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…

  • MashUp Camp — Dublin

    On November 10-12th, people descended onto Dublin, Ireland for MashUp Camp. We sent our very own Chad Dickerson & Tom Hughes-Croucher to the streets to ask people if they knew what a "mash-up" was. Watch the video to see what they found:

    Mashup Camp -- a.k.a The Unconference for the Uncomputer is an unconference-style event that's dedicated to bringing together the Internet software mashup community for a face-to-face collaborative meetup where new relationships are formed, old relationships are nurtured, ideas are shared, multiple balls are moved forward, and innovation happens in real-time.

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  • Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder is a 2007 book by American technologist and commentator David Weinberger. In it, he describes the evolution of the classification of information and information science, as the Internet becomes a widespread part of people’s lives.

    Mr. Weinberger gave the keynote at the recent Defrag and we have it here for you to watch:

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  • I get feedback daily on people using YSlow. The emails are all positive, even the ones that report bugs. The best emails describe how YSlow helped a company make their web pages load faster. It was fun to read this article on The Register today: Virgin America tunes up with YSlow. If anyone else has YSlow experiences they wish to share, please post them on the Exceptional Performance Yahoo! group or send them to YSlow feedback.

    Steve Souders
    Chief Performance Yahoo! and creator of YSlow

  • Yahoo! Is All Over Facebook

    No acquisition rumours here, just Yahoo! APIs, and plenty of them. The ever-growing number of Facebook applications using our APIs is a testament to how easy it is to get our content on to other platforms.

    One of the latest Yahoo! entries is Music Blogs, a slick Flash application that lets Facebook users search and play music from music blogs, post favorites to their profile, and share them with friends. Created by William White and Joseph Magnani of Yahoo!'s Media Innovation Group, the player has already received good press and has over 100 users on Facebook. Not bad for a week-old application.

    The Thanksgiving holiday is a great time to sample some of those Yahoo!-based Facebook applications, some made by Yahoo! employees and some by 3rd party developers. Here's a, by no means complete, short list:

    Music Blogs application on FacebookMusic Blogs application on Facebook

    • del.icio.us - Creates a bridge between your del.icio.us and Facebook accounts, letting you display your recent bookmarks on your profile. You can also display recently saved bookmarks
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  • No Limits With RETS

    It's one thing to be an open, unencumbered, standard, but it's another thing to become a widely adopted standard. For years, the Real Estate Transaction Standard (RETS), an XML language for marking up real estate data, languished. It was never widely used and didn't fully serve the needs of B2B users. With the RETS 2.0 standard, however, large MLS (Multiple Listing Service) data providers are poised to adopt, and all kinds of technical real estate users are excited about its prospects. While RETS 1.x will still be used for listings transfers, the RETS 2.0 standard directly addresses the needs of B2B users - the brokers and MLS companies who need to distribute real estate data.

    To sort out the state of RETS, and give a little insight into how developers can use the RETS data, I had the opportunity to speak at a session last week at the National Association of Realtors (NAR) conference with Chris McKeever, Strategic Architect for the NAR, and Matt Lavallee, Programming Lead at MLS

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  • "Bangalore. Berkeley. Boston. London. Palo Alto. Dundee. Manila. Pasadena. Pittsburgh. Sunnyvale. Champaign-Urbana. Seoul."

    Words to a song by the immortal Johnny Cash? Nope. Stops on Beck's next world tour? Hardly. Places you can get a really great cup of espresso? You're getting warmer. What do all these places have in common? We've gone there for Hack Day.

    Here with the scoop from Bangalore is our own Maria Sansone, taking the 9 to 11, just this once....

    Over the last couple of years we've been struck by lightning, hacked by naughty puppets, and overwhelmed at every turn by the sheer ingenuity of our participants. We've seen a ton of hacks, from the sublime to the ridiculous, but we're pretty sure we haven't seen them all. So keep an eye on hackday.org and the University Hack Day page ... your turn to play will come.

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  • The University Hack Day season concluded on November 9th, at Stanford. Here's your wrap-up, courtesy Rasmus Lerdorf, our man on the spot:

    Simple ideas implemented well make for the finest hacks, and at Stanford we saw a couple of the best examples. Bring up Apache on an iPhone and use it to stream your music to any stereo with a PC attached. Or take thousands of Flickr photos and resize them to 1x1 thumbnails, and then check the color of each single remaining pixel and use it to build a mosaic based on a source image. Again, conceptually simple, but the visual effect is impressive when you build the mosaic with the larger versions of the images.

    Here are your Stanford winners:

    • First place: Loren Yu and Mike Fischer, for Flickr Fuse
    • Second place: Joel Brandt, Jacob Leverich, and Marcello Basta-Forte, for Go2Pod
    • Third place: Nathan Sakunkoo, Patty Sakunkoo, and Phakorn Peerapong, for Friend Cluster
    • Honorable mention: Charis Charitis, for Music Searcher

    Sorry we don't have any links

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  • O'Reilly just announced Velocity, their first conference focused on web performance and operations. It's scheduled for June 23-24, 2008 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame. I'm proud to say that Jesse Robbins and I are co-chairing Velocity.

    The idea for this conference came after a late night dinner in Seattle with several performance gurus including John Jenkins (Amazon), John Rauser (Farecast), and Nate Moch (Zillow). We had spent the night exchanging ops war stories and performance insights. I hated seeing the night come to an end and promised to find a venue for us and others to gather and share best practices. The idea of learning from other experts and sharing our lessons learned to help others avoid the pitfalls we had already discovered was exciting. JJ, Nate, and I, along with Jesse Robbins and Artur Bergman, met with Tim O'Reilly and Brady Forrest at OSCON and got the ball rolling.

    If you're the person your company turns to to keep the web site running, you'll

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  • The World Bank has developed the BuzzMonitor, an open source application that "listens" to what people are saying about the World Bank across blogs and other sites in order to help the organization understand and engage in social media. Jeremy sat down with Pierre Guillaume Wielezynski at Defrag and talked about how the World Bank is using this as a tool for non-profit organizations, NGOs, foundations and think-tanks to see and hear what people are saying about them, their programs and understand the perception around important issues.

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  • Defrag is the first conference focused solely on the internet-based tools that transform loads of information into layers of knowledge, and accelerate the “aha” moment. Defrag is about the space that lives in between knowledge management, “social” networking, collaboration and business intelligence. Yahoo! Developer Network's Jeremy Zawodny was invited to speak about Defrag, here is what he had to say:

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