Hack India: Hyderabad — It’s a Wrap!

Hack India: Hyderabad — It’s a Wrap!

The energy at the 6th edition of Yahoo! Hack in India was electrifying as we counted down to the close of hacking at Yahoo! Hack Hyderabad, 2013. Over…

Internal Hackday Produces Record-Breaking 300 Hacks

Internal Hackday Produces Record-Breaking 300 Hacks

Yahoo! has been hosting internal Hackdays since 2005, and the traditio…

Demand is High for Yahoo! Hack India: Hyderabad

Demand is High for Yahoo! Hack India: Hyderabad

Photo credit to Reid Burke Since 2007, YDN has been hosting amazing Ha…

  • Gigya

    Gigya gives people the power to socialize and share content across the web, providing publishers and marketers with powerful tools for increasing audience reach and engagement online. We sat down with Patrick Salyer, Director of Business Development to learn more. Gigya's social widgets combine the universal portability with the viral power of Facebook applications:

    Download NOW

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  • There's been quite an uproar in the blogosphere about the sale of Twply, a service that would allow you to get email updates every time someone sends you a reply on Twitter. The issue is that Twply asked users for their Twitter login data to get their services, and then stored this information.

    This would not be that much of a problem, if Twply hadn't been sold for $1200 on Sitepoint. A lot of people considered this quite a small price to pay for a lot of private user information.

    While the maintainers of Twply have now announced that the sale was for traffic and that the user database is not part of the deal, it *is* a bad plan to give out any login data to a third party. This is why oAuth is getting more and more traction.

    All that aside, you can get the same functionality Twply offers without having to give any of your data away. All you need is a Yahoo account.

    Step 1: Find the data

    What we need is a data feed that contains the tweets people send with @yourname in it. This can be

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  • Vote BOSS for the Crunchies

    Make your vote count in the 2008 Crunchies!

    Please show your support by voting for BOSS (Build your Own Search Service), Yahoo's game-changing open search web services platform, in the Tech Innovation/Achievement category for the "best new technology achievement or breakthrough of 2008." For the win! Voting closes at midnight PST on Wednesday, January 7, but until then you can weigh in on the past year's most memorable gadgets and devices, best bootstrapped startup, best mobile applications, most striking CEO or founder, etc. Click this badge to cast your vote for BOSS.

    The 2009 Crunchies' competition is hosted by GigaOm, VentureBeat, Silicon Alley Insider, and TechCrunch "to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year." At the time of posting, nearly 100,00 votes have been cast across all categories by members of the web community. This year's super-hoopla awards ceremony takes place on Friday, January 9, 2009, at San

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  • Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of talking about the next iteration of Yahoo's performance tool YSlow at a conference organized by CSDN in Beijing. While YSlow 2.0 is still under development, it was a great opportunity to share the excitement about the upcoming release and also talk to people who are actually using the current version in their daily development life. We wanted to get a sense of whether we're headed in the right direction.

    CSDN stands for China Software Developers Network: a vibrant online community with over 3 million members who create about a million forum posts and 50,000 technology articles, every month. The network runs on an in-house community platform allowing members to join discussions and forums, run blogs, chat, get personal hosting, personalized search and recommendations. The community recognizes and honors contributions through a rating system that rewards the best content with greater visibility. In addition to the online community, CSDN has a

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  • Open in Asia

    Where Sunnyvale hosts a 24-hour hack-a-thon, the Yahoo! Taiwan office hosts an entire week to celebrate the new open vision of Yahoo!. Of course, they develop a bunch of great hacks while they’re at it - because what YDN event would be complete without some hardcore hacking.

    The first part of Asia Open Week was an internal application development contest for Yahoo! engineers, where developers from the Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong and Australia offices worked diligently to create apps that consumed our public APIs, services, and platforms, including, but not limited to, YAP, Open Mail, and Blueprint. Before the hacks began, presentations were delivered on topics such as an introduction to Y!OS, a deep technical dive into YAP, and overviews of Open Mail and Blueprint. Developers then had about a day or so of development time to get everything completed and ready for judging. We saw impressive applications from the different offices, with winners in different categories for the different

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  • Last week Digg hosted a great introduction to the Open Stack at their offices in San Francisco. The event included a ton of well-known speakers and advocates of the Open Web like David Recordon, Joseph Smarr, Eran Hammer-Lahav, and Chris Messina. Video coverage should be going up on the Social Web TV shortly, but until then, here's Tom's 5-minute intro to the Open Stack.

    The "Open Stack" refers to a set of technologies that work together to make it easier for web developers and users to manage access to user data across the Web. The Open Stack looks like this:

    A stack of technologies. Open ID is at the top.  Working down the stack, XRDS-Simple is next, followed by OAuth, Portable Contacts, and finally Open Social. The layer along the top of the diagram includes some implementors of the Open Stack: MySpace - DataAvailability, Yahoo! Y!OS, Google FriendConnect, and Plaxo Pulse.

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  • "The web has always been about the workaround," says Doug Crockford in this next snippet from the closing keynote at Add-on Con earlier this month.

    Thanks to Robert Reich from OneRiot for producing and posting these bite-sized clips of highly nourishing browser discourse.

  • Earlier this month, Yahoos Douglas Crockford, DHTML evangelist/architect, and Lloyd Hilaiel, from BrowserPlus, participated in the first-ever Add-on Con, a conference to celebrate and explore the business and technology of browser add-ons. OneRiot's Robert Reich, one of the conference organizers, posted a series of short videos from the closing keynote, which Doug moderated.

    In this first clip in the series, panelists representing three leading browser vendors, Joshua Allen (Microsoft), Mike Shaver (Mozilla), and Brian Rakowski (Google) respond to the question of browser security and the challenge of add-ons.

    Thanks Robert!

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  • You may have seen today’s news announcing the next generation of Yahoo! Mail — rolling out a “smarter inbox”experience to users. One way to make an inbox smarter: make applications that can work within it, opening up Yahoo! Mail to content and services built outside the Yahoo! network.

    We’ve talked here before about the Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS), and in October we released the Yahoo! Application Platform (YAP), Yahoo! Social Platform (YSP), and Yahoo! Query Language (YQL), giving developers access to Yahoo!’s tools and data to start building applications for Yahoo!’s vast audience and the Web beyond.

    Today, we’re extending these technologies to Mail, providing developers with access to our documentation and guidelines for building apps that run on this new canvas. With a highly engaged and active audience of hundreds of millions of users around the world, the opportunity to create innovative applications that drive traffic back to your site and increase user engagement with your

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  • Editor's note: Today we've announced a slate of product updates that continue to open Yahoo! up to developers. Starting today, developers can use the Yahoo! Application Platform to build apps that can be added and viewed on the My Yahoo! canvas. Developers can also use a new Theme API on My Yahoo! to design and share creative background themes.

    James Kittock, My Yahoo! product lead, answered some questions about why we're opening up My Yahoo! and how developers can now reach the largest audience of personalized start page users.

    1. What is My Yahoo!?

    My Yahoo! is the leading personalized start page, with more than 20 million current monthly visitors in the U.S. and over 40 million worldwide. My Yahoo! users are highly engaged and passionate about finding great content and services on the Web. My Yahoo! is their dashboard for keeping up with all this information.

    2. What are you opening up to developers today?
    We’re giving developers the ability to create applications for My Yahoo!

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