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…

  • Today, we are announcing the start of a limited test of the Simple Registration extension for the Yahoo! OpenID service. The Simple Registration extension allows OpenID RPs to request user profile data from the OpenID provider. Yahoo! will be providing Yahoo! OpenID users the ability to share the following Simple Registration fields for this initial test: Full Name, Nickname, Email Address, Gender, Language, and Timezone. The Yahoo! OpenID user will have full control on whether to share their profile data with the OpenID relying party. We will use the Yahoo! Profiles API to populate the user card, which will be presented on the Yahoo! OpenID Review and Confirm page.

    The goal of this limited test is to gather feedback on the usability of the current design, optimize performance and detail best practices for consuming Yahoo! profile information via Yahoo! OpenID. We are initially testing this with a limited set of relying parties, including plaxo.com and jyte.com.


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  • Meet BrowserPlus

    BrowserPlus™ is a technology for web browsers that allows developers to create rich web applications with desktop capabilities. We've opened BrowserPlus to the world. We want to personally show you the platform and what it can do, and how you can use it now. In this video, Lloyd Hilaiel gives an overview:

  • Seedcamp is an intensive week long event held in September in London for young entrepreneurs and founders from across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, to provide mentorship, seed funding, and world-class connections for startups.

    Some of this year's winning teams were in Silicon Valley this week. They stopped in at Yahoo! to hear about our offering of tools, open services, and APIs for developers.

    Tom Hughes-Croucher sits down with Fredrik Hörte & Mattias Tyrberg from Saplo, a "SentiEngine" which researches and utilizes semantic technologies to automatically extract opinions and sentiment in text.

    Learn more about Saplo.

    Image used under CC, by Leafar

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  • Poli20 is a 9-weeks course for approximately 30 students from Politehnica Bucharest, the best known technical university in Romania. The course is the result of collaboration between Yahoo!, Adobe, uberVU, and Politehnica Bucharest. UberVU is a Romanian startup that tracks topical conversations across many varieties of social media, all over the internet - blogs, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and so on.

    The Poli20 students will learn how to create an application in a production environment. They will work in teams to complete a working application by the end of the course, due in December. The applications will use technology from Yahoo!, Adobe, and uberVU. We hope to have many applications to showcase at the end of the course.

    Last week we invited Yahoo! engineer Ted Drake to talk about BOSS. He uses BOSS on some of his websites such as v3ggie, a vegetarian search engine. Ted discussed the features, issues, strategies, and opportunities offered by Yahoo! BOSS.

    Ted's presentation was

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  • Y!OS at Refresh Miami

    Refresh Miami is a social community for technology. It is based in South Florida and attracts technology enthusiasts from the surrounding area. The group is not only for developers and technical people - I've found web designers, entrepreneurs, web site operators, charity organizations, and foundations.

    Refresh Miami holds one meeting a month. Usually this is the last Wednesday of the month, however, because of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, this month's meeting will be a week earlier, on 19 November.

    We've hosted three Refresh Miami meetings in the Yahoo! office in Coral Gables. Yahoo! bought pizzas, salads and sandwiches as well as drinks. People started to show up around 6:00 PM. Several Yahoos from various teams including product managers, engineers, marketing and legal stayed around to meet the guests. The first part of the event is entirely social and everyone mingled and tried to meet someone new.

    The second part of the event consists of presentations. There are typically

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  • Editor's note: I exchanged email with Lloyd Hilaiel from Yahoo's BrowserPlus team and he answered some of my questions about how the project got started, what kept it alive, and how today we've announced our intent to open source this original technology, enabling open development on a platform for in-browser desktop applications.

    1. Where did the idea for BrowserPlus come from?

    A couple years ago I was on a team tasked with increasing collaboration and code-sharing between the many different development groups at Yahoo!. We were specifically looking to uncover interesting and innovative ideas in native client applications, and massage them into re-usable libraries. We were extracting gems--good solutions to problems with wide appeal--and making them easy for anyone in the company to apply.

    The project, in some respects, was a failure. At the end of our two-year run we had many C++ libraries, which ran on every operating system under the sun, to perform tasks ranging from the mundane

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  • We've written a lot about BOSS here before, but somehow I thought there's a quick example missing how you can use it to build a full custom search box on your server.

    Seeing that I had trouble to access search results of this blog on the Blackberry (not our blog's fault, but the browser it comes with), I had a go and created a much easier interface to searching this blog. Here's a quick how-to explaining the steps to the interface.

    Check out the example

    First of all, check out the result of the whole exercise. Following are some screenshots with explanations:

    The search result display with unexpanded keywords

    Unexpanded search results

    The search result display with expanded keywords

    Expanded search results

    The search result display with previous and next links

    Unexpanded search results

    Download the example

    You can download the whole solution, ready for uploading to your server. The code is heavily commented so we won't go through it here line by line here.


    The example as it is requires you to get an own application ID for boss and have a server

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  • We are going to be at a few events around the Bay Area this week before the Thanksgiving break. We hope you'll join us. Adobe MAX is in San Francisco. We'll be there Monday through Wednesday with the Flash team talking about the ASTRA components for Flash and Flex and anything else you'd like to know. We are also going to be hacking at Mashup Camp, Silicon Valley. We'll do some exciting stuff with our new Yahoo! Open Strategy Platform, including our application platform and social graph APIs.

    Last, but not least, we're launching BrowserPlus at the Yahoo! campus in Sunnyvale, CA, on Tuesday, November 18. You can also check out BrowserPlus online.
    Browser Plus

    As always keep an eye on @ydn on Twitter or @ydnlive for our live micro-blogging.

    Tom Hughes-Croucher
    Yahoo! Developer Network

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  • Internet Identity Workshop 2008

    The IIW is an "unconference" where ideas related to user-centric identity are discussed in an open, freeform manner and conversation topics are determined by the event participants. Last week I went to the Internet Identity Workshop held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

    People manage their online identities across the range of websites, services, companies, and organizations that they belong to, purchase from, and interact with. In its simplest form, Internet identity covers the technical and user-experience aspects of site signup, login, profile usage and permissions, social networking, data-sharing, storage of personal information, and the associated issues of privacy and security that arise. At the IIW, companies that normally compete in the marketplace collaborate to explore and solve the challenging issues around Internet identity.

    This year's hot topics of conversation included, but were not limited to:

    OAuth and data portability w/OpenID
    OpenID and OAuth are powerful methods for getting a user signed up and into a site and moving that user's profile data between websites. The implications for Havi Hoffmanng a combined spec for both OAuth and OpenID are quite exciting.

    Open profile sharing
    Using methods such as OpenID Attribute Exchange 1.0, companies like Yahoo!, MySpace and Google can feature Open Profile Sharing, allowing users to take their data with them to other trusted sites. The integration of totally portable data across many sites on the Internet is vital for the social Web communities.

    Single sign-on
    A seamless logged-in user experience is the ideal scenario for many users, especially the growing number of users who traverse the Internet, checking multiple social networks and content providers during one session. The ongoing discussion of single sign-on continues to be an important theme at this workshop.

    Activity streams data formats standards
    Activity streams, like the activity stream feature in Yahoo!'s MyBlogLog, is a feature that both providers and relying parties (RP) want to integrate into their sites. The benefits of Havi Hoffmanng a relying party's data available on another relying party's site and/or featured on a provider site are huge; portable activity data can help a relying party's business evolve to the next level.

    Jono Kane
    Design Prototyper / Web Developer
    Yahoo! Developer Network

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  • Yahoo! Hack Day in Israel

    Yahoo! has held its first developer events in Israel, and I think all of us who went were struck by the energy and entrepreneurship of the industry there.

    YDN partnered with the BOSS team’s international roadshow on two very different events in Tel Aviv, the country’s high-tech hub.

    More than 200 people attended the opening event at GarageGeeks, a digital community space in the Holon industrial zone.

    It’s an amazing place created from, yes, a garage complete with lots of machine parts, a BBQ made from half a car, and Guitar Hero on the PlayStation. Think Mythbusters meets Hackday.


    It was a beautiful evening so the presentations and socialising were held outside. BOSS was incredibly well received by the audience, made up of internet folk from coders to marketeers to VCs. A lot of people we talked to were really enthusiastic and felt that this is a potentially disruptive technology.

    All together an edgy, fun evening, and the party was still going strong when we crept away at midnight.

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