Media Metrix, March 2009). Photobucket's free photo and video storing and sharing service offers users room for thousands of photos and images, as well as full-length videos that can be stored, tagged, shared, and organized into albums on the site. In addition, Photobucket has built-in full-featured photo editing, scrapbook tools, group community album features, slideshow designs, and a huge library of fun, interesting photo and video content to browse and share.

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    The Photobucket application on Yahoo! Mail allows existing

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  • OtherInbox Organizer Application for Yahoo! Mail

    Editor's note: This is a guest post from the team that developed the application on Yahoo! Mail. As part of the launch of new open applications for users of My Yahoo! and Yahoo! Mail, we asked all of the app developers to introduce themselves and talk about building their apps on Yahoo!'s open platforms.

    What is OtherInbox, and what does it do?
    OtherInbox, Inc. is an Austin-based company that builds technology to automatically organize email messages from online shopping and social networking sites, letting users focus on and identify messages from real people first.

    What is the Organizer application, and how does it work?
    The OtherInbox Organizer application scans an individual's Yahoo! Mail account for automatic, computer-generated messages that tend to pile up, such as newsletters, coupons, Facebook notifications, Twitter updates, and many more. These are non-urgent messages that a user may want to see eventually. A daily digest will be delivered into the user's inbox every morning

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  • New Open Apps Launch on My Yahoo! & Yahoo! Mail

    Today, we launched a collection of new apps for My Yahoo! and the new Yahoo! Mail built by third-party developers on Yahoo!'s open platforms. These apps reflect a wide range of user interests and were created to help people stay productive and get more done (while having fun) within two of Yahoo!'s most popular destinations.

    Fourteen of these apps can be found in My Yahoo!, the Web's leading personalized homepage. Designed to help people manage and enjoy different aspects of their busy lives, the apps were built on the Yahoo! Application Platform (YAP). The Yahoo! Application Platform allows third-party developers to write applications that display on Yahoo! products. Applications consist of a small view, which users can add directly to their My Yahoo! pages. From the small view, a user can click to see a canvas view, which presents a larger, complete view of the application.

    The canvas view supports the 0.8 version of the OpenSocial JavaScript APIs and uses Caja for JavaScript

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