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…

  • When Yahoo! Media Player is used in combination with the new Safari version (3.1) that came out today, Safari crashes. We are working on disabling Yahoo! Media Player in Safari 3.1. We are aiming for 24 hour turnaround and will post updates.

  • The Yahoo! Mobile team recently opened up our mobile products so that now any developer can build a Mobile Widget using the Yahoo! Mobile Developer Platform.

    yahoo_go_hero_image_th.pngBlueprint is the name of Yahoo!'s new Mobile Widget language, currently in beta. Now any developer with XML skills can create a Mobile Widget using the Blueprint SDK. Blueprint lets you define the business and UI logic and leave visualization to the Widget Engine renderer. You provide the content and services you want to build into your Mobile Widget. Our developer platform takes care of the other stuff—like making your widget attractive on the various devices we support.

    Once you’re done coding, you can test your widget on our Mobile Developer site, and then upload it to our Mobile Widget Gallery for distribution via Yahoo!’s mobile products. To check out the Mobile Widgets already submitted by developers, download Yahoo! Go 3.0 or visit our mobile home page on your device and go to the Widget Gallery.

    Please help us create a

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  • Barcamp Brighton 2

    This weekend, BarCamp Brighton 2 took place at the University of Sussex in England. I attended, along with a bunch of the other Yahoos from the London office.

    For those of you not in the know about BarCamps, they're fantastic little "unconferences" that cost nothing to attend and are put together by the goodwill of a few organisers and the sponsors they rope in to provide a venue, food, and drink. No talks are scheduled in advance, but everyone who attends is expected to be prepared to give a half hour talk on something dear to their heart. Thankfully this isn't as scary as it sounds at first.

    As normal at these events, the talks ranged from the highly technical to the sublimely silly. There were sessions about setting up OpenID on your website (both consumer and producer were covered in separate talks), several talks about hacking the Arduino, a whole raft of talks about Second Life and a couple about Social Networks. There was even a Cheese and Wine tasting session, and session

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  • Yahoo!’s Latest Performance Breakthroughs

    Stoyan Stefanov made an appearance last week at the PHP Quebec Conference in Montreal. His session debuts Yahoo!’s latest research results and performance breakthroughs. He covers the existing 14 rules, plus 20 new rules for faster web pages. We’ve categorized the optimizations into: server, content, cookie, JavaScript, CSS, images, and mobile.

    After YSlow "A"?

    If your page isn't getting an "A" in YSlow, I recommend that you tackle those recommendations first. However, if you're getting an "A" and looking for more ways to optimize your web pages, here are 20 new recommendations to accelerate the end-user's experience. Stay tuned, you'll be hearing more about YSlow and these rules at Yahoo! Developer Network and Yahoo! User Interface Blog.

    1. Flush the buffer early [server]
    2. Use GET for AJAX requests [server]
    3. Post-load components [content]
    4. Preload components [content]
    5. Reduce the number of DOM elements [content]
    6. Split components across domains
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  • YDN Europe is sponsoring Social Innovation Camp on the April 4 and 5, in London, England.

    Last Friday, judges got together for the first time to pre-select the projects that are to be created during the course of the weekend. After a lot of discussion and deliberation we cut down the 70 entries to the following six, which we believe have most potential impact and are likely to be achievable in two days:

    Enabled by Design

    This idea is a web site featuring designs and products that allow people with disabilities or injuries to make their life easier. The idea is to have a shop, a showcase section and general advice on how to overcome problems and physical changes in your life.

    Personal Development Reports

    An online system that helps people (particularly young people) identify their personal skills and qualities, and enables them to measure and track their personal development over a period of time, through their involvement in a project or activity.

    Prison Visits

    A website or tool that

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  • We have a new stable public release of the Yahoo! Media Player.


    There is now a "Buy" button on the player. The feature includes support for the Amazon affiliate program, so that publishers can earn money when somebody clicks through and makes a purchase. There is an article on our wiki about the button and affiliate program.

    There is a new "Find in page" button to help you associate a track with the place in the page that it came from. There is an article on Yahoo! Developer Network about this.


    There is now a prominent link to the web site hosting the track. (We had a link before, but it was hard to find). This link uses the same space as metadata for an album title. The reasoning is that album and site are analogous, and since we rarely have metadata for both they can share the same real estate. Credit to Douglas Kim for this insight.

    There is a link back to our home page titled "Get this player." It solves a few problems. The home page explains what the

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  • OpenSpime is a project of WideTag Inc, a technology infrastructure company providing hardware and software solutions for an open Internet of Things. Jeremy talks with one of it's founders, David Orban:

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  • I am happy to announce that based on some research and a Greasemonkey hack to make people aware of the consequences, Yahoo! is now a search engine that has natural language search results.

    Natural language?

    HTML has a wonderful attribute called lang that allows you to define the language of the text in the current HTML element. This seems a bit superfluous as it has nothing to do with the display of the language specific character set (which is the encoding and another issue). However, defining the language has other benefits.

    The first one is that search engines and other robots know what language the text is in and thus have a much less harder job to differentiate between keywords and stopwords.

    The second, and most important has to do with accessibility. If you do not see the text but you get it read out to you then the pronunciation is very important. Visually impaired surfers use screen readers to tell them what is on the current page, and by defining the language, you make this

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  • Dale Dougherty is the editor and publisher of MAKE, and general manager of the Maker Media division of O'Reilly Media, Inc. He also organizes Maker Faire. Watch our conversation:

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  • With everyone in the web development world seemingly flooding Austin at the moment to attend SXSW we take the opportunity to remind those who are in Europe and don't want to spend a lot of money on flight tickets about another conference close by.

    The Highland Fling takes place on the third of April for the second time in Edinburgh, Scotland. Considering the very state-of-the-art topic and excellent line-up of speakers it is a "cheap as chips" alternative for those who missed out going stateside.

    The conference's motto this year is "The browser and beyond" and was highly influenced by Tom Coates' talk at dconstruct in Brighton last year. Tom was talking about "Designing for a web of data" (Podcast here) and explained that in the future we'll get away from pages and browsers and the internet will become more and more a web of data independent of display device.

    Following this motto, you'll hear tales and tips from the speakers Mark Norman Francis, Chris Heilmann, Chris Mills (Opera),

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