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…

  • Last Friday, AbilityNet organized an accessibility conference entitled Accessibility 2.0 - A million flowers bloom in the City University in London, England.

    The Panel

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  • I wanted to draw your attention to an organization that I and Yahoo! have been supporting that you might want to support, too -- NetSquared. The goal of NetSquared is simple: to help hundreds of thousands of non-profit organizations (NPOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) successfully utilize the empowering capabilities of the Internet to increase their impact and achieve social change.

    The NetSquared Mashup Challenge: Hacking for Social Change

    N2Y3 Mashup ChallengeFor the first time, NetSquared is running a really cool program called the Mashup Challenge in which they are matching up ideas from non-profits and NGOs involved in all sorts of social change to people like you (i.e. developers, product managers, and designers) who have the skills to implement them. I have been helping NetSquared promote the Mashup Challenge (see their recent YDN Theater video) because I think it's a very practical roll-up-your-sleeves way of getting people to work together across many boundaries (company,

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  • Ari Balogh, CTO at Yahoo! just offered a preview at Web 2.0 Expo of a very new kind of Yahoo!. One that invites developers to take advantage of our huge scale to write applications that build on our existing properties (think Mail, Sports, Search, our front page, mobile, My Yahoo!, etc.), tap into millions of loyal users, and make Internet experience more relevant and useful.

    Aristotle “Ari” Balogh is currently Chief Technology Officer at Yahoo!. He is responsible for company-wide product development which includes optimizing resources, speeding innovation, and ensuring the quality of Yahoo!’s products and services. He is focused on establishing a common architecture and building blocks to drive development aligned with corporate strategy and on improving the overall effectiveness of Yahoo!’s engineering efforts.

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  • We’re blowin’ the doors wide open!

    Today we’re introducing the Yahoo! Open Strategy (or Y!OS for short), the details behind Yahoo!’s big bet to "deliver open, industry-leading platforms that attract the most publishers and developers."

    Y!OS platforms will harness Yahoo!'s unique strengths – our rich and relevant user experiences (we’re #1 in 7 verticals), our massive audience (half a billion users/month), and our deep data repositories (content, content, content) – and open them to the innovations of the developer community. Our aim: to fundamentally transform how people experience Yahoo!.

    With Y!OS, we’re moving from a model in which each Yahoo! property develops much of its own technology to one where we share common data and frameworks that can be easily surfaced across multiple Yahoo! properties and off the Yahoo.com network.

    It’s a major rewiring of Yahoo!.

    And the good news for developers is that Y!OS will allow you to access to these assets, build applications around them, and

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  • Start Monkeying Around

    In February, we began talking about our plans to open up Yahoo! Search to website owners and all third-party developers. This new developer platform, which we’re calling SearchMonkey, uses data web standards and structured data to enhance the functionality, appearance, and usefulness of search results.

    With SearchMonkey:

    • Site owners can build enhanced search results that will provide searchers with a more useful experience by including links, images and name-value pairs in the search results for their pages (likely resulting in an increase in traffic quantity and quality).
    • Developers can build SearchMonkey apps that enhance search results, access Yahoo! Search’s user base and help shape the next generation of search.
    • Users can customize their search experience with apps built by or for their favorite sites.

    As Ari Balogh, Yahoo!’s CTO, will mention in his Web 2.0 Expo keynote this morning, we’re rolling out a limited preview of the SearchMonkey developer tool starting today. With

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  • YSlow 0.9.5b1 Release – Addressing Firefox and Firebug Compatibility

    Committed to keeping up with the latest in Firefox and Firebug development, we’re happy to announce that a new version increment of YSlow was released, mainly aiming at addressing compatibility. What’s in this release?

    • Firefox 3 beta 5 support
    • Support for the latest versions of the different Firebug branches
    • Pie chart representation of the components in the Stats tab
    • Improved display in the expanded CSS expressions rule report in the Performance tab
    • Support for disabled Firebug Net Panel (default behavior in Firebug 1.2)
    • Misc fixes for the reports in the Tools section

    Looking at the diversity of Firefox/Firebug versions, these are the current available branches for Firefox and Firebug.

    Firefox has two active branches:

    • Firefox 2 - the current version is, this is the stable production version
    • Firefox 3 - the latest is 3.0. beta 5

    Firebug has 3 active branches:

    • Firebug 1 – the latest version being 1.05, this is the stable version
    • Firebug 1.1 – the latest is 1.1.0 beta 12
    • Firebug
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  • We enlisted the help of Karen Nguyen from Y! Video and hit the expo floor at Web 2.0 to see what was happening. In this clip, Karen runs into iJustine, plays the "name game", drives a monster truck with a cell phone, and takes her aggression out on a Brat's doll.

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  • Just in time for the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, a team of developers - Leonard Lin, Steve Marshall, and Kellan Elliott-McCrea - have released Fireball, a location-sharing mashup built on Fire Eagle, Twitter, and Upcoming.


    It doesn't require you to join and populate "yet another" social network app, since it builds on existing services, using Twitter as an interface and to bring your social graph to bear, Fire Eagle for secure sharing of your location, and Upcoming for cross-correlating events and locations.

    Says Kellan, a Flickr application engineer "building technology solutions for social problems":

    What I love about Fire Eagle is that we aren't asking people to change their behavior (much), just helping people make sense of the information deluge. Answering the eternal "It's 3am, do you know where your friends are?" questions. I think it's pretty amazing that we have the "small pieces loosely joined" to build a tool like Fireball, that lives in

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  • Over at the official blog of the Yahoo! User Interface Library we have a guest post by Caridy Patiño, developer of the YUI-based Bubbling Library talking about decoupling.

    In essence, this technique allows you to create large JavaScript-based web applications that have independent modules that communicate with another independent of the availability of the other module. This is a small improvement to the Custom Event model used in the YUI as it makes your apps less dependent on performance and execution order.

    Read more about Decoupling with the YUI on the YUI blog.

  • Last weekend James Broad went to Ankara, Turkey to present Yahoo! APIs at METU University to an audience of computer science undergraduates.

    The aim of the presentation was to introduce some of the tools and services Yahoo! provides to developers, and raise exposure of the YDN in Turkey.

    Here's what he had to say about the trip and event.

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