8 Products That Might Be On Yahoo’s Chopping Block

yahoo-chopping-block-featured Yahoo's product teams are officially on notice. Shortly after announcing Q1 earnings yesterday, new Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson dropped a bomb during the analysts' call when he said the company will be "shutting down or transitioning roughly 50 properties that don't contribute meaningfully to engagement or revenue." He went on to say that Yahoo's focus will be on its "core media connections and commerce businesses," such as Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Mail and a few other successful Yahoo properties. But what about the 50 properties that are destined to be shut down or transitioned [...]

Google’s Promising, But Yahoo’s Doing, Cross Language Information Retrieval

Yesterday, Google announced that it will soon be launching a cross-language information retrieval (CLIR) feature. As Greg Sterling wrote: "Search queries will be entered in the native language, translated into English and run against Google's index. Any retrieved pages/sites will then be translated from English back into the native language. [Google's Udi] Manber said it "opens up the Web universally to the whole world." Translation in search isn't really new—Yahoo has offered cross-translation search in a few languages since July 2005. If you can't wait for Google's CLIR which will be [...]

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